Diabetes is a disease in which the body's ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine.
Did you know that diabetes can be detected during an eye exam?
Diabetes can harm your eyes. It can damage the small blood vessels in your retina, the back wall of your eye. This condition is called diabetic retinopathy.
Don't wait, schedule your annual eye exam today!
With the holiday season fast approaching it is once again time to find just the right gift for friends and family! So this year why not give a gift they'll want to use everyday? Find below a holiday gift guide that will ensure you get the perfect present or stocking stuffer for you or your loved one!
Maui Jim Sunglasses
Maui Jim uses state-of-the-art technology to create high quality sunglasses. Their lenses use PolarizedPlus2® technology which goes beyond shielding your eyes from glare and harmful UV to reveal and enhance the world's true vivid colors in detail. Maui Jim sunglasses come in 5 different lens color options:
So for any activity you do, there is a lens for it. Maui Jim Sunglasses can also be made as prescription sunglasses with Maui Jim lenses. Stop in to try on the latest models!
Another great option for sunglasses are Oakley!
With Oakley sunglasses no matter what your activity, Oakley’s performance-driven frames and lenses are a perfect blend of style, durability and quality! Find below more information about the different lens types:
Oakley offers an incredible selection of frames to fit their performance lenses, so come on in to Modern Optometry to try them on!
If you're looking for something smaller to give, we have a great stocking stuffer for you!
Original, one-of-a-kind, Ophthalmologist developed lash conditioner that enhances the look of your lashes. It also protects against breakage and improves health, flexibility and strength of your lashes.
Still unsure about what to get your loved one this season?
No worries, we offer gift cards! A gift card to Modern Optometry allows endless options to pick from. One example is iGreen. They are stylish, colorful, and many of them are customizable so you can make your own perfect pair!
So this holiday season come visit us at Modern Optometry and we will help you find the gift you've been looking for!
Also, don't forget to use your insurance benefits before the end of the year! Either schedule online or call 703-272-8300 today to make an eye exam appointment. You may also stop in to find out more about our glasses selection!
November is here and it's officially National Diabetic Eye Disease Month!
So remember, if you have diabetes, make annual dilated eye exams part of your self-management routine! Make an appointment with Dr. Schutte or Dr. Bieber to make sure your eyes are healthy. Appointments are available Monday through Saturday by calling 703-272-8300 or requesting an appointment online. Most medical and vision plans are accepted.
It's October which means it's Contact Lens Safety Month! With Halloween right around the corner it's important to make sure everyone is wearing contact lenses correctly and safely to ensure a fun Halloween.
When wearing regular daily contact lenses there are a few important things to remember:
The company that manufactures Acuvue Oasys Contact lenses recently announced that they will release a new contact lens that turns dark outside. The lens will be know as Acuvue Oasys with Transitions and is expected to available in about one year (first half of 2019).
Transitions lenses are already available in eyeglasses, and help block UV light that is harmful to the human eye. Acuvue Oasys with Transitions will be the first contact lens to turn dark after being exposed to UV light.
It is important to note that wearing sunglasses is still important to completely protect our eyes from UV light.
Modern Optometry will let you know as soon as these lenses are available to order!
Computer Vision Syndrome is on the rise, check out the following infographic to learn more about Digital Eye Strain. Contact Modern Optometry today to schedule and eye exam.
Your computer is not your friend. It makes your eyes burn and tear. It gives you headaches. It causes your neck, shoulders, and back to get tense and sore. Unfortunately, using the computer is a necessary evil. So what can you do about it?
1. Take breaks. Every 20 minutes, gaze across the room or out the window for 20 seconds. Spend at least five minutes away from your desk every two hours.
2. Sit up straight. Good posture and a comfortable chair will make a huge difference.
3. Increase viewing distance. Push the monitor farther away and place it lower than eye level if possible.
4. Moisturize. Eyes get dry when blink rate decreases. Supplement with artificial tears every two hours.
5. Stay out of the spotlight. Make sure your screen is free from reflections and glare.
6. Upgrade. LCD displays are superior to CRT screens.
7. Invest in appropriate eyewear. Computer glasses with anti-reflective coating are a must. Your eye doctor will customize a prescription based on the distance from your eye to your monitor. The new anti-glare coatings block harmful blue light emitted by the screen.
You don’t have to suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome. Contact Modern Optometry today to schedule an eye exam.
Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is a term used to describe vision and joint related problems resulting from long periods of computer use. Staring at a computer screen for extended periods of time can lead to eyestrain, headaches, and blurred vision. Vision disorders such as myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia may contribute to CVS. Furthermore, the distance and angle a person sits from a computer screen can cause neck and back problems.
Having an eye exam to check for uncorrected vision problems is the first place to start. A refraction, or eyeglass prescription check, will discover if eyeglasses need to be prescribed. Eyeglasses will eliminate blurry vision, glare, and help your eyes focus up close.
The second step involves checking your body position and distance while sitting in front of a computer screen. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), your computer screen should be 15 to 20 degrees below eye level or (4 to 5 inches) measured from the center of the screen and 20 to 28 inches from your eyes.
If you are experiencing eye fatigue or strain after using a computer, schedule an appointment with Modern Optometry today. We will check your eyes and recommend appropriate treatments for your problems.
Look for future articles on anti-fatigue and computer glasses. These exciting new lens technologies offer solutions to problems caused by our modern lifestyles.
Source Article: American Optometric Association
Contact lenses specifically designed for digital device users!
90 percent of U.S. adults use digital devices more than two hours per day!
Biofinity Energys is the newest contact lens available from Cooper Vision. This contact lens is designed to treat digital eye fatigue caused by staring at digital devices like cell phones and computers.
9 out of 10 digital device users agreed that Biofinity Energys made their eyes feel good.
8 out of 10 digital device users agreed that Biofinity Energys lenses made their eyes feel less tired.
Energys uses Digital Zone Optics to make it easier for your eyes to focus up-close and Aquaform Technology to keep your eyes moist. Contact Modern Optometry today if you would like to be one of the first people to try this new contact lens technology.
Tom Ford is an American fashion designer who has a holistic approach to design and fashion. He made a name for himself during the 1990's when he built up the Gucci fashion house name. He designs everything from shoes and suits to jeans and eyeglasses. His eyewear has recently been in high demand and favored by a number of celebrities including Brad Pit.
Tom Ford has more than just star power, he is doing things his way since leaving Gucci and starting for himself. He personally designs and finalizes the details of the products in his line. Many other fashion brands do not have direct control over the products they license. This control ensures top rate quality and style from the designer himself.
Tom Ford inspecting eyeglass frames from his brand.
In his early life Tom studied architecture and even attended Studio 54 in New York city. Many of his designs are directly inspired by the fashion and ambiance of the 1970's. He is married to his domestic partner and has a son. He has become a part of popular culture through a song written by Jay -Z mentioning him by name.
If you want to get your hands on Tom Ford eyeglasses, send us an email and we will contact you directly to arrange a viewing. If you want to learn more about the Tom Ford brand, visit our YouTube channel where we have some great videos about Tom Ford eyewear and the man behind the brand.