This is a big time of the year for seasonal allergies, and the effects of them can have an impact on your eyes. Here at Metropolitan Optical, we’re committed to helping you to avoid complications, discomfort, and frustration from seasonal allergies and how they impact your eye health.
The symptoms are unmistakable, aren’t they? Watery and burning eyes, redness, itching, and maybe even swollen eyelids. You may experience these signs in addition to or instead of nasal ones. It’s important to realize that at the heart of the reactions that you are dealing with is that your body is attempting to get rid of something that it perceives as a threat. The challenges that you face are the inevitable result, but the good news is that they do not pose any long term danger to your optical wellness or your vision. Our eye doctor in Washington DC will do a thorough examination and the way in which seasonal allergies are treated will be at least partially dependent on the severity of your symptoms. In mild to moderate cases, you may be able to achieve relief just by using over-the-counter allergy products. For more extreme situations, though, that typically will not be sufficient. Prescription medication can lead to the desired outcome. But our eye doctor in Washington DC may also recommend some simple yet helpful lifestyle adjustments. Keep your windows closed when pollen counts are high. If it’s too warm, use an air conditioner instead. Avoid rubbing your eyes. It’s tempting to do so because of the itchiness, but that will only make the symptoms worse. Above all, it’s worth remembering that seasonal allergies are so named because they only last for a certain amount of time. That does not mean, however, that you should just tough it out and suffer in the meantime.
Low vision is a term that is used to describe when your vision cannot be improved with eyeglasses, contact lenses, surgery, or medication. Here at Metropolitan Optical Capitol Hill eye doctor we offer low vision therapy as a service to our valued patients so that you can get the most of out of the vision that you still have.
The first thing that is vital to understand is that low vision is not a disease. It is a result of the effects of one or more eye diseases that have caused you to lose a significant amount of your eyesight. Among the conditions that can lead to you needing low vision therapy from our Capitol Hill eye doctor are glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. Most commonly, low vision is a concern that increases with age, but this is not always the case. There is no one sign or indiction that would determine the need for low vision therapy, but some symptoms to be aware of include losing your ability to see detail, reduced peripheral vision, persistent double vision, difficulties climbing or descending stairs, problems in distinguishing colors, and having a hard time navigating along the edges of curbs. Fortunately, our Capitol Hill eye doctor is a specialist when it comes to low vision therapy. With the help of advanced equipment like special therapy glasses, closed circuit TVs, telescopic and other electronic devices, all of which our office can work with you to obtain, you can recapture and maintain a higher level of productivity and independence. Lifestyle adjustments are also typically recommended, with the goal of making it easier for you to work, get around your home, and enjoy your favorite leisure activities.
Our Capitol Hill eye doctor understands that having low vision can be frustrating and frightening. But with our knowledgeable and compassionate eye care, there is every reason to feel optimistic about your life moving forward. Schedule an appointment with us today.
You have probably heard about many of the different eyeglass lenses now available and how they can help you to see well. This is very exciting news for many patients whose eyes are not able to readily adjust to different ranges of vision. If you are interested in learning about progressive lenses and how they can help you see better, come visit us at Metropolitan Optical to learn more about Washington D.C. eyeglass lenses.
At Metropolitan Optical we not only offer a full range of eyeglass frames, but we offer great choices for prescription lenses. At Metropolitan Optical Dr. Saba Ayalew is our highly-trained optometrist. Our expert opticians are Jessica Frye and Julia Fuentes. We know the importance of providing patients with lenses of the highest quality and for that reason we have partnered with experts in Washington D.C. eyeglass lenses such as HOYA, Zeiss and Varilux.
We offer the best Washington D.C. eyeglass lenses available. Unlike conventional progressive lenses, the digitally fabricated progressive lens is computer generated. This allows our progressive lenses to provide concise, perfect vision for our patients. Digitally fabricated lenses also offer a substantially wider field of vision. What this means for you is a significantly decreased amount of eye strain. It will even help you see better in reduced lighting situations, or when driving at night. Our computerized progressive lenses will also make your everyday life more comfortable when you need to see small print clearly. Wearing eyeglasses with progressive lenses also means that your glasses will not have the line where the prescription changes values. You eyeglasses will no longer announce to the world the fact that you need reading glasses and are using bifocals! Also, many people simply feel that progressive lenses are more attractive since they do not have a line in the middle of them. Progressive lenses provide a more natural vision correction; they actually combine a seamless progression of many lens powers so that you will see clearly in all viewing distances. If you are interested in getting progressive lenses for your eyeglasses, contact us to make an appointment with our optometrist.
Contact lenses offer several advantages over eyeglasses when it comes to vision correction, convenience, and appearance. At Metropolitan Optical, we want you to know that there continue to be advancements in the technology and construction of contacts. The ones being offered today provide better vision and are easier to wear than even the ones from a few years ago. When you come in for our contact lenses in Washington D.C., we ensure not only that you will achieve the best vision that you’re capable of having, but also that they are the right choice for the current state of your eyes. We do this through a contact lens exam prior to fitting you for your lenses.
The basic breakdown of contact lenses is a choice between soft and hard lenses. While hard lenses may take a little more effort to grow accustomed to, sharper and clearer vision are a benefit of them and they are typically the best choice for addressing severe nearsightedness or astigmatism. Soft lenses come in four basic varieties to meet your lifestyle needs: daily wear, extended wear, disposable, and color-changing. But now, there are two great new innovations among our contact lenses in Washington D.C. With 1 Day ACUVUE TrueEye™ lenses, you get a daily disposable that that lets your eyes breathe like never before. And they’re comfortable to wear all day long. And with Bausch & Lomb PureVision multi-focal lenses, correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism with unprecedented efficiency. There has never been a better time to wear contacts.
A contact lens exam is the way that we ensure that your prescription will give you maximum benefit and cause you no fuss, trouble, difficulties, or discomfort. Our optometrist will check your eyelids, conjunctiva, and corneas, including their curvature. These are the parts of your eyes that your contacts will be touching. It’s important to detect any potential issues ahead of fitting you for your lenses. This is just another part of our ongoing commitment to you, our valued patient, that extends far beyond selling you contact lenses. Whether you already wear contacts or have never done so before, call us today to schedule a contact lens exam and get started.