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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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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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Fall Sun Sale

Fall Sun Sale

Join us 10/23-10/25 for our fall sunglasses sale event! Save 50% off ALL sunglasses, excludes Maui Jim and Costa Del Mar.

You can take advantage of this sale event at BOTH locations – our Del Ray office and our new Hilltop office.

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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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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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What’s Your Risk for Glaucoma?

What’s Your Risk for Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States. In 2014 the AOA (American Optometric Association) conducted a survey, American Eye-Q, and the findings about Americans’ knowledge of eye health relating to glaucoma were alarming. 1 in 5 respondents didn’t know at what age glaucoma is most often detected and only 13 percent of respondents knew that race affects the risk of developing glaucoma.

Here a few fast facts about glaucoma you need to now:

– More than 2.2 million Americans have glaucoma but only about half know they have it.

– 120,000 people are estimated to have been blinded by glaucoma, accounting for 9 to 12 percent of all cases of blindness in the US.

– African Americans are fifteen times more likely to be visually impaired from glaucoma.

– Patients older than 60 years of age are 6 times more likely to get glaucoma.

– Family history increases risk of glaucoma 4 to 9 times.

If you fall into any of these risk categories, especially if you have a family history of glaucoma, make an appointment to come see us. Dr. A or Dr. Doan can help you focus on preventative measures – and establish your risk for developing glaucoma.

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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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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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