We’re thrilled to be awarded the Outstanding Dry Eye Practice Award from Eye Eco. Dr. A and our entire team at eye2eye are dedicated to helping dry eye patients find relief. It’s truly an honor to be recognized for our work in this area.
“Dry eyes affect more than 40 million Americans, but less than 5% of people have been properly diagnosed with Dry Eye Disease. Dry Eye Disease can cause many health issues including obscured vision, dry skin, and even blindness. It can be caused by many things – including time looking at screens. For most of us that activity isn’t going away anytime soon,” said Eye Eco.
We’re committed to our continued efforts to help dry eye patients deal with symptoms and find relief. If you’d like to learn more about our dry eye treatment options, click here.
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.
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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Dr. A will be on Good Morning Washington on ABC7-News Channel 8 Tuesday 7/11 at the 8am hour! Tune in and hear Dr. A chat about digital eye strain and kids – what it is, how to prevent it, and what you need to know to protect your kids eyes from the damaging blue light emitted from digital devices.
Stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more details about her interview and when to tune it, as well as behind the scenes updates from the ABC7-News Channel 8 studios.
Spring into summer with our one day only sunglass sale Saturday 5/13! Save 50% off sunglasses, some restrictions do apply. See store for details!
It’s that time of year again, time for the International Vision Expo East! This year we sent two of our talented team members, Nick and Tanim, to check out the expo. They’ll learn about cutting edge technology, products and the latest trends in eyewear and bring it all back home to eye2eye.
Twice a year, once in New York City and once in Las Vegas the global eyecare community comes together for two unique events focused on education, fashion and technology.
It’s the preeminent destination for unveiling the most visionary designs, products, technology, medical advances and business solutions within and around the eyecare industry, and it’s the only place where you can experience it all first-hand under one roof.
We love attending the expo because it keeps us on the cutting edge of our industry and gives us an opportunity to bring technology, solutions and products back to our practice that we feel will benefit our patients and better meet their needs.
Follow Nick and Tanim’s journey at the Vision Expo on our social media accounts: Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. And stay tuned for a recap of our favorite things we saw while we were there.
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Dr. A sat down with Ellen Bryan over at WUSA9 to chat about digital eye strain and how to find relief. The biggest takeaway – you may be experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain and not even know it.
If your eyes are feeling dry, scratchy (sandy) or tired at the end of the day it may be time to visit your eye care professional and talk about digital eye strain. There are so many easy fixes like protective lenses, lubricating drops, and simple tips like the 20/20/20 rule (every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds).
Check out Dr. Adamopoulos on WUSA9 with Ellen Bryan below!
If you feel like it’s time to chat with our skilled team at eye2eye about digital eye strain, click here to book.
We’ve got good news for you! As an official TLC affiliate practice, we are excited to announce that our local TLC office is offering a $600 discount to anyone having LASIK or PRK procedures by September 30th.
If you think laser vision correction may be right for you, we’d love to see you and complete a full screening. To learn more or to schedule your appointment, click here.
If you’re interested in learning a little more about TLC & laser vision correction surgery, click around our blog and learn about our staff’s personal experience with the surgery and what you need to know before you decide.
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.