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Back to School Exams

Back to School Exams

August has arrived and with it, back to school shopping lists. One of the most important things you can add to your back to school to-do list is a comprehensive eye exam for the kids, and for yourself.

For many folks, a physical exam is required before school starts. Your family doctor may do a vision screening, but that is not sufficient to asses your child’s near vision as screenings typically only asses distance vision.

Kids spend a lot of their time looking at near objects like textbooks, iPads, and laptops. Near vision struggles can make kids uncomfortable staying focused on near sight required tasks – this can result in a decreased desire to read, poor handwriting skills and trouble focusing.

A comprehensive eye exam done by your family’s eye doctor will help to make sure your child has sufficient near vision and isn’t struggling. And your eye doctor will also be able to identify other vision problems that may impede learning.

To schedule an appointment for a back to school eye exam for your child, click here.

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3 Back to School Vision Problems

3 Back to School Vision Problems

The kiddos have been back in school for a little while now and as such, it is the ideal time to start monitoring for vision problems.

Here are a few important things to watch out for during the school year, as these issues may help you identify a vision problem. If you are noticing any of these issues, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam for your child.

  1. One out of four kids have an undetected vision problem. 
    Believe or it not, vision problems in childhood are very common and nothing to be alarmed about. While you may have visited your pediatrician and passed a simple vision screening, those screenings don’t always detect larger vision problems. A visit to your eye doctor for a comprehensive exam is the only way to fully assess vision health.
  2. Reading & Writing
    Is your child using their finger to help them follow along with reading and writing? Are they mixing up words? Do they complain of the words “doubling” while they read? Yes, some of these issues could be a learning disorder – but the first place to start is with their vision. Often their eyes are not working well together and a comprehensive exam can help us determine if that’s the case.
  3. Overuse of Digital Devices
    Kids are using digital devices in school and at home. The blue light emitted from these devices can cause what’s called digital eye strain. Symptoms of digital eye strain include dry, scratchy eyes, blurred vision, headaches, and fatigued eyes. An eye exam can help us confirm digital eye strain and we can get your child outfitted with lenses that protect against and filter out the damaging blue light – with or without a prescription.

If you notice your child experiencing any issues like trouble reading or writing, complaining of double vision, dry, scratchy or irritated eyes – schedule an appointment with your eye doctor for a comprehensive exam.

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Back to School Sale

Back to School Sale
Get the kids ready for their best year yet with our back to school sale! Take advantage of this promotion Saturday 8/12 through Saturday 9/9.

Get FREE single vision lenses with the purchase of ANY frame.

Don’t forget to book your back to school eye exam!
**This offer is not valid with insurance or other offers, some restrictions do apply, see store for details.**
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Back to School Eye Exams

Back to School Eye Exams

It’s that time of year again! Time to schedule your back to school comprehensive eye exams.

It is so important that children get a comprehensive eye exam before they start the school year, as typical vision screenings you may be familiar with (done at school or during physicals) often miss more than they find.

From the AOA:

“Current vision screening methods cannot be relied on to effectively identify individuals who need vision care. In some cases, vision screening may actually inhibit the early diagnosis of vision problems. Screenings can create a false sense of security for those individuals who “pass” the screening but who actually have a vision problem. These people are then less likely to receive treatment for their vision problem-and it could become worse.

Undetected and untreated vision problems can interfere with a child’s ability to learn in school and participate in sports. They can also affect an adult’s ability to do their job or to drive safely. The earlier a vision problem is diagnosed and treated, the less it will impact an individual’s quality of life.”

So in these final weeks of summer break, make an appointment for the kids (and yourself!) for a comprehensive eye exam at one of our two Northern Virginia locations, eye2eye Hilltop and eye2eye Del Ray.

To book appointments at either of our locations, click here.

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Kids Back to School Sale

Kids Back to School Sale

We’re kicking off Labor Day weekend with our Back to School Sale! Kids get FREE single vision polycarbonate lenses with the purchase of select frames, a $229 savings*.

