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Outstanding Dry Eye Practice Award

Outstanding Dry Eye Practice Award
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We’re thrilled to be awarded the Outstanding Dry Eye Practice Award from Eye Eco. Dr. A and our entire team at eye2eye are dedicated to helping dry eye patients find relief. It’s truly an honor to be recognized for our work in this area.

“Dry eyes affect more than 40 million Americans, but less than 5% of people have been properly diagnosed with Dry Eye Disease. Dry Eye Disease can cause many health issues including obscured vision, dry skin, and even blindness. It can be caused by many things – including time looking at screens. For most of us that activity isn’t going away anytime soon,” said Eye Eco.

We’re committed to our continued efforts to help dry eye patients deal with symptoms and find relief. If you’d like to learn more about our dry eye treatment options, click here.

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Save Your Vision: Dry Eyes

Save Your Vision: Dry Eyes
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In our third installment of the Save Your Vision series, we’re talking dry eyes. The risk of acquiring dry eye increases with age, we also see dry eye more commonly among post menopausal women. Common symptoms of dry eye include dry, red and inflamed eyes, as well as discomfort and sensitivity to light.

We’re sharing our best tips for relieving dry eyes below.

1. Use artificial tears – Preservative free artificial tear supplements are available. You want to choose a preservative free supplement in order to minimize your exposure to preservatives since you will be using the drops 2 or more times a 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. Use a humidifier – Add a humidifier near your desk at work and near your bed at home. At work, this will help alleviate some of the drier air you get in large office settings and even older buildings. At night, a humidifier would help because  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. Single use contacts – 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!  The best solution?  Single use contacts-what feels better than a clean, fresh lens on your eye each day?

5. Visit your eye doctor – Your eye doctor can make sure that there isn’t a larger problem at hand. They can also prescribe eye drops not available over the counter.

6. Diet – 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. Ask your doctor which supplement would be best for you.

7. Proper lid hygiene – Properly cleaning your eyelids helps to make sure that your tear ducts aren’t blocked – if they are blocked they can’t secrete the tears your eyes need to remain lubricated. While in the shower, use warm soapy water or a clean washcloth to gently clean your lids and eyelashes. Ladies, you have to get that makeup off at the end of the day!

8. Stay hydrated – Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will help ensure you are well hydrated.

If you are experiencing dry eyes and are looking for relief, schedule an appointment here. We can help you establish the cause of your dry eyes, and help you implement a wellness strategy to improve them.

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eyelove + Chronic Dry Eye

eyelove + Chronic Dry Eye
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Are you finding yourself using artificial tears often throughout the day? Do your eyes start to bother you when you’re reading, driving, checking email or browsing the web?

You may have chronic dry eye. Chronic dry eye can make life difficult, but it is entirely treatable with a few lifestyle changes and in some cases, prescription artificial tears.

Here is a great self evaluation you can take and bring in to your next appointment with our doctors. (Click here to download.)

Show yourself some eyelove with these dry eye reducing tips:

  • Getting enough sleep
  • Not over-wearing contact lenses
  • Wearing sunglasses outside
  • Taking breaks from staring at your computer
  • Using a humidifier in your bedroom or in the house
  • Lowering the speed of your ceiling fan
  • If you’re still suffering from dry eyes, make an appointment to visit our doctors & let’s have a chat.

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8 Tips to Ease Dry Eyes

8 Tips to Ease Dry Eyes
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1. Use artificial tears – Preservative free artificial tear supplements are available. You want to choose a preservative free supplement in order to minimize your exposure to preservatives since you will be using the drops 2 or more times a 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. Use a humidifier – Add a humidifier near your desk at work and near your bed at home. At work, this will help alleviate some of the drier air you get in large office settings and even older buildings. At night, a humidifier would help because  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. Single use contacts – 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!  The best solution?  Single use contacts-what feels better than a clean, fresh lens on your eye each day?

5. Visit your eye doctor – Your eye doctor can make sure that there isn’t a larger problem at hand. They can also prescribe eye drops not available over the counter.

