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Memorial Day Sunglasses

Memorial Day Sunglasses

Making your Memorial Day plans? They probably include some outdoor fun like BBQs, hiking, camping, water sports or beach time. You should be wearing sun protection during all these activities. Extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays has been linked to eye damage, including cataracts, macular degeneration, pingueculae and pterygia and photokeratitis that can cause temporary vision loss. It can also cause premature aging around your eye area!

That’s where we come in. We have a huge selection of sunglasses for men, women, teens and kids too! Sunglasses for the whole family! Come by and snag a pair before this long holiday weekend, so the only thing you have to worry about is how much fun you’re having.

We have sunglasses from these great brands:
Ray-Ban
Kate Spade
Prada
Bevel
Rudy Project
Coach
Zero G
Carrera
Face a Face
Bevel
Alexander Daas
And many more!

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Save Your Vision Month

Save Your Vision Month

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 MonthsThis 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 CareLearn 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 TipsLearn 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 RiskLearn 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 GlassesProtect 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.

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Eat for your Eye Health

Eat for your Eye Health

February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month. The good news about AMD is that there are many ways which we can combat its onset – including making changes to our diets. Do you have a family history of AMD? You may want to consider macular pigment testing, to help determine your risk – also annual comprehensive eye exams are crucial.

Even if you are not at risk for developing AMD – you can incorporate some wonderful foods into your diet that support overall eye and vision health. Watch our video below to find out which foods are best for feeding your eyes.

The carotenoids lutein (pronounced loo-teen) and zeaxanthin (pronounced zee-uhzan-thin), which are antioxidants and the only carotenoids located in the eye, may protect against cataracts and AMD.

One of the first large studies on carotenoids is the Eye Disease Case Control Study, in which diet was compared to the risk for developing AMD. Results found a significantly lower risk for developing the eye disease in people with high amounts of lutein+zeaxanthin in their blood. Also, those people eating a diet with the most lutein+zeaxanthin (as much as 5.8 milligrams (mg) per day) had a significantly lower risk for AMD than those whose diet contained the least amount (as low as 1.2 mg per day). Dietary studies confirmed the association between frequent consumption of spinach or collard greens, particularly good sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, and lower AMD risk. (source)

For more information about these AMD fighting antioxidants, click here.

To schedule an appointment to determine your risk for AMD or to schedule your annual exam, click here.

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CES Digital Health Summit Recap

CES Digital Health Summit Recap

Dr. A is just back from her fun, informative and exciting trip to Las Vegas to attend the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the Digital Health Summit. And wow – did she see some awesome new tech and share lots of information with attendees about digital eye strain and the effects of using digital devices on our eye health. Below she shares her perspective on the experience.

“When I first arrived at the CES conference, I didn’t quite know what to expect. In my mind, I thought I would only see a roomful of new HDTV’s, smart phones, and audio equipment. I thought, what roll/impact will I have via The Vision Council at the Digital Health Summit that I will be attending?”, said Dr. A.

“This role became immediately evident the moment I stepped into the convention center.  All around me, the very latest in health, fitness, wearable fit bands and new apps and devices that will allow people to be more proactive in maintaining and tracking their overall health.,” said Dr. A.

Dr. A participated in the CES and the Digital Health Summit with The Vision Council to promote eye-healthy use of digital devices and how to prevent and protect eyes from digital eye strain.

At The Vision Council booth, developers, engineers, and regular consumers were very interested to hear about how digital eye strain affects our everyday lives (including Survivor contestants and winner Tyson Apostol & Rachel Foulger). We demonstrated the innovative lens technology that is available with and without a prescription to help alleviate eye strain from looking at digital devices. The Vision Council released a report about digital eye strain, and found that we look at our digital devices more than 100x a day – this includes smart phones, tablets, laptops and desktops. These digital devices emit a blue light that can be damaging to our eyes as well as cause many other serious health concerns – including interrupted sleep.

The Digital Health Summit held a fireside chat, moderated by Lygeia Ricciadi, where Dr. A was a panelist. Many topics that connect our digital world to our health were discussed. Wearable health and wellness tracking devices were a topic of interest as well as the harmful blue light emissions from digital devices. See a recap of Dr. A’s fireside chat below.

Dr. A also got the opportunity to demo and try many of the new tech on display at the CES. Below is a rundown of her favorites and what they offer.

