“Triple Crown” Awarded to Hampton Roads Eye Associates!

Readers' Choice Award 2019 triple crown GOLD winners Hampton Roads Eye AssociatesHampton Roads Eye Associates  is proud to announce that they have won THREE Peninsula Gold awards in Coastal Virginia Magazine’s annual “Best of” contest! This “triple crown” comes with awards in the Best Eye Care Center, Best Lasik Eye Surgery Center, and Best Designer Eyewear categories. What an honor!

The Coastal Virginia Magazine ‘Best of” contest is comprised of a nomination and voting process that takes place over a 3 month period.  Community members are encouraged to vote for the businesses they love to frequent for their daily needs.  At the end of the voting period, the Peninsula’s favorite businesses are announced in an upcoming issues of Coastal Virginia Magazine.

The 2019 nomination and voting process started in January.  Nominations ended February 3rd while final voting took place from February 6 – March 31st.  Winners votes were tabulated based on the total number of nominations and votes received during that time period.  The annual Coastal Virginia Magazine “Best of” edition will be on newstands in July.

Conveniently located in the Oyster Point Area of Newport News, Hampton Roads Eye Associates provides general ophthalmology and eye disease treatment for adult and pediatric patients. We perform diagnostic and treatment procedures on children and adults including cataract surgeries, refractive surgery, cosmetic surgery, glaucoma testing, strabismus treatment, retina imaging and other eye problems diagnosis, treatment, and corrective lens services.

We are incredibly proud of our practice and the work that we do everyday for our patients. A big thank-you to all our patients and the community that voted for us and your continue to support us and our practice!

June is Cataract Awareness Month

cataract surgeryIn honor of Cataract Awareness Month, Hampton Roads Eye Associates is providing some useful information to help you understand the disease and how to protect yourself. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world and affect more than 22 million Americans aged 40 and older. 

Cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens which blocks or changes the passage of light into the eye. Fortunately, vision loss due to cataract can be restored with a simple procedure.  Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States and has over a 90 percent success rate. 

Risk factors for developing cataract include:

  • Family history of cataract
  • Diabetes, smoking
  • Extended exposure to UV rays
  • Serious eye injury
  • Use of steroids

 Cataracts generally do not cause pain, redness or tears. However, these changes in your vision may be signs of cataract:

  • Blurred or hazy vision
  • Double vision in one eye
  • Poor vision in bright light
  • Seeing halos around lights
  • Poor vision at night
  • Yellowish tinged vision
  • Frequent changes in eyeglasses or contact lens prescription

Click to learn more about the cataract surgery options offered at Hampton Roads Eye Associates. 

Can I prevent cataracts?

There is no proven way to prevent age-related cataracts. However, making these healthy decisions may help to slow the progression of cataracts:

  • Avoid or quit smoking
  • Reduce exposure to UV rays
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Wear proper eye protection to avoid eye injury

One of the most important ways we can protect our vision is to make a commitment to take care of your eyes today. This includes getting a dilated eye exam, which helps to protect your sight for the future not just from cataract, but other eye diseases as well. If you  have not had your yearly eye exam, you can schedule one today by calling us at 757.643.8800, or filling out our online form.

Treating Glaucoma with iStent Surgery

iStent surgeryHampton Roads Eye Associates is pleased to offer iStent surgery, or  iStent Trabecular Micro Bypass,  for the treatment of mild-to-moderate open angle glaucoma.

iStent is the smallest medical device ever approved by the FDA. The device is placed in your eye during cataract surgery, and is so small that you won’t be able to see or feel it after the procedure is over. iStent is designed to create a permanent opening in your trabecular meshwork, and works continuously to improve the outflow of fluid from your eyes to help control eye pressure.

 How it works: 

  • If you have glaucoma, over time the eye’s natural  drainage system becomes clogged
  • iStent creates a permanent opening through the blockage to improve the eye’s natural outflow
  • Restoring this mechanism lowers and controls pressure within the eye

Benefits of iStent: 

  • Is safely implanted during cataract surgery
  • Spares important eye tissue that is often damaged by traditional surgeries
  • Does not limit treatment options that could help maintain your vision in the future

Our very own Dr. Steven Kitay  is a certified iStent surgeon and will perform this procedure. Download the iStent Patient Brochure to learn more about this procedure.