6. Diet – 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. Ask your doctor which supplement would be best for you.

7. Proper lid hygiene – Properly cleaning your eyelids helps to make sure that your tear ducts aren’t blocked – if they are blocked they can’t secrete the tears your eyes need to remain lubricated. While in the shower, use warm soapy water or a clean washcloth to gently clean your lids and eyelashes. Ladies, you have to get that makeup off at the end of the day!

8. Stay hydrated – Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will help ensure you are well hydrated.

If you are experiencing dry eyes and are looking for relief, schedule an appointment here. We can help you establish the cause of your dry eyes, and help you implement a wellness strategy to improve them.

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Menopause & Dry Eyes

Menopause & Dry Eyes
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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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5 Tips for Winter Dry Eyes

treatingdryeyes2The winter months mean more than just cold – it usually means dry air. Its dry outside and with forced air heating systems, it can be very dry inside too. Your eyes need more moisture in the drier months. Dry eyes can be very irritating and sometimes interfere with work and play. Here are a few steps you can take to help soothe and prevent dry eyes from Dr. Dora;

1. Increase Omega-3 Intake
Whether through eating more foods rich in Omega-3, like salmon, walnuts, pasture-raised meat and soybeans, or by taking an Omega-3 supplement. You should check with your doctor before taking any supplements to make sure they do not interfere with current medications. Omega-3’s help to increase your tear film. As a bonus – they will improve your hair and nail cuticles!

2. Use a Humidifier
There are a lot of great small scale humidifiers on the market that you can use in your office or home, but sleeping with one next your bed is a great way to help prevent dry eyes. Click here to find practical (and good looking) humidifiers!

3. Stay Hydrated
It is always important to drink lots of water and stay hydrated, but it can seem less important when the weather is cold. You still need to stay hydrated even though you aren’t sweating and overheating (hard to imagine being hot in this cold snap isn’t it?). Bringing a reusable bottle to work or keeping one around your home can help remind you to drink up!

4. Switch to Daily Contact Lenses
Consider making the switch to daily contact lenses during the drier season. Dailies ensure that you have a fresh clean lens on  your eye everyday, this in turn decreases dryness. If you interested in learning more about daily contact lenses, schedule an appointment or give us a call!

5. Proper Lid Hygiene
Properly cleaning your eyelids helps to make sure that your tear ducts aren’t blocked – if they are blocked they can’t secrete the tears your eyes need to remain lubricated. While in the shower, use warm soapy water or a clean washcloth to gently clean your lids and eyelashes.

Follow these tips to help relieve your dry eye symptoms this winter! As always, if you feel it more serious or you are having pain or redness, please schedule an appointment to come in and have your eyes examined.

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Save Your Vision: Digital Eye Strain

Save Your Vision: Digital Eye Strain
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We’re here, our last installment in our Save Your Vision series. If you haven’t checked out our other posts, click here to see a full roundup of each post. These are great tips for taking good care of your vision, so you won’t want to miss them.

In our last post, we’re chatting about digital eye strain. As we use more and more devices, we begin to see the effects of digital eye strain more and more. Digital eye strain is defined as the physical discomfort experienced after two or more hours of staring at a screen. You might experience symptoms like dry, red or irritated eyes, blurred vision, fatigued eyes and back, neck or shoulder pain. You may also experience headaches. The symptoms of digital eye strain are not permanent and should dissipate after you discontinue use of digital devices. But, there could be long term damage as a result of digital eye strain.

The strain that focusing on mid-range digital screens causes our eyes tires the eye’s focusing system, causing possible long term damage. Another damaging element of digital eye strain and digital devices is the high-energy visible (HEV) or blue light emitted by these devices. Research suggests that overexposure to HEV light can damage the retina and increase the likelihood and severity of eye disorders like age-related macular degeneration and cataracts (source).

The Vision Council finds that six in 10 adults are unaware of the harmful consequences of HEV light – chances are you may be one of them. Here’s what you should know and how you can help reduce the likelihood of the long term damaging effects of digital eye strain;

1. The optical industry has developed several technologies that help address the causes of digital eye strain. Computer glasses are designed for the mid-distance range of computer screens, and they help bring digital content into focus. Computer glasses can be combined with special lens coatings and tints to help reduce screen glare and block out harmful HEV and blue-violet light. 

