Archive for July 2015

Elizabeth’s Pick: Bevel Titanium

Elizabeth’s Pick: Bevel Titanium

Lic_picks_transOur staff picks are back this week! We’ve got a lightweight titanium frame from Bevel in the perfect summery plum color. Elizabeth chose this frame for many reasons – the first one being that this frame is made from 100% pure titanium and is lightweight and comfortable. Barely-there lightweight titanium frames are perfect for surviving the summer heat.

Elizabeth also loves these frames for their fabulous pop of color. Plum is a great color for many skin tones and the pop of green on the inside of the frames is a playful peek-a-boo green hue.

If you’re looking for comfortable, colorful and stylish frames – this Bevel style is perfect for you. Schedule an appointment and Elizabeth will help fit you for these fab frames.

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Founder’s Mission

Founder’s Mission

You’ve heard us talk a lot about our mission on this blog; from being locally conscious, to providing a preventative approach to eye care and the best lens technology available. We thought we would sum it up for you in a simple statement, a Founder’s Mission if you will. Here it goes…

Eye2eye optometry corner’s mission is to provide engaging, comprehensive, and preventative eye care with exemplary service to our community. We are committed to curating a collection of unique and high quality eyewear, utilizing the latest medical technologies to improve vision, health, and wellness of our patients.


Thank you, Nora!

Thank you, Nora!

We’re saying “thank you” to Nora Partlow, founder of St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub, for taking a big chance on a little neighborhood 19 years ago when she opened her coffee shop.

Thanks to Nora’s vision and example, our little neighborhood of Del Ray began to transform – restaurants, retail shops and yoga studios began to open on Mount Vernon Avenue, and Nora’s coffee pub St. Elmo’s was the anchor of this blossoming neighborhood. Eye2eye Optometry was able to open in this wonderful community because of Nora’s vision.

The time has come for her to pass the torch, and after almost two decades she is retiring from the coffee shop to pursue new adventures. Eye2eye Optometry Corner would like to thank Nora for taking that chance on Del Ray, and helping to make it the strong, local-minded community it is today.

To say thank you, we’ve decided to donate $500 to one of Nora’s favorite charities, the Capital Area Food Bank, but we need your help. All you have to do is like, share or comment on our Facebook post, once we reach 1,000 likes, shares and comments we’ll make the donation. Spread the word and say thank you to Nora!

We want to say thank you to Nora, founder of St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub, for taking a big chance on our little neighborhood…

Posted by eye2eye Optometry Corner on Saturday, July 18, 2015


The community is hosting a “Thank You” party for Nora on Sunday, see details below.

Please join Nora at Caboose Cafe, 2419 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Sunday, July 19 from 4-8 PM.

Locally Conscious: Kids Vision For Life

Locally Conscious: Kids Vision For Life

We are offered many opportunities to take part in community events, and we often say yes, especially when they benefit the community in important ways. So, when we were approached by the Essilor Vision Foundation to take part in the Kids Vision For Life mobile clinic, we were ecstatic and both Dr. A & Dr. Doan jumped on the opportunity.

Kids Vision For Life (KVFL) is a 501(c)(3) public charity founded by the Essilor Vision Foundation to provide FREE vision screenings, eye exams and glasses to school-aged children most in need without access to vision care. With their mobile clinic and in-school vision education programs, KVFL is a cost effective approach to removing poor vision as a barrier to children learning at their capacity.

Their mission is hugely important to helping create a better and brighter future for children who struggle with vision problems. To date they have performed over 519,000 free eye exams & over 135,000 pairs of free glasses to kids in need.

Dr. A & Dr. Doan staffed the mobile clinic right here in Alexandria last fall. They gave eye exams, vision screenings and helped fit children for free glasses.

Click here to follow us on Facebook and learn more about community events we take part in.

Follow our journey to becoming a Locally Conscious business here.


Locally Conscious: Apprenticeship Program

Locally Conscious: Apprenticeship Program

Part of being locally conscious is helping to ensure that we have future generations of strong leaders and well trained professionals. We participate in the Virginia Apprenticeship Council’s program for new and existing employees to begin an apprenticeship to become licensed opticians.

We believe programs like this set our opticians a bar above the rest. Our opticians participate in rigorous course study and must pass required exams. They experience practical hands-on training in optical laboratories; learning to fabricate lenses properly, and are required to acquire a minimum number of work hours prior to being allowed to take the exam for licensure.

By employing licensed and trained opticians we ensure your glasses are ordered and made correctly. Without our exceptionally trained and certified staff, you could end up paying for an inferior product that hasn’t been properly produced. There are many eyewear companies that hire only frame stylists, not certified opticians. That approach is not at the core of our mission.

