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.
March is National Save Your Vision Month. Sponsored by Optometry Cares, a foundation run by the American Optometric Association.
In honor of this month dedicated to raising awareness about how to practice healthy vision habits – we thought we would roundup some our best advice from Dr. A to help you maintain healthy vision through all stages of life.
1. InfantSee – This program at eye2eye provides free vision screenings for infants. Learn more about what to look out for in each month of your child’s first year of life regarding vision development, click here to see more.
2. Kids’ Vision & Better Grades – In this blog post, we discuss what to look out for with your child’s vision once they reach school age, when to schedule their first full eye exam and more.
3. Sun Safety Tips for Kids & Teens – In this blog post, you’ll learn how to protect your child’s eyes from UV damage. Also check out this post about how to select the best pair of sunglasses for your child.
4. UV Damage in the Winter Months – This post delves into the risks of not using proper UV protection in the winter months, as well as why its just as important to rock shades in the winter as it is the summer.
5. Family History & Preventative Care – Learn about why it’s important to know your family history as it relates to vision health.
6. Five Easy Steps to Healthier Vision – Need a quick go-to guide for easy ways to support healthy vision? This post has 5 easy tips.
7. Summer Safety Tips – Learn about UV protection in the summer months and why it’s so important to have a good pair of sunglasses.
8. Eat For Eye Health – This post covers delicious ways to support eye health – eye-friendly foods!
9. Ease Dry Eyes – Dry eyes can be uncomfortable & lead to vision issues, learn how to ease them here.
10. Glaucoma Risk – Learn if you are in a high risk category for glaucoma.
11. A 21st Century Issue: Digital Eye Strain – With the mobile technology becoming an ever-increasing part of our lives, risks to your vision and overall health are posed. Learn about digital eye strain in this post as well as this one.
12. Computer Glasses – Protect your eyes while logging hours in front of your computer.
13. What’s in an Eye Exam? – This post is possibly the most important of all – learn what goes into a comprehensive eye exam and why they are crucial to healthy vision.
14. Macular Degeneration Testing – We now offer cutting edge testing that allows us to establish your baseline risk for macular degeneration. Learn more here.
To make an appointment to visit Dr. A or Dr. Doan, please click here.
At this point, you have probably heard about the dangers posed to your eyes by our increased use of computers and smartphones. The damaging effects of blue light, are a real threat in more ways than one.
We have written about this very topic several times on this blog, you can read those posts here.
We have created the simple infographic above to illustrate how digital devices and blue light effect your eyes.
Our increased use of digital devices, means greater exposure to damaging blue light and can also cause digital eye strain – red eyes, dry eyes, blurred vision, fatigued eyes and neck and shoulder pain. But alas, there are options out there to help prevent this exposure to blue light – computer glasses! Specifically designed lenses from BluTech that block out blue light and help reduce eye strain.
Stay tuned for our next post to learn more about BluTech and why we love it so much, you’ll also learn about a patient’s transformation when she switched to BluTech lenses!
We offer a wide of treatment for eye health needs like allergies, dry eyes, digital eye strain, styes and red eyes. Allergies: Eyes, ears, nose and throat…all link together during allergy season. Some eye symptoms you may have are itching, a feeling something is in your eye, redness, and watery…
In this week’s Tech Tuesday post we’ll be discussing lens technology for 2014 – the SYNC lens developed by lens-maker HOYA specifically designed to ease the strain on our eyes caused by our increased use of digital devices.
The SYNC lenses are made for the way our eyes work today. Which is very different from the way our eyes have worked previously. Our viewing range has changed a lot with the added use of computers, smartphones and tablets. As humans, our vision-use historically was more multifaceted – a compilation of distance viewing, intermediate zones and near-tasks. Now, our vision is very near-task oriented. This shift in vision can have harmful effects on our vision.
SYNC single vision lenses are designed to provide effortless, comfortable viewing adaptations to whatever your vision needs are. The revolutionary design of SYNC lenses allows you to focus in all directions and distances – while your eyes remain relaxed – all day long. Not only does this alleviate eyestrain, it significantly reduces fatigue caused by our everyday near task routines.
Our use of smaller screens is ever-increasing – smartphones, tablets, and eReaders oh my! Its never been more important to accommodate our vision needs than now – SYNC single vision lenses help keep vision healthy and eyes relaxed.
To learn more about SYNC single vision lenses – schedule an appointment with one of our highly skilled doctors.
Dr. A and Elizabeth attended the International Vision Expo this past weekend in New York. Here is a great recap of all the new and wonderful things they learned!
Firstly, we are pleased to announce that we will be updating our software to the latest Certified Electronic Health Record System by MyVisionExpress. Your check in, exam, and check out process will become better streamlined and reduce the need for so much wasted paper! Eco –friendly and secure, what more can you ask for?
Part of the expo experience is attending lectures on pertinent eye health issues, here are just a few of the interesting lectures Dr. A attended.
The Role of Diet and Nutrition in Vision Care
Omega-3, Lutein, Zeazanthin play a pivotal role in things like macular degeneration and overall eye health.
Infant See program to help detect early autism in babies
An eye exam at eye2eye involved the whole family. Our patients who are new parents will always bring in their new babies during the exam, so we wanted to have the latest information on this important topic.
Dry eyes are not solely age related anymore. It can occur at all age ranges and is increased by the air quality at work and home, extensive reading and/or computer work, and contact lens solutions, contact lens overwear, and allergies.
Itching, redness, watery eyes, or a feeling like something is “in” your eye are all symptoms of allergies, which typically overlap with dry eyes. Improved prescription eye drops with just once a day dosing and age range of 3 y/o and older, allow for increased comfort.
Along with lectures about eye health and treatment, Elizabeth took the
opportunity to refresh her knowledge of the latest optical lens technology available. Want to see in HD? Now you can. At eye2eye we’re bringing you digitally made lenses for your glasses and sunglasses to enhance and improve your vision experience like never before.
Nanoptix technology (helps eliminate that “fishbowl” feeling in progressives) Synchroneyes technology (allows a wider angle of viewing w/ less peripheral distortion).
Computer lenses Better than ever before, you can now have increased comfort at your computer and desk while still seeing out to about 5’ in your office without having to take off your glasses. Perfect for progressive or bifocal wearers who have to tilt their head up to see and for people who don’t need glasses to see but are experiencing eyestrain during computer use.
Not only does this sunglass technology block 100% of UV, it also virtually eliminates glare, which is even more blinding, and it allows you to stay outdoors comfortably and with the most protection for your eyes.