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5 Summer Safety Tips

5 Summer Safety Tips

Summer fun has arrived – that means swimming, hiking and other outdoor fun! Keeping your eyes safe during summer activities is easy with Dr. A’s simple tips. Got bug spray in your eye? Not sure if your sunglasses are protecting you properly? Read on for answers.

  • Be careful when spraying bug spray. If bug spray gets in your eyes, be sure to flush them completely with water and call your eye doctor right away.
  • Always wear sunglasses that have 100% UVA & UVB protection, we’ll be covering this topic more in the coming weeks. If you aren’t sure if your sunglasses offer 100% protection, stop in and we’ll test them for free.
  • Wear sunscreen around the eye area to protect your eyelids from burning. Also, wear sunglasses!
  • Chlorine from swimming pools can cause a chemical burn in your eyes. Use preservative free artificial tears to flush out your eyes after exposure, and be sure to rinse off after pool time.
  • Contact lens wearers should be especially careful not to open their eyes underwater in a pool or other water area. River & lake water carry a variety of microorganisms, the most damaging called acanthamoeba. This organism has the ability to attach to your contact lens and as a result cause the cornea to become infected. Scarring can occur if the eye is not treated.

Have a safe and FUN summer by following Dr. A’s summer eye safety tips!

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5 Things You Need to Know About the Sun & Your Eyes

5 Things You Need to Know About the Sun & Your Eyes

Dr. Adamopoulos sat down and shared five important things you need to know about the sun and your eyes this summer.

Catch her UV safety tips, how to prevent skin cancer and how to keep the kids safe from the sun below. These tips will help your have a healthy, happy and fun summer.

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Save Your Vision: Digital Eye Strain

Save Your Vision: Digital Eye Strain

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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Save Your Vision: Comprehensive Exams

Save Your Vision: Comprehensive Exams

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.

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March is Save Your Vision Month

March is Save Your Vision Month

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

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Halloween Safety

Halloween Safety

Every year, we see patients who’ve injured their eyes using unsafe contact lenses or costume contact lenses. We want to share a few tips to help make sure you enjoy your Halloween without the creepy eye infection. Eye-ehancing or eye-changing contact lenses can be safe, if you do it right! Follow these easy dos and don’ts and your eyes will thank you.

DO:

  1. Make sure to schedule an eye exam with at our office or your local optometrist to be fitted for all contacts. This ensures that the product you’re purchasing are safe and fit properly.
  2. When putting in your new contact lenses, make sure you wash your hands before applying your contacts.
  3. Properly clean and store your lenses after each use. Ask your optometrist for advice on how to clean and store them, or click here to learn our recommendations.

DON’T:

  1. Buy contact lenses without a prescription.
  2. Buy at convenience stores, flea markets or retail shops or any other non medical shop. You risk infection and irreversible damage to your eyes.
  3. Swim while wearing contacts, costume contacts or vision correction contacts.
  4. Swap or share contacts with others – this is a definite no-no.
  5. Sleep in your contacts unless they’re specifically designated for that purpose,
  6. Wear longer than recommended.

Check out this helpful infographic from the AOA.
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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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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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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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Bausch + Lomb PeroxiClear Recall

Bausch + Lomb PeroxiClear Recall

We wanted to let our patients know that Bausch + Lomb is recalling their PeroxiClear cleaning and disinfecting solution in the United States and Canada. Below we’ve shared information from Bausch + Lomb regarding the recall and specific UPC codes. If you have questions about whether or not this recall will affect you, please feel free to our offices a call and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

From Bausch + Lomb:
Bausch + Lomb is conducting a voluntary recall proposed Class II, of PeroxiClear 3% Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaning & Disinfecting solution in the United States and Canada. PeroxiClear is a specialty contact lens solution with a special lens case and neutralizing disc. PeroxiClear is indicated for soft and rigid gas permeable contact lenses.

Although this voluntary recall represents low risk to the consumer and is unlikely to cause serious health consequences, the company is voluntarily recalling the product from retailers, wholesalers, and eye care professionals out of an abundance of caution and as part of our ongoing commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. It is unlikely that we will be able to return the product to the marketplace within 12 months. The company chose to initiate this voluntary action based on internal testing that simulated normal product use. Testing showed occasional occurrences where the residual peroxide remaining in the lens case after neutralization was out of product specification.

PeroxiClear solution is unlikely to cause serious health consequences. If the residual hydrogen peroxide is above product specification the user of the product could experience temporary symptoms of burning/stinging, irritation, red eye and in rare circumstances other more serious health consequences.

This voluntary recall is limited to PeroxiClear only. No other Bausch + Lomb products are affected by this voluntary recall.

VOLUNTARY RECALLED PRODUCT DETAILS:
PeroxiClear 3% Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaning & Disinfecting Solution

Lot Numbers:
All Lots
UPC Code (USA):
310119038154
310119039106
310119038161
310119038178
310119039083
310119097120

UPC Code (Canada):
010119039211
010119039228

For more information on the voluntary product recall, please contact Stericycle, Inc., the firm conducting this product recall on behalf of Bausch + Lomb, at 1-877-877-0481. If you would like to report a product complaint, please contact the Bausch + Lomb Consumer Affairs team at 1-800-553-5340 or BLCustomerCare@bausch.com in the U.S. or 1-888-459-5000 in Canada.

Source: Eyewire Today

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