Here at ey2eye, Dr. Doan participates in a wonderful program that provides free vision screenings for infants 6-12 months of age called InfantSEE. We wanted to share with you a few of the great benefits of this program on the blog today.
The American Optometric Association recommends scheduling your baby’s first eye assessment at 6 months of age. When you come in for your visit, Dr. Doan will test for a few of the following things:
- excessive or unequal amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism
- eye movement ability
- eye health problems
While these problems are not common, early screening and detection makes it much easier to treat any vision problems. The goal of the InfantSEE program is to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an essential part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. Research shows that at 6 months of age, many of a baby’s vision functions are fully developed, making this the perfect time to get their vision and eye health screened.
Here are some facts and fun exercises and activities you can do with your baby to foster their developing eyes and vision:
Birth to 2 Months
- Within a short period of time after birth, your baby’s eyes will be able to focus on objects less than a foot away, like Mom’s face while nursing.
- Research shows that complex shapes and high contrast targets best stimulate baby’s vision – when decorating baby’s room, include decor that is bright, contrasted and varied.
- Your baby is learning to look at two months old, its normal for their eyes to not always track together and should only be a concern if they are never track together.
- Stimulating both sides of the body by moving a child’s arms or legs simultaneously, as parents tend to do naturally, is helpful in fostering appropriate bilateral and binocular development.
- During the first months, your baby will start to follow moving objects with their eyes as well as reach for things. Eye hand coordination and depth perception are starting to develop as well.
- Keep reach-and-touch toys within your baby’s focus, about eight to twelve inches
- Hang a mobile above and outside the crib.
- Use a nightlight in your baby’s room.Change the crib’s position frequently and your child’s position in it.
- A trip to the optometrist! Dr. Doan will test for many vision issues as well as assess their vision. Take part in the InfantSEE program and receive a free screening.
- Let your baby explore different shapes, colors and textures with their fingers.
- Give your baby the freedom to crawl and explore.
- Play games like patty-cake or peek-a-boo.
- Your baby is mobile now, being attracted to objects in their visual environment. He is using both eyes together to judge distances, and is grasping and throwing objects with greater precision. Crawling is important for developing eye-hand-foot-body coordination.
- Give your baby stacking and take apart toys.
- Provide objects your baby can touch, hold and manipulate.
If you would like to take part in the InfantSEE program, the exam is free of cost but you do need an appointment, click here to schedule one or call our office at 703-548-0122.
We have some very exciting news for eye2eye patients! We are now an official Google Glass provider! We will be receiving the kits for mounting soon but our optical staff is trained on how to put a prescription in glasses for those who need it.
Once we get the kits, we will be able to share so much more exciting information about this amazing technology. For now, here are a few frequently asked questions from the American Optometric Association
- Can I drive while wearing Google Glass?
Just as you wouldn’t text and drive, you shouldn’t use the device while driving.
- I have poor vision in my right eye. Can I still wear Glass?
Optometrists who have used Glass say it’s probably best to wear the screen over the dominant eye. However, Glass is only available with a right-eye-positioned screen.
- I’ve been diagnosed with dry eye. Will Glass make it worse?
Looking up repeatedly to access the Glass screen could exacerbate dry eye, some optometrists speculate, but symptoms could be less pronounced with a glance as opposed to a prolonged stare.
- Can you fit me with prescription lenses for Glass?
Currently, Glass is mounted to a specially designed frame with nonprescription lenses. However, Google announced prescription lenses may be fit to the frames with help from eye care providers.
Stay tuned to our blog and newsletters for updates about Google Glass!
With play beginning in just two days for the 2014 Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta Georgia, we thought this was the perfect time to discuss golfers and their eyewear technology.
Most professional golfers wear sunglasses, especially if they have a prescription. But wearing their prescription sunglasses isn’t just about correcting their vision – its about enhancing it. Proper lens tint and optics help to reduce overall brightness while maintaining 100% of true color perception, which is crucially important for golfers who need to decipher intricate green conditions.
The Shamir lens company has create a golf lens that has revolutionized sport sunglasses and resolves common issues like distortion of color and difficulty seeing through multiple zones clearly.
To understand Shamir’s lens technology, we must understand how your vision works at different ranges. There are essentially three zones that make up your range of vision, these zones determine your ability to see objects close to your eyes, objects midway from your eyes and objects far away from your eyes.
The three zones are your near vision zone, your intermediate vision zone and your distance vision zone. Progressive lenses correct and improve vision in all three zones using seamless lens technology. Many athletes and golfers who need multiple zone corrections choose to wear progressive lenses.
What Shamir has done is optimize these progressive lenses for the specific needs of golfers. Often golfers were struggling to see their feet clearly through the intermediate zone in their current progressive lenses. Shamir developed technology that creates a longer focal point in the intermediate zone of their lenses – this helps golfers wearing progressive lenses to see the ball at their feet, better than ever before.
If you find yourself hitting the green often or golf is a favorite pastime – now is great time to stop in and discuss how Shamir lens technology can help you bring your best game. Just like a good club, a good swing and good pair of shoes – a good pair of sunglasses is an essential tool in a great golf game.
Schedule an appointment for a vision evaluation or stop in to learn more about the wide range of lens technology we offer!
Find big savings for your little one at eye2eye
April 3rd-5th! Buy one complete pair of kids glasses and get a second pair for $50. This is the perfect opportunity to get a back up pair for home, school or Grandma’s house. Its also a great time to get a pair of sunglasses for spring outdoor activities and a pair of glasses for play – so they don’t destroy their good pair for school!
Kids outgrow their clothes and they also outgrow their frames. If children’s frames are too tight or don’t fit properly, not only will your child be uncomfortable they won’t see properly either.
This sale is three days only, so don’t miss out, stop in April 3rd-5th!
*Offer cannot be combined with insurance discounts.