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Glasses for Screen Time

Screen Time Strains Our Eyes Americans of all ages are spending more time in front of digital devices like computer monitors, tablets, and smart phones.  While this technology has changed the way we search for information, communicate, and entertain ourselves it has also created a new type of vision problem.  Computer Vision Syndrome or Digital Eyestrain is a growing source of tired sore eyes, blurred vision, and headaches that has eye doctors and optical lens companies working hard to develop innovative new products and solutions to deal with this 21st century malady. It All Starts with the Eye Examination Our eyes focus differently on digital screens than they do on printed material like books and magazines.  What eye doctors have found is that digital tech users benefit from even small amounts…

Hot or Cold?

It is allergy season so the question arises “Which should I use to provide some relief for my puffy, itchy eyes – a warm compress or a cold compress?” While either one may provide some relief from allergy eyes, here are some guidelines on the most effective ways to use heat or cold on the eyes. Heat increases blood flow, speeds up our immune response system, and softens up debris on the lids or in the tear glands.  That means warm compresses are preferred for: Stye (hordeolum) Crust or mucous around the eyelashes (blepharitis) Infectious conjunctivitis (bacterial “pink eye”) Dry eyes   Cold reduces blood flow, swelling, and immune response so it is preferable for: Allergy eyes Trauma or injury Itching and/or pain Either type of compress is usually used…

How Many Shoes are in Your Closet?

Most of us have a closet full of clothing for every type of event or mood in our life. How many pairs of jeans or shoes do you have? 5? 10? 20? For obvious reasons one pair just isn’t enough to cover all situations. Why then do most folks only have one pair of glasses? Are the things we do with your feet more important than what we do with our eyes? If we are constantly changing our clothing and footwear to match our activity why not have more choices in your eyewear? For instance, when riding a bike you may want some wrap-around sunglasses. But that look may not be what you want for an outing with friends at a winery. You may need computer glasses to help with…

Frugal Frank

Frank is a big guy and he has a big head so he has trouble finding glasses that fit well.  Frank also likes a bargain so after he got his prescription at the Eye Scare Center of Leesburg he ordered glasses online.  He used the online measuring guides to pick the size frame he needed and even to position the reading zone for his multifocal lenses. He was excited when he got his new glasses even though they kind of squeezed his head and made the backs of his ears sore. After using them the first day at work he felt kind of queasy and it was difficult to keep his computer screen in focus.  He emailed the website and they quickly responded – they told him it sometimes takes…

Laser Correction in our Family

On March 23 Doctor McGrew's son Wesley had laser vision correction performed by Dr. Andy Holzman at the TLC Center in Tysons Corner. Dr. McGrew was with his son in the surgical suite and is happy to report the recovery process has been smooth and Wesley is thrilled with his great vision without contact lenses or glasses. If you are wondering if you are a good candidate for laser vision correction ask about it at your next appointment or give us a call and we can discuss your options. Blog managed by Sprolo.com

CHRPE and Colon Cancer

Another reason to have your eyes checked regularly! Freckles in Your Eye Can Identify Risk of Colon Cancer A common pigment spot in the retina can be associated with a hereditary form of intestinal polyps that may become cancerous. Congenital Hypertrophy of the Retinal Pigment Epithelium, referred to as CHRPE (“chirpy”), a form of freckling inside the eye has been associated with a hereditary condition known as Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) or Gardner’s Syndrome. 80% of patients with FAP have CHRPE. CHRPE is relatively easily detected during an eye examination, especially if the pupils are dilated or digital imaging/photography is performed. Patients sometimes have just one CHPRE or they can have several, often found together in groups, somewhat like constellations of stars. These groupings of round spots of various sizes…

New Lens Technology Helps Wearers Drive More Safely

Of course it should be safer to drive wearing your prescription glasses but did you know high tech options could enhance your vision even further allowing you to react more quickly to potential hazards on the road? • Anti-reflective coatings reduce distracting glare and reflections and actually allow more light to reach the eye for better clarity. • Polarization reduces glare significantly for better vision in daytime. • Driving Lenses from various manufacturers combine anti-reflection coatings, polarization, and contrast enhancing tints to aid the driver. • Photochromic lenses are darker on sunny days and less tinted in overcast conditions to adapt to the driving conditions. • Digital Progressive Lenses reduce peripheral distortion to aid the more mature driver. • Aberration reducing technology can significantly improve clarity in low light conditions…

Having Trouble Reading Small Print? Use Your Phone?

Having Trouble Reading Small Print? Use Your Phone? It’s frustrating and potentially embarrassing to not be able to focus on small print or small details. If you have reading glasses you may be fine, but what if you don’t have your glasses handy or if things are too small to see even with them on?   Perhaps you can get some help from your smart phone. Here are some ways you can harness the technology you are carrying in your pocket or purse to read that ingredient list or serial number.   These tips are specific to Apple iPhones and iPads but may be applicable to similar functions and applications for Android phones.   Use the camera function. Simply zoom in on what you need to see or snap a…