Glossary of Eye Care Terms

  • Amblyopia: Also called lazy eye. Decreased vision in one eye that leads to the use of the other eye as the dominant eye. A problem most commonly associated with children.

  • Anti-Reflective (A/R coating): A lens treatment for your glasses that helps to reduce distracting glare and eye fatigue by reducing the amount of light reflecting off the lens surface and making the lenses appear clearer. Your eyes will also be more visible behind the lenses.

  • Astigmatism: An eye condition where the eye cannot focus light uniformly in all directions resulting from an irregular curvature of the cornea, the crystalline lens, or the eye itself. Astigmatism results in mild to moderately blurred vision and/or eyestrain.

  • Bi-Focal Lenses: Lenses that use two different distinct powers in each lens, usually for near and distance correction. 

  • Cataracts: A cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye that makes it hard for light to pass through and be focused properly. In a normal eye, the crystalline lens is almost transparent, however injury, age or disease can cause the lens to eventually lose its clarity. When the lens becomes 'opaque,' it is called a cataract. Treatable by surgery.

  • Color deficiency: A lack of ability to distinguish certain colors. Commonly called “color blindness”, the most common form of color deficiency is the inability to distinguish shades of red and green.

  • Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye): An eye condition caused by the inflammation of the conjunctiva, or clear membrane covering the white part of the eye and lining of the eyelids. The eyes will often appear swollen and red while also feeling gritty. It is often viral and may be contagious. There are actually 20 different types of conjunctivitis – from fairly common strains that usually pose no long-term danger to you or your child's vision – to types that are resistant to antibiotics. Call or see your doctor to treat pinkeye.

  • Cornea: The transparent, multi-layered front part of the eye that covers the pupil and iris. It provides most of the eye’s optical power.

  • Dry Eye Syndrome: An eye condition that presents itself as itching, burning, and irritation of the eyes, is often called "dry eye syndrome". It is one of the most common problems treated by eye care professionals. It is usually caused by the breakdown (or deficiency) in the tears that lubricate the eyes. As we age, our bodies produce less oil to seal the eyes' watery layer. Hot, arid climates, air conditioning, certain medicines and irritants such as cigarette smoke can all increase dryness of the eye. Your eye care professional might prescribe "artificial tears" or other eye drops to help alleviate the problem.

  • Floaters and Spots: A generalized term used to describe small specks moving subtly but noticeably in your field of vision. A floater or a spot is likely a tiny clump of gel or cells in the vitreous – the clear, jelly-like fluid inside your eye. Aging, eye injury and breakdown of the vitreous are the main causes of floaters and spots. If you notice a sudden increase in the number you see, call your eye care professional.

  • Fovea: A tiny spot in the center of the retina that contains only cone cells. This area is responsible for our sharpness of vision.

  • Glaucoma: A common cause of preventable vision loss when excessive pressure within the eye damages the optic nerve. Treatable by prescription drugs or surgery.

  • High(er) Index: A dense lens material that results in thinner, lightweight lenses than standard plastic. Index refers to index refraction which is the speed that light travels through the lens. Higher index lenses are available from 1.56 to 1.74 (the higher the number, the thinner the lens). They benefit people with stronger prescription eyeglasses.

  • Hyperopia: A condition where distant objects are seen clearly, yet objects close up are seen less clearly. Also commonly referred to as “farsighted.”

  • Iris: The pigmented (colored) membrane that lies between the cornea and the crystalline lens that controls the size of the pupil.

  • Crystalline Lens: The eye’s natural lens located directly behind the iris. It has the ability to change shape to focus light rays onto the retina.

  • Macula: The part of the retina responsible for the sharp, central vision needed to read or drive.

  • Macular Degeneration: A group of conditions that include a deterioration of the macula causing a loss of central vision needed for sharp, clear eyesight. It is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in those 65 years of age and older. Macular Degeneration is also called AMD or ARMD (age-related macular degeneration).

  • Minor Eye Irritation: Slight irritation of the eye caused by a foreign body on the eye’s surface such as sand, dirt or eyelashes. Wash your hands, then flush the eye with lukewarm water for up to 15 minutes. If the irritation remains and discomfort continues, seek professional medical help immediately.

  • Multi-Focal Lenses: Multi-focal lenses let you focus on two or more distances through the same lens (usually distance, intermediate, and near). Also known as Bi-focals, Tri-focals, Multi-focals.

  • Myopia: A condition where distant objects appear less clearly and those objects up close are seen clearly. Also commonly referred to as “nearsighted.”

  • Nyctalopia: Commonly called “night blindness,” this is a condition that presents as impaired vision in dim light or darkness.

  • Optic Nerve: A bundle of nerve fibers that carries messages from the eyes to the brain.

