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Keep up to date on the latest vision related news and events from Centreville Eye Care Center in Centreville, also serving Clifton and Fairfax and the surrounding areas.

Women and Diabetes – World Diabetes Day

November 14th is World Diabetes Day. This year, the theme of World Diabetes Day is women and diabetes - our right to a healthy future. The goal of this campaign is to promote awareness of the importance of equal and affordable access for all women, whether they are at risk...

What You Need to Know to Help World Blindness

October is World Blindness Awareness Month, an initiative started to help the public to understand the realities of visual impairment and how it affects the world population. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of millions of individuals around the world who are unnecessarily blind or visually impaired due to causes that are...

Halloween Eye Safety

October has arrived and that means many people are already starting to plan for upcoming costume parties and trick-or-treating for the Halloween season. This is why now is the time to remind the public about some very important precautions about eye safety since there are some common costume props and...

Trouble Seeing the Fine Print? Here are Your Options…

Every good pair of eyes eventually gets old and with age comes a condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia, which usually begins to set in some time around 40, occurs when the lens of the eye begins to stiffen, making near vision (such as reading books, menus, and computer screens) blurry. You...

Aging Eyes and Driving Safety 

Even if you don’t have any eye or vision problems, the natural process of aging affects your ability to see and react to visual stimuli. It’s important to know the impact the aging can have on your eyes and vision so you can take the necessary precautions to stay safe...

Is Your Teen Ready for Contacts?

Many teens who wear glasses are eager to try out contact lenses for convenience, fashion or to just provide another option for vision correction.

Inside a Life With Color Vision Deficiency

What’s it like to be color blind? Contrary to what the name implies, color blindness usually does not actually mean that you don’t see any color, but rather that you have difficulty perceiving or distinguishing between certain colors. This is why many prefer the term color vision deficiency or CVD...

How to Safely View the Great American Eclipse of 2017

On August 21st, for the first time since 1979, a solar eclipse will be visible across North America. What's even more historic is that it will also be the first time an eclipse will be visible across the continent, from coast to coast, since 1918. If you want to bear...

Are Your Eyes Sensitive to Light?

Light sensitivity, also known as photophobia, is a condition in which bright light - either natural sunlight or artificial light -  can cause significant discomfort, pain and intolerance. People that experience light sensitivity will find themselves needing to close their eyes or squint when exposed to light and often experience...

Got a Shiner!

What Exactly Is a Black Eye? A black eye, also known as a periorbital hematoma, is usually not an injury of the actual eye (which is why it is called “periorbital”- around the eye). It typically occurs when there is an injury to the face or the eye socket which...

Cataract Awareness and Prevention

It's National Cataract Awareness Month According to the World Health Organization, cataracts are responsible for 51% of cases of blindness worldwide - although this blindness is preventable with treatment. In fact, research shows that in industrialized countries about 50% of individuals over the age of 70 have had a cataract...

Are You Ignoring Your Dry Eyes?

You Don’t Have to Live With Dry Eyes Have you noticed that your eyes feel chronically dry, itchy, scratchy or even sometimes watery? Many people that have these symptoms just go on with their lives until the symptoms become unbearable. What they don’t realize is that these are signs that...

Does Smoking Affect Vision?

Eye Doctors Weigh In: How Smoking Can Harm Your Vision & Eye Health We all know that smoking is bad for you, especially the risks that it poses to your heart and lungs. What many people do not know is that cigarette smoke negatively affects your eyes and vision too. Smoking...

Sjogren’s Awareness Month – Understanding The Invisible Disease 

In honor of Sjogren’s Awareness month, eye care providers are helping to spread the word to increase awareness about this hard-to-diagnose disease. Sjogren’s is a systemic autoimmune disorder that can affect the whole body. One of the primary symptoms is excessive dryness particularly in the eyes and mouth. Other serious...

April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Hey women! Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from vision problems and are at higher risk of permanent vision loss than men? Well 91% of the women surveyed recently didn’t know that, which means that many of them aren’t taking the necessary precautions to prevent eye...

The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Clean Your Glasses

There is nothing worse than a dirty spot on your glasses - well except perhaps many dirty spots or smudges. When that happens, most of us are tempted to grab the corner of our shirt and wipe it off, but resist the temptation - this is actually not a good...

It’s Time to Talk About Blue Light

Workplace Eye Safety Month Blue light. Do you know what it is? Do you know where it comes from, or how it can be harmful to your eyes? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you are not alone, yet it is important that you become aware to...

Understanding Eye Color

Eye color is a hereditary trait that depends on the genes of both parents, as well as a little bit of mystery. The color of the eye is based on the pigments in the iris, which is a colored ring of muscle located at the center of the eye (around...

6 Ways to Prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration is a serious condition that can threaten your vision and general well-being. Characterized by the deterioration of the central area of the retina called the macula which is responsible for focused vision, the disease gradually reduces your central vision. This affects the ability to see fine details,...

Are You Missing Your Child’s Hidden Vision Problem?

Your toddler may show every sign of good eyesight including the ability to see objects in the distance, however that doesn't necessarily mean that he or she doesn’t have a vision problem.

“The Sneak Thief of Sight” Is On Our Minds This January

Make your resolution for healthy vision this year with increased awareness of the leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Holiday Season Shopping: Are Nerf Guns Safe for the Eyes?