2. Always be sure to use the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. 

3. Be sure your workstation is optimized for your eyes with proper lighting, seat adjustments and monitor settings. 

4. Enlarge your computer’s text, this can also be done on your smartphones and tablets. Enlarging the text helps to reduce strain. 

5. This may be the simplest thing you can do – remember to blink. Staring at computer screens can dry your eyes. If you think you may be suffering from chronic dry eyes – schedule an appointment and we can help you. 

If you spend a lot of your time behind the screen and find that you are suffering from the symptoms of digital eye strain, stop in and let Dr. A discuss options for how to help you. There are a wide range of options including computer glasses.

Click here to make an appointment at eye2eye Optometry Corner!

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WUSA9: Dr. A & Digital Eye Strain

WUSA9: Dr. A & Digital Eye Strain
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Dr. A sat down with Ellen Bryan over at WUSA9 to chat about digital eye strain and how to find relief. The biggest takeaway – you may be experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain and not even know it.

If your eyes are feeling dry, scratchy (sandy) or tired at the end of the day it may be time to visit your eye care professional and talk about digital eye strain. There are so many easy fixes like protective lenses, lubricating drops, and simple tips like the 20/20/20 rule (every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds).

Check out Dr. Adamopoulos on WUSA9 with Ellen Bryan below!

If you feel like it’s time to chat with our skilled team at eye2eye about digital eye strain, click here to book.

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Do’s & Don’ts of Eye Makeup

Do’s & Don’ts of Eye Makeup
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We’re lucky to have Dr. Pham at our practice, not only is she a wonderful optometrist but she also enjoys makeup. We asked her to give us her top do’s and don’ts for eye makeup, since there are good and bad ways to apply and care for your eye make up that can negatively affect your eye health. Follow her 6 do’s and don’ts to keep your eyes healthy and your makeup on point.

1. Wash eyeshadow brushes and face brushes (blush, contour, etc) once a month with mild (baby) shampoo. Squeeze excess water and allow to air dry. Regularly washing your brushes prevents bacteria build-up, keeping them clean and safe to use. 

2. Avoid oil-based eye makeup removers or removers that contain stronger chemicals. These type of makeup removers may disrupt the lid margin and glands. Use more sensitive eye solvent removers to prevent clogging of lid glands. Eye2eye carries a fantastic brand called We Love Eyes that was created by an optometrist, learn more about it here

3. Some makeup (liquid foundations, liquid eyeliners, gel liners, concealers, etc) have an expiration date. Dispose of them properly for better hygiene and to help prevent breakouts. All expiration dates are listed on beauty products, check the date and toss if it’s expired. 

4. For pencil eye liners (even lip liners), use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to disinfect the liner pencil once a month. This keeps bacteria and other yucky stuff at bay. 

5. Avoid sharing make-up as it is very likely and easy to transfer bacteria and infections from one makeup lover to another. 

6. Avoid wearing eyeliner on the “water line”, while it’s a popular technique, it is also bad for your eyes. 

Book an appointment with Dr. Pham here.

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Gift Idea: We Love Eyes Cleansing Oil

Gift Idea: We Love Eyes Cleansing Oil
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Tis the season for stuffing stockings and piling gifts under the tree!

We’ve got gifts for everyone on your list – from sunglasses to frames. Today we’re sharing one of our favorite gift ideas for your make-up lovers (and eye care obsessed). We Love Eyes is a fantastic line of eyelid cleansing products that uses natural + non-toxic ingredients to make your eyes feel happier, brighter and look beautiful.

This tea tree eyelid cleansing oil is a perfect stocking stuffer. Have red, itchy or irritated eyes? You may have blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids) or dry eyes caused by greasy eyelid debris: bacteria, dirt, demodex mites and allergens. Read: it’s affecting your life and your smile. Say goodbye to soap & water and put this all natural, vegan, cruelty-free cleanser in the palm of your hand instead.

Swing by our Hilltop or Del Ray locations and pick up a bottle of We Love Eyes eyelid cleansing oil!

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