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5 Sun Safety Tips for Kids

5 Sun Safety Tips for Kids

Can you believe Memorial Day is almost here? That means summer fun has arrived – splashing in pools, sand castles at the beach, hikes, bikes and more! There is no better time than now to make sure your kiddos have proper UV protection for all their summer activities.

We carry a great selection of sunglasses for your little ones – and your teens too!

Because Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can potentially cause multiple age-related eye problems like cataracts and macular degeneration, protecting your kids eyes is vital to their long term eye health. The more exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays during your lifetime, the more at risk you are to develop sight-threatening conditions.

Since children tend to spend lots of time outdoors, especially in the harsh summer sun – some experts say nearly half of a person’s lifetime exposure to ultraviolet radiation can take place by age 18. Children are also more susceptible to retinal damage from UV rays because the lens inside a child’s eye is clearer than an adult lens, enabling more UV to penetrate deep into the eye (source).

Here are 5 important things to consider when purchasing sunglasses for your children:

1. Be sure the lenses are impact resistant & the frames made of “unbreakable” material. 

2. Pick a large, close-fitting frame. These are best to help protect children’s eyes during play. 

3. It is most important that your child wear sunglasses between 10am-2pm, when the suns rays are the strongest.

4. Beware of cheap sunglasses. They can pose safety hazards when made of cheap materials and low quality paints. 

5. Know the percentage of UVA & UVB rays being block by the sun – be wary of the phrase “blocks UV rays”. You want a lens that blocks out 100% of UVA & UVB rays. 

All of our children’s sunglasses here at eye2eye are high quality and block 100% of UVA & UVB rays. Bring your kiddos in today for a sunglass fitting and let us help you make sure their vision is healthy for years to come!


Digital Eye Strain at CES

Digital Eye Strain at CES

The Vision Council released their 2016 report on digital eye strain today at CES in Las Vegas. The biggest standout in this year’s report focuses on adults (and kids too) using more than one digital device simultaneously – think smartphone, laptop, desktop, TV, the list goes on and on. The impact of using multiple devices simultaneously throughout the day means double the exposure to blue light and double the chances of developing digital eye strain.

Here are some fast facts pointed out in this year’s report:

– 76% of Americans look at their digital devices in the hour before going to sleep.

– Adults under 30 experience the highest rates of digital eye strain symptoms (73%) compared with other age groups.

– 41% of women report experiencing back pain or text neck symptoms compared to 30% of men.

– 77% of the individuals who suffer from digital eye strain use two or more devices simultaneously.

– 70% of women report experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain and are more likely than men to simultaneously use multiple devices.

– 27% of Americans do not know computer eyewear can protect against digital eye strain.

And one of the most important facts that will hopefully encourage you to have a discussion with your doctor…

– 90% of patients do not talk with their eye care provider about digital device usage.

The good news is that there are quite a few solutions to digital eye strain, including special lenses create for computer use, eye drops to ease symptoms and more. The best place to start if you are struggling with symptoms of digital eye strain – schedule an exam with Dr. A or Dr. Pham. Click here to schedule an exam at one of our two locations, Hilltop & Del Ray.

Want to know more about digital eye strain, click here to read our resources.



Eyewear Trends for 2016

Eyewear Trends for 2016

Day four of 2016 and we’re relishing the fresh feeling of a new year. When the ball drops each year and we welcome a new page on the calendar, we start to get really excited about what the new year will bring in eyewear. What new trends will find their way into our office? What colors and textures will be popular with our patients?

We sat down with Elizabeth, our lead optician and style savvy extraordinaire, and asked her what eyewear trends she is looking forward to in 2016.

“Lots and lots of color!” was Elizabeth’s first observation. “Our customers are loving a pop of color now,” so are we – with brands like Bevel, Jono Hennessy and Face a Face putting out really bold and exciting color options, it’s a trend that can’t be ignored.


Elizabeth pointed out that classic, bold plastic frames in both black and tortoise do really well with our patients and she doesn’t see that trend going anywhere in 2016. It’s a stylish choice that works well for work and play.


A favorite of Elizabeth’s and celebs alike? Barton Perreira’s beautiful classic frames. Their vintage twist makes for a laid back but uber stylish look.