We care deeply about our community and creating a program like this locally allows us to ensure that jobs stay local in Alexandria. Our patients and customers will interact with properly trained professionals, and future generations will have the ability to participate in an apprenticeship program as a career path.


Wounded Warriors Get A Donation Every Frame Sold

Wounded Warriors Get A Donation Every Frame Sold

We’ve had great success with our Wounded Warriors Project donation program and because of all the positive feedback, have decided to make it permanent. In an effort to give back to our community, especially our military community, we are making a donation to the Wounded Warriors Project for every pair of frames sold.

The Wounded Warriors Project provides necessary care for our military men and women, and their families after serious injuries. Their mission is to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.

Our mission at eye2eye is to provide eye care that gives back to the community, and supporting our service men and women is just one way we can do that.

To learn more about the Wounded Warriors Project, please visit their website.

To learn more about our efforts to give back to our community, please click here to read our Locally Conscious series.


Locally Conscious: InfantSEE

Locally Conscious: InfantSEE

In our Locally Conscious series, we’re sharing the stories of the organizations we work with to make our community a better place. We are committed to making sure that the dollars you spend in our business are invested into our community – and we do this by working with organizations like InfantSEE.

InfantSEE if an organization created by Optometry Cares, The AOA’s foundation, to provide no cost vision screenings to children under 12 months old as a public health service.

Here at eye2eye, Dr. Doan participates in the InfantSEE program, and the vision screenings she performs can help identify potentials problems. To see the benefits of the InfantSEE program in action, see the Facebook post below. 

THIS is why we do infant screenings through our InfantSEE® program. The joy on this sweet baby’s face is priceless. She’s also wearing Miraflex glasses, perfect for little ones.

Posted by eye2eye Optometry Corner on Saturday, July 11, 2015

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.

You can learn more about our InfantSEE services here.


Locally Conscious

Locally Conscious

We know how important it is to you to spend your dollars wisely, we feel the same way. You have many choices when it comes to healthcare and eye care providers, and we are consistently full of gratitude that you choose us as your eye care provider.

We are committed to making sure that the dollars you spend at our business find their way back to the community of Alexandria; a community that is so good to us. We have found many ways to give back to our community over the years – and over the next few days we’re going to share our experiences here on the blog and on social media. We’ll highlight the amazing organizations we’ve worked with and why we love supporting their causes right here in our own community.

Dr. Adamopoulos has ran her practice with the community in mind since the day eye2eye opened its doors, “Serving a customer base rooted in my community was and still is, a huge priority for me. I strive to be a community-driven healthcare practitioner, offering products and services to meet the needs of every stage of life – infants, children, teenagers, Moms, Dads, young adults, and aging eye care. I want to give back to the community that is so good to me,” said Dr. Adamopoulos.

So follow along over the next week as we share our stories of giving back, if you have a story you’d like share, use #eye2eyegivesback on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


Fireworks + Eyes: What You Need To Know

Fireworks + Eyes: What You Need To Know

The 4th of July is the ultimate summer celebration. And with it comes celebratory fireworks: professional firework displays, sparklers, roman candles, firecrackers and more.

According to, an estimated 10,500 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2014, with 7,000 of them during a one-month study period of June 20 to July 20, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. About 1,300 of the injuries during that month were eye injuries.

Did you know that sparklers are a major cause of firework related eye injuries each year? 19% of all injuries related to fireworks are eye injuries. The risk is for injury is much higher for ages 15-24 and children under 10. Firework safety starts with common sense, make sure to light fireworks from a distance, do not stand over fireworks when lighting them, keep children and pets at a safe distance and keep water around in case of a fire.

Follow these helpful safety tips from the American Optometric Association and your holiday celebration will be free of any accidents!

Firework Safety

1. Do not allow young children to handle fireworks and never leave them unsupervised near fireworks.

2. Wear protective eyewear when lighting and handling fireworks of any kind.

3. Refrain from purchasing sparklers. Heating up to 2,000 degrees, sparklers are the number one cause of fireworks injuries requiring trips to the emergency room.

4. Be aware of your surroundings and only light fireworks when family, friends and children are at a safe distance.

5. Be sure to keep a large bucket of water or hose handy for extinguishing fireworks and potential fires.

The best prevention you can take part in, is allowing the professionals to handle the fireworks at a professional display.

What to do for a Fireworks Eye Injury

If an eye injury from fireworks occurs, remember:

  • Seek medical attention immediately.
  • Do not rub your eyes.
  • Do not rinse your eyes.
  • Do not apply pressure.
  • Do not remove any objects that are stuck in the eye.
  • Do not apply ointments or take any blood-thinning pain medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen.

If an eye-related injury does occur, the best first aid to administer is to not touch the eye, call 911 immediately. Touching the eye may worsen the injury.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!