We hope all students and teachers have a wonderful year! Take advantage of our Back to School Sale throughout the monthof September. Have you had your back to school eye exam yet?Click HERE to schedule one.

Better vision, better grades.

*Restrictions apply, see store for details.

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Stylish Frames for Teens

Stylish Frames for Teens

From Juicy Couture frames to Ray-Ban frames – we have the hottest frames for teens girls (and guys, you’ll see those next week). Make a splash this school year with glasses that not only make a statement – but help you see better!

To schedule a back to school eye exam, click here!

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Best Frames for Kids

Best Frames for Kids

With brains on back to school, we’ve covered the importance of back to school eye exams – its not too late to schedule one!

If your child currently wears glasses or needs to start wearing them – we’d love to introduce you to an eyewear brand perfect for kiddos, Menizzi. Menizzi frames are crafted in Italy specifically for children, teens and petite faces. Because they specialize in creating smaller frames, Menizzi offers a wide selection of colors and styles.

Menizzi frames are super kid friendly! They bend all the way open so your kids can’t break them by opening them too wide – they also won’t lose their fit. Menizzi’s frames are kid proof – they are durable and hard to break.

The best news? We just got a new shipment of Menizzi frames for kids in the store, make an appointment to get your child fitted for a fresh new pair of back to school glasses.

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Kids & Digital Devices

Kids & Digital Devices

With back to school on all of our brains, now is great time to talk kids and digital devices. As parents, we all try to limit our child’s time using digital devices like computers, tablets and smartphones. But sometimes time adds up quickly and kids end up spending more time than we think on their devices.

In a recent poll conducted by the American Optometric Association, 83% percent of kids said that they use their device more than 3 hours a day – compared to only 40% of parents polled who said their children use their digital devices more than 3 hours a day. What does this mean? Kids use their devices more than parents think!

Eighty percent of kids said they experience burning, itchy or tired eyes after using their devices for long periods of time.

So, how to prevent this? Make sure your kiddos use the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This gives the eyes a break and helps to prevent strain.

Check out the infographic above, created by the American Optometric Association.

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First Thursday Fun & Kids Vision Health

First Thursday Fun & Kids Vision Health

We had a blast at Del Ray’s First Thursday celebration – Del Ray’s playdate! We handed out goodie bags full of lollipops and lens cleaner. The kids got to play interactive games on our iPads – these games tested their vision & helped to get them interested in learning about vision health and their eyes.

Its so important that children are interested and engaged in their vision health. Did you know that while most pediatricians screen for far sighted vision, they don’t screen for near-sighted vision? This is problematic because many tasks that children must accomplish at school are near sighted tasks like reading, using computers and using tablets.

Get your child ready for the school year and schedule a back to school eye exam – we will give your child a comprehensive vision exam to make sure they are seeing properly.

To schedule an appointment, click here.

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Vision Tips for College Students

Vision Tips for College Students

These six tips will help keep your eyes and vision healthy while away at college. Its crucial to maintain healthy vision and eyes because better vision means better grades!

1. Don’t shower or swim in your contact lenses. Avoid a serious eye infection like Acanthamoeba keratitis and make sure your contact lenses should never come in contact with water, only sterile contact lens solution.

2. Go outside. Spending some time outdoors not only helps to refresh your brain, it helps keep your vision focused. So much time in front of computers, books and screens can cause serious strain on your vision.

3. Wash your hands. From dorms to frat houses, college can be gross. All these germs provide ample opportunities for conjunctivitis and other infections to spread quickly across large groups of people. Wash your hands regularly and avoid rubbing your eyes!

4. Give your eyes a break. Prevent dry eye and eye strain by following the 20-20-20 rule. Look at something 20 feet away every 20 minutes for 20 seconds.

5. Don’t share makeup. While it may be tempting to share mascara and eye shadow with your new roommate, do your best to avoid sharing makeup. Bacteria love to hang out in liquid or cream eye makeup. Be sure to toss your makeup after three months!

6. Protect your eyes during the game. Student athletes should always wear proper eye protection for any sports they’re involved in.

Source: Optometry Times

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