This is the one way you can be sure that you or your child’s eyes are truly safe during Nerf shooting:

Dry Eye Syndrome Causes and Cures

Despite the fact that it is one of the most common eye problems, a surprisingly large percentage of patients are not aware of it.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Chances are it affects you or someone you know. November has been dedicated as a time to spread awareness about the disease, its risk factors and the effects it has on your body, your daily life and the lives of your loved ones.

Don’t Let Fall Eye Allergies Get You Down

Red, itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids (along with sneezing, congestion or a runny nose)...

How Contact Lenses Can be a Danger to your Eyes

Most people wouldn’t consider contact lenses dangerous. In fact, they are a great alternative to glasses, offering convenience and great vision for those who wear them. However, when not obtained and used according to an eye doctor’s instructions, the consequences can be devastating.   Contact Lenses Need to Fit Like...

An Active and Eye Safe Lifestyle

90%! That’s the number of sports eye injuries that studies show can be prevented using proper eye protection.  Yet most sports leagues don’t require protective eyewear as part of their uniform or safety requirements.  This leaves it up to athletes, parents and coaches to ensure that proper measures are taken...

10 Tips to Teach Children About Eye Safety

It is important to teach your children about eye health and safety from a young age.  This includes awareness about how your overall health habits affect your eyes and vision as well as how to keep your eyes safe from injury and infection.  Starting off with good eye habits at...

When 20/20 Vision isn’t Enough For Your Child

Since studies show that learning is 80% visual, children with untreated vision problems can really suffer when it comes to school. Most people think that good “vision” means 20/20 acuity but in reality, vision is much more complex.  Your brain is actually what completes the processing of the visual world...

Cutting Edge Eye-dentification

We have all seen the futuristic thrillers that use high-tech eye scanning identification systems but nowadays the technology does exist to use them in real life. A greater number of high security establishments have begun to use iris recognition for identification and security systems.   How does it work? The...

Innovations in Color Blindness

There have been a lot of videos going viral lately of color blind people “seeing color” for the first time using specialized glasses. The emotional reactions of amazement, shock and joy even lead some to break down into tears. The glasses provide these individuals a way to view the world...

Poolside Eye Safety

Whether it is the sea, the sand, the sun or the softball field, summer brings people outside and this creates exposure to a multitude of potential dangers to the eyes.  One risk that is possibly the least obvious is the swimming pool. Swimming pools are the culprit for multitudes of...

Cataract Awareness Month: What to Expect from Cataract Surgery

After the age of 50 most people will eventually be diagnosed with cataracts. Cataracts are when the natural crystalline lens of the eyes become clouded, causing vision impairment that can not be corrected by glasses or contact lenses. While commonly an age-related condition, occasionally there are infants born with a...

Sunwear for a Bright Future

According to the Vision Council’s 2016 UV (Ultraviolet Radiation) Protection report, parents are more likely to wear sunglasses (56%) than their children (only 29%!). Yet children, who spend much more time outside, are typically exposed to three times the amount of sunlight and UV radiation that adults get. This early...

How UV Damages Your Eyes

UV Awareness Month: This article might scare you, and we hope it does - just enough to motivate you to wear proper eye protection against the sun. Most people are aware of the dangers ultraviolet (UV)  light from the sun pose to your skin, while the long-term effects of sun...

What is a stye anyway?

A stye (known by eye doctors as a hordeolum) is an infection of an oil gland which forms a pimple-like bump on the base of the eyelid or within the eyelid itself. Styes can be uncomfortable, causing swelling, pain, redness, discomfort and sometimes excessive tearing or blurred vision if it...

Eye Allergies

Along with congestion, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headaches and difficulty breathing, individuals with allergies often suffer from eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis resulting in red, watery, itchy and sometimes swollen eyes. Just as irritants cause an allergic response in your nasal and respiratory system, your eyes also react with an...

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses 

If you are over 40 and have difficulty seeing close up, you probably have a common age-related condition called presbyopia which is when the eye’s natural lens loses the ability to focus on close objects. Presbyopia is a natural process that occurs as the eye ages and affects the majority of...

Workplace Eye Wellness: The Dangers of Blue Light

When people think of workplace dangers to the eyes, it is usually machinery, chemicals or construction materials that come to mind.  However, a growing danger to the eyes is one that may be less obvious - exposure to blue light from digital devices, television and computer screens and artificial lighting....

How to Find the Right Pair of Glasses for your Child

Whether you are looking for regular prescription glasses, sunwear or protective sports eyewear, it can be tough choosing the best eyewear for children and teens. On the one hand, they need to be comfortable and provide the optimal fit for improved vision and protection. At the same time, they also...

Preventing Age-related Macular Degeneration

February is AMD and Low Vision Awareness Month in the United States, and it’s White Cane Week in Canada. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in adults aged 50 and older. Awareness about the disease, the risk factors and prevention are critical, even for younger...

Resolve to Prevent Glaucoma in 2016

This year, make healthy eyes and vision your resolution. Find out if you or a loved one is at risk for glaucoma, and take steps for prevention. Glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable vision loss and blindness in adults in the United States and Canada and the second leading...

Why Do We Need Glasses?

Refractive errors including myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia.

Eye Safe Toys and Gifts for This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for giving, and parents, grandparents, family and friends need to know how to choose toys and games that protect children’s health and eyesight.

How Do We See?

Have you ever thought about how vision works? It's an incredible system and process!

