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Locally Conscious

Locally Conscious

We know how important it is to you to spend your dollars wisely, we feel the same way. You have many choices when it comes to healthcare and eye care providers, and we are consistently full of gratitude that you choose us as your eye care provider.

We are committed to making sure that the dollars you spend at our business find their way back to the community of Alexandria; a community that is so good to us. We have found many ways to give back to our community over the years – and over the next few days we’re going to share our experiences here on the blog and on social media. We’ll highlight the amazing organizations we’ve worked with and why we love supporting their causes right here in our own community.

Dr. Adamopoulos has ran her practice with the community in mind since the day eye2eye opened its doors, “Serving a customer base rooted in my community was and still is, a huge priority for me. I strive to be a community-driven healthcare practitioner, offering products and services to meet the needs of every stage of life – infants, children, teenagers, Moms, Dads, young adults, and aging eye care. I want to give back to the community that is so good to me,” said Dr. Adamopoulos.

So follow along over the next week as we share our stories of giving back, if you have a story you’d like share, use #eye2eyegivesback on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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Why We Local: Apprenticeship Council Recognition

Why We Local: Apprenticeship Council Recognition

We thought we would take a moment to thank to Virginia Apprenticeship Council for their recognition earlier this year. We’ve been recognized for five years of commitment to the training and certification of apprentices, for working with the American Board of Opticianry to continually train and certify our talented opticians.

While we appreciate this recognition, we wanted to use the opportunity to reflect on why its so important to us to participate in programs like these.

We believe in giving back to our community by participating in and maintaining this program for new and existing employees to begin an apprenticeship to become licensed opticians.

We believe programs like this set our opticians a bar above the rest. Our opticians participate in rigorous course study and must pass required exams. They experience practical hands-on training in optical laboratories; learning to fabricate lenses properly, and are required to acquire a minimum number of work hours prior to being allowed to take the exam for licensure.

By employing licensed and trained opticians, we ensure your glasses are ordered and made correctly. Without our exceptionally trained and certified staff, you could end up paying for an inferior product that hasn’t been properly produced. There are many eyewear companies that hire only frame stylists, not certified opticians. That approach is not at the core of our mission.

We care deeply about our community, and creating a program like this locally allows us to ensure that jobs stay local in Alexandria. Our patients and customers will interact with properly trained professionals, and future generations will have the ability to participate in an apprenticeship program as a career path.

ABO certificate

 

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2014 In Review: Cheers to a great year!

2014 In Review: Cheers to a great year!

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!

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Meet The Staff: Humayun

Meet The Staff: Humayun

This week in our Your eye2eye series, you’ll meet our last staff member, Humayun. Humayun is an optometric technician at eye2eye. In our Q&A with him we learn why he loves working with eye2eye and what he thinks sets us apart.

Humayun_JPG1. Favorite part of the job? My favorite part of the job is being able to work with a team that I can practically call my second family. Dr. Adamopoulos goes out of her way to make sure we are all well taken care of.

 2. What do you think sets Eye2Eye apart? We are a boutique. We carry certain brands that are very exclusive. The quality and service patients receive at our office is what sets us apart. We will continue to provide this excellent quality and service to ensure we grow as a business

3. How many years have you spent in the eye care industry? Five years.

 4. Favorite Brand/Frame? Zero G! The frames are super lightweight and very durable. I recommend them to anyone who wants style without the weight on their face.

5. Hobbies? Basketball, Soccer, Weightlifting, Football, and Singing.

We hope you have enjoyed learning about our staff, we have a few more installments in our Your eye2eye series, culminating in an announcement we are excited to share with you. To read all of the posts in the Your eye2eye series, click here.

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Your eye2eye: Meet The Staff Mellanie

Your eye2eye: Meet The Staff Mellanie

In this week’s edition of Your eye2eye, meet our patient care and insurance coordinator, Mellanie! Mellanie makes sure your experience at eye2eye runs as smoothly as possible and that you get the best possible care. In Mellanie’s Q&A learn what makes her love her job!

mellanie_red1 1. What is your favorite part of your job? The “behind the scenes” work, that makes the office run smoothly.

