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Sunglasses Are a Health Necessity

Sunglasses Are a Health Necessity

In celebration of National Sunglasses Day June 27th, we’re sharing all the facts you need to know about your sunglasses as a health necessity. Take a look at this infographic from The Vision Council, you’ll learn fast facts about how important your sunglasses are for preventing vision loss and eye diseases.

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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!

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6 Ways to Fight Spring Allergies

6 Ways to Fight Spring Allergies

1.) Preventing & treating itchy, watery eyes. 

-Always wash hands and face after coming in from outdoors, be sure to take frequent showers to remove pollen.

-Wash hair more often as pollen can linger in your hair and when you lie down on your pillow or couch, your face can rub around in it, exposing you to more of the allergens.

-Replace old makeup and use an applicator instead of fingers to prevent pollen contamination.

-There are great prescription eye drops you may use once a day to reduce and/or limit eye allergies. Contact lens wearers may still wear contacts if they wait 10 minutes after inserting the drops.

2.) Start taking your oral allergy medication now. 

– The sooner you start taking your oral allergy medication, the better. Ideally, just before or once the pollen count starts to creep up, then one should start taking their oral allergy medicine as well as their allergy eye drops.

-People new to the area might  feel that they have a cold, and after 1-2 years, they realize the pattern – its allergies! Again, the earlier the better when starting treatment!

 3.) Switch to single use contact lenses during allergy season.

-Use one day disposable contacts during allergy season so that you insert a fresh, pollen free lens each day. This will greatly reduce your symptoms and keep your eyes itch-free.

-For those who have moderate to severe allergies, discontinuing contact lenses when the pollen is at its peak cuts down on the pollen “sticking” on the lens and staying on the eye all day. If using single use lenses is not reducing your symptoms, switching to glasses during peak season may be a better choice.

5.) Warning signs of something more serious. 

If you have pain, decreased vision, or redness that gets worse, it could be signs of other eye issues and you should see the doctor right away.

6.) What about the kiddos?

 -Be sure to encourage kids to wash their hands and face after recess or coming in from outdoors.

-Have them change their clothes when they return home for the day.

-Keep bedroom windows closed during peak pollen days.

-Change pillow case if kids did not wash hair that day.

-Discuss with their pediatrician options for treating their overall allergy symptoms, like taking an oral allergy pill.

Establishing the cause and having a doctor manage your eye allergies will help make sure you suffer less, click here to make an appointment with the doctors at eye2eye. 

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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.

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New Location: eye2eye Hilltop

New Location: eye2eye Hilltop

We’ve got some exciting news for you! Eye2eye Optometry Corner will be opening our second location in the Hilltop Village Center, next to Wegmans.

Stay tuned for more details like our opening date and more, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to be the first to know.

Our vision is simple, to care for yours.

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Locally Conscious: Apprenticeship Program

Locally Conscious: Apprenticeship Program

Part of being locally conscious is helping to ensure that we have future generations of strong leaders and well trained professionals. We participate in the Virginia Apprenticeship Council’s program for new and existing employees to begin an apprenticeship to become licensed opticians.

We believe programs like this set our opticians a bar above the rest. Our opticians participate in rigorous course study and must pass required exams. They experience practical hands-on training in optical laboratories; learning to fabricate lenses properly, and are required to acquire a minimum number of work hours prior to being allowed to take the exam for licensure.

By employing licensed and trained opticians we ensure your glasses are ordered and made correctly. Without our exceptionally trained and certified staff, you could end up paying for an inferior product that hasn’t been properly produced. There are many eyewear companies that hire only frame stylists, not certified opticians. That approach is not at the core of our mission.

We care deeply about our community and creating a program like this locally allows us to ensure that jobs stay local in Alexandria. Our patients and customers will interact with properly trained professionals, and future generations will have the ability to participate in an apprenticeship program as a career path.

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Locally Conscious

Locally Conscious

We know how important it is to you to spend your dollars wisely, we feel the same way. You have many choices when it comes to healthcare and eye care providers, and we are consistently full of gratitude that you choose us as your eye care provider.

We are committed to making sure that the dollars you spend at our business find their way back to the community of Alexandria; a community that is so good to us. We have found many ways to give back to our community over the years – and over the next few days we’re going to share our experiences here on the blog and on social media. We’ll highlight the amazing organizations we’ve worked with and why we love supporting their causes right here in our own community.

Dr. Adamopoulos has ran her practice with the community in mind since the day eye2eye opened its doors, “Serving a customer base rooted in my community was and still is, a huge priority for me. I strive to be a community-driven healthcare practitioner, offering products and services to meet the needs of every stage of life – infants, children, teenagers, Moms, Dads, young adults, and aging eye care. I want to give back to the community that is so good to me,” said Dr. Adamopoulos.

So follow along over the next week as we share our stories of giving back, if you have a story you’d like share, use #eye2eyegivesback on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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Fireworks + Eyes: What You Need To Know

Fireworks + Eyes: What You Need To Know

The 4th of July is the ultimate summer celebration. And with it comes celebratory fireworks: professional firework displays, sparklers, roman candles, firecrackers and more.

According to AllAboutVision.com, an estimated 10,500 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2014, with 7,000 of them during a one-month study period of June 20 to July 20, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. About 1,300 of the injuries during that month were eye injuries.

Did you know that sparklers are a major cause of firework related eye injuries each year? 19% of all injuries related to fireworks are eye injuries. The risk is for injury is much higher for ages 15-24 and children under 10. Firework safety starts with common sense, make sure to light fireworks from a distance, do not stand over fireworks when lighting them, keep children and pets at a safe distance and keep water around in case of a fire.

Follow these helpful safety tips from the American Optometric Association and your holiday celebration will be free of any accidents!

Firework Safety

1. Do not allow young children to handle fireworks and never leave them unsupervised near fireworks.

2. Wear protective eyewear when lighting and handling fireworks of any kind.

3. Refrain from purchasing sparklers. Heating up to 2,000 degrees, sparklers are the number one cause of fireworks injuries requiring trips to the emergency room.

4. Be aware of your surroundings and only light fireworks when family, friends and children are at a safe distance.

5. Be sure to keep a large bucket of water or hose handy for extinguishing fireworks and potential fires.

The best prevention you can take part in, is allowing the professionals to handle the fireworks at a professional display.

What to do for a Fireworks Eye Injury

If an eye injury from fireworks occurs, remember:

  • Seek medical attention immediately.
  • Do not rub your eyes.
  • Do not rinse your eyes.
  • Do not apply pressure.
  • Do not remove any objects that are stuck in the eye.
  • Do not apply ointments or take any blood-thinning pain medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen.

If an eye-related injury does occur, the best first aid to administer is to not touch the eye, call 911 immediately. Touching the eye may worsen the injury.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Sources: AllAboutVision.com, GetEyesSmart.org

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Final Four Savings

Final Four Savings

Post a photo of you in your favorite team’s t-shirt to our Facebook page and save $25 off your purchase. Wear it to your appointment and save an additional $25 off.

The FINAL FOUR IS HERE! If your team made it to the Final Four – you can save AN ADDITIONAL $25 off your purchase by wearing your team tee to your appointment – so get your Kentucky, Wisconsin, Michigan State & Duke t-shirts out of the closet because you could save up $50 off your purchase.

 *Cannot be combined with insurance discounts*

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Digital Eye Strain on The Today Show

This week Dr. A is at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with The Vision Council, speaking about digital eye strain and how to help prevent it. Watch the clip below to see The Today Show discuss!

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