Dr. Julie's Blog

​​​​​​​Practice Updates and Insights

Eye-Catching New Mural by Local Artist

June 25, 2023

One-of-a-Kind Artwork at Helmus Optometry Depicts "The Patient Journey"

Important Updates for Contact Lens Wearers

May 24, 2023

For decades we've fit patients into Acuvue contact lenses made by Johnson & Johnson; their Oasys lens delivers safe and clear vision. But we are fed up.

Is There A Helmus in The House?

May 23, 2023

As you may have noticed, I haven't been as available as a clinician, and I wanted to explain why.

Sabbatical Updates

February 25th, 2022

I am celebrating my seven years as owner of Helmus Optometry with a purposeful pause on patient care. No, I’m not in a foreign country or ill. I playfully refer to this six-month hiatus from the exam room as a “sabbatical” because of our college town roots.

Receptionists Rising

January 2022

From time-to-time, patients make the comment: “It seems like your front desk staff is always changing.”

Reclaiming the Weekend

September 14, 2021

Effective the week of September 13, Helmus Optometry will be closed on Saturdays. Our office hours are now Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. This was not an easy decision; for 35 years we've operated six days a week. The main reasons for this schedule change are:

Clinic Improvements Ahead

July 14, 2021

Helmus Optometry is expanding this Summer! In order to improve flow, we will be moving half our team upstairs to our new administrative hub.

If You Skipped Your 2020 Eye Exam, You're Overdue!

March 24, 2021

Downtown Davis is opening up! Vaccines and testing rates in our city are second to none. Come support our downtown core businesses, starting with your annual eye exam at Helmus Optometry.

Caring for Your Eyes in Quarantine

July 30, 2020

I wanted to take a moment to send a warm hello, as well as keep you apprised of where I have been. Over the past few months, I have needed to temporarily pause my optometry role to take care of my kids and help with their schooling at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I am sure that many of you are in this same situation or have friends and family who are.

Farewell from Dr. Joann Helmus

July 2, 2020

I have long looked forward to the year 2020, thinking to myself "that will be a good year for eye doctors!" Instead, the effects of COVID-19 on our health and economy, along with current events, have highlighted the importance of connection to family and community (but in a physically distant way!).

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