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Our COVID-19 Policies & Procedures at the Eye Care Center of Leesburg

We're Here for You! During the COVID-19 pandemic our highest priority is the safety and well-being of our patients and staff. We have changed our schedule to accommodate social distancing and will gradually over the next 6 weeks be adding additional appointment slots. Please be patient if we can’t give you an immediate appointment time. We can put you on our cancellation/move-up list and notify you if an appointment time becomes available sooner. If you are having an urgent matter like broken glasses or insurance is running out, just let us know and we will work out the best solution for you. Emergencies will be handled promptly. We have added minimal contact services like telemedicine, optical dispensing appointments, direct shipping of contacts and glasses and curbside dispensing. We are here…

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…

Importance of Eyesight and Your Health

We all want to protect our eyesight and overall health for ourselves and our family - that is why regular eye exams are important. Regular eye care and exams can protect and prevent many eye diseases, if detected early.   Today, a whole range of eye problems can be treated successfully without total vision loss. Many vision problems begin at an early age, so it's especially important for children to receive proper eye care from the time they are infants.   What is an Optomap?   The Optomap is a panoramic digital image of the retina produced by Optos scanning laser technology. It is the only technology that can show a wide 82% view of your retina at one time. An Optomap's wide view of the retina may help our…

5 Children’s Vision Tips for Summer

We typically think the school year is the time to be concerned about children’s vision. We want them to see well in the classroom and be able to read and do homework comfortably. But summer brings outdoor activities and more free time which may be spent in front of electronic devices. So here are some suggestions for protecting a child’s eyes and vision during those warm and fun summer months.   Limit Device Use At home and in car, there is a lot a lot of downtime. Do not let this time get filled in with device use by default. No matter how old your child is, they are at risk of eyestrain and related vision problems if they spend too much time on handheld devices such as phones, tablets,…

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…

EYES (a poem by Brook Zimmerman)

EYES It started with the flick of an eye When my whole life changed around me Every second had counted Every second was now gone I wish I could push the rewind button   I would do anything to get my old life back More so to get my old self back But the job as already been done   Imagine a zigzag right before your eyes Like a lightning bolt you can’t escape from And it just keeps spreading and spreading and spreading Like a raging fire in your eyes   Now this lightning bolt transforms into a perfect pie pan circle And it just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger Eventually it grows bigger than the sun and moon combined There’s no going back, at least not…

OCULAR MIGRAINES

“What the heck is happening to my vision?” We see patients almost every month who have experienced sudden dramatic visual effects that can quite scary, especially the first time it happens. The most common cause for this is an ocular migraine, which fortunately is quite benign and harmless. However, it is important for us to differentiate the patient’s symptoms from other forms of visual distortion or flashing lights that might be caused by something more serious or vision threatening. We don’t understand completely why patients get migraines of any form but we do know they can be triggered by certain stressors and that they are associated with temporary erratic blood flow to parts of the brain or body. In the case of ocular migraine the blood flow disturbance is in…

The Sad Kitty – Creepy Tales!!

CREEPY TALES FROM THE EYE SCARE CENTER OF LEESBURG   The Sad Kitty Jenny loves Halloween and was super excited about wearing her cute kitty costume to some rocking parties.   She also loves her contact lenses but recently she’s gotten lazy with them. She stopped rubbing them clean at night and keeping track of when to change to a new pair. She even has been sleeping with them in a few nights every week.   Two days before Halloween she woke up with a sore red light sensitive eye. She went to an urgent care doctor who sent her to the Eye Scare Center where she found out she has a corneal ulcer and has to put eye drops in every hour and can’t wear her contact lenses for…