  • Photochromic lenses: Refers to lenses that automatically change from clear to dark in the presence of ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

  • Photophobia: Also called “light sensitivity”, this is a condition that can have many underlying causes, and can be prompted by many medications. Protection from bright light is critical for anyone with photophobia. 

  • Plastic 1.50: This is a lens material often used for minor prescriptions. Very few lenses are made from glass today, since glass is heavier, thicker, and can shatter. Also referred to as standard index or by the brand name CR-39.

  • Polarized lenses: This type of lens includes an invisible “polarized” filter that helps to cut down on blinding glare from reflective surfaces like water and snow for increased visual acuity (sharpness) in bright light conditions.

  • Polycarbonate lenses: A lens material that is thinner, lighter, and more impact resistant than standard plastic. Polycarbonate lenses are the standard for children’s eyewear.

  • Presbyopia: Condition in which the aging crystalline lens (at around age 40) becomes less able to change shape to focus light at all distances, especially near vision. Presbyopia can be corrected with reading glasses, bi-focal glasses, or progressive lenses. Additional symptoms include eyestrain, headaches, and squinting.

  • Progressives: Bi-focal or multi-focal lenses with no visible lines where the lens power gradually changes from distance to near. Also called PALs (Progressive Addition Lenses).

  • Pterygium: A raised growth on the eye that is most often directly related to over-exposure to the sun. Dry, dusty conditions may also contribute to development of these growths. Protecting your eyes from UV radiation is a critical preventive measure.

  • Pupil: The opening in the center of the iris that changes size to control how much light is entering the eye.

  • Pupillometer: An instrument used to measure the distance between pupils. This measurement is used to position the eyeglass prescription correctly in front of the eye.

  • Refraction: Test to determine an eye’s refractive error and the best corrective lenses to be prescribed.

  • Retina: Part of the rear two-thirds of the eye that converts images from the eye’s optical system into impulses that are transferred by the optic nerve to the brain. Consists of layers that include rods and cones.

  • Rods and cones: These are cells inside the eye used by the retina to process light. Rods are used for low light levels (night vision), cones are used for sharp visual acuity and color perception.

  • Sclera: The white part of the eye – composed of fibrous tissue that protects the inner workings of the eye.

  • Single-Vision: Types of lenses that correct one vision problem, like near or far-sightedness.

  • Snellen Chart: This is the commonly seen eye chart often topped by a large letter “E” used in eye examinations. This measures your eye’s visual acuity, or the ability to see sharp detail clearly.

  • Strabismus: Sometimes called “crossed eyes” in young children, this condition is the lack of coordination between the eyes, such as one or both eyes turning in, out, up or down.

  • Ultraviolet radiation (UVR): Commonly referred to as “UV Rays”, these are light waves that consist of both UVA and UVB rays from the sun. Without proper protection, chronic exposure to UV rays can lead to various eye conditions and damage.

  • UV Protection: Relates to a lens’ ability to filter out harmful rays of the sun. It is recommended that glasses block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays to minimize eye damage from the sun’s rays.

  • Visual Acuity: Assessment of the eye’s ability to distinguish object details and shape – numerically expressed as 20/20, 20/70, etc.

Lori Nishida-Eugenio, OD, FCOVD

Optometrist located in Burbank, CA

Dr. Nishida-Eugenio is a developmental optometrist and owner of Burbank Optometric Center, Inc. She is a 1992 graduate of the State University New York College of Optometry, one of the most prestigious schools for vision therapy.  She earned her Fellowship in Vision Development in 2007. She provides a wide range of eyecare services including testing for learning-related vision problems, vision therapy for strabismus and amblyopia for adults and children, specialty contact lens fitting, diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, cataract co-management as well as LASIK co-management.

Dr. Nishida-Eugenio spends time volunteering on the Board for the San Fernando Valley Optometric Society (she held the position of President in 2010-2012).  She is a member in good standing of the San Fernando Valley Optometric Society, the California Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.  She enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for vision therapy, giving educational seminars to parent groups, healthcare professionals and schools.  Dr. Nishida-Eugenio is active in her community, volunteering her services for the Kidsight Noon Lion's Club and local health fairs. She also provides pro-bono eye exams for organizations such as InfantSee, California Vision Foundation and Burbank Temp Aid. Dr. Nishida-Eugenio is an independent contractor providing vision therapy services for LAUSD, BUSD AND GUSD students.

Dr. Nishida-Eugenio is married to her high school sweetheart. They have been gifted with three beautiful daughters and one son.  She attributes her personal and professional success to her wonderful and supportive family, to her son who has Autism and God's grace... 

"I love what I do and that passion carries over into the patient encounter.  My patients appreciate the high standard of care and the personal attention I give them. My personal experience with my special needs child gives me a unique perspective, enabling me to approach each patient with patience, understanding and compassion." 