How to Prevent Diabetic Vision Loss

Prevention and treatment for eye complications associated with Diabetes

Decorative Lenses Could Cost You Your Vision

Beware this Halloween and think before you blink (in decorative contact lenses that is)! Sure, decorative contact lenses can enhance any Halloween costume, but if not taken seriously, they can also cost you your vision. Whether they are sold as cosmetic lenses, colored lenses or fashion lenses, they are anything...

It’s Time to Be Serious About Home Eye Safety

Home Eye Injury Awareness and Prevention

6 Common Eye Myths Debunked

Over the centuries there have been a lot of old-wives tales circulating about eyes and vision. You know, like the one that if someone hits you on the back while your eyes are crossed they will stay that way. Unlike this example, some of these myths do have roots in...

Protective Sports Eyewear is a Serious Matter

There are thousands of eye injuries a year related to sports. According to the National Eye Institute eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in North America and most injuries occurring in school-aged children are sports-related. Further 99% of sports-related eye injuries can be prevented simply by...

How Pregnancy Affects Vision

The hormonal fluctuations experienced during pregnancy can cause many unexpected changes in your body, including your eyes and vision. Most of these changes are temporary and will return to normal once you give birth.  It’s important to know which vision changes are normal for an expecting mother and which could...

Is Your Baby’s EyeSight Developing Normally?

A baby’s visual system develops gradually over the first few months of life. They have to learn to focus and move their eyes, and use them together as a team.  The brain also needs to learn how to process the visual information from the eyes to understand and interact with...

Guidelines For Picking the Right Pair of Shades

There is a lot more that goes into finding the right pair of sunglasses than just fit and fashion.  While it’s important to look and feel great in your shades, sunglasses also have the very important job of properly protecting your eyes from the sun.  Here are a few facts...

6 Things You Need To Know About Cataracts

Cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss in the United States and Canada. Here are 6 things you need to know. 1. Chances are you will develop a cataract!  Cataracts are considered part of the natural aging process so if you live long enough, you will likely eventually develop...

What You Need to Know About Firework Eye Safety

Independence Day may have passed but fireworks season is still in full swing and fireworks-related injury and death is a real and serious danger.  According to the 2014 Annual Fireworks Report, compiled by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission there were at least 11 deaths and 10,500 injuries due to...

4 Ways to Ensure Healthy Vision

Your eyes are constantly at work for you, playing a vital role as you navigate through each day. As May is healthy vision month, here are some things to keep in mind: Know your genes While your eyes may be the same color as your father’s eyes, you may have...

What Women Need to Know About Eye Health

According to Women’sEyeHealth.org, ⅔ of blindness and visual impairment occurs in women. Additionally, an estimated 75% of visual impairment is preventable or correctable with proper education and care. With the increased risks for women it’s critical for women to know about the risks and prevention to effectively protect their eyes...

Enjoying Life During Eye Allergy Season

Spring is in the air. But along with the beauty of the blooming flowers and budding trees, comes allergy season. The high pollen count and allergens floating in the fresh spring air can certainly wreak havoc on the comfort level of those suffering from allergies, causing an otherwise nature-loving individual...

Can you Really Go Blind from Looking at a Solar Eclipse?

Last week, people in South America, Europe, North Africa, and parts of Asia and the Middle East saw a solar eclipse. As you may have heard, looking directly at a solar eclipse is very dangerous for your eyes and vision. Nevertheless, this rare event is something that many people want...

10 Steps to Prevent Vision Loss

March is Save Your Vision Month, a time to raise public awareness about how to protect your eyes and your vision. Most people aren’t aware that 75% of potential vision loss can be prevented or treated. This largely depends on patients being proactive and educated about their eye health. Here...

Refocus on the Digital Age with Computer Glasses

Digital devices have impacted our world in so many positive ways, allowing us to connect, work, play and get information at the speed of light. But all of this good brings with it a measure of concern: Digital Eye Strain or Computer Vision Syndrome. Focusing on your vision on digital...

Living With Low Vision

February is Low Vision and Age-Related Macular Degeneration awareness month.   Low vision describes a set of conditions in which there is significant visual impairment which can not be corrected with traditional means such as glasses, contact lenses, medication or eye surgery.   Low vision includes a loss of visual acuity...

Under Pressure: Are you at Risk for Glaucoma?

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month.  Glaucoma is a serious, vision threatening disease. You can save your eyesight, by knowing the facts. Are you at risk of developing glaucoma? The short answer is yes. Anyone can get glaucoma and because of this it is important for every person, young and old...

Know How and When to Treat an Eye Infection

It’s that time of year again…coughs, sneezing, running noses and itchy, red eyes.  How do you know when an eye irritation is something that needs medical attention? First of all, any time an eye infection is accompanied by fever, excessive discharge or pain, you should see your eye doctor immediately....

8 Tips to Beat Winter Dry Eyes

One of the most common patient complaints during the winter months is dry eyes. In the cooler climates, cold winds and dry air, coupled with dry indoor heating can be a recipe for eye discomfort.  Dryness and irritation can be particularly debilitating for those who wear contact lenses or suffer...

“Eye” Am Home for the Holidays – 7 Eye Tips for College Students

Winter break is in a few weeks and, with college students finding their way home for the holidays, it is a good time for parents to check in and make sure their independent kids are taking care of themselves properly.Vision plays a key role in learning as well as extra-curricular activities...

