Archive for February 2014

Frames Friday: Best Seller Twiggy

Frames Friday: Best Seller Twiggy

This Friday’s featured frame is one of our best sellers for women – the Orgreen Twiggy frame. Fashionable, sophisticated, fun and fresh – this frame has it all. Available in a wide range of colors this frame is feminine but not frail. Described by Orgreen as a “lovely petite model in a cat eye shape, revamped for today’s modern look,” this frame is perfect for the modern gal.

The name says it all for us – inspired by and named after the 60’s icon Twiggy! This frame is made using flat titanium with laser cut and shaped temple details. The Twiggy is lightweight and comfortable – designed for years of stylish wear! All Orgreen frames are designed in Denmark and handcrafted in Japan.

Want to get this look? Stop in this weekend and try them on, they are after all, one of our best sellers!

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Menopause & Dry Eyes

Menopause & Dry Eyes

Did you know that about 61 percent of perimenopausal and menopausal women suffer from dry, itchy eyes — but only 16 percent of them realize that menopause is to blame? This according to the Society for Women’s Health Research.

If you are experiencing menopause and dry eye symptoms you may be left asking, what can you do about it?

First of all, we must correctly identify the symptoms of dry eyes: consistent dryness, blurred vision that fluctuates, light sensitivity, burning and a gritty sensation are the main symptoms to look out for. Excess tearing is also a symptom of dry eyes. People often confuse this with not having dry eyes, but the body is actually trying to compensate from the lack of moisture by producing more tears.

Once we’ve identified the symptoms and diagnosed dry eyes, we can discuss ways to manage the symptoms. Luckily there are several options for  finding relief and minimizing symptoms. Below we discuss a few options.

1. Preservative free artificial tear supplements. You want to choose a preservative free supplement in order to minimize your exposure to preservatives since you will be using the drops 2-3x per day.

2. The 20/20/20 rule. When working on the computer or reading, every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Computer use and reading decrease your blink rate and the surface of your eye dries out faster than normal.

3. Add a humidifier near your desk at work and near your bed at home. Sometimes your eyelids may not close all the way while sleeping and the exposed surface will dry out faster. A humidifier helps to keep your eyes moist throughout the night.

4. If you are a contact lens-wearer, decrease your wear time in your contact lenses. Your days of over-wearing your contact lenses are over…If you want to stay a happy, comfortable wearer, take out lenses earlier and wear your glasses. Give your eyes more of a break!

5. See your eye care professional for prescription eye drop options. Restasis is the only eye drop available on the market that stimulates your body to produce its own tears.

6. Improving your diet. Increase your intake of salmon, tuna, walnuts and flaxseed. They are all great sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. You may also take an Omega-3 supplement.

If you are suffering from dry eyes and think it may be related to menopause, make an appointment with us and we’ll help you navigate your options.

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FAQs: Windex & Loose Glasses

FAQs: Windex & Loose Glasses

As an optometrist, Dr. A gets a lot of questions from her patients about how to properly care for their eyeglasses as well as questions about common problems they encounter.

In our Most Frequently Asked Questions series on the blog, we are addressing common questions from patients! Today’s post is all about eyeglasses, caring for them, how to clean them and why that one side always seems to be loose.

1. How do I properly clean my glasses?
Ideally, use the spray and microfiber cloth given to your by the optician. At eye2eye, every time you purchase a pair of eyeglasses, we provide you with a cloth and cleansing spray. In a pinch, you can use dishwashing soap only (non abrasive, cuts grease) and a 100% cotton cloth to wash/wipe with. Be sure the cloth the is clean and free of debris, debris could scratch your lens.

2. Is an ammonia based product, like Windex, safe for my glasses?
This is a big no-no and a common misconception. NEVER use ammonia based products on your lenses as they will strip the coatings and damage the surface of your lenses. If you don’t have your optician-provided cleanser handy – use a soft cloth and dishwashing liquid.

