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
We have had several patients mention that finding our new Hilltop office location using their GPS has been difficult. The Hilltop Village Center shopping center that eye2eye Hilltop is located in is brand new – even the roads are new! So, with the renaming of several roads leading into the shopping center, and the creation of new roads throughout the shopping center, it seems to be confusing GPS and navigational systems (including Google Maps, Waze, etc).
We wanted to help alleviate some of the annoyance with finding our new location. The best way to navigate to the new location is to enter the Alexandria Wegmans into your GPS.
Here is the Alexandria Wegmans address: 7905 Hilltop Village Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22315
Below is a map you can use to navigate to eye2eye Hilltop, simply plug in your starting address.
We are now accepting appointments at our new second location, eye2eye Hilltop. Eye2eye Hilltop is located in the Hilltop Village Center in Alexandria, near the new Wegmans. Please call 703-822-0570 to book an appointment at our new location.
Hilltop Village Center
eye2eye optometry corner
6475 Old Beulah St.
Alexandria, VA 22315
We’re excited to now offer two locations to help meet your eye care needs. Our new location, eye2eye Hilltop, will offer military discounts to those with active military IDs, the same unique, high quality selection of eyewear and the same exceptional service you’ll enjoy at our current Del Ray location.
Give us a call at 703-822-0570 to book an appointment at our new Hilltop location, or drop us a line at email@example.com with questions. We look forward to serving you at our two Alexandria locations!
We’ve got some exciting news for you! Eye2eye Optometry Corner will be opening our second location in the Hilltop Village Center, next to Wegmans.
Stay tuned for more details like our opening date and more, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to be the first to know.
Our vision is simple, to care for yours.
February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month. The good news about AMD is that there are many ways which we can combat its onset – including making changes to our diets. Do you have a family history of AMD? You may want to consider macular pigment testing, to help determine your risk – also annual comprehensive eye exams are crucial.
Even if you are not at risk for developing AMD – you can incorporate some wonderful foods into your diet that support overall eye and vision health. Watch our video below to find out which foods are best for feeding your eyes.
The carotenoids lutein (pronounced loo-teen) and zeaxanthin (pronounced zee-uhzan-thin), which are antioxidants and the only carotenoids located in the eye, may protect against cataracts and AMD.
One of the first large studies on carotenoids is the Eye Disease Case Control Study, in which diet was compared to the risk for developing AMD. Results found a significantly lower risk for developing the eye disease in people with high amounts of lutein+zeaxanthin in their blood. Also, those people eating a diet with the most lutein+zeaxanthin (as much as 5.8 milligrams (mg) per day) had a significantly lower risk for AMD than those whose diet contained the least amount (as low as 1.2 mg per day). Dietary studies confirmed the association between frequent consumption of spinach or collard greens, particularly good sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, and lower AMD risk. (source)
For more information about these AMD fighting antioxidants, click here.
To schedule an appointment to determine your risk for AMD or to schedule your annual exam, click here.
The Vision Council released a report on digital eye strain at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week.
Digital eye strain is caused by our increased use of digital devices and the exposure to blue light that is emitted by those devices. Digital eye strain is marked by symptoms including strained vision, blurry vision, dry eyes, red eyes, and neck, shoulder and back pain. Digital eye strain can be prevented and symptoms alleviated by the use of computer eyewear, including blue light blocking lenses and proper digital device eye-gonomics.
Below you’ll find the full report, but here we cover a few of the highlights and important takeaways.
Digital Eye Strain Report Quick Facts:
Nearly one-third of adults (30%) spend more than half their waking hours (9+) using a digital device.
72.5% of adults are unaware of the potential dangers of blue light to eyes.
TVs, smartphones & laptops make up the largest percentage of digital devices used.
The symptoms most commonly experienced as a result of digital eye strain are
- Eye strain, 32.8%
- Neck/shoulder/back pain, 32.6%
- Headache, 24%
- Blurred vision, 23.3%
- Dry eyes, 22.8%
Millenials & Gen-Xers are in the highest risk of over exposure category (With 37.4% and 32% spending 9 or more hours on digital devices a day respectively) , followed by boomers and kids.
Our eyes are exposed to various sources of blue light. emerging research suggests that this cumulative and constant exposure to blue light can damage retinal cells.vi this slow degradation could lead to long-term vision problems such as age-related macular degeneration (aMd) and cataracts.
Blue light-blocking lens materials such as blue attenuating anti-reflective lenses, or specialty filters, absorb specific wavelengths of high-energy blue light and limit penetration into the retina. If selecting blue light- blocking lenses, be aware that most varieties will distort color perception. These lenses can also help quell the effects of blue light on sleep.