Do You Know the Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease?

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. Do you know the facts?

7 Things You Should Know About Eyelid Twitches

You may have experienced this before. Out of nowhere, your eyelid starts twitching uncontrollably. While this can be a cause of aggravation, eyelid twitches, spasms or tics are actually quite common. Here are 7 things you should know about this eye condition: Eye twitches are generally caused by a repetitive,...

October is…

October is 'Eye Injury Prevention Month' in the USA and 'Eye Health Month' in Canada. There are about 285 million people living with blindness and low vision all around the world. Children account for some 19 million of them. The vast majority of visual impairment is readily treatable and/or preventable....

Blue Light: Dr. Kathleen Moore Tells Us About This Seen and Unseen Vision Hazard

Blue Light: Dr. Kathleen Moore Tells Us About This Seen and Unseen Vision Hazard   The eye care industry has spent millions of dollars on educating the public about the dangers of UV light exposure and as consumers, we are all much more aware and sensitive about the issue.  Recent...

World Sight Day Challenge – No More Avoidable Blindness

The World Sight Day Challenge, slated to take place on October 9, 2014 is an annual awareness day that aims to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment worldwide. The day aims to create awareness that blindness can be avoided if there is universal access to quality vision and...

Protect Children’s Eyes During Sports

The new school year has kicked off and you can tick off purchasing all that back to school equipment. Now, it's time to think about what your child will need for after school sports and hobby activities. Making sure they have the right protective eyewear for their sporting or athletic...

Cutting Edge Glaucoma Technology

A futuristic, yet simplistic, eye implant paired with a smartphone app may change the way eye doctors treat glaucoma.

Comfortable Vision for Back-to-school Reading

School is starting: Do you know how to set up your child’s homework and reading spot? Reading and writing are some of the most fundamental skills that your child to facilitate learning in school, so it is important to make sure that your child's eyes are comfortable when they are...

Be on the Lookout for Vision Problems this Summer Break

Summer vacation is well under way, but did you know that even when your child is out of the classroom, vision problems can have an impact on his/her daily activities? Look out for these 4 warning signs during the summer months – they could be a sign of vision difficulties...

Should You Be Worried About Eye Floaters?

Eye floaters are actually more common that you may think. Many people notice specks or cobweb-like images moving around in their line of vision, at some point. Some even report experiencing a "snow globe effect" as if they are swatting at many imaginary bugs. Floaters may be an annoyance, but...

Keeping an Eye on Cataracts

Cataracts affect millions of people nationwide and as the population continues to age, the numbers keep increasing. The good news is, cataracts are often manageable and treatable. As June is Cataract Awareness Month, here are some facts you should know to help you recognize cataracts and prevent permanent vision loss. ...

A Look Behind Sleeping Eyes

Have you ever wondered what your eyes do when you finally close them after a long day of visual processing and stimulation? Let's take a closer look at what happens behind your closed lids when your head hits the pillow. Firstly, once your eyes are closed, they do continue to...

6 Things You Should Know about UV Radiation and Your Eyes

The heat of long summer days is nearly upon us. As the sun's rays intensify and people spend more time outdoors in the sunshine it is very important to be aware of the potential damage exposure to the sun can have on your eyes. May is UV Awareness month. Here...

New Study Shows How Your Eyes Shed Light on Your Health

It's been said that your eyes are the window to your soul. Well, research is showing that your eyes are a window to a lot more than your thoughts and emotions; it can be an indicator of your overall health.  A study by UnitedHealthcare entitled, “Impact of Eye Exams in...

Hope in Sight for Low Vision

February is low vision awareness month. Low vision is a condition in which an individual suffers significant vision loss that can't be fully corrected with glasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. Low vision can affect both children and adults, but is more common in the elderly, and requires significant adjustments...

How to Encourage Young Kids to Wear their First Pair of Glasses

Your child's first pair of glasses will make an important difference in his or her ability to see and interact with the surrounding world. However, a new pair of glasses can also present a big adjustment for both parents and kids as you get used to a new look and...

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma Glaucoma, which refers to a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, is often called 'the silent thief of sight'. This nickname evolved because the disease creeps up unnoticed in its early stages, causing no pain and few, if any symptoms....

New Year’s Resolutions for An Eye Healthy 2014

The New Year is a time to start fresh and renew our commitment to health, happiness and success. It’s important to include eye and vision health and safety in these resolutions. Here are the top six ways you can make your eyes and vision a priority this year. Schedule a...

Fun Holiday Gifts That Are GOOD for Children’s Vision

The holiday season is on our doorstep. With technology so much a part of our lives, the easy go-to gifts for kids often include an enormous array of hand-held video devices and home gaming systems. Did you know that after extensive use these games can be harmful to children’s eyes...

What You Should Know about Diabetes and Your Vision

Diabetes affects people of all ages, races and genders.  An estimated 25.8 million Americans or 8.3 percent of the population suffer from the disease, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2011. In fact, diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of new cases...

Keeping Your Contact Lenses Clean

If you wear contact lenses, you probably know the hygiene routine you should follow when removing your lenses: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry them on a clean, lint free cloth. Remove the lens from your eye and clean the lens immediately (if you wear multi-use...

10 Tips to Protect Your Vision

Did you forget to put on your sunglasses today? Are you constantly sitting in front of a computer screen without taking breaks to look away? Maybe you also skipped your yearly eye exam, again. These are just some of the things we tend to overlook when it comes to our...