3. My glasses seem to always be loose on just one side.  Why is this happening?
Use TWO hands to remove/put on glasses. If you frequently take off your glasses with one hand (usually your dominant) that side will stretch more, causing it to feel loose on one side. You can always stop in to eye2eye for a quick adjustment if you need one!

4. Is it okay to have my glasses on top of my head when not in use? It makes an easy headband!
Oh the glasses-on-top-of-the-head move! Firstly, your glasses will stretch out and not fit properly on your face if you wear them on top of your head. Secondly, the oils and products you use in your hair gradually build up deposits in the grooves where your lens sits, these deposits are very difficult to clean. Lastly, while they may seem small – your hair fibers will scratch the lenses over time, you can avoid that long-term damage by just leaving them on your desk.

5. I only use my glasses for driving.  May I leave them in the car?
Of course it is logical to want to leave glasses that you use strictly for driving in the car – but extreme cold and warm temperatures will affect the acetate, lenses and metal of your frames. Your glasses can warp, become misaligned and that can result in an improper fit. Feel free to stop into the optical for an inspection and re-adjustment if needed.  A badly fitting frame will yield poor visual results.

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Frames Friday: Winter Sale Event + Kate Spade

Frames Friday: Winter Sale Event + Kate Spade

This week’s Frames Friday featured frame is the Kate Spade Aida black & ivory frame! Find this frame and many other brands like Juicy, Carrera, Gucci and Marc by Marc Jacobs during our Winter Sale Event this Saturday 9am-2pm. During our Winter Sale Event save $100 off a complete pair purchase*!

All of our styles are available for everyone in the family – kids, teens, women and men! You won’t want to miss out on these huge savings – purchase a new pair of glasses for the spring, sunglasses – or a back up pair!

The sale only runs from 9am-2pm, so hurry in!

*Cannot be combined with insurance discounts.
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Vision Health: Family History & Preventative Care

Vision Health: Family History & Preventative Care

In optometry, as well as in medicine, family history can tell us so much about what diseases to look out for and how to take steps to prevent them. Sometimes it can seem like a bit of puzzle – one side of the family has a history of cataracts, the other macular degeneration.

How you can make sure you are taking steps to reduce the likelihood that it will happen to you? Some age-related vision problems can be delayed by practicing good vision health habits. In this blog post, Dr. A discusses common vision problems, what to expect and how to ensure your vision is healthy now to set the stage for healthy vision later.

I have a family history of cataracts.  What do I need to know for myself?
Cataracts will eventually develop in everyone and the age when it starts to occur varies.  Cumulative UV exposure, diabetes, and trauma trigger cataracts to form earlier.  A cataract is like having a “film” over your vision that slowly dims and blurs your normal sight. The onset of cataracts can be delayed by ensuring proper UV protection – wearing a good pair of sunglasses with 100% UVA/UVB protection. Taking steps towards diabetes prevention will also help prevent the early onset of cataracts. Eating a diet with plenty of leafy greens and healthy fats also helps to protect your eyes, read more about 5 steps you can take today towards healthier vision in this blog post from the doctor.

I have a family history of age-related macular degeneration.  How do I protect myself?
Lutein and Zeaxanthin have proven roles in reducing the risk of AMD. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are both carotenoid nutrients found in leafy greens like spinach, kale and carrots. Diet, UV protection, and cessation of smoking are all important factors to reducing your risk of AMD.  Your doctor will be able to detect any early signs of AMD during your exam and consult you accordingly. Again, taking preventative steps is key to ensuring that your vision is healthy for as long as possible.

If you have a family history of vision problems or eye diseases, make an appointment with Dr. A to discuss this history and exam your eyes for any early symptoms.

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Frames Friday: Happy Valentine’s Day!

Frames Friday: Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day from eye2eye! We thought we would highlight a frame fit for the occasion, the Face a Face Sorel in red and black! This stylish frame is perfect for adding a splash of color to any look – especially a little red for your Valentine!

Today & tomorrow are the perfect days to stop in and get score a new pair of stylish frames for a great price! Our 20/20 Sweetheart Sale is going on today and tomorrow – stop in with a friend or loved one and you both save 20% off your purchase of a complete pair of eyeglasses.

