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Sunglasses Are a Health Necessity

Sunglasses Are a Health Necessity

In celebration of National Sunglasses Day June 27th, we’re sharing all the facts you need to know about your sunglasses as a health necessity. Take a look at this infographic from The Vision Council, you’ll learn fast facts about how important your sunglasses are for preventing vision loss and eye diseases.

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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: 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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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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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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Warehouse Sale FAQs

Warehouse Sale FAQs

Tomorrow is the big day – the Alexandria Warehouse Sale is finally upon us. Eye2eye will be there with new spring releases at seriously amazing deals. Below we’ve answered some of your most frequently asked questions below.

  1. Can I use my FSA or HSA to purchase sunglasses? YES! You absolutely can, and we can even provide a receipt for you.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. What other stores are participating? All of your favorite Alexandria boutiques – but you can click here to get a full list.
  5. 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)
    or
    Catch the FREE shuttle from King Street Metro.
    Limited street parking available.

For more FAQs & sale details, click here.

Check out our video below to see a few of the designer sunglasses that will be available at the sale!

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Dine in Del Ray in Style

Dine in Del Ray in Style

We’re loving the recent spotlight on dining in Del Ray from Washington Post. If you didn’t get a chance to read it, click here. It’s basically all of our favorite spots to grab coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner in Del Ray!

One of our favorite parts about Del Ray is the unique style and vibe of the Avenue – both its restaurants and businesses and its people. So, we figured what better to pair a great meal in Del Ray with than a stylish pair of glasses or sunglasses (except maybe a glass of wine). Great eyewear is the best compliment to a perfect outfit, and these frames and sunglasses will complete your look.

Morning – Swing by Junction (our neighbor!), Stomping Ground or Caboose in sleek, light frames from Woow Eyewear.

Noon – Grab lunch at Cheesetique or Del Ray Pizzeria and dine outside while rocking chic chunky sunglasses from Prada.

Night – Sit down for a relaxing meal at Live Oak, Bombay Curry Company or Evening Star in a pair of elevated eyewear, like the subtle black cat eye frame from Prada.

See something you love? We’re open this weekend & we’d love to help you try them on. Need an appointment? Click here!

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Hilltop GPS Directions

Hilltop GPS Directions

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.

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