 2. What do you think sets eye2eye apart? The small-town feel of the neighborhood reflects in our office, and that is my favorite part.

 3. What is your experience in the eye care/optometry field? I have ten years of experience working in this industry.

 4. What is your favorite style/brand/frame? My current favorite frame is a cat eye frame from Bevel.

5. Hobbies? What do you do when you are not working? I enjoy entertaining, hanging out with friends and family.

Book an appointment with us today and let Mellanie and the rest of our staff take care of your optical needs. To learn more about what makes us an independent optical boutique, read more posts in our Your eye2eye series.

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Your eye2eye: Meet The Staff Jovani

Your eye2eye: Meet The Staff Jovani

Jovani's image_1In this week’s edition of Your eye2eye – meet Jovani, one of our talented, hardworking opticians. Jovani will help you select the perfect pair of frames to meet your lifestyle needs.

1. What is your favorite part of your job? Meeting new people daily and working with the talented staff.

2. What do you think sets eye2eye apart? Our unique selection of eyewear and the staff’s extensive knowledge of our products.

3. What is your experience in the eye care/optometry field? I’ve been in optical industry for a little over 13 years now.

4. What is your favorite style/brand/frame? I just got myself a Zero G frame so of course that is my current favorite. Very lightweight, flexible and stylish.

5. Hobbies? What do you do when you are not working? Any free time I have gets spent with my children.

Book an appointment with us today and let Jovani and the rest of our staff take care of your optical needs. To learn more about what makes us an independent optical boutique, read more posts in our Your eye2eye series.

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Your eye2eye: Meet The Staff

Your eye2eye: Meet The Staff

LizIn this week’s edition of Your eye2eye – you’ll meet our staff! In this post, we introduce you to Liz, one of our talented opticians. In our Q&A with Liz, she shares her favorite parts of the job, including fusing fashion and function.

1. What is your favorite part of your job?  Combining both fashion and function to a pair of glasses.

2. What do you think sets eye2eye apart? We all work together as a “family” not just employees.

3. What is your experience in the eye care/optometry field? I have been a certified optician for 17 years and I completed the Georgetown University Center for Sight Program.

4. What is your favorite style/brand/frame? A simple yet classically chic tortoise frame that will always be timeless.

5. What are your hobbies? I love to play with my dog and trying to cook without burning the house down. Easy recipes are welcome!

Read more about what makes eye2eye Optometry Corner an independent optical boutique here.

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Your eye2eye: Meet The Staff

Your eye2eye: Meet The Staff
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In this week’s edition of Your eye2eye – you’ll meet our staff! In this post, we introduce you to Granville, one of our talented opticians. In our Q&A with Granville, he tells us why he loves working with eye2eye and what sets us apart from the rest.

1. What is your favorite part of your job? I’m a people person, so my favorite part of my job is meeting and working with our clients we have in this very unique and diverse neighborhood.

2. What do you think sets eye2eye apart? What sets us apart is our attention to detail. We all really appreciate the quality and unique aspects of the products we offer here at eye2eye Optometry Corner.

3. What is your experience in the eye care/optometry field? I have worked in the optical industry for more than 20 years. I have worked in more traditional retail chain operations as well and high end optical boutiques. My broad range of experience has really taught me to appreciate quality – in both craftsmanship of frames and in my service to customers.

4. What is your favorite style/brand/frame? I love unique and modern eyewear. My favorites these days are Face a Face, Bevel and Orgreen. These companies bring great style and top quality to the optical world.

5. What are your hobbies? My favorite things are music, food and fashion. The DC Metro area offers great entertainment! I love checking out a great concert, action packed movies, and the ever-evolving DC foodie scene – so many restaurants, so little time!

Read more about what makes eye2eye Optometry Corner an independent optical boutique here.

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Your eye2eye: Meet the Doctors

Your eye2eye: Meet the Doctors

In this week’s edition of Your eye2eye, you’ll meet our talented doctors.

