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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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3 Back to School Vision Problems

3 Back to School Vision Problems

The kiddos have been back in school for a little while now and as such, it is the ideal time to start monitoring for vision problems.

Here are a few important things to watch out for during the school year, as these issues may help you identify a vision problem. If you are noticing any of these issues, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam for your child.

  1. One out of four kids have an undetected vision problem. 
    Believe or it not, vision problems in childhood are very common and nothing to be alarmed about. While you may have visited your pediatrician and passed a simple vision screening, those screenings don’t always detect larger vision problems. A visit to your eye doctor for a comprehensive exam is the only way to fully assess vision health.
  2. Reading & Writing
    Is your child using their finger to help them follow along with reading and writing? Are they mixing up words? Do they complain of the words “doubling” while they read? Yes, some of these issues could be a learning disorder – but the first place to start is with their vision. Often their eyes are not working well together and a comprehensive exam can help us determine if that’s the case.
  3. Overuse of Digital Devices
    Kids are using digital devices in school and at home. The blue light emitted from these devices can cause what’s called digital eye strain. Symptoms of digital eye strain include dry, scratchy eyes, blurred vision, headaches, and fatigued eyes. An eye exam can help us confirm digital eye strain and we can get your child outfitted with lenses that protect against and filter out the damaging blue light – with or without a prescription.

If you notice your child experiencing any issues like trouble reading or writing, complaining of double vision, dry, scratchy or irritated eyes – schedule an appointment with your eye doctor for a comprehensive exam.

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Letter from Dr. Pham

Letter from Dr. Pham

Dr. Pham wanted to share a message to our patients and the Alexandria community she’s come to hold so dear. Read it below!

To My Dearest Patients and Alexandria Community,

As of the end of September, I will be relocating further west and will no longer be providing eye care services as part of the Eye2Eye team. Thank you for allowing me to play a critical role in you and your family’s eye care needs. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve you. I have especially enjoyed seeing our little ones, our Pediatric patients, here at Eye2Eye in these past few years and have so enjoyed seeing them grow from year to year right before my very own eyes (pun intended!). Although I will continue to practice and provide eye care services elsewhere, I will surely miss the warm and friendly faces I’ve come to know here in Alexandria. I am thankful for your trust in me as your eye care provider and am very confident that you’ll be in great hands with the Doctors and Staff at Eye2Eye.

If there is anything that you may need me to address prior to my departure, I highly encourage you to call and schedule an appointment with me between now and September 28th.

Warmest Regards,

Dr. VyVy Doan-Pham

To book an appointment with Dr. Pham before she leaves, please call or click here.

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Farewell Dr. Pham

Farewell Dr. Pham

We are saddened to announce the Dr. Pham will be leaving the eye2eye family to relocate.

Dr. Pham has been a huge part of the eye2eye family and words cannot express just how much we will miss her.

We are so incredibly grateful for her time with us at eye2eye, and we know many of her patients are too.

In honor of Dr. Pham, we are hosting a farewell party for her patients Wednesday 9/13 from 3pm-5pm at our Del Ray location.  We’d like to send her off in style and give her patients the opportunity to say goodbye.

We hope to see her now and again and wish her the best of luck in her new home!

Dr. Pham Farewell Party
Wednesday September 13th 3pm-5pm
Del Ray Location – 1502 Mt Vernon Ave Alexandria, VA

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Labor Day Hours

Labor Day Hours

Both our offices, Hilltop and Del Ray, will be closed on Labor Day, Monday 9/4.

We will reopen normal business hours Tuesday 9/5.

We hope you have a safe and happy holiday weekend.

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Signs of Eye Damage from Watching Eclipse

Signs of Eye Damage from Watching Eclipse

Many folks observed the eclipse on Monday – hopefully using approved eclipse viewing glasses or other safe techniques. But if you’re afraid that you may have eye damage from watching the eclipse – maybe you glanced at the sun, or are afraid your viewers weren’t approved here’s the signs of eye damage you can watch out for.