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Dr. A’s Tech Picks CES 2015:

1. JINS MEME – Dr. A demoed this eyewear that tracks eye movements, blinking and more.
2. eyeSight – Dr. A demoed a touch-free interface that controls any screen with your fingers by using any camera on any device compatible with their software. Amazing!
3. Brothers Sewing – Automated sewing technology that will change how we use sewing machines.
4. Tobii Eye Experience – This technology uses your eye movements to scroll and click instead of a mouse. Dr. A was able to find Del Ray on Google Maps using just her eyes.
5. Rochester Optical 3D – These 3D and virtual reality glasses augment reality for patients suffering from vision-related medical conditions including macular degeneration.
6. Wonderwoof – Super adorable smart bow ties that track the health of your pet – from whether they have eat and drank to if they are stressed.
7. 3D Printing – Dr. A got to experience 3D printing in action – someday we may be able to 3D print a custom pair of frames for you!
8. Wearable Wellness Tracking – Wearables were everywhere – especially bands. These bands track everything from steps taken to heart rate and fitness information. Drawing the connection between these bands and health care professionals was a big topic of conversation at the Digital Health Summit.
9. SmartMat – The first interactive yoga mat that provides feedback and helps users to perfect their poses.

And a few more awesome tech ideas like interactive home tech (control the dishwasher from work!), curved TV screens to allow for a more enhanced visual experience, interactive 3D eyewear that allows you to read text and shift your gaze within the screen to view a 3D graphic like maps of what you’ve read (a great educational tool), and robotics – from cleaning your house to acting as your personal nurse aid – robotics were everywhere in all sizes!

“All in all, as an eye care provider I have an important role to play keeping my patients’ eyes and vision healthy. By utilizing the latest emerging technologies in health and wellness, I am able to be an active participant in my patients’ health. This technology enhances the open dialog with my patients about their personalized health plans and keeps me engaged with their concerns and questions about keeping themselves healthy,” said Dr. Dora.

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Get Back on Track This Fall

Get Back on Track This Fall

Autumn is quickly approaching, and with these cool evenings and mornings – it almost feels as though its here. With the flurry of back to school behind us and those of us without kids settling into our autumn routines, this fall is a good a time as ever to bring the focus back onto our personal health.

When is the last time you had a comprehensive eye exam? For some of us – it has been far too long, maybe since our college days. If you’ve had an eye exam recently, consider scheduling your annual exam soon.

As we age it grows increasingly important that we monitor our vision and eye health. Our expert doctors and knowledgable staff will guide you through your appointment – every step of the way. Our comprehensive exams now include screening for macular degeneration – this helps us establish a baseline as well as your risk category. To read more about our state of the art macular degeneration testing, please click here.

If you are curious what goes into an appointment here at eye2eye – click here to read our step by step information!

To schedule your annual exam, or your first exam – click the button below!

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Tech Tuesday: SYNC Lenses from HOYA

Tech Tuesday: SYNC Lenses from HOYA

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.

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Vitamin Therapy for Macular Degeneration

Along with the recent addition of our new densitometer testing for macular degeneration, we are now offering cutting edge, well researched vitamin therapy to help support eye health and take preventative steps towards slowing the development of macular degeneration.

As we have discussed in previous posts about our new macular degeneration testing, new research is emerging that supports vitamin therapies to help prevent and slow macular degeneration. We have seen good results with our patients using MacuHealth vitamins.

MacuHealth vitamins with LMZ3 are a unique, triple-carotenoid eye supplement researched by scientists and endorsed by leading eyecare professionals worldwide. Meso-zeaxanthin is a key component of MacuHealth, and makes up over 1/3 of the macular protective pigment in the eye. MacuHealth also contains Lutein & Zeaxanthin.

We sell 90 days supplies in our office and also offer convenient online ordering.

For more information, please call or email our office or schedule an appointment for densitometer testing.

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Macular Pigment Testing at eye2eye

Macular Pigment Testing at eye2eye

Eye2Eye is proud to be one of the first eye care providers in the area to offer macular pigment testing for our patients. Macular pigment testing helps to establish a baseline to help determine risk and manage the potential for macular degeneration.

One question our doctors at eye2eye receive all the time is: What can I do to prevent macular degeneration? Our patients have seen firsthand the debilitating effects of this disease in family members or friends, and want to do everything they can to prevent the disease for themselves and their families.

Scientists have been hard at work researching the macula area of the eye to greater develop their knowledge of how the macula works and how macular degeneration progresses.

Technology is now available to screen patients for the amount of pigment each person has in his or her eye. Measuring the amount of pigment in the eye allows the doctor and the patient to establish a baseline and develop a strategy to help maintain vision and health, before changes start to appear clinically.

The pigment amounts can accurately and consistently be tracked so patients can see first hand if their pigment is changing. The equipment used to test for macular pigment is called a densitometer. It works by simply showing the patient a series of mildly flashing lights in their central and peripheral visual areas. Measurements are taken while the test occurs and by comparing the two measurements, it can determined how much light is absorbed by the macular pigment and therefore how much macular pigment a patient has. The underlying principal is called heterochromatic flicker photometry.

We encourage our patients to view some of the published research articles about macula pigment, past vitamin therapies that are no longer deemed effective, and current data that supports which vitamin supplements work best.

Stay tune to our blog as well will continue to cover important information regarding macular degeneration prevention and testing, including blue light protection and vitamin therapies.

If you are interested in being test for macular pigmentation, please make an appointment to see us.

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