Protect Your Sight with These Eye Health Tips

eye healthYour eyes are the windows to the world. Look into your world with healthy eyes! Hampton Roads Eye Associates knows that following these simple tips will prolong your eyesight for years to come.

Protect your eyes with sunglasses. For maximum protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays, check to make sure your sunglasses keep out 100 percent of UV-A rays and UV-B rays. Eyes are sensitive instruments, and direct sunlight can be harsh. Good sunglasses protect the retina, help prevent cataract growth, and protect the delicate skin around your eyes.

Don’t smoke. Smoking is bad for your eyes. It has been linked to cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD, an eye disease which involves a damaged retina). Quit smoking and improve your chances of retaining normal eyesight!

Eat right for healthy eyes. It’s fairly common knowledge that carrots are good for eye health. But there are other good foods to eat for maintaining good sight. Try some green, leafy veggies, some salmon or tuna, eggs, nuts, citrus fruits, and oysters. These foods will provide your body with important nutrients such as Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamins C and E, lutein, and zinc. These nutrients are known to fight off AMD and other eye diseases.

Practice Good Computer Habits. When you spend a lot of time looking at a computer screen, your eyes get strained, vision becomes blurry, you have problems focusing on distant objects, and you may get headaches. Prevent these eye problems by acquiring a few simple habits:

  • Use the 20-20-20 rule. This means you need to look up from the screen every 20 minutes and focus on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  • Try to prevent glare on your screen.
  • Look down on your screen by aligning the top of the screen with your line of vision.
  • Talk to your doctor about computer glasses.
  • Be conscientious about blinking; more blinking helps prevent dry eyes.

Get Regular Eye Check-ups. The best way to keep your eyes healthy is to have an eye doctor examine them regularly. Eye examinations check for various problems, and your doctor can provide tips and treatment for any eye-related health issue. Making sure your eyeglass or contact lens prescription is up-to-date can also save your eyes from unnecessary strain.

If it’s been a while since your last eye exam, please contact us, Hampton Roads Eye Associates Oyster Point,  at (757) 643-8800 for an appointment.  Keeping your eyes healthy with regular eye exams will give you lifelong results.

Caring For Your Contact Lenses

contact lensesContact lenses are an excellent alternative from eyeglasses for millions of people in need of vision correction. Contact lenses can correct:

  • Myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Astigmatism (uneven focusing of light)
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness)

Are Contact Lenses Right for Me?

Your eye care professional can help you determine if contact lenses are the right choice for you. They will examine your eyes to make sure there are no underlying eye conditions or other circumstances that might interfere with successful use of contacts. Once you’ve decided on contact lenses, the fitting process will involve working with your eye care professional to find a lens prescription, size and type that maximizes sight, eye health and comfort. Over 75 percent of contact wearers choose soft contacts, which are made of soft, flexible plastic and allow oxygen to reach the cornea.

Here are some tips for the most healthy way to wear contact lenses:

  • Insert and remove your contact lenses with clean, dry hands.
  • If you experience discomfort, excessive tearing, discharge, vision changes or redness that lasts more than 2 days, contact your eye care professional.
  • Use contacts for the time period recommended for your lenses.
  • Contacts and water do not mix. Store your contacts in the recommended saline solution.
  • Avoid wearing contacts while showering, using a hot tub, swimming or engaging in other water sports.
  • Before inserting your lens, examine it to make sure it is moist, clean and intact.
  • Don’t use a lens if the sterile package it comes in has been damaged or opened, or if the lens has a nick or tear.
  • Never wear someone else’s contact lenses.

It is important to properly care for your contact lenses. Taking care of your lenses will maximize their life and keep your eyes their healthiest.

  • Before handling your lenses, wash and rinse your hands thoroughly with a mild soap and dry them with a lint-free towel.
  • Use a disinfectant approved by your eye care professional to thoroughly clean your lenses.
  • To remove dirt and kill germs on your contacts, rub them with your fingers and rinse them well with an approved solution. Then soak lenses overnight in enough solution to completely cover them.
  • Use your fingertips to touch your lenses as your fingernails may scratch or tear lens.
  • Store contacts in approved solutions, and never reuse solution.
  • Clean your lens case properly.
  • Replace your lens case every three months.

The doctors at Hampton Roads Eye Associates – Oyster Point have extensive training and experience in fitting all types of contact lenses. In fact, we specialize in difficult to fit patients and have had success with many patients who were unsuccessful elsewhere. If you are ready for contact lenses please call us today at (757) 643-8800.

Hampton Roads Eye Associates Named Best Eye Doctor in 2017!

daily pressHampton Roads Eye Associates was named 2017 “Best Eye Doctor/Optometrist and Ophthalmologist/Lasik” in Newport News by the Daily Press Choice Awards! Providing exceptional vision care is the mission of Hampton Roads Eye Associates. The doctors and staff are proud to be recognized by the community as an outstanding provider of vision care services, and will continue to meet their expectations in the future.

