Archive for October 2017

Halloween Safety

Halloween Safety

Every year, we see patients who’ve injured their eyes using unsafe contact lenses or costume contact lenses. We want to share a few tips to help make sure you enjoy your Halloween without the creepy eye infection. Eye-ehancing or eye-changing contact lenses can be safe, if you do it right! Follow these easy dos and don’ts and your eyes will thank you.

DO:

  1. Make sure to schedule an eye exam with at our office or your local optometrist to be fitted for all contacts. This ensures that the product you’re purchasing are safe and fit properly.
  2. When putting in your new contact lenses, make sure you wash your hands before applying your contacts.
  3. Properly clean and store your lenses after each use. Ask your optometrist for advice on how to clean and store them, or click here to learn our recommendations.

DON’T:

  1. Buy contact lenses without a prescription.
  2. Buy at convenience stores, flea markets or retail shops or any other non medical shop. You risk infection and irreversible damage to your eyes.
  3. Swim while wearing contacts, costume contacts or vision correction contacts.
  4. Swap or share contacts with others – this is a definite no-no.
  5. Sleep in your contacts unless they’re specifically designated for that purpose,
  6. Wear longer than recommended.

Check out this helpful infographic from the AOA.
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Halloween Fest at Hilltop

Halloween Fest at Hilltop

Come on out to our Hilltop office in Hilltop Village Center (next to Wegmans) on Saturday, October 14th from 10:30am-3pm to enjoy a day of family fun at our first annual Halloween Fest!  We’ll have tons of fun activities for kids including face painting, balloon animals, and of course; trick or treating! Enjoy music, prizes, and fun the whole family can enjoy. You can even get in the spirit and debut your costumes if you want. It’s sure to be a great time, see you all there!

Our Hilltop office is located at:

Hilltop Office
6475 Old Beulah Street, Alexandria VA 22315

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Eye Safety & Sports

Eye Safety & Sports

Fall has arrived and school is in full swing, with that comes fall sports.

Protecting our kids eyes from sports related injuries can be overlooked, but it is one of the most common causes of eye injuries in children.

The top three most dangerous sports? Baseball, martial arts and basketball.

There are over 100,000 sports-related eye injuries per year, 42,000 of them end up in the ER and 13,500 of those injured go blind – 90% of these are preventable injuries by using proper eyewear.

The average cost of a basketball eye injury for a child under 15 is $3,996 – you could save over $3,00, and most likely more, by purchasing proper protective sports eyewear for your child.

To learn more about protective eyewear, schedule an appointment – we can help you discuss the best options for your child as well as fit them for protective gear.

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