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.
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.
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
Dr. A will be on Good Morning Washington on ABC7-News Channel 8 Tuesday 7/11 at the 8am hour! Tune in and hear Dr. A chat about digital eye strain and kids – what it is, how to prevent it, and what you need to know to protect your kids eyes from the damaging blue light emitted from digital devices.
Stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more details about her interview and when to tune it, as well as behind the scenes updates from the ABC7-News Channel 8 studios.
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.
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.
Dr. A was recently featured in 20/20 Magazine, an optical industry publication. We wanted to share a small blurb from her feature article, as it has important information about how to be screen smart and protect your eyes from our ever-increasing use of digital devices.
EYE TO I-PHONE (Original article here)
“Dora Adamopoulos, OD, owner-practitioner of Eye2Eye Optometry Corner in Alexandria, Va., is a proponent of digital eye strain treatment and education. In recent years and months, she has served as a consultant to The Vision Council, helping produce its 2015 digital eye strain report, “Hindsight is 20/20/20: Protect Yourself from Digital Devices,” and she regularly blogs about the topic on her practice website, myeye2eye.com.
“We need to remember patients in their 50s and older are also using devices,” says Adamopoulos. And she’s not speculating—according to The Vision Council report, nearly 64 percent of adults in their 50s report digital eye strain symptoms, and 37 percent of adults 60-plus spend five or more hours on digital devices daily. “We’re making sure we are addressing retired folks as well,” she says. “Probing a little bit allows us to give them a lot of options they didn’t know existed.”
These options include single vision, high-fitting bifocal, occupational, progressive and computer progressive lenses, with treatments and filters including anti-reflective coating (to reduce blue light reflection), amber/yellow filters (to minimize harmful blue and violet light emitted from digital devices), and HEV filters and coatings (designed to block out high-energy visible or blue light).
In addition to wearing and displaying blue light reflecting and filtering lenses, Adamopoulos performs in-office demos in the exam lane, where she sits patients down at a desk with a computer to simulate their work environment. While they are seated, she might turn on fluorescent lights or instruct them to take out their tablet or smartphone. “Don’t just tell them, show them,” she says. “It’s almost common sense.”
Adamopoulos also suggests sharing tips outside of appropriate lenswear, such as gradually decreasing screen brightness over the course of the day.
“If a major company is doing that, you as the practitioner should be up on it,” Adamopoulos says. “I don’t want patients to see that and say, ‘I didn’t know that,’ or ‘my doctor didn’t tell me that.’” – See more at: http://www.2020mag.com/l-and-t/59735#sthash.KrAlDzkw.dpuf”
Want to learn more about digital devices & how to protect your eyes? Schedule an appointment and let Dr. A walk you through it.
Dr. Adamopoulos spoke with the Washington Post recently about digital eye strain and the effects of digital devices. The piece came out in WaPo today, on the heels of the Vision Council’s new report about digital eye strain released last week at CES in Las Vegas (click here to see what’s in the report).
Here’s a few excerpts from the Washington Post article, click here to read the whole thing.
“Dora Adamopoulos, a medical adviser to the Vision Council and an optometrist at Eye2Eye Optometry Corner in Alexandria, Va., said in an interview that more and more young people have been coming in to her practice in recent years complaining that their eyes are tired, red, burning or feel as though they have sand in them.
“I’m getting the millennials coming in feeling symptoms you used to feel in your early 40s,” she said. Often, all they need is to reduce their use of the devices, take frequent breaks and maybe get filtering lenses.”
Adamopoulos said she was “really surprised” by just how much time people are spending on screens these days.
“When you really look at some of the data, children especially, and the length of time [they are] spending — and on not just one device but multiple devices — it’s astounding,” she said. In the report, many parents said they allow their children to use devices for three or more hours a day.
Want to learn more about digital eye strain? See everything we’ve published on the topic here. Concerned you may be suffering from symptoms of digital eye strain? Make an appointment at one of our two locations and let’s talk.