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Contact Lens Myths Debunked!

10 September 2019

VisualEyes Optometrists - Contact Lens Myths Debunked in Fairfax, VA

Like any other medical myth, contacts lenses has its fair share of silly fiction stories. Let's debunk some of them to set the record straight.

Contact Lens Can Get Lost Behind Your Eyes

It is impossible for the contacts to wander behind your eye since there's a clear, thin membrane called conjunctiva that covers part of the front surface of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids. So there's no way it can slip through it and migrate at the back of your eye.

Using Contacts Is Painful

You may feel a slight discomfort and a bit of irritation at first, but in very short-order you will feel comfortable wearing them.

You May Leave It In Your Eyes Without Taking It Off

If you leave the eye contacts for an extended period beyond that which is recommended, your eye will be prone for oxidative stress and inflammation can occur. You may also experience dry eyes, red eyes, infections, eye ulcers, or an irreversible damage to your vision.

Contacts Are Not Recommended For Those With Astigmatism or High Prescription

Maybe true in days past, but not today. Toric contact lenses are specifically designed for people with astigmatism and those who require high prescription.

Contacts Can Alter Your Eye Color Permanently

Colored contact lenses will only alter the color of your eye when you are wearing them.

Contacts Are Costly

Compared to high-quality glasses, contact lenses can be more affordable. Even disposable contacts can be more economical than eye glasses.

Contact lenses are safe to use. You just need to follow simple instructions on how to properly use it. Contact VisualEyes Optometrists to learn more about contact lenses.

Low Vision Therapy

26 August 2019

VisualEyes Optometrists, Arlington, VA

Low vision pertains to partial vision loss which can't be fully corrected with eye glasses, contact lenses, medication and even surgery. Patients with low vision suffer from different diseases, field defects, and degrees of vision loss. Low vision involves bilateral reduction to visual acuity or field arising out from visual system failure.

Those who suffer partial vision impairment are unable to perform work and daily activities effectively. The quality of life is significantly affected. Low vision therapy is path to an increased quality of life. The therapy is intended to help patients accept their condition and overcome the difficulty associated with it. Helping them maximize their available vision to continue performing their daily tasks despite their condition.

Low Vision Therapy services here in Arlington, VA involves a thorough assessment of our patient's current visual ability, defining what specific life tasks that are negatively affected, and the patient’s goals for improvement. We will define a path to maximize the utility of one’s remaining vision and will develop strategies to better complete daily tasks and improve quality of life. To learn more about Low Vision Therapy, contact VisualEyes Optometrists.

What Is LASIK Eye Surgery?

12 August 2019

VisualEyes Optometrists, Fairfax, VA

Has your vision taken a notable turn for the worse? Have you known for sometime that you are nearsighted, farsighted, or perhaps know that you have an astigmatism? These are all common vision problems that can be corrected through a safe, effective, and affordable procedure called LASIK or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. This procedure corrects vision issues by reshaping the cornea.

When you are nearsighted, your cornea is too steep. When the cornea is flat you may be farsighted. A football-shaped cornea is linked to astigmatism. In LASIK surgery here in Fairfax, the certified eye surgeon will form a flap of tissue that will serve as a protection in outer layer of the cornea and with the use of a laser, it eliminates microscopic cells in the layer beneath. The procedure will only take a few minutes. The surgeon will return the flap back into position which will serve as a bandage while the eye is healing. In few month post-surgery, the patient's visual acuity is improved.

LASIK eye surgery offers a long-term alternative solution to eyeglasses or contact lenses. The operation uses numbing drops so only minimal pain will be felt during procedure. Since LASIK is a complex procedure, it's important to seek a highly-experienced eye surgeon to perform the surgery. If you think you are a good candidate for this refractive treatment, contact VisualEyes Optometrists here in Fairfax.

Treating Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

24 July 2019

VisualEyes Optometrists, Arlington, VA

Conjunctivitis (better knows as pink eye) is an inflamed or infected conjunctiva caused by several factors that include virus, bacteria, allergies, fungi, and other irritants. The conjunctiva is a thin membrane that lines the inside of the eyelids and covers the white part of the eye or sclera.

Conjunctivitis is a highly contagious disease. Kids can easily get them when an outbreak takes place at school. Although it's not a serious disease, patients are recommended to visit their eye doctor in Arlington, VA to treat it quickly. Permanent vision issues are rare in older children and adults but some may develop corneal inflammation and can be a serious case to newborns, for it may lead to irreversible vision problems.

Patients suffering from conjunctivitis have these following symptoms:

  • eye redness
  • swollen conjunctiva
  • increased tearing
  • thick yellow or green discharge
  • itchy and burning eyes
  • increased sensitivity to light
  • vision may be blurred

You need to see a certified optometrist right away when you experience a lot of yellow or green discharge from the eye, when it is accompanied with fever and chills, severe eye pain extending to the face and loss of vision. If you suspect of conjunctivitis, contact VisualEyes Optometrists in Arlington, VA to get immediate treatment.

How To Treat Astigmatism?

10 July 2019

VisualEyes Optometrists, Alexandria, VA

A normal eye is perfectly round. When the light enters the eye it bends evenly providing you clear sight. Unfortunately for people suffering astigmatism, that person's eyeball and/or cornea is irregular in shape. The problem with this is that eye fails to properly bend and present light to the retina. This results in partial focus upon the targeted visual zone. A person with astigmatism suffers blurred and distorted vision. The condition usually occurs after an eye injury and becomes progressive over time.

What Are The Symptoms?

