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How to Safely View the August 21st Solar Eclipse
Welcome Optician Lori to Our Professional Team
Dr. Peralta Attends Glaucoma Symposium

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How to Safely View the August 21st Solar EclipseHow to Safely View the August 21st
Solar Eclipse


On August 21st a total solar eclipse will touch the U.S. mainland for the first time since 1979, following a path that crosses the country from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Tens of millions of people who live within a 70-mile radius of its cross-country track will witness the eclipse in totality (the sun completely blocked by the moon) while millions of others outside of it will enjoy a partial eclipse. Read More...

Welcome Optician Lori to Our Professional TeamWelcome Optician Lori to Our Professional Team

Welcome Lori Talarico-Coddington (far left) to the professional team of Southern Dutchess Eye Care! Lori is a NYS licensed optician certified by the Ame rican Board of Opticianry... Read More...

2016 East Coast Optometric Glaucoma SymposiumDr. Peralta Attends Glaucoma Symposium

Dr. Brian Peralta traveled to Arlington, Virginia, for the East Coast Optometric Glaucoma Symposium. While in attendance, he received clinical updates on new and developing glaucoma therapies ...

Your Doctors’ Calendars & HappeningsYour Doctors’ Calendars & Happenings

Dr. Gary Weiner will be traveling to Banff, Canada,
this spring to attend an international vision conference
that will preview the latest eye care technologies ...

SDEC Receives Its 1,000th Five-Star Patient Review!
Southern Dutchess Eye Care's 1,000th Five-Star Patient Review!

Southern Dutchess Eye Care received its 1,000th five-star patient review! Thank you Laura for letting us know about your most recent visit at our office, and for helping us achieve this important milestone!

Eye Care Team Attends Vision Expo Eye Care Team Attends Vision Expo

Doctors and opticians of Southern Dutchess Eye Care attended Vision Expo at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, an annual event that draws 16,000 eye care professionals from around the world.

Doctors Brian Peralta and Brian Powell Attend Fall EventsDoctors Brian Peralta and Brian Powell Attend Fall Events

Dr. Brian Peralta and Dr. Brian Powell attended the Hudson Valley Optometric Society’s (HVOS) Fall Seminar at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie. Presentations from guest speaker Dr. Mark Dunbar from the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute included a review of challenging cases in diagnosing and treating systemic/ocular disease, landmark clinical studies from the National Eye Institute, new treatments for optimal posterior segment disease treatment and management, and interesting clinical case studies. Read More...

Running for Great Causes Running for Great Causes

Dr. Brian Peralta and Allie Herrera (second-year SUNY optometry student, BHS/Marist graduate, and our very own intern in the making) ran in the 3rd Annual Mike Archer Memorial 5K Walk/Run at Memorial Park in Beacon. It was a great cause to raise money for the American Cancer Society … and Mike’s family is the best!  Read More...

We have reached a milestone - our 500th 5-star reviewSave the Date! Passion for Eyewear Fashion Trunk Show & Style Event. Thursday, November 6th; 12 PM – 7 PM

Join us for PASSION FOR EYEWEAR FASHION, our annual trunk show and style event on Thursday, November 6th from 12 noon until 7 pm. Enjoy the largest frame selection of the year! Also special event discounts up to 50%, prizes, raffles for free frames, gourmet cupcakes and more! Read More...

We have reached a milestone - our 500th 5-star reviewDr. Gary Weiner Celebrates 45 Years of Providing Eye Care to Hudson Valley Families!

The patriarch of Southern Dutchess Eye Care and Hudson Valley's most well-known eye doctor Gary Weiner, recently celebrated 45 years in optometry by traveling to the People's Republic of China, where he studied alternative methods of eye-health treatment from Chinese physicians, and the effects of high altitude on vision during a four-day stay in Tibet (12,500 feet altitude).  Read More...

We have reached a milestone - our 500th 5-star reviewWe've reached a milestone – our 500th 5-star review!

Thank you to our patients and friends for taking the time to let us know what kind of experience you had after visiting our office. More than 500 of you rated our care and service to be five stars -- the highest rating possible!  Read More...