  1. It can take up to 12 hours for damage to become noticeable.
  2. Blurry vision, spots that linger can be a sign of damage.
  3. If your eyes hurt of felt strange after looking through approved viewers – it’s probably okay, it takes some time for your eyes to adjust back to normal.

If you are experiencing any of these signs – it may be worth it to make an appointment with your eye doctor to get things checked out.

Here’s some great photos of Dr. A and the gang checking out the eclipse!

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Source: NPR

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Back to School Sale

Back to School Sale
Get the kids ready for their best year yet with our back to school sale! Take advantage of this promotion Saturday 8/12 through Saturday 9/9.

Get FREE single vision lenses with the purchase of ANY frame.

Don’t forget to book your back to school eye exam!
**This offer is not valid with insurance or other offers, some restrictions do apply, see store for details.**
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Guide to Viewing the Eclipse Safely

Guide to Viewing the Eclipse Safely

A once in a lifetime event coming to Alexandria and the DC area? How can we resist participating? With the DC area experiencing 81% of the solar eclipse, we’re sure you’ll want to rush out and experience this amazing natural event. While you should absolutely check out the solar eclipse on August 21st – there are certain precautions you should take to protect your vision and make sure you get see well after the eclipse.

Update Tuesday 8/15: We have given out our supply of eclipse viewing glasses. The following brands are available for purchase and are NASA approved glasses. To date four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17. You can find many of these viewers on Amazon

Here’s a full list of approved reputable eclipse viewer vendors.

Don’t have eclipse glasses and can’t get your hands on a pair? Make a pinhole viewer! It’s a safe and fun way (especially for the kids) to make your viewer and see the eclipse. Here’s a great how-to from Wired.com on how to make your own pinhole viewer.

Eye2eye will be handing out FREE solar eclipse viewing glasses starting Saturday 8/12 while supplies last. Stop in & grab a pair so you can view this magnificent event safely.

Dr. A’s Guide to Viewing the Solar Eclipse Safely 
1. Solar eclipse glasses or sun viewers must meet safety criteria. If they don’t meet safety requirements they could be fake and damaging to your eyes. Wearing just sunglasses to view the eclipse is not safe and you could experience damage to your eyes.

2. The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun. To date four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.

3. If lenses are damaged, scratched, or torn, DO NOT wear them.

4. Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright Sun. After glancing at the Sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the Sun.

5. Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. Similarly, do not look at the Sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury. Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.

6. Damage to your retina is permanent. If you experience retina damage you could have blurry central vision always, no more 20/20. You could also experience a loss of color perception and a lost of your cones located centrally.

Here’s a comprehensive safety guide from NASA about how to view the solar eclipse safely.

Source: NASA

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Back to School Eye Exams

Back to School Eye Exams

It’s that time of year again! Time to schedule your back to school comprehensive eye exams.

It is so important that children get a comprehensive eye exam before they start the school year, as typical vision screenings you may be familiar with (done at school or during physicals) often miss more than they find.

From the AOA:

“Current vision screening methods cannot be relied on to effectively identify individuals who need vision care. In some cases, vision screening may actually inhibit the early diagnosis of vision problems. Screenings can create a false sense of security for those individuals who “pass” the screening but who actually have a vision problem. These people are then less likely to receive treatment for their vision problem-and it could become worse.

Undetected and untreated vision problems can interfere with a child’s ability to learn in school and participate in sports. They can also affect an adult’s ability to do their job or to drive safely. The earlier a vision problem is diagnosed and treated, the less it will impact an individual’s quality of life.”

So in these final weeks of summer break, make an appointment for the kids (and yourself!) for a comprehensive eye exam at one of our two Northern Virginia locations, eye2eye Hilltop and eye2eye Del Ray.

To book appointments at either of our locations, click here.

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