  • Blurred / Distorted Vision
  • Eye Strain
  • Headache
  • Eye Irritation

An Eye Exam can help diagnose this condition. Typically, people with astigmatism may also have myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness).

How It is Treated?

Corrective lenses can help correct this eye condition. Toric, a soft contact lens, can be prescribed by optometrists. These special type of eye glasses or contacts will curve the light more in one direction than the other. For those with severe cases a gas-permeable rigid contact lens is prescribed. Refractive surgery is also an option to discuss with your optometrist. This is laser surgery that re-shapes the cornea.

In order to know what treatment is best for you, you need to see your eye doctor for in Alexandria, VA.

Contact VisualEyes Optometrists in Alexandria to help you figure out the right treatment for your condition.

Protect Your Eyes From the Dangerous Summer Sun

15 June 2019

Visual Eyes Optometrists, Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, VA

As promised, we here at Visual Eyes Optometrists (serving the fine people of Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax) are pleased to post our first educational eye care-related blog post here on our new blog. Today’s work provides you valuable tips to take care of your vision during these long summer days where your exposure to sun risk is the highest it will be all year.

We’re now enjoying the longest days of the year and all the benefits of days with maximum sunshine. It’s the time when many of us attempt to make up for lost time and go out and enjoy the weather without abandon – hit the beach, dust off that home improvement project, maybe join a pickup basketball game. But please, take care of your eyes! Today’s blog post is intended to help you do just that.

“Summer activities pose a number of potential hazards to your vision. Your exposed higher levels of UV radiation which can increase your risk for developing certain conditions, including cataracts and cancerous growths. With more activity outdoors and around your home, you increase your risk for eye injuries.

Here are 10 Summer Eye Protection Tips to Reduce the Risk of Injury or Vision Loss

  1. Choose sunglasses with full UV protection: Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is much stronger in summer, and just because the lenses are dark doesn’t mean your eyes are protected from these damaging rays. Look for glasses labeled either UV400 or 100 percent UV protection, which means that the lenses will block the full spectrum of UVA and UVB rays.
  2. Pay attention to the lens style: Wraparound styles can provide better summer eye protection, since they cover your peripheral vision. And if you plan to be in situations where you could increase your risk for injury – such as taking a spike to the face during a game of beach volleyball with friends – choose shatter-proof polycarbonate lenses.
  3. Buy sunglasses from a reputable retailer: Some online sources will sell products that can be dangerous for your eyes. Do your research.
  4. Wear a hat as often as possible when outside: “This includes on cloudy days. Clouds don’t block all spectrums of UV light. Not only will this give your eyes some extra protection, it will also protect your scalp and face from sun damage.
  5. Always wear swim goggles: Goggles are necessary for both indoor and outdoor pools. Even in chlorinated pool water, some microorganisms may survive and cause an infection, and this infection risk increases in lakes and other non-chlorinated water areas, such as hot tubs. These communal areas may be teeming with bacteria, including acanthamoeba, which causes an intense infection that is difficult to treat.
  6. Don’t swim in contact lenses: “If you wear contact lenses, you’re more susceptible to infection, given that your eyes are more likely to get irritated.
  7. Choose the right eye protection for your sport: Depending on the sport, this might include goggles, a face guard or a helmet. The American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) has developed protection standards for every sport. In addition, by supplementing any official standard with the tips above (wearing a hat, full UV sunglasses, etc.), you can increase your summer eye protection.
  8. Be careful when working around the house: From cutting the grass and gardening to woodworking or digging into a car project, summertime also means an increase in risk from hazardous chemicals or flying debris. When engaging in these or other similar activities, wear glasses, goggles or a face shield that features “ANSI Z87.1” on the lens or frame. This designation means that it has met the American National Standards Institute safety standard for protective eyewear.
  9. Avoid indoor tanning: Tanning beds can produce far greater UV levels than the sun, increasing your risk for both skin cancer and serious eye damage. If you do use a tanning bed, make sure to wear protective UV-blocking goggles, not sunglasses.
  10. Wash your hands frequently: “While this is important any time of the year to help prevent the spread of eye infections, in the summer, people are more active outside. This makes it easier for infections to spread, including pink eye. So make sure to wash your hands regularly, and especially before you touch your eyes or put in your contacts.”

So, all ten suggestions are pretty simple to do, right? But as vision care professionals, we can’t emphasize strongly enough how valuable these actions are to help protect the priceless resource of good vision. We’ll add an 11th suggestion here. Be sure to have your eyes examined annually or as directed by your optometrist. You can call or schedule an eye exam in Alexandria, Arlington, or Fairfax with us anytime. Enjoy your summer!

Welcome to Our New Eye Care Public Service Blog

1 June 2019

Visual Eyes Optometrists, Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, VAGreetings to our years-long optometry patients and to all of you finding us for the first time as well. All of us here at Northern Virginia’s Visual Eyes Optometrists are proud and pleased of our new website and we hope it serves all of you well. This is the first of what will be regular recurring blog posts offered as a public service to educate the general public on all things related to promoting and maintaining healthy vision.

For those who don’t know us, for over a decade now we’ve provided superior eyecare services in Alexandria, eyecare services in Arlington, and eyecare services in Fairfax as well. We invite you to meet our doctors, all with a celebrated history in providing superior optometry services.

It is our sole goal to improve your quality of life whether that involves helping you maintain your fully healthy vision or treating even the most dreadful of eye diseases. Call us to get things started and we hope to see you visiting our blog on a regular basis to help you take care of one of your most precious resources…your vision!