This Halloween Be Wary of Costume Contact Lenses

As Halloween approaches and costume planning gets more serious, many consider the use of novelty or costume contact lenses as a way to add that extra flair. Whether you are dressing up as a cat, a vampire, or looking for something fun that glows in the dark, dressing up your...

Does Chlorine Hurt your Eyes?

Just because the summer is coming to an end, doesn’t mean that we have to say goodbye to the swimming pool. Whether it means a nice refreshing dip on a warm fall afternoon or a winter swim in an indoor pool, swimming is a great activity for both fun and...

Technology in the Classroom and the Eyes

The use of technology has become commonplace in the classroom. So much so that today’s generation of students, from kindergarten to university, navigates computers, smartphones and tablets all the time.  Many schools have even implemented the use of smart boards and bring your own device (BOYD) programs. However, as amazing...

Treating Vision Problems Lowers Risk of Falling in Seniors

For adults over the age of 65, the right pair of vision correcting glasses can literally be a life saver. Seniors aged 65 and up are at increased risk of falling, which is the leading cause of injury, injury-related death, and hospitalization for this age group. According to the Centers...

The Great Glasses Play Day 2013

The first weekend of August (August 3rd and 4th) has been marked as the 2nd annual Great Glasses Play Day. The event, which first launched in 2012 was created for parents, eye care professionals, educators and children who wear glasses or have other vision challenges to celebrate and create awareness...

First Aid for Eye Injuries

To ensure that your eyes remain healthy, it is essential to protect them from injury and to take proper care measures if an injury has occurred. As July is Eye Injury Prevention Month, here are a number of practical first aid tips to remember if you or anyone you know...

Understanding the Eye Chart

Eye charts of different variations have become a standard in vision screenings and eye exams. One of the most familiar charts associated with vision is the Snellen eye chart, designed by Dutch ophthalmologist Hermann Snellen in 1862 to measure visual acuity- how well you can see at various distances. Although...

June is Cataract Awareness Month

Cataracts, one of the most common causes of blindness, develop when the lens of the eye, located behind the iris and pupil, becomes opaque or cloudy. A cataract can result in loss of vision as it prevents light from passing into your eye and focusing on the retina. While cataracts...

Age Related Macular Degeneration and Your Central Vision

Did you know that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness among adults aged 50 and above? AMD occurs when the part of the retina responsible for your sharp central vision, the macula, begins to deteriorate. Central vision is the visual field...

How to Choose the Right Sunglasses

Do your sunglasses have what it takes to protect your eyes? As the summer heats up and people spend more time outdoors, it is very important to wear UV blocking eyewear to protect against exposure to ultraviolet rays that can cause damage to your eyes. Damage caused by UV from...

Women’s Eye Health Month: An Eye on Cosmetics

Women's eyes are regularly exposed to potential irritants through the use of cosmetics. As eye shadow, mascara and eye liner can breed unseen dirt and bacteria, it is vital to ensure that the products you use to apply and remove your makeup are hygienic to prevent irritation that can cause...

A Recipe for Eye Health

Did you know that your dietary choices have an impact on your eye health and vision? Opting for appetizing food that at the same time provides you with all the nutrients that are essential for preserving your vision, is taking a major step towards minimizing the risk of eye disease...

Spring Eye Allergies

Spring is right around the corner, as the winter begins to wind down and the fresh, warmer air begins to rear its head. Unfortunately for many, it's often hard to enjoy nature's blooming beauty as the warmer weather also brings about the onset of itchy, watery eyes that come with...

The Right Way to Clean Your Eyeglasses

We all know how frustrating it can be trying to see clearly through a smudged pair of glasses; clean lenses can really make a world of difference. While it may not be something that you pay much attention to, the way you clean your lenses can also make a difference,...

Dry Eye Syndrome: When Dry Eyes are Chronic

Dry eyes are a common problem for many individuals particularly during the winter months when exposure to dry air and whipping wind is increased. However, if you are suffering from dry eyes that just won't go away, you may have what is known as Dry Eye Syndrome - a condition...

Ski Goggles: How to Choose the Best Winter Sports Eyewear

Ski Goggles are an essential part of proper eye protection when participating in winter sports. In order to choose the best winter sports eyewear for your needs it is first important to know what risks are in the first place. UV protection UV danger is just as much a problem...

Glasses Can Help With Computer Strain

Did you know that a pair of prescription glasses that are fitted specifically for you can help with computer related eye strain? Even if you don’t experience other vision problems wearing a specifically made pair of glasses while working on the computer can significantly change how you work. If you...

Focusing on Astigmatism and Contact Lenses

If you have astigmatism and you think you can't wear contacts, you're mistaken. Contact lenses can actually be a way to correct the condition. A typical cornea is spherical, but in the case of someone with astigmatism, it's more oval-shaped, almost like a football. This seemingly minor feature actually affects...

A Closer Look at Retinoscopy

During your eye exam, your eye doctor might shine a beam of light into your eye, and hold various lenses in front of it. But what does this do? Firstly, this test is a retinoscopy examination, and it's a basic way to determine the refractive error of your eye. Whether...

Your Eyes and Your Smartphone

Lately, it seems that we're totally dependent on our mobile devices. It's hard to avoid the fact that these devices are wonderful, because they allow us to be connected almost always. However because handheld devices have little screens, most users often hold their iPads and iPhones much closer than they...