Dora2_CircleMeet Dr. Dora Adamopoulos 

Dr. Adamopoulos’s first academic achievement was a double major in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from the University of Central Florida, where she built a solid foundation for her graduate degree as a Doctor of Optometry obtained from New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA in June 1998.

During her last couple of academic years Dr. Adamopoulos had the opportunity to sharpen her inherent clinical skills through a series of rotations at different types of medical settings on the East Coast. It was a valuable experience that offered the Doctor exposure to a completely diversified group of patients. Dr. Adamopoulos worked at the following medical centers:

  • Washington Navy Yard/National Naval Medical Center
    Bethesda, MD
    Vast contact lens exposure from soft fits to kerataconus/corneal graft patients. Co-management of glaucoma, diabetes, and pediatrics.
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
    Manchester, NH
    Extensive hands on experience in diagnosis and management of ocular diseases. Managed patients with glaucoma, diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular diseases. Mastered skills such as gonioscopy, scleral depression, photography, and topography.
  • Eye Foundation/LaserVue
    Orlando, FL
    Medical management of pre/post operative refractive surgery patients. Referral center for secondary and tertiary eye care from regional primary eye care providers.
  • South End Community Center
    Boston, MA
    Primary eye care optometry with Spanish speaking population.
  • Joslin Diabetes Center, Beetham Eye Institute
    Boston, MA
    Management of diabetic patients in a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • Veterans Homeless Shelter
    Boston, MA
    Provided full scope optometric services to the indigent population.

After graduation she entered the private practice arena by joining the Leahey Eye Clinic family, an eye care oriented community located at Lowell & Salem in Massachusetts. She worked in the primary care’s fast paced setting for a full year offering her invaluable services, which ranged from contact lens fittings, treatement and co-management of ocular pathology, cataracts, and diabetes in a large geriatric population, to name a few.

In September 1999 she was presented with an opportunity to practice in the Landmark area of Alexandria. Her practice oriented personality, nurtured for almost a decade during the pre-college years in the family restaurant business in which she was deeply involved, blended harmoniously with her solid academic background and the unique working experience accumulated so far from the plethora of medical settings she had practiced in. The following 9 years added considerably to her medical experience, sharpened her diagnostic skills, increased her clinical abilities dramatically, rendering a mature, well-rounded doctor.

It was a natural succession for her to set up a cozy and welcoming optometry corner, carefully selected at the Del Ray location, where she, and her competent staff, will devote their unparalleled customer oriented personalities to welcome and prudently treat all patients. Dr. Adamopoulos is a member of the medical advisory panel The Vision Council, she lectures for various optical seminars nationwide, she participates in webinars to educate about UV protection for kids and she attends continuing education conferences and seminars to stay up to date on medical eye care and eyewear products.

Dr. Adamopoulos is also an active member of the Del Ray Business Association, she enjoys supporting local Del Ray events, fundraisers and school screenings. She is an active member of AOA, VOA, and NVOS. When she isn’t busy with her practice, Dr. Adamopoulos loves to play tennis, cook and travel and remains an avid spectator of whatever sports her girls are currently playing.

 

Meet Dr. Doan drdoancircle

Dr. VyVy Doan specializes in primary family care optometry, specialty contact lens fittings, treatment of ocular disorders, laser vision correction consultations, and more specifically, pediatric optometry.  As a participating member of the InfantSee program, Dr. Doan screens children as young as 6 months old in the detection of excessive nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, eye movement ability and other eye health problems.

Dr. Doan was born in Orlando, Florida and received her Bachelor of Science in nutritional science from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia, PA. During her years at PCO, Dr. Doan completed the Vision Therapy/Advanced Pediatric track module and was awarded clinical citation of excellence in Pediatrics.

In her leisure time, Dr. Doan enjoys running, cooking, hiking, snowboarding, tennis and traveling. She was able to cross-off “To run a marathon” off her bucket list in 2012 when she joined forces with the Make-a-Wish Foundation Mid-Atlantic Chapter in raising funds and running the Marine Corp Marathon. Annually and traditionally, Dr. Doan is a participant of our local Alexandria Turkey Trot.

 

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