Dry Eye SufferersDr. Peralta Speaks at Marist College Center
for Lifetime Study


Dr. Brian Peralta was invited to speak at the Marist College Center for Lifetime Study on April 15th, at Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie. His informative, interactive presentation to more than 100 members addressed the aging process and how it relates to eyes, and what steps can be taken to enjoy a lifetime of great vision. Read More...

Blinking should be comfortable. Spring Relief for Dry Eye Sufferers
Dry Eye Sufferers

Seasonal allergies, hormones, environmental factors, medications, and extended computer use are a few reasons you may be suffering from dry eye irritation. You don't have to suffer through it. We have the expertise and options to help you.  Read More...

Is Night Driving Becoming More Difficult?
David Yurman

We can't stop the daylight hours from shortening, or your eyes from aging, but here's what we CAN do to help with night driving. Read More...

Vision Care and the Affordable Care Act
David Yurman

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is changing health insurance. This includes adding new preventative care and essential health benefit requirements. Starting in 2014, vision care is considered an essential benefit for children aged 18 and younger whose parents or guardians get insurance through individual or small-group plans through the exchanges or directly from a health insurer. The law does not mandate this coverage for adults.  Read More...

Discover the artistry and inspiration of America’s preeminent jewelry designer. Now available in an exquisite eyewear collection at our optical boutique.
(9-13)David Yurman

The David Yurman Eyewear Collection has arrived to Southern Dutchess Eye Care and is available in both optical and sunwear styles for men and women. The frames are authentically beautiful for women who appreciate the designer’s mix of metals, precious stones, and gem-inspired adornments. Read More...

Your Eyes Need Protection TooDr. Powell

The arrival of warm weather brings with it a harsh reminder of the sun’s powerful rays. It is during this time of year that many people pull their sunglasses and sunscreen out of storage and begin wearing them so they do not have to squint in the sun or suffer sunburn. The truth is, however, that the sun can adversely affect the eyes throughout the whole year and not just when it is a bright, sunny day. Read More...

Healthy Lifestyles CoverJune is Cataract Awareness Month….

Just what is a cataract?
Cataracts are a clouding of the lens inside our eyes. The lens lies behind the iris and pupil and is one of the main refracting components of the eye. Almost all patients have some type of vision complaint involving blurred vision when they come in for an eye exam….and yes sometimes their complaints are from beginning or advanced cataract formation.  Read More...

New Eyewear Collections Arrive New Eyewear Collections Arrive!

Rock-inspired style arrives to our optical boutique through the John Varvatos Collection for Rem Eyewear.  Varvatos, best known as the celebrity mentor on NBC's Fashion Star, provides a touch of rock n' roll edge to classic eyewear styles.  The unisex collection offers a fashion-forward appearance and is complimentary to most face shapes. Read More...

Optician Steve Gangel and Dr. Peralta
Optician Steve Gangel and Dr. Peralta
Eye Care Team Attends Vision Expo


Doctors Gary Weiner and Brian Peralta along with opticians Dawn and Steve Gangel, attended this year's International Vision Expo East – a premier product showcase and continuing education event for eye care professionals.  The conference is hosted at the Javits Center each Spring in New York City, and
attracts more than 16,000 eye care professionals, industry professionals, and celebrity brand representatives. Read More...

Show your eyes some loveShow your eyes some love.

February is the perfect time to start a love affair with crisp, comfortable vision through contact lens wear. 

If you have astigmatism, presbyopia (bifocal vision), dry eyes, or a unique vision prescription, you may think you are unable to wear contacts. However, recent advancements in materials and lens designs, combined with our contact lens fitting expertise, make successful contact lens wear more likely than ever – even for the “hard-to-fit” eyes. Read More...

Dr. PowellTips for Healthy Eyes this Season

Winter is just around the corner and it is that time of year when we are thinking of others and wishing everyone the best for their holidays. These are a few a tips to help ensure that your eyes are also happy and healthy during this holiday season. Read More...

Drs Powell and Weiner attended the Hudson Valley Optometric Society Fall’s continuing education seminar this past month.

Course work included varied topics related to the delivery of primary eye care from dry eye to neurological pathology. Dr. Powell is the current Vice President; and Dr. Weiner is serving in an advisory position as a board member of the Hudson Valley Optometric Association.