Round frames are making a huge comeback. Our best selling round frame is from ProDesign, it is a stylish combination of modern titanium and a vintage shape.

Prodesign_1248_519c59c4bc748Schedule your annual exam and let our opticians help you pick out the perfect frame for 2016!

College Prep: See Clearly!

College Prep: See Clearly!

Summer may mean down time for some families – but for others – its college prep time! While you are busy stocking your student with school supplies and dorm room essentials, don’t forget an important part of prepping for school, your student’s vision. Here is our handy college prep vision checklist!

  • A comprehensive eye exam
  • A current pair of glasses to wear while studying
  • A supply of contact lenses to last while they are away at school (to help avoid those last minute phone calls that they’ve run out)
  • Sunglasses to protect (and hide) their tired eyes after finals

Call now to schedule an appointment for your college-bound student. You don’t want to wait until the last minute. The best part? If your student wears their college T-shirt to their appointment, they receive $25 off their purchase!

Click here to schedule an appointment!


For Dad: Jack Spade Frames

For Dad: Jack Spade Frames

We are excited to introduce a new line this week for our Frames Friday feature! This new brand of eyewear (frames and sun) brings classic lines, dapper style and a look no-fuss men are sure to love.

Jack Spade started in a warehouse in New York City  in 1996 under the belief that useful items could also be stylish. Their initial collection of durable, stylish bags has transitioned into a line of clothing, accessories and small goods. Jack Spade is rounding out their accessories collection with well-made, classic and stylish frames and sunglasses.

Check out a few of their styles below! Pictured are the Grant and the Garner styles – see more styles here.

These frames would make a great gift for Dad! Stop in Saturday and pick up a pair for your old man.


Fitzgerald Family Fridays

Fitzgerald Family Fridays

Starting this Friday 6/13 we will be donating 5% of the day’s proceeds to benefit Pam Fitzgerald and her mother Diane.

Pam is passionate and committed member of the Del Ray community. After spending 8 months caring for her mother while she underwent treatment for cancer, Pam has been diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer and must now undergo treatment herself.

We are jumping in with many other members of the Del Ray community to help raise money for Pam and her mother. Please consider shopping with us on Friday 6/13, Friday 7/11 and Friday 8/8 and help us support Pam and Diane!

Also, you may consider helping in other ways – click here for more information about ways you can help.


Free Infant Vision Screenings at eye2eye

Free Infant Vision Screenings at eye2eye

Here at ey2eye, Dr. Doan participates in a wonderful program that provides free vision screenings for infants 6-12 months of age called InfantSEE. We wanted to share with you a few of the great benefits of this program on the blog today.

The American Optometric Association recommends scheduling your baby’s first eye assessment at 6 months of age. When you come in for  your visit, Dr. Doan will test for a few of the following things:

  • excessive or unequal amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism
  • eye movement ability
  • eye health problems

While these problems are not common, early screening and detection makes it much easier to treat any vision problems. The goal of the InfantSEE program is to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an essential part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. Research shows that at 6 months of age, many of a baby’s vision functions are fully developed, making this the perfect time to get their vision and eye health screened.

Here are some facts and fun exercises and activities you can do with your baby to foster their developing eyes and vision:

Birth to 2 Months

  • Within a short period of time after birth, your baby’s eyes will be able to focus on objects less than a foot away, like Mom’s face while nursing.
  • Research shows that complex shapes and high contrast targets best stimulate baby’s vision – when decorating baby’s room, include decor that is bright, contrasted and varied.

2 Months

  • Your baby is learning to look at two months old, its normal for their eyes to not always track together and should only be a concern if they are never track together. 
  • Stimulating both sides of the body by moving a child’s arms or legs simultaneously, as parents tend to do naturally, is helpful in fostering appropriate bilateral and binocular development.

4 Months

  • During the first months, your baby will start to follow moving objects with their eyes as well as reach for things. Eye hand coordination and depth perception are starting to develop as well.
  • Keep reach-and-touch toys within your baby’s focus, about eight to twelve inches
  • Hang a mobile above and outside the crib.
  • Use a nightlight in your baby’s room.Change the crib’s position frequently and your child’s position in it.

