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Mark L. Buehnerkemper, Optometrist

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Dear Friends,

I would like to thank all of the members of our community who have allowed me to be their eye doctor. For over 25 years, our office has provided outstanding eye care to our patients.

Now, I am happy to share with you my plans to retire. However, it is with mixed emotions that I also let you know that we will be closing our optometry practice. I have worked for the past several years trying to find a successor to continue the practice but have been unable to find a replacement.

My wife and office manager, Monica, and I will be retiring to another state. Dr. David Browning, owner of Eye Care Optometric, has graciously agreed to take custody of our patient records after September 6, 2022. He and his associates will help with continued patient care, as space in their schedule allows. You can reach Eye Care Optometric at 707-263-0101. They will help determine when you are due for your next visit if you are not sure.

The last day of direct patient care in our office will be August 31, 2022, but we will be working part time through the month of September dispensing glasses, finalizing billing and insurance claims, and finishing up odds and ends. If you would like to have copies of your existing records forwarded to a provider other than Eye Care Optometric, please contact our office directly prior to August 26, 2022.

It has been an honor and pleasure to provide vision and eye health care to our community for the past 25+ years.

Most Sincerely,

Mark Buehnerkemper, OD

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Q&A with Dr. Mark Buehnerkemper | Dry Eye Syndrome
What is the examination like to determine if someone has dry eyes?

A large part of the examination is finding out what the patient is experiencing and determining the type of dry eye causing the symptoms. We examine the surface of the eye under a microscope to look at the quantity and the quality of the tear film. Additionally, we examine the eyelids and the glands inside the eyelids to insure they are healthy. 

What are the typical treatments for dry eyes?

There are a wide range of treatments ranging from over the counter products to specialty laser procedures. Many times using artificial tears and vitamin supplements can help boost the tear film. There are prescription eye drops that can aid in tear production as well as laser procedures for patients with more advanced dry eye. 

Are there any recommendations to help people avoid dry eye?

Of course – stay hydrated and making sure you consume enough water each day. Additionally, take breaks from your computer and smart phone. I recommend the 20/20/20 Rule – take a 20 second break every 20 minutes and look 20 feet away and blink your eyes. Finally, wearing sunglasses is critical to protecting the surface of the eye and the eyelids from UV exposure. 

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Mark L. Buehnerkemper, OD
120 South Main Street
Lakeport, CA 95453
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If you experience loss of vision, double vision, swelling, infection or any eye emergency, contact us immediately for guidance. We’ll help you with the best treatment to prevent complications and promote long-lasting clear eyesight.

Please call our office at: 707-263-4294 for further instructions. Use your best judgment on urgency, if you feel the need to find the nearest emergency room.