Progressive and Multifocal Lenses

If you are around 40 and having some difficulty reading small print, you may be developing presbyopia, a common age-related condition that prevents you from clearly seeing close objects. If you already wear glasses for distance vision and develop presbyopia, you won't have to carry a separate pair of reading...

What We’ll Ask You At Your Eye Exam

If you've got an eye exam coming up, there are ways to be extra prepared for it. If you want to guarantee that your exam is beneficial and worthwhile, there are a few things we'll need to know. Because eyes can be affected by seemingly unrelated changes in your body,...

Patches: Not Just For Pirates

Does your child have a lazy eye? Amblyopia forms when the brain turns off or suppresses vision in one eye. This might happen if a child struggles to see well through one eye due to issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism. Along with eye glasses, one of...

A Closer Look at Night Vision

Something wakes you up in the middle of the night, or you're searching for the light switch or door in a dark room. It's happened to all of us. A number of minutes pass before you are able to distinguish between the objects in the room and the darkness around...

Presbyopia: Managing the Inevitable

Having a hard time seeing what you're reading is a commonly occurring problem if you're hitting middle age. Having the ability to see things that are up close is an age related function of your vision which becomes weaker as you become older. But why is this so? As time...

Toys and Eye Safety

Buying the correct toys with eye safety in mind is something all moms and dads worry about. How can parents make sure they choose toys that keep kids' eyes in mind? Infants don't have a completely developed visual system at birth, but it becomes more refined over time. Nothing stimulates...

Back-to-School Success Starts with Good Vision

Most progress at school is accomplished with children's eyes. Yet interestingly, in spite of this overt correlation between eyesight and learning, a lot of parents underestimate or are perhaps unaware of the significance of vision problems, and don't include a visit to the eye doctor as part of their child's...

So What IS 20/20 Vision?

You've probably heard the expressions visual acuity and twenty-twenty vision. As frequently used as these terms are, do most people actually know what they mean? Understanding them will give you insight into how an eye specialist assesses your vision when you have an eye exam. The term 20/20 vision is...

A Fresh Look Just For You

How would you like a brand new look for your eyes? FreshLook® provides a vast range of colored contact lenses, which allow you to subtly boost or distinctly transform your natural eye color. This range of contact lenses includes so many choices, that you're sure to get exactly what you...

Fresh Lenses: Why?

Have there been times when you've left your soft contact lenses in for just a few days longer than your optometrist instructs? It's a basic fact that things are a whole lot better when they are at their freshest. The same rule can be used to understand the importance of...

Clean Lids, Healthy Eyes

Inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis, is something that a lot of people suffer from at some point during their lives. It's a common eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, specific types of skin conditions, or dry eyes. Common symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the sensation of...

See Clearly With Transitions® Vantage™ Lenses

One of the most reputable lens manufacturers, Transitions® Optical, has put out an exciting product as part of their comprehensive range. Introducing the Transitions® Vantage TM lens. Transitions® Optical has created an even better version of their popular light adapting lens with the addition of revolutionary variable polarization. Sunlight that...

‘Tattoo’ may help diabetics track their blood sugar

Chemical engineers are working on carbon nanotubes that could be injected under the skin to reveal blood glucose levels.

Watching Out for Poor Vision

Often, when either children or adults experience poor vision, it can be due to several possible conditions such as changes in the body or defects in the eye or visual system, eye diseases, side effects of medicine or injuries to the eye. Commonly, people also suffer from visual abnormalities resulting...

Women and Healthy Vision

It's April, which is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month. The many stages of a woman's life can have an impact on her vision. Eye disease among women is being diagnosed in increasing numbers, particularly in aging women. Actually, studies indicate that large numbers of women aged 40 and above...

April we acknowledge national Sports Eye Safety Month

As the spring comes, as well as often better weather, comes an increase in the danger of sports related eye injuries. Each year, far too many people, both young and old incur sports related eye injuries that could be averted with the right defense. Using proper eye protection while participating...

Eye Care on The Go

Safety behind the wheel Actually, road safety requires several different visual abilities - for example, the ability to see both near and far ahead, side or peripheral vision, night vision and color vision, to name a few.   Distance vision is highly necessary because of how it helps you to...

Workplace Vision Wellness Month

In an effort to enlighten businesses and their workers about the relevance of vision health, and to spread safety tips on how to prevent vision-threatening eye accidents, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has set aside March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. Each day, workers are inflicted by job related eye injuries...

Today is Rare Disease Day

 Wednesday, February 29, 2012 marks Rare Disease Day 2012 . Today, hundreds of patient organizations from more than 40 countries worldwide are organzing awareness-raising activities converging around the slogan “Rare but strong together”.  This collaboration will focus attention on the needs of patients and families affected by rare diseases, highlighting...

Conjunctivitis: Don’t Let It Go Untreated

Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is a frequently encountered eye illness, especially in kids. Pink eye can be caused by bacteria, a virus or allergies to chlorine in pools, pollen, and ingredients found in cosmetics, or other substances that come in contact with the eyes. Many forms of pink...

Want a free pair of non-prescription Coach sunglasses?

 http://www.facebook.com/CentrevilleOptometrists Facebook promo will be open for the next three weeks,  and ends March 13, 2012. We look forward to seeing you on facebook!...

