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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 when the pupil of the eye is enlarged.

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.

 

  1. Use the camera function. Simply zoom in on what you need to see or snap a picture of it and zoom that up as much as you need.

 

  1. Use the flashlight function. Sometimes all you need is a bit more light to see small print. (Be careful if downloading a flashlight app as many of the more popular flashlight apps contain malware)

 

  1. Take advantage of Siri. With practice you can become proficient on using the voice recognition function on your phone to find addresses, get directions, look up phone numbers, etc.

 

  1. Enable the Zoom function. The Zoom function allows you to quickly magnify text on your phone with a double or triple tap. This function is easily enabled under Settings/General/Accessibility. You don’t want to leave the Zoom function “on” at all times as it makes some phone functions unobtainable while it is active. If you accidentally hit Zoom you may wonder why your phone seems to be frozen.

 

  1. Experiment with some of the other vision related Accessibility functions on the phone. The VoiceOver function will read highlighted text aloud but it has a bit of a learning curve as the tapping commands are different than the one’s normally used on a phone or computer.

 

 

 

REFERENCES:

FLASHLIGHT APP REPORT

http://www.snoopwall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Flashlight-Spyware-Appendix-2014.pdf

APPLE VISION ACCESSIBILITY FUNCTIONS

https://www.apple.com/support/accessibility/vision/

Shades on the Slopes!

Group Of Middle Aged Couples On Ski Holiday In MountainsWearing sunglasses everyday can help protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation that creates cataracts. People remember to wear their sunglasses during the summer, but often forget about the winter.

 

Choose sunglasses or goggles that offer 99 percent or greater UV protection. Frame styles that wrap around the sides of your head or just have large eye coverage will protect your eyes, eyelids and the sensitive skin around your eyes, which are common sites for skin cancers and sun-induced aging.

 

Also, winter sports enthusiasts are at increased risk for UV over exposure . The combination of higher altitude and UV rays reflected by the snow puts skiers and snowboarders at an increased risk of sun damage, and ultimately skin cancer. More than 90 percent of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure. Be sure to protect your skin by reapplying sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher.

 

Flex Spending Accounts and Your New Eyewear!

Promotions_FlexSpendingThumbIt’s that time of year again.

If you have a flexible spending account keep in mind that prescription eyewear, including sunglasses, sports eyewear, and computer glasses DO qualify for FLEX SPENDING.

 

As do contact lenses . . . And eye examinations . . .

Do you have 2014 Flex Spending Dollars to use? Schedule an appointment or stop by before your $$$ expire!

Young woman trying on glasses

What better way to spend those FLEX $$$ than on your VISION!

Call today for an appointment: (703) 777-1299

Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving to our amazing friends!

We have many things to be thankful for this holiday season including health, friends, and family, as well as the freedom and economic opportunity we enjoy here in the United States.

I also want to express my thanks to our patients for the many wonderful years I have enjoyed in Leesburg working with you and your families, building a practice and a successful business with your loyalty and support. I feel truly blessed to have had this opportunity and my staff and I will continue to do our best to provide excellent service and care for your visual and eye health needs.

 Dr. Greg McGrew

 

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A Leading Edge Conference in Denver

Dr. McGrew attends the conference of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) in Denver. The Academy’s conference includes lectures and workshops, symposia and scientific lecture and poster presentations.

The exhibitor’s hall included Google Glass this year. Dr. McGrew says it was tricky to get the feel of the glasses’ programming! Dr. McGrew is now a certified Google Glass provider.

 

Look Great and See Clearly for the Holidays!

large_8301316618It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Whether we’re visiting family or our families are coming to visit us, inevitably someone is going to want to take our picture at some point. When asked, over 62% of our patients agreed that they would rather be wearing their contact lenses than their glasses in any and all holiday photos…and in photos in general.

 

As the end of the year approaches, folks with Health Savings Accounts and Flex Spending money are going to be looking for ways to use that money up before it expires on January 1st, 2015. Why not use it to get re-fitted for contacts and order up your full year’s supply? You’ll look your best in holiday photos, and your eyes—and your wallet—will thank you for it with no regrets about letting that HSA money go to waste this year. Plus, with a variety of available contact lens rebates to use after you have your exam, you can guarantee you’ll be getting the most out of your money as you start the new year with healthy eyes.

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Is a School Vision Screening Just as Good as an Eye Exam?

large_339057805No!

While school screenings are reasonably effective at identifying weakness in distance vision, they routinely miss near vision problems, problems with coordinating eyes together and adjusting distance vision tasks and close work. And of course, school screenings are not designed to detect eye health or color vision problems.

All children should have a complete eye examination conducted by an optometrist or ophthalmologist before they begin first grade. If a problem is suspected or there is a strong history of amblyopia (“lazy eye”) in the family, they should be seen as soon as possible, no matter their age.

At the Eyecare Center of Leesburg, we love seeing children ages 2 and above but we are also happy to discuss your younger child’s eyes and refer to one of our colleagues who specializes in working with younger children if appropriate.

 
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