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.

The Truth About “Lazy Eye”

lazy eyeContrary to popular belief, the condition that people coined as “lazy eye” is a visual impairment rather than an oddity in the eye’s shape or position. A person can have lazy eye without it being recognizable by someone else’s naked eyes. Severe cases, however, sometimes show apparent visual signs that the two eyes are not performing the same functions with the same precision.
The scientific name for lazy eye is amblyopia, and it occurs in up to three children out of every hundred, according to the National Eye Institute. It is a condition that causes a reduction in vision abilities. The problem does not seem to respond to treatment with glasses or contacts, and it does not appear to be the product of an eye disease.

What Causes Lazy Eye?
Many factors can cause lazy eye. Strabismus, which is a disorder that crosses the eyes, could contribute to lazy eye. Many people confuse lazy eye with strabismus, but the conditions are separate and completely different. The condition could also come from nearsighted and farsighted variations between the two eyes where one is worse than the other. Specialists do not have an exact ironclad cause for lazy eye. Their summation is that the brain loses its controlling connection with one of the eyes for some reason.

What Are the Symptoms of Lazy Eye?
Lazy eye symptoms vary from subtle symptoms like squinting with one eye, to apparent symptoms such as eyes that wander and don’t seem to be acting as a team. A person who is suffering from lazy eye will have poor vision test results. The person will have a decline in capabilities that may gradually worsen, as well.

How to Treat Lazy Eye
Untreated lazy eye can result in permanent loss of eyesight in one eye. Therefore, it’s imperative that a person gets evaluated if he or she suspects the problem. Solutions such as patches and medications are available in addition to some training exercises. If you or your loved one is showing the symptoms of lazy eye, give a provider a call to get evaluated as quickly as possible.

Your eye specialist at Hampton Roads Eye Associates is qualified to diagnose and treat lazy eye.  If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or your child, contact us for an appointment at (757) 643-8800.  

Eye Exams for Children and Adults – What’s the Difference?

eye examsDid you know that regardless of age, it is important to have regular and comprehensive eye exams with an eye doctor? The frequency of exams recommended is based on age and any issues with vision or medical conditions. Here’s the minimum frequency that it’s recommended to visit the eye doctor, as based on the American Optometric Association (AOA) for adults and children.

All adults should have a comprehensive eye exam to check for vision, as well as other issues with the eyes every two years. Keep in mind that eye problems become more likely with age. For this reason, it’s often strongly recommended by many eye doctors that after age 40, the minimum with no risk factors is every one to two years and yearly at age 60. It’s recommended that those wearing eyeglasses or contacts have yearly eye exams. Those experiencing other vision problems, eye injury, or have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, connective tissue disorders, etc should have yearly eye exams unless told by their eye doctor that more frequent examination is necessary. For instance, it is often recommended that those with uncontrolled diabetes visit the eye doctor 2-3 times per year.

Children should have an initial eye exam with an eye doctor at 6 months, at age 3, and again around ages 5 or 6. After these initial eye exams, children should have an eye exam at least every two years until adulthood. Children that wear glasses or contacts should have a yearly eye exam. Yearly or even more frequent eye exams may be needed in some children, such as those with:

     -Premature birth or developmental delays
     -Fetal distress at birth or low Apgar scores
     -Infection during pregnancy (AIDS, herpes, rubella, etc)
     -Other vision problems, such as crossed eyes
     -Eye injury
     -Medical conditions (diabetes, high blood pressure, and many others)

At Hampton Roads Eye Associates, both children and adults receive the highest quality eye care possible. We are uniquely situated to provide general eye exams, specialty eye care such as retinal testing, laser surgery and more, and our optical shop allows us to fit and order you and your child for glasses after your exam if the need arises. Please contact us at (757) 643-8800 to schedule your appointment or use our convenient online scheduling tool.

Hampton Roads Eye Associates Provides Free Eye Exams and Glasses to Kids in Need

Screen Shot 2014-05-26 at 12.46.50 PMHampton Roads Eye Associates is dedicated to serving the community by providing comprehensive eye care and patient education. This month, their pediatric department expanded these efforts to include a special program to meet the eye care needs of local children.

Throughout the month of April, Dr. Denise Chamblee, and her team provided full eye exams to 36 elementary, middle and high school students from the Achievable Dream School. The Achievable Dream School is a nationally recognized K–12 program dedicated to the belief that all children can learn and succeed regardless of their socioeconomic background.  Also, 24 children from the Boys and Girls Club received free exams from Hampton Roads Eye Associates.

