Eye Muscle Movement and Cover Tests During Eye Examination

For nearly three decades Dr. Sophie Dao has owned an optometry practice in Milpitas, California. Dr. Sophie Dao, who is capable of administering eye exams in multiple languages, has been named best optometrist in Milpitas every year since 2007.

Regular eye exams become increasingly important with age, particularly for individuals who are already dealing with issues such as glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration (AMD). There are several aspects of a thorough eye examination, including the eye muscle movement and cover tests. During the eye muscle movement test an optometrist asks the patient to follow an object with just his or her eyes, while monitoring the patient’s movements. Any abnormal reactions during this part of the exam may indicate an issue with alignment, therefore affecting the patient’s efficiency while reading or doing computer work.

The cover test, meanwhile, requires an individual to focus on an object, first with one eye covered, and then with the opposite eye. An eye professional uses the cover test to determine how well the eyes function together. If, for instance, one eye should turn away from the object, an optometrist may screen for strabismus or similar conditions. A full eye examination may also include refraction testing, a retinoscopy, and an external exam with pupillary reaction monitoring.


Revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Dr. Sophie Dao offers optometry services at her office in Milpitas, California, where she has received recognition as the city’s Best Optometrist every year since 2007. She provides eye exams, contact lens and glasses fittings, and treatment of conditions such as glaucoma and eye infections, among other services. In her leisure time, Dr. Sophie Dao enjoys attending Broadway plays in New York.

Broadway playgoers in New York can look forward to the revival of the classic Stephen Sondheim musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in the spring of 2015. With a planned opening in April and the first preview beginning in March, the revival may feature Tony award-winning actor James Corden as the character of Pseudolus, although this remains unconfirmed. Alex Timbers will direct the show.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, in its first run on Broadway in 1962 at the Alvin Theatre, quickly became popular and garnered six Tony Awards. The musical tells the story of the Roman slave Pseudolus, who plots to seize his freedom from his masters, Senex and Domina, by helping their son Hero to win the love of Philia, a virgin upon whom Senex also has his eye.

The Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia

Serving the people of Milpitas, California, and surrounding communities, since 1986, Dr. Sophie Dao earned her optometry degree from the School of Optometry at the University of California, Berkeley. She is active in community affairs, and she gives talks and writes articles about eye health and care for local audiences. Fluent in English and Vietnamese, Dr. Sophie Dao is a valuable resource for the Vietnamese immigrant community in California; in addition, she enthusiastically supports the efforts of CAMSA, the Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia.

Human trafficking today remains one of the world’s largest criminal industries. The largest single form of human trafficking is labor trafficking – forced labor. The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that nearly 21 million people worldwide are working jobs they were coerced or deceived into taking and cannot leave.

In 2008, several non-governmental organizations, including the Boat People SOS, the U.S. Committee to Protect Vietnamese Workers, the Vietnamese Canadian Federation, and the International Society for Human Rights combined to form CAMSA to fight human trafficking in Asia. In the short time since then, the organization has addressed nearly 70 cases and rescued more than 4,000 victims of human trafficking.

CAMSA employs a three-pronged, victim-oriented strategy to combat modern-day slavery. The first prong is always to identify people held in slavery and to intervene and rescue them. The second is prevention through education of vulnerable people. The third prong is intelligence: using the resources of the coalition’s many members, partners, and allies, CAMSA keeps its information about the strategies and activities of modern-day slavers up-to-date and collaborates with law enforcement to see that justice is done when slavers are caught. CAMSA also advocates for tougher, more effective laws.

More information about CAMSA and its activities is available at the group’s website,.

A Brief Look at Dry Eye

An optometrist in Milpitas, California, since 1986, Dr. Sophie Dao helps patients with a broad range of eye-related issues, from routine examinations and prescriptions for corrective lenses, to treatment of various infections and disorders, including glaucoma, and allergies. In addition, Dr. Sophie Dao treats patients with dry eye syndrome, a disorder she has studied in depth and about which she has written articles and made presentations.

Dry eye is a condition that occurs when a person’s tears are insufficient to meet the eyes’ moisture needs, or when the quality of tears is inadequate. Dry eyes are uncomfortable, and they often sting or burn. Treatments vary and can include eye drops, lifestyle change, and, in some cases, surgery.

There are several symptoms associated with dry eye, but not all are present in every case. These include a stinging, burning, or scratchy sensation in one or both eyes; stringy mucous in or around the eyes; increased sensitivity to smoke, wind, or light; redness; difficulty wearing contact lenses; a feeling that there’s something in the eye; periodic excessive tearing; and blurred vision, especially near day’s end.

Dry eye is caused in some people by an imbalance in the composition of their tears, a complex combination of water, fatty oils, and mucus. In others, it is caused by an insufficient quantity of tears. Other factors, including medications, problems with eyelids, and environmental factors such as pollution can also contribute to dry eye. In addition, tasks that require such concentration that a person blinks less frequently, such as driving or operating a computer, can also contribute to dry eye. Dry eye is also more prevalent in older people.

Adding tears is a common treatment for dry eye, either by use of over-the-counter artificial teardrops or prescription eye drops that stimulate the production of tears. Another approach is to keep tears in the eye longer by locking the tear ducts through which excess tears are drained. If the dry eye is being caused by an inflammation of the eye’s surface, or the eyelid, treatment of that problem generally will relieve the symptoms of dry eye.