Practicing proper eye-gonomics can help reduce the symptoms of digital eye strain.
It is important for consumers to be proactive about their vision health and to monitor if constant exposure to digital devices is impacting their eyes. While many individuals may be experiencing symptoms, they may not know there are products such as computer eyewear that can ease digital eye strain.
Click here to see the full report!
Dr. A is just back from her fun, informative and exciting trip to Las Vegas to attend the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the Digital Health Summit. And wow – did she see some awesome new tech and share lots of information with attendees about digital eye strain and the effects of using digital devices on our eye health. Below she shares her perspective on the experience.
“When I first arrived at the CES conference, I didn’t quite know what to expect. In my mind, I thought I would only see a roomful of new HDTV’s, smart phones, and audio equipment. I thought, what roll/impact will I have via The Vision Council at the Digital Health Summit that I will be attending?”, said Dr. A.
“This role became immediately evident the moment I stepped into the convention center. All around me, the very latest in health, fitness, wearable fit bands and new apps and devices that will allow people to be more proactive in maintaining and tracking their overall health.,” said Dr. A.
Dr. A participated in the CES and the Digital Health Summit with The Vision Council to promote eye-healthy use of digital devices and how to prevent and protect eyes from digital eye strain.
At The Vision Council booth, developers, engineers, and regular consumers were very interested to hear about how digital eye strain affects our everyday lives (including Survivor contestants and winner Tyson Apostol & Rachel Foulger). We demonstrated the innovative lens technology that is available with and without a prescription to help alleviate eye strain from looking at digital devices. The Vision Council released a report about digital eye strain, and found that we look at our digital devices more than 100x a day – this includes smart phones, tablets, laptops and desktops. These digital devices emit a blue light that can be damaging to our eyes as well as cause many other serious health concerns – including interrupted sleep.
The Digital Health Summit held a fireside chat, moderated by Lygeia Ricciadi, where Dr. A was a panelist. Many topics that connect our digital world to our health were discussed. Wearable health and wellness tracking devices were a topic of interest as well as the harmful blue light emissions from digital devices. See a recap of Dr. A’s fireside chat below.
Dr. A also got the opportunity to demo and try many of the new tech on display at the CES. Below is a rundown of her favorites and what they offer.
Dr. A’s Tech Picks CES 2015:
1. JINS MEME – Dr. A demoed this eyewear that tracks eye movements, blinking and more.
2. eyeSight – Dr. A demoed a touch-free interface that controls any screen with your fingers by using any camera on any device compatible with their software. Amazing!
3. Brothers Sewing – Automated sewing technology that will change how we use sewing machines.
4. Tobii Eye Experience – This technology uses your eye movements to scroll and click instead of a mouse. Dr. A was able to find Del Ray on Google Maps using just her eyes.
5. Rochester Optical 3D – These 3D and virtual reality glasses augment reality for patients suffering from vision-related medical conditions including macular degeneration.
6. Wonderwoof – Super adorable smart bow ties that track the health of your pet – from whether they have eat and drank to if they are stressed.
7. 3D Printing – Dr. A got to experience 3D printing in action – someday we may be able to 3D print a custom pair of frames for you!
8. Wearable Wellness Tracking – Wearables were everywhere – especially bands. These bands track everything from steps taken to heart rate and fitness information. Drawing the connection between these bands and health care professionals was a big topic of conversation at the Digital Health Summit.
9. SmartMat – The first interactive yoga mat that provides feedback and helps users to perfect their poses.
And a few more awesome tech ideas like interactive home tech (control the dishwasher from work!), curved TV screens to allow for a more enhanced visual experience, interactive 3D eyewear that allows you to read text and shift your gaze within the screen to view a 3D graphic like maps of what you’ve read (a great educational tool), and robotics – from cleaning your house to acting as your personal nurse aid – robotics were everywhere in all sizes!
“All in all, as an eye care provider I have an important role to play keeping my patients’ eyes and vision healthy. By utilizing the latest emerging technologies in health and wellness, I am able to be an active participant in my patients’ health. This technology enhances the open dialog with my patients about their personalized health plans and keeps me engaged with their concerns and questions about keeping themselves healthy,” said Dr. Dora.
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With 2014 coming to a close, we thought we’d share a few of our favorite moments that made 2014 such a great year! Thank you for being a part of it, we look forward to 2015 and spending another year with you.
We wish you and yours a very happy & healthy new year!