Be Knowledgeable About (AMD)

February is age related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision awareness month. How many individuals are aware that age related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading culprit for loss of vision in those over age 65? AMD is characterized by a deterioration of the macula in the eye which functions...

Better protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays! Availabe here!

 New to the Office! Crizal UV lenses We are pleased to introduce a new generation of non-glare lenses into our practice designed by Crizal. These lenses will protect your eyes from the damaging UV light coming from the backside of the lens, ensuring your visual health over time. Crizale is...

How do you prevent lenses from fogging? New lenses available at Centreville Eye Care

Technology is constantly changing, and improving the quality and category of lenese. However, one "enemy" that has proved to be very elusive and can be very dangerous is fog. How do you prevent your lenses from fogging? We are pleased to announce a new product category offererd at our practice, a...

New Coach Frames and Sunglasses are in! Check out a sneak peek!

Hot off the runway. Our new Coach frames are in. Enjoy the newest Coach sunglasses on abright day, or be a fashionista wearing your brand new Coach frames. Take a look at our sneak peek selection, and make sure to drop by the practice to check them out, as well...

Winter Dry Eyes Syndrome Got You Down?

The winter leads to an increase in instances of dry eyes as a result of cold and dry air conditions.

Ocular Disease Diagnosis Advances With Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT)

 At Centreville Eye Care Center expect quality, thorough care. We are dedicated to providing the latest technology to diagnose any ocular condition with the help of Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT).    The Ocular Coherence Tomographer (OCT) provides high resolution cross-sectional imaging of ocular tissues. It can measure retinal nerve fiber...

The Dangers of UV to Your Eyes – In the Winter

Winter is officially here, which means in some parts of the country whipping winds and freezing rain, snow and sleet are also in the forecast. You wouldn't ever conceive of leaving the house without a heavy sweater or coat in overcast weather; nevertheless unfortunately, far too many people leave their...

New Frames in the Practice!

Just off the runway! This season's Tiffany and Bvlgari frames are now in our optical! Make sure to stop by the practice and look at our trendy new selection!  ...

Use state-of-the-art dispensing tools at our practice!

New to the practice is the Visioffice System! A clear road to the perfect pair of eyeglass lenses.  Create a unique solution for every patient type Recommend the best lens solution for a given prescription or lifestyle Present personalized demonstrations for every patient using interactive sales support tools Deliver the...

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Since this month marks National Glaucoma Awareness Month, in this article we would like to stress the importance of early diagnosis of glaucoma. Glaucoma is the term for a class of eye disorders that damage the optic nerve, which may cause a permanent loss of vision. When not treated, the...

How Age Affects Your Vision – Presbyopia

Visit your Centreville, VA Optometrist to Find Out About Treatment Options Many adults eventually begin to notice signs of presbyopia or a diminished ability to focus on things that are close, as they get older. As more people are living longer today than ever before in recent history, the number...

This Month is Holiday Toys and Eye Safety Month

The holidays are here and we all know what that means, Erector Sets for some, and Barbie dolls for others. Well intentioned aunts and uncles love surprising the young ones with the newest toys for the holidays. It is important that parents explain to relatives the restrictions about toys and...

Use Your FSA Credits Before it’s Too Late!

Need a new pair of specs? Time for an eye exam? Considering Lasik? Now is the time to save big on your eye and vision needs. December 31st is coming fast which means that your annual flex plan will soon run out for the year. If you don't know what...

Understanding Color Blindness

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Awareness of Diabetic Retinopathy and Blindness During National Diabetes Month

Diabetes is the main precursor to vision loss in men and women between age twenty and seventy-four. Since 2008, over 4 million men and women in North America afflicted with diabetes were tested positive for diabetes related blindness. Of this group, 70,000 had advanced diabetic retinopathy, which can result in...

All About Amblyopia (Lazy Eye). Treatment in Centreville, VA

Amblyopia, commonly known as lazy eye is the failure for central vision to develop properly due to the inability of the two eyes to work in unison. With the majority of instances of ambylopia the actual eyes are usually in good health however good vision cannot be achieved by just...

Centreville, VA Eye Tests: What 20/20 Eyesight Really Means

  Have you ever asked yourself what 20/20 eyesight actually means? 20/20 vision is a phrase used to express normal visual acuity or clarity of vision. That is to say that someone with 20/20 vision can see an object clearly from 20 feet away that most individuals are expected to...

Autumn Eye Allergy Treatment in Centreville, VA

  As the end of summer approaches, many individuals start to experience symptoms of seasonal eye allergies such as hay fever. Above sneezing and congestion, symptoms that affect the eyes can significantly impair one's ability to function normally. Eyes can become itchy, swollen, and red and often sting or tear....

This Halloween Watch Out for Special Effect Contact Lenses

  Halloween is a time for getting out and dressing up but you should take some precautions so it doesn't lead to some frightening damage to your eyes. A popular costume prop as of late has been special effect contact lenses and this is alarming eye doctors. Contacts are a...

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) Treatment in Centreville, VA

  Findings from the American Optometric Association show that above seven out of 10 of the Americans that work each day from a computer (about 143 million individuals) suffer from computer vision syndrome or eye fatigue. Prolonged computer use can result in eye stress and impact eyesight in children and...

Protecting your Children’s Eyes at Home

  As September marks Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, we're going to focus on ways to keep your house eye safe particularly when it comes to kids. Don't wait until it's too late to make sure your house doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes. Generally, kids...