Dr. Peralta recently attended a three day East West Conference, a premier Optometric Continuing Education event held in Cleveland, Ohio.

Course work included recent and updated research pertaining to children’s vision. Additional course work included updates on glaucoma, macular degeneration and dry eye syndrome. “I always come home with new information that will benefit my patients” says Dr. Peralta.

Dr. PowellOcular Complications of Diabetes

November is American Diabetes Month, which is part of the effort by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to raise awareness about this disease. The ADA estimates that nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes with another 79 million at risk for developing type 2 diabetes which equates to about one third of our population having, or currently at risk for, diabetes. Read More...

Dr. PowellSmoking Can Cause Blindness

We are well aware of the negative effects that smoking has on our bodies, such as increased risk for lung cancer, heart disease and hypertension, but what about our eyes?  Smoking can cause changes to the health of our eyes resulting in anything from decreased comfort to blindness. Read More...

Back to School Vision and LearningDr. Powell

Another summer is almost over and it is nearly time for the kids to get back to school. They’ve got the new clothes, school supplies and back packs readied, but what about their eyes?

80% of learning in school is visual and it is estimated that 1 in 4 children attending school have an undiagnosed vision problem. It is important to have your child’s eyes checked regularly to be sure they are not at a disadvantage in the classroom. Read More...

Hey Mom….I really want contact lenses: Pre-Teens and Teens How about it?Dr. Peralta

I am often asked by parents at what age a child can have or wear contact lenses. Often times there have been big discussions at home (probably quite entertaining) before getting to our office for the annual eye examination. These conversations have usually been preceded by exemplified behavior and pleading from youngsters to show their parents that…well they really can or will be responsible: bedrooms get cleaned up, homework is done early, the lawn gets cut and the dog is taken care of etc... Read More...

Contacts for SummerDr. Powell

Summertime is here and with upcoming vacations and outdoor excursions it is a perfect time to get out of your glasses and into contacts. While many people seek out contacts for cosmetic reasons, it is hard to deny that wearing glasses can sometimes be restrictive in other ways. Having glasses slipping down your nose on a hot day or when being active, getting sweat, water or other debris on them or not being able to put on a regular pair of sunglasses on a sunny day can be a hassle. Read More...

"Daddy My Eyes Hurt Me"Dr. Peralta

We were lucky enough to get away for 4 days this past April to Puerto Rico and one evening after a full day of great weather we were waiting on line with several families for ice cream when a little boy in front of us remarked: “Daddy my eyes hurt me.”  After a beautiful sunny day on the beach, it was easy to see that the little boy had had too much sun and had a fair amount of sunburn.  It happens.  What the Dad probably didn’t know was that his son also had a corneal burn or keratitis from the sun.

Vision Expo 2012 NYC

Drs. Peralta, Powell and Weiner attended this year’s vision expo in NYC located at the Jacob Javits center. Thousands of ophthalmic professionals travel to this event to experience one of the largest and most extensive eye conferences in the world. Over three hundred continuing education hours were offered and the newest ophthalmic equipment is displayed over three floors. Read More...

Early Spring May Mean A Long Allergy SeasonDr. Powell

Thanks to an unseasonably warm winter many trees and flowers have bloomed early and with the temperatures on the rise again we can expect more to come.  Each different bloom brings with it a new breed of pollen and potentially allergic reactions putting a damper on outdoor activities. Read More...

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month.Dr. Peralta

Glaucoma is estimated to affect 2.2 million Americans and is a major cause of vision loss in the United States.  The purpose of today’s article is to remind readers that early detection and treatment is the best way to prevent vision loss and to urge everyone to have a comprehensive dilated eye examination. Read More...

Find out if you are a candidate for LASIK.
LASIK Consult Event at All Sport Gym


Monday, January 30, 2012 - 5:30PM - 8:30PM

Local optometrists and All Sport club members Drs. Peralta, Powell and Weiner of Southern Dutchess Eye Care and Drs. Chenarides and Roodner of East Fishkill Eye Associates will be teaming together with lasik surgeon and corneal specialist Jodi Abramson M.D. of TLC Laser Eye Center in White Plains to host an informal consultation event for prospective laser vision correction patients. Read More...

  Find Out If Your a Candidate for Lasik - Monday, January 30, 2012

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