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!
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.
For the second installment of our Save Your Vision series, we’re talking food!
Did you know that incorporating certain foods into your diet is one of the best ways to protect your vision? Eating your way to eye health, that’s right!
Here are the best eye healthy foods to add to your plate:
These delicious veggies contain the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which are antioxidants that may protect against cataracts and AMD.
Crunchy & satisfying, nuts like almonds and cashews are packed with vitamin E, which has been shown to reduce the risk of AMD. And walnuts and flaxseed contain omega-3 fatty acids which are known to support eye health.
These popular seafoods are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which support eye health as well as general health.
Berries (like blueberries)
Sweet treats from nature to support your eye health! Citrus fruits are full of eye healthy vitamin C, and so are berries like blueberries.
Add these eye friendly foods to your diet to support your eye health.
March is Save Your Vision month, and we’re talking about the best ways you can take of your vision and make sure you are seeing clearly for years to come. One of the best ways you can take care of your vision is by getting an annual comprehensive eye exam.
Comprehensive eye exams help to establish a baseline for your eye health. This enables you and your eye doctor to have conversations about your risk for certain eye diseases, to monitor your vision and to care for your whole health.
Let’s walk through what a comprehensive eye exam looks like.
1. After scheduling your appointment and submitting all your paperwork (which you can find here) you will arrive for your appointment. Our staff will greet you and make sure everything is in order. Please be sure to bring your current glasses and sunglasses to your appointment.
2. Your exam will start with preliminary testing – done in our office by a skilled technician. These tests include:
– Taking measurements of your eye’s focusing ability.
– Taking measurements of the front surface of the eye to determine if there is any astigmatism.
– You will undergo a visual field screening to determine any defect in your peripheral vision.
– You will then undergo macula pigment testing – a brand new, cutting edge test – that will determine your risk for macular degeneration. To read more about this testing – click here.
3. The doctor will then read over your chart, using the data from your tests to begin your exam.
4. Once you are with the doctor, a thorough ocular and medical history will be taken – be sure to mention any concerns with your family history as well. The doctor will address any new or old visual complaints.
5. The doctor will then test the eyes for distance, near and computer distances to determine your ability to see and how they work together.
6. The doctor then examines the exterior and interior portions of the eye looking for any abnormalities.
7. Any additional issues like dry eyes, allergies, styes, conjunctivitis, cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetes and uncontrolled blood pressure are reviewed and discussed as these can all effect overall eye and vision health.
8. Based on the findings of your appointment the doctor will write a prescription if needed and recommend a return appointment.
Exams help to maintain eye health and monitor any long term problems. Ready for your appointment? Schedule one here.
During the month of March we celebrate Save Your Vision Month, held every year since 1927.
Our commitment at eye2eye is to care for your vision so you can savor the most important moments in life, big and small.
Join us over the next couple of weeks as we share the most important steps you can take to care for your vision and help protect it for years to come.
To follow along, tune in here, visit our blog and follow us on Instagram.
To read the first post in our Save Your Vision series, click here.
Save Your Vision Series:
1. Comprehensive Eye Exams
2. Eye Healthy Foods
3. Dry Eye
In celebration of the last day of Fashion Week in New York, we pulled together our favorite trends for sunglasses in 2018. We’re seeing lots of bold shapes and colors, pushing the envelope on more traditional styles. In contrast, we do see lots of classic shapes making a comeback, like round sunglasses and wire frame eyewear. Keep scrolling to see our top 4 trends in sunglasses this year.
Rose gold, gold, millenial pink – we’re seeing it all. See the world through rose colored glasses with perfectly tinted frames.
Highly Reflective Lenses
Our Tom Ford sunglasses feature uber reflective lenses but look so chic on.
Bold Colors + Geometric
We love these frames from Prada, they feature bold color choices and design.
We’re loving the bold structures we’re seeing in sunglasses this year. They make a statement.
Love what you see? Come see us at our Hilltop or Del Ray locations and our expert opticians will get you outfitted in the season’s latest styles.
We are so excited to welcome Dr. Deepika Garg to the eye2eye team! Dr. Garg brings with her impressive credentials from Indiana University Bloomington and an enthusiasm for eye care that is a perfect fit for eye2eye and our patients.
“Eye care for me is much more than just work. Getting the opportunity to enhance and maintain people’s quality of life via their vision and eye health is something that I live for. I’m thrilled that eye2eye has given me this opportunity so that I can serve this wonderful community and build lasting friendships with my patients and with the amazing staff!”
We are thrilled to have her on our team and we think you will love her too.
To book an appointment with Dr. Garg, click here.
To learn more about Dr. Garg, read her full bio here.
It’s that time of year again! Time for the Boutique Warehouse Sale this Saturday 2/3! We’re so excited to be taking part in this year’s sale. We’ll have this season’s hottest sunglasses from your favorite designer brands like Tom Ford, Gucci, Kate Spade, Ray-Ban and more.
Here’s a few tips for shopping the sale & getting the best sunglasses from eye2eye:
- Can I use my FSA or HSA to purchase sunglasses? YES! You absolutely can, and we can even provide a receipt for you.
- Are the sunglasses several seasons old? Nope! These are spring season sunglasses that were just released – you’re getting the newest styles from your favorite designer brands.
- What time does the sale start? 9am sharp! But we suggest lining up early so that you can get the good stuff. There is great inventory available all day long & the crowd is controlled at the door – so it’s never too many people & stays an enjoyable shopping experience. There will be a raffle in the line this year.
- What other stores are participating? All of your favorite Alexandria boutiques – but you can click here to get a full list.
- Where can we park? Parking is available in the The United States Patent and Trademark Office East Garage, 551 John Carlyle Street, and the West garage at 550 Elizabeth Lane, Alexandria, Virginia
(Open at 24 hours/Rate $5)
For more details, visit their website.
Government Shutdown got you stuck at home and not at the office? We’ve opened extra appointments this week for government workers.
We have opened appointments at both locations, Del Ray and Hilltop.
Book an appointment online at both locations, just click here.
Or give us a call and we’ll get you scheduled.
Del Ray Office: 703-548-0122
Hilltop Office: 703-822-0570
Our Del Ray & Hilltop offices will open at 12pm Thursday 1/4/17.
If you need to reschedule an appointment, please call our offices. Thanks!