Want to schedule an appointment – click here! Or just stop in during our 20/20 Sweetheart Sale!

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20/20 Sweetheart Sale!

20/20 Sweetheart Sale!

Take advantage of our 20/20 sweetheart sale and save 20% on a complete eyeglass purchase when you come in with a friend, loved one or your sweetheart! The sale is three days only – February 13th, 14th & 15th – so stop in with your sweetie and take advantage of the savings!

To book an appointment click here – or just stop by and save!

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Frames Friday: Zero G Lawrence

Frames Friday: Zero G Lawrence

This week’s featured frame is from Zero G – an elite in the eyewear industry.

Zero G produces some seriously zero gravity eyewear – this eyewear looks sleek and sexy and very modern. Celebrities galore love to rock Zero G frames – from LeBron James to Larry King – Zero G frames look distinguished and cool on nearly everyone.

Boasting zero gravity weightlessness, Zero G frames are modern, timeless designs designed in California. The frames themselves are handcrafted in Japan. All Zero G frames are hypoallergenic, 40% lighter than stainless-steel, and cut from a single sheet of surgical-grade titanium.

The frame pictured above is the Zero G Lawrence frame, perfect for men with larger heads that have trouble finding a good fit from other brands. The Lawrence frame is offered in black, brown and brushed blue steel. Interested in scheduling a fitting to see if they are right for you? Click here to make an appointment!

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Dr. A’s FAQs: Part Time Contact Lenses

Dr. A’s FAQs: Part Time Contact Lenses

Dr. Adamopoulos gets a lot of similar questions from her patients, so we decided to start a frequently asked questions series on the blog to address some common concerns that may also interest you.

This week’s post is about part time contacts. Many patients wear glasses a majority of the time, and enjoy it. They may prefer the feel of glasses or enjoy adding to their daily style with a fashionable pair of frames. But sometimes, wearing glasses can be inconvenient, for example at the gym, when running or exercising, or when on vacation. Her patients often ask for a part time alternative to glasses. Dr. A has the answer – part time contact lenses!

There are many comfortable, affordable contact lens options that are single use. Single use lenses allow you to wear the contact lenses for the activity you want and then simply throw them out.  No fuss, no cleaning, no maintenance. You can keep a supply of lenses on hand for trips to the gym and vacations or whenever you might want to go without glasses.

If you are interested in more information about part time contact lenses or daily-wear, disposable contact lenses, schedule an appointment with Dr. A or Dr. Doan!

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Healthy Aging: 5 Changes in Vision Over 40

Healthy Aging: 5 Changes in Vision Over 40

Lots of changes occur in our vision throughout our lifetime, but some of the most notable changes come after age 40. This is also when we must start to pay closer attention to our vision to detect and prevent diseases.

The five most common changes most folks 40 or over might recognize are:

1. The need for more light. 
Being able to read in a dimly lit room is probably much harder than it used to be. Using more lamps or brighter bulbs will help make reading easier.

2. Difficulty reading or doing close work on a laptop, newspaper or book. 
The lens in your eye becomes more flexible over time, making it harder for your eyes to focus. Make an appointment with Dr. A or Dr. Doan, we can help you find lens solutions to fit your needs.

3. Experiencing problems with glare. 
Changes in the lens of your eye cause light entering the eye to be scattered rather than focused precisely on the retina, this in turn creates more glare. You may experience this when you are driving and notice increased glare from headlights and the sun on windshields.

4. Changes in the way you perceive color. 
Typically, the lens located inside your eye is clear. Over time it may start to discolor making it harder to see and distinguish between certain shades of colors.

5. Reduction in tear production.
As you age your tear glands will produce fewer tears.  Your eyes may feel dry and irritated. Having an adequate amount of tears is an essential element in keeping your eyes healthy and maintaining clear sight. You can read our blog about how to minimize dry eye symptoms here. If you feel like you are struggling with particularly dry eyes, make an appointment with Dr. A or Dr. Doan.

 

Source: AOA

 

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