A once in a lifetime event coming to Alexandria and the DC area? How can we resist participating? With the DC area experiencing 81% of the solar eclipse, we’re sure you’ll want to rush out and experience this amazing natural event. While you should absolutely check out the solar eclipse on August 21st – there are certain precautions you should take to protect your vision and make sure you get see well after the eclipse.
Update Tuesday 8/15: We have given out our supply of eclipse viewing glasses. The following brands are available for purchase and are NASA approved glasses. To date four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17. You can find many of these viewers on Amazon.
Here’s a full list of approved reputable eclipse viewer vendors.
Don’t have eclipse glasses and can’t get your hands on a pair? Make a pinhole viewer! It’s a safe and fun way (especially for the kids) to make your viewer and see the eclipse. Here’s a great how-to from Wired.com on how to make your own pinhole viewer.
Eye2eye will be handing out FREE solar eclipse viewing glasses starting Saturday 8/12 while supplies last. Stop in & grab a pair so you can view this magnificent event safely.
Dr. A’s Guide to Viewing the Solar Eclipse Safely
1. Solar eclipse glasses or sun viewers must meet safety criteria. If they don’t meet safety requirements they could be fake and damaging to your eyes. Wearing just sunglasses to view the eclipse is not safe and you could experience damage to your eyes.
2. The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun. To date four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.
3. If lenses are damaged, scratched, or torn, DO NOT wear them.
4. Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright Sun. After glancing at the Sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the Sun.
5. Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. Similarly, do not look at the Sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury. Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.
6. Damage to your retina is permanent. If you experience retina damage you could have blurry central vision always, no more 20/20. You could also experience a loss of color perception and a lost of your cones located centrally.
Here’s a comprehensive safety guide from NASA about how to view the solar eclipse safely.
It’s that time of year again! Time to schedule your back to school comprehensive eye exams.
It is so important that children get a comprehensive eye exam before they start the school year, as typical vision screenings you may be familiar with (done at school or during physicals) often miss more than they find.
From the AOA:
“Current vision screening methods cannot be relied on to effectively identify individuals who need vision care. In some cases, vision screening may actually inhibit the early diagnosis of vision problems. Screenings can create a false sense of security for those individuals who “pass” the screening but who actually have a vision problem. These people are then less likely to receive treatment for their vision problem-and it could become worse.
Undetected and untreated vision problems can interfere with a child’s ability to learn in school and participate in sports. They can also affect an adult’s ability to do their job or to drive safely. The earlier a vision problem is diagnosed and treated, the less it will impact an individual’s quality of life.”
So in these final weeks of summer break, make an appointment for the kids (and yourself!) for a comprehensive eye exam at one of our two Northern Virginia locations, eye2eye Hilltop and eye2eye Del Ray.
To book appointments at either of our locations, click here.More
What’s the best part of having glasses (except for the whole being able to see well thing, of course)? All the fun accessories you get to add to your look!
Here’s a few of our favorite accessories for summer – find them all at our Hilltop location.
We’ve got cute cases that are #ootd ready.More
We’ve got guys eyewear options on lock at our Hilltop location. Shop the best brands like Tom Ford, Hugo Boss, Prada, Lafont and more. We’ve got eyewear and sunglasses that can be fitted with prescription lenses or treated lenses for guys who need protection from blue light, UV rays and glare.
Shop our mens eyewear selection at our Hilltop location or book an appointment at Hilltop here.
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Dr. A will be on Good Morning Washington on ABC7-News Channel 8 Tuesday 7/11 at the 8am hour! Tune in and hear Dr. A chat about digital eye strain and kids – what it is, how to prevent it, and what you need to know to protect your kids eyes from the damaging blue light emitted from digital devices.
Stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more details about her interview and when to tune it, as well as behind the scenes updates from the ABC7-News Channel 8 studios.More
We’ve got some seriously fantastic sunglasses and frames available at Thursday’s summer sidewalk sale. The sale is two hours only 5-7pm at BOTH locations, Del Ray & Hilltop. Click here for our office addresses and directions.
Find your favorite brands like Face a Face, Ray-Ban, Tom Ford, Kate Spade, Maui Jim, Woow Eyewear, State Optical and more for 50% off. This kind of sale at eye2eye is rare, so don’t miss it.
**All frames and sunglasses are 50% off, does not include lenses**More
Hook Dad up with a fresh look this Father’ Day. We’ve got his favorite brands like Ray-Ban, Maui Jim, Prada, Tom Ford and more. Or grab Dad a gift card and let him come in and pick out his favorite pair of sunglasses.
Don’t forget to run don’t walk to our Sidewalk Sale at BOTH locations Thursday 6/22 from 5pm-7pm. ALL frames and sunglasses will be 50%. You’ll save on frames and sunnies that almost never go on sale!
Shop these awesome sunglasses for Dad.More
Dr. Adamopoulos sat down and shared five important things you need to know about the sun and your eyes this summer.
Catch her UV safety tips, how to prevent skin cancer and how to keep the kids safe from the sun below. These tips will help your have a healthy, happy and fun summer.
eye2eye Del Ray is open and operating normal business hours Wednesday 6/14. If you have a scheduled appointment please give yourself extra time to get to eye2eye Del Ray and avoid using Monroe Street.
Our team here at eye2eye has the the victims of this incident, the entire Del Ray neighborhood, and the Alexandria community in our thoughts. Del Ray is our home, and where eye2eye started and we are deeply saddened by this incident. We’d like to thank the Alexandria Police, fire and EMS for their hard work to keep Alexandria safe.More