Winners of the Daily Press Choice Awards are chosen by the readers of the Daily Press through a nomination and ballot-voting system. The ballots reached to six geographic areas including Hampton, Newport News, Yorktown and Poquoson, Williamsburg, Gloucester and Mathews, and South of the James. This annual competition is sponsored by the Daily Press and is designed to allow the community to nominate and vote for who they believe is the most deserving of the designation of “Best of…” in multiple categories that include: wellness, food, home, recreation, services, and shopping.

Nominations were taken between June 5 and July 14, and voting took place between July 30th and August 26th 2017.

The Daily Press readers’ Choice Awards Gala was held at the Mariners Museum on September 18, 2017, to honor all the nominees and announce the winners. The category winners were announced on December 10th in a special publication by the Daily Press.

If you would like to congratulate our outstanding team of providers on this award, or if it’s time for your annual vision care wellness exam, please stop by to make an appointment or contact Hampton Roads Eye Associates at (757) 643-8800.

Happy Holidays from Hampton Roads Eye Associates!

Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays from the team at Hampton Roads Eye Associates.  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your life and your health!

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year

Dr. Chamblee Presents at Various Ophthalmology Meetings

dr chambleeOur very own Dr. Denise Chamblee has been very busy giving lectures at various Ophthalmology meetings and events. Dr. Chamblee attended and spoke at the Women in Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, the Virginia Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and also at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting.

Dr. Chamblee started off at the Annual Women in Ophthalmology Symposium. Women in Ophthalmology (WIO) was founded to enhance and improve the professional environment for women ophthalmologists. Their Annual Symposium encompasses all elements of this mission by providing solid scientific and practice management education, and leadership programs.

The meeting is designed especially for women in the field of ophthalmology and maximizes the opportunity for them to interact with and learn from peers from across the country and across the globe.

Then it was off to The Virginia Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons (VSEPS) Meeting. This is a statewide, non-profit organization comprised of medical doctors and doctors of osteopathyTheir mission is to advocate for the best quality eye care through education, legislative efforts and community service.

Dr. Chamblee‘s presentation for both the WIO and the VSEPS meetings focused on how to improve outcomes for patients.

Lastly, Dr. Chamblee spoke at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting. This is the largest Ophthalmology meeting in the word, and hosts upwards of 30,000 attendees. Dr. Chamblee was chosen as one of four to speak about her Leadership Development Program (LDP)titled Connecting AAPOS to March of Dimes (MOD) to Improve ROP Public Education. 

We are proud of Dr. Chamblee and her dedication to continuing education and commitment to improving the Ophthalmology field.

Save Your Vision Month

Eye vision monthAs our lives become increasingly busy due to our workloads and personal hobbies, it is easy to lose sight of what’s important.  In fact, the danger of eye strain makes it easy for us to lose sight of everything.  That is why the American Optometric Association aims to increase our awareness of good eye care by making March “Save Your Vision Month”.  This informative campaign seeks to encourage all folks (not just the ones wearing glasses) to schedule eye exams for themselves on a regular basis, not just when they’re having trouble with their vision.

Like routine trips to the dental chair, it is necessary to see your eye doctor regularly in order to maintain proper eye care.  For one thing, an eye exam can inform you about your general state of health.  Certain diseases, like diabetes and glaucoma, can be diagnosed and even treated if detected early enough by your eye doctor.

Now more than ever, computers are an integral part of our everyday lives.  Unfortunately, we tend to forget to blink as we stare off into the endless realm of cyberspace.  This can ultimately lead to dry eyes and blurry vision, which can further lead to irreversible damage.  In order to avoid these problems before they become dangers, consider taking the following actions whenever working on your computer:

  • Remember to take breaks and come up for air at regular intervals.  Have a window?  Use it.
  • Give your eyelids a break and blink every so often.  Spare a moment to keep your eyes completely closed (do this alone so the boss doesn’t think you’re sleeping!).
  • Keep your monitor at a distance of at least 20 inches away.
  • Adjust the tip of your monitor so it’s tilted a little below your eye level.
  • Make sure you keep your screen free from dust and fingerprints, as these can greatly reduce clarity and cause you to squint.
  • Artificial tears and eye drops may be necessary to keep your eyes moist.
  • If still experiencing dry eyes, you may even want to think about placing a humidifier in your work zone.
  • As always, maintain a good diet by eating healthy.  A good night’s sleep is never a bad idea either, for the sake of your eyelids and overall sanity.

Welcome to our New Website

HREA LogoWe are proud to announce our brand new website for Hampton Roads Eye Associates – Oyster Point. After a lot of hard work, the new site has a plenty of  features, designed with you in mind.

Our goal was to make the information we give you easy. Our website features,  the optical shop, patient resources, the ability to make appointments online, and much more!

In addition to a brand new website, we have begun a venture into the word of social media. You can now receive the latest news and updates on our Blog, Facebook and Twitter pages, so make sure to follow us. You can also connect with us on Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.  Please take a minute, as well, to let us know what you think about our new site and our new look.  We would love to hear from your, our patients, about your opinions.

We invite you to take a look at our new site, and we hope that these improvements will enhance your visit to our website!