6 Months

  • A trip to the optometrist! Dr. Doan will test for many vision issues as well as assess their vision. Take part in the InfantSEE program and receive a free screening. 
  • Let your baby explore different shapes, colors and textures with their fingers.
  • Give your baby the freedom to crawl and explore.
  • Play games like patty-cake or peek-a-boo.

8-12 Months

  • Your baby is mobile now, being attracted to objects in their visual environment. He is using both eyes together to judge distances, and is grasping and throwing objects with greater precision. Crawling is important for developing eye-hand-foot-body coordination.
  • Give your baby stacking and take apart toys.
  • Provide objects your baby can touch, hold and manipulate.

If you would like to take part in the InfantSEE program, the exam is free of cost but you do need an appointment, click here to schedule one or call our office at 703-548-0122.




Get Google Glass at eye2eye!

Get Google Glass at eye2eye!
We have some very exciting news for eye2eye patients! We are now an official Google Glass provider! We will be receiving the kits for mounting soon but our optical staff is trained on how to put a prescription in glasses for those who need it.
Once we get the kits, we will be able to share so much more exciting information about this amazing technology. For now, here are a few frequently asked questions from the American Optometric Association.
  1. Can I drive while wearing Google Glass?
    Just as you wouldn’t text and drive, you shouldn’t use the device while driving.
  2. I have poor vision in my right eye. Can I still wear Glass?
    Optometrists who have used Glass say it’s probably best to wear the screen over the dominant eye. However, Glass is only available with a right-eye-positioned screen.
  3. I’ve been diagnosed with dry eye. Will Glass make it worse?
    Looking up repeatedly to access the Glass screen could exacerbate dry eye, some optometrists speculate, but symptoms could be less pronounced with a glance as opposed to a prolonged stare.
  4. Can you fit me with prescription lenses for Glass?
    Currently, Glass is mounted to a specially designed frame with nonprescription lenses. However, Google announced prescription lenses may be fit to the frames with help from eye care providers.

Stay tuned to our blog and newsletters for updates about Google Glass!


See Like a Master

See Like a Master

With play beginning in just two days for the 2014 Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta Georgia, we thought this was the perfect time to discuss golfers and their eyewear technology.

Most professional golfers wear sunglasses, especially if they have a prescription. But wearing their prescription sunglasses isn’t just about correcting their vision – its about enhancing it. Proper lens tint and optics help to reduce overall brightness while maintaining 100% of true color perception, which is crucially important for golfers who need to decipher intricate green conditions.

The Shamir lens company has create a golf lens that has revolutionized sport sunglasses and resolves common issues like distortion of color and difficulty seeing through multiple zones clearly.

To understand Shamir’s lens technology, we must understand how your vision works at different ranges. There are essentially three zones that make up your range of vision, these zones determine your ability to see objects close to your eyes, objects midway from your eyes and objects far away from your eyes.

The three zones are your near vision zone, your intermediate vision zone and your distance vision zone. Progressive lenses correct and improve vision in all three zones using seamless lens technology. Many athletes and golfers who need multiple zone corrections choose to wear progressive lenses.

What Shamir has done is optimize these progressive lenses for the specific needs of golfers. Often golfers were struggling to see their feet clearly through the intermediate zone in their current progressive lenses. Shamir developed technology that creates a longer focal point in the intermediate zone of their lenses – this helps golfers wearing progressive lenses to see the ball at their feet, better than ever before.

If you find yourself hitting the green often or golf is a favorite pastime – now is great time to stop in and discuss how Shamir lens technology can help you bring your best game. Just like a good club, a good swing and good pair of shoes – a good pair of sunglasses is an essential tool in a great golf game.

Schedule an appointment for a vision evaluation or stop in to learn more about the wide range of lens technology we offer!


What You Should Know About Digital Eye Strain

What You Should Know About Digital Eye Strain

Several months ago, The Vision Council released a report stating that nearly 70% of US adults experience digital eye strain while using digital devices like computers, tablets and smartphones.

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.

Click here to make an appointment at eye2eye Optometry Corner!


Source: The Vision Council