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in it's various forms." - 1 Peter 4:10


 
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Burbank Optometric Center, Inc.

Dr. Nishida-Eugenio is a developmental optometrist and owner of Burbank Optometric Center, Inc. She is a 1992 graduate of the State University New York College of Optometry, one of the most prestigious schools for vision therapy.  She earned her Fellowship in Vision Development in 2007. She provides a wide range of eyecare services including testing for learning-related vision problems, vision therapy for strabismus and amblyopia for adults and children, specialty contact lens fitting, diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, cataract co-management as well as LASIK co-management.

Dr. Nishida-Eugenio spends time volunteering on the Board for the San Fernando Valley Optometric Society (she held the position of President in 2010-2012).  She is a member in good standing of the San Fernando Valley Optometric Society, the California Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.  She enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for vision therapy, giving educational seminars to parent groups, healthcare professionals and schools.  Dr. Nishida-Eugenio is active in her community, volunteering her services for the Kidsight Noon Lion's Club and local health fairs. She also provides pro-bono eye exams for organizations such as InfantSee, California Vision Foundation and Burbank Temp Aid. Dr. Nishida-Eugenio is an independent contractor providing vision therapy services for LAUSD, BUSD AND GUSD students.

Dr. Nishida-Eugenio is married to her high school sweetheart. They have been gifted with three beautiful daughters and one son.  She attributes her personal and professional success to her wonderful and supportive family, to her son who has Autism and God's grace... 

"I love what I do and that passion carries over into the patient encounter.  My patients appreciate the high standard of care and the personal attention I give them. My personal experience with my special needs child gives me a unique perspective, enabling me to approach each patient with patience, understanding and compassion." 

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in it's various forms." - 1 Peter 4:10


 

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Welcome to our Office!

Established in 1972, our Burbank eye care clinic is staffed and equipped to care for all of your vision needs at any age.  We examine infants as young as six months of age through the InfantSee program.  We diagnose and treat learning-related vision problems in children, as well as adults.  We provide specialty contact lens fittings and diagnose and treat eye diseases such as glaucoma.

By utilizing the latest advances in digital eye care technology available, our vision center can provide you with your best vision today—and in the years to come. We take pride in building lasting relationships with our patients, which is why we take the time to get to know you, your vision requirements and your lifestyle needs.Contact our eye care clinic today to find out how we can help.

 At Burbank Optometric Center, our optometrists' are passionate about providing our patients with a lifetime of exceptional vision care.

We understand that when it comes to helping you maintain good eye health, we need to take the time to get to know you, your eye care history and your vision needs. Good vision and eye health is more than just seeing 20/20. 

Your Burbank, CA Eye Doctor

Dr. Lori Nishida-Eugenio balances several factors, including clear eyesight, visual skills efficiency and your ability to process visual information effortlessly. Whether you need a routine annual eye examination, an eyeglasses or contact lens fitting, treatment for eye disease (such as glaucoma or macular degeneration), eye surgery (such as LASIK or cataract surgery) or vision therapy, our optometrists will provide you with the best care, advice, and treatment options available, utilizing state of the art technology.

Burbank Optometric Center has been serving California's San Fernando Valley and Glendale for more than 40 years. Schedule an appointment with one of our doctors in Burbank, CA today to see how we can help you and your family enhance your vision.  

The eye is the lamp of the body.  If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light.

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Insurance

The cost of routine eye exams and prescription eyewear can be of real concern, especially for large families. In many cases, vision insurance can lower these annual expenses. A vision insurance policy is not the same as health insurance. Regular health insurance plans protect you against financial losses due to unexpected eye injuries or disease. Vision insurance, on the other hand, is a wellness benefit designed to provide routine eye care, prescription eyewear and other vision-related services at a reduced cost.

Because we provide both medical and routine eye care, we accept a number of insurance plans to help cover the cost depending on your individual needs. Here are just some of the plans that we accept:

In-Network Medical Plans: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medicare.

Vision Plans we accept: Vision Service Plan (VSP) and EyeMed

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Our Team

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  • Lori   Nishida-Eugenio
    Lori Nishida-Eugenio
    Doctor
  • Judy  Cao
    Judy Cao
    Doctor
  • Veronica  Sotelo
    Veronica Sotelo
    Optical Manager
  • Elizabeth   Borja
    Elizabeth Borja
    Optician
  • Peter  Kim
    Peter Kim
    Optician
  • Becky   Sweeney
    Becky Sweeney
    Vision Therapist
  • Lilliana   Pino
    Lilliana Pino
    Office Manager
  • Anna   Sahakyan
    Anna Sahakyan
    Receptionist
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Burbank Optometric Center, Inc.
1032 North Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
Phone: 818-296-0898
Fax: 818-846-3204
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