Each child that was found to need a prescription was provided with a free pair of glasses. In addition, all children involved in the program received a goodie-bag with T-shirt or a fun little camera, compliments of Lynn Di Marco at Screen Shot 2014-05-26 at 12.47.24 PMEssilor. Essilor also provided aspheric lenses for the glasses.

“A child needs many abilities to succeed in school. Good vision is a key. It has been estimated that as much as 80% of the learning a child does occurs through the eyes. It is always an honor to have the opportunity to help ensure the educational success of these children by providing eye exams”,” states Dr. Chamblee.

Dr. Chamblee is grateful for all the help she received from her staff, An Achievable Dream school and school nurses, the Boys and Girls club staff, the Lions Club, Essilor and the frame vendor donors who helped to make the event a success.

Dr. Chamblee states, “We had such a wonderful time with the students from the Achievable Dream School and the kids from the Boys and Girls club.  Their smiles were simply contagious. It was truly a rewarding experience, and we hope to continue to do more events like this in the future.”

The Importance of Eyeglasses

Screen Shot 2013-08-01 at 11.01.59 AMIf you’re finding it hard to see clearly, it may be time for a pair of eyeglasses. We use our eyes all the time, from the time we wake up until we go to sleep at night, we watch, read and perceive objects. This is why it is essential to choose the perfect pair of glasses for yourself, as whatever you do, they will be helping you see.

Visiting an ophthalmologist or optometrist as soon as you notice blurred or distorted vision can help you avoid eyestrain and headaches and can help you improve your performance at work or school.


  • Myopia (nearsightedness) is a vision condition in which close objects are seen clearly, but objects farther away appear blurred. Nearsightedness occurs if the eyeball is too long or the cornea, the clear front cover of the eye, has too much curvature. As a result, the light entering the eye isn’t focused correctly and distant objects look blurred.
  • Astigmatism (uneven focusing of light) a vision condition that causes blurred vision due either to the irregular shape of the cornea, the clear front cover of the eye, or sometimes the curvature of the lens inside the eye. An irregular shaped cornea or lens prevents light from focusing properly on the retina, the light sensitive surface at the back of the eye. As a result, vision becomes blurred at any distance.
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness) is a vision condition in which distant objects are usually seen clearly, but close ones do not come into proper focus. Farsightedness occurs if your eyeball is too short or the cornea has too little curvature, so light entering your eye is not focused correctly.

Poor vision can have an effect on your ability to perform well at school and work. Some children, who are labeled as having ADHD, may actually have an untreated vision problem. Bad eyesight can result in a reduced attention span or in difficult understanding printed material. In addition it can be difficult to clearly see a ball or the positions of your teammates if you have vision problems. Correcting the problem with glasses and help to improve sport performance.

With the latest offer from Hampton Roads Eye Associates, finding the perfect pair of glasses is a breeze. Save 50% off  your lenses when you purchase a frame. The sale includes single vision, bifocal and progressive lenses. We have a vide variety of frames for adults and children. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will help you chose a pair that will fit your lifestyle.

Eye examinations are an important part of health maintenance for everyone. Adults and children should have their eyes tested to keep their prescriptions current and to check for early signs of eye disease.



The Importance of Yearly Eye Exams

eye glasses and eye chartRegardless of your age or physical health, yearly eye exams should be part of your preventive health care routine.

An eye exam is more than a simple vision check. A comprehensive eye exam includes a series of test which checks neurological function, eye pressure, eye muscle coordination and the health of the external and internal eye structures.

Many people with eye and vision problems may not even be aware of them, because they have no obvious signs or symptoms.  Yearly eye exams help to maintain good vision and eye health. Should you have any vision problems, early diagnosis is your best chance for successful treatment.

Periodic Eye exams are not only important for adults. Children also need eye exams to ensure normal vision development. Children with undetected vision problems may have trouble with learning and schoolwork. Therefore, an eye exam by a doctor who specializes in pediatric eye care is essential for their academic development.

In addition, your eye health can reveal a great deal about your overall health. Comprehensive eye exams can detect the warning signs of more serious undiagnosed health problems such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Good vision and eye health are important and greatly improve quality of life. Make sure to keep your eyes in their best condition by scheduling an eye exam every year.