Contacts and Makeup: Centreville, VA Optometrist Tips

Contact Lenses and Makeup: Tips from your Centreville, VA Optometrist

Sunblock in the Eyes- OUCH!

If you have ever witnessed an unfortunate encounter between sunscreen and eyes, you know firsthand how excruciating it can be. A real good spray in the eye can even cause stinging that lasts for hours. It can take a long time until the victim can feel comfortable enough to open...

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in Honor of Cataracts Awareness Month

A surprising number of people don't know that cataracts affect approximately 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older. In reality, over 50% of senior citizens have some amount of cataract development. What is a cataract? A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens. The clouding prevents the transmission of...

Add Eye Exams to Your Back to School Schedule: Centreville Children’s Eye Exams

Back to school season is in full swing. Now's the time to check out your children's eyesight . Proper eyesight is critical to the developmental process and a child's performance in the classroom. There are numerous activities that require visual skills, such as reading, writing and computer work, which students...

Choose Contacts: The Advantages of Lenses for Teens

Needing to purchase eyeglasses is often met with resistance from a teen. Young adults may balk at the very idea of being seen in eyeglasses and coming across ''uncool''. As opposed to eyeglasses, children and teens that use lenses report a significant improvement in their appearance, says a recently released...

Help! How to Handle Frequently Encountered Eye Injuries

Eye injuries come in many shapes and sizes, some more serious than others. Some might require emergency action and immediate care by an optometrist, while others can be taken care of at home. Read these guidelines for typical eye injuries, to determine your next step in case of an accident....

The Importance of Routine Eye Examinations

For those of us with eyes that are in good condition, it's normal to forget about the importance of taking preventative steps such as an optical examination. However, early detection of eye disease is necessary to maintaining healthy eyes. And all it requires is an annual eye test. Numerous optical...

Know How to Keep Your Eyes Safe This Summer

It's officially summer and it's time to make sure you safeguard your eyes from the risks of UV exposure and other summertime dangers. Here are some pointers on remaining safe in the sun: 1. Buy sunglasses that block 100% of UV - and try to wear them every time you...

What You Should Know About Children’s Eye Protection

Research shows that eye injuries account for 40,000 trips to the emergency room annually. This is an trauma every 13 minutes! Eye Care professionals report that most of those accidents would have been easily avoided by using proper eye protection. More often than not eye damaging accidents take place when...

The Truth About the Eye Health Benefits of Eating Carrots

Do carrots really enhance your eyesight? While eye doctors affirm that carrots are made up of significant amounts of a vitamin which is known to be very good for the eyes, carrots can not replace suitable corrective eye care. Beta-carotene is an orange colored pigment (carotenoid) that changes into vitamin...

Do You Know the Dangers of Ultraviolet Light to Your Eyes?

  By now, most Americans are familiar with the dangers of Ultraviolet (UV) radiation to your skin, (particularly sunburn and skin cancer) and the necessity of applying sunblock and avoiding direct contact with the sun particularly during the blazing summer months. What is less known is that UV and other...

Do You Know How to Care for Your Contact Lenses Properly?

  It can be pretty baffling navigating the contact lens care section of most drug stores. Nevertheless as overwhelming as it is, it's essential to understand proper contact lens care. Those who aren't properly caring for their contacts, risk developing a number of eye problems including some that may cause...

Gas Permeable Lenses: Do They Make Sense for You?

  While soft contacts are most common, another lesser-known kind of contact lens materials exists: gas permeable (GP) lenses, sometimes referred to oxygen permeable lenses. In reality, RGP lenses involve newer technology than soft lenses, and they last longer, offer greater vision quality, and offer better durability. Additionally they can...

A Guide to Preventing the Effects of Eye Allergies

If you are experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes you may be suffering from seasonal eye allergies. For many of us, spring is pollen season, which means uncomfortable symptoms such as red eyes, itchy eyes, stinging, burning and watery eyes. Springtime eye allergies are caused by an influx...

Reasons You Should Think Twice Before Purchasing Eyeglasses on the Internet

Though many people have become accustomed to shopping for more and more products on the Web, eyeglasses are an item that you are better off buying in person. Why? Even though web-based optical dealers often promote cheap prices, the advantages of choosing an optical store far overshadow the ''deals'' you...

Dry Eyes Getting You Down? Tips on Keeping Your Eyes Hydrated This Winter

Even though it is common to think of winter as the rainy time of year due to the precipitation, the air is really a lot dryer during the winter, causing your eyes to be more sensitive. Our optometry staff can assist you in choosing the most effective options to keep...

Are You Aware About Age-related Macular Degeneration and Low Vision? Become Aware This February

February is dedicated to increasing awareness of macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision. AMD is the number one cause of blindness for individuals age 65 and over. Macular degeneration often results in low vision, a term eye doctors use to refer to substantial visual impairment that cannot be helped by...

Help Create Awareness About Glaucoma

To increase awareness about the ''sneak thief of sight,'' January has been named National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the leading cause of avoidable permanent vision loss, responsible for 9%-12% of all cases of complete vision loss in the United States and effecting nearly 70 million people around the world....

Winter Eye Care Tips… It’s Time for Sunglasses

You read correctly. Sunglasses are not just an essential accessory in the summer. While most of us are informed of the dangers the sun presents to our eyes during the summer, we don't all realize that we need to take precautions in the winter as well. In reality, those ultraviolet...

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