The Right Fit Matters!

How important is a professional fit?

Very Important!

To get your best vision, your glasses should be fit and adjusted by a trained optician.  At Eye Rx, we have certified opticians who work closely with our doctors to give you clear, quality vision.

 

The Right Fit Checklist: 

  1. Frame: When selecting your frame, our opticians will help you choose one that is slightly wider than your face, and properly aligns with your eyes.  You should be able to fit no more than a finger-width of space between the arms and your temple. Frames with the right fit won’t rest on your cheeks or touch your brows.
  2. Bridge or nosepiece: The bridge or nose piece should fit securely and comfortably, keeping your glasses stable. We can make adjustments to the nosepiece so that your glasses rest comfortably, and that your vision is aligned correctly.
  3. Temples: The arms of your glasses should reach your ears before they start to curve to fit securely and comfortably.
  4. Pupil position: Your pupils should be in line with the center of your lenses to give you the best vision. This measurement is especially important for patients with astigmatism, progressive lenses, and bifocals.

 

A professional fit helps you to avoid these issues:

  • Eye strain and headaches can result from glasses that are not aligned properly.
  • Poorly fit glasses may cause your vision to be distorted. Distortion in your vision affects your depth perception that could cause you to trip or fall.
  • Glasses that don’t fit securely or slide down your nose, may change how well you see. A good fitting is especially important when it comes to a progressive or bifocal lens!

We know from experience, if your glasses pinch your nose, hurt your ears, or fall off when you move, you won’t wear them…and that doesn’t just apply to children, adults do it too!

Our trained team of certified opticians will make sure that your glasses are the right fit and style for your best vision.  One of our patients says it well:

The opticians helped me select an awesome pair of glasses, my first ones. When my glasses were ready for pick-up, I received a call and it was sooner than I expected. So happy I found them, satisfied customer here!” Ana C. 

We are sure you will agree!  The opticians in our K Street office are Justin Gooding and Dario Claudio. In our Chevy Chase office, Antionette Love and Malerie Alcantara will be happy to help you.

Do your glasses need an adjustment? Adjustments are available to our patients at no charge. Stop in and see us during regular office hours, no appointment needed.

 

 

Computer Eye Strain Solutions

Suffering from computer eye strain?

You are not alone.  When you add up the amount of time that we spend looking at digital screens, it’s no wonder that many patients come to us with complaints about eye strain. Whether we are at work or at play, it seems as though we are always looking at screens on computers, tablets, and phones.

It’s important that your prescription is up-to-date.  

When you come in for your appointment, tell us about how you spend your day, so that we can offer you the latest options for glasses and contacts that suit your life.  We may recommend a special pair of glasses to use when you are in front of the computer. We also can provide tinted lenses and coatings that may reduce glare.

Our simple strategies that make a BIG difference.

 AT WORK

  •  Minimize glare. Lighting can make a big difference in reducing glare. Set up your work area so that your screen is free from glare from indoor and outdoor brightness.
  • Check your screen settings. Take a look at the options available for your computer. You can adjust the brightness and resolution to help you see more clearly.
  • Adjust your font size.   You have many options to make reading more comfortable. Increase the font and image size and you will increase your comfort level.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule.  Every 20 minutes, focus on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  • Use artificial tears. People tend to blink less frequently when they are focusing on their work or staring at a monitor.  Blinking less often can cause dryness. The solution is a simple one – keep a bottle of artificial tears near your workstation.  Well-lubricated eyes are less irritated, feel more comfortable, and help you to see more clearly! Artificial tears are inexpensive and can be purchased at any drug or grocery store.

AT HOME – follow the above guidelines for work, PLUS…

  •  Add a nighttime filter:  If you are having trouble falling asleep after using your phone or tablet, add a nighttime filter.  Your brain associates blue light with daytime and being awake, eliminating blue light allows you to fall asleep more easily.  This filter can also reduce eye strain when viewing your screen in a darkened room.

No matter where you are or what you are doing – “Take a break!”  Studies have shown that taking a break when your eyes are fatigued may actually IMPROVE overall productivity and reduce errors.

For your best vision, schedule your appointment today: Chevy Chase: 301-841-6766      K Street: 202-659-2010

 

7 Quick Q&As

TOP 7 Cataract Questions & Answers

Many of our patients are concerned about the development of cataracts as they get older.  To help you better understand what to expect from your aging eyes, we came up this list of the most commonly asked questions about cataracts.

  1. cataract-definition-1024x586What is a cataract? A cataract is the clouding of the clear lens of the eye. Cataracts are part of the normal aging of the eye.
  2. At what age do cataracts develop? There is no way to determine at what age you will begin to develop cataracts, however, more than half of all Americans over the age of 65 have cataracts.
  3. How will I know if I am developing cataracts? Cataracts usually develop gradually, so you may not notice a change in vision from one day to the next. Your doctor can detect and track the development of cataracts during a routine vision exam.
  4. What are the symptoms of developing cataracts? You may notice that your vision seems cloudy. Colors may appear to be dull or faded. Bright lights may appear to have halos or starbursts around them.
  5. How are cataracts treated?  There is no medical treatment that can cure cataracts.  They are removed during an outpatient surgical procedure. Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in the world.
  6. What happens during cataract surgery? The surgeon removes the cloudy lens of the eye, and replace it with an artificial lens that will help you to see more clearly.
  7. Is there any way to delay the development of cataracts? Yes.  If you take these precautions, you will help keep your eyes healthy, and slow the development of cataracts.
  • Stop Smoking!
  • Wear sunglasses to block UV rays of the sun.
  • Wear eye protection to avoid eye injury.
  • If you are diabetic or have a thyroid condition, take your medication to stay healthy.
  • Eat a balanced diet including plenty of fruits, vegetables & fish to slow the aging of the eye.

While this list may answer some of your questions, the best way to have your medical questions answered is one-on-one, during an office visit with our doctors. Dr. Teller and Dr. Lobaugh can speak to you specifically about issues that affect your health and your eyes.  It’s always a good idea to plan ahead and bring your list of concerns to your visit, so that we make sure to cover all of your concerns.

Patient education is key to keep you seeing your best!

Get to Know Eye Rx

Eye Rx: The Inside Story! eye-rx-reception

EyeRx was formed in 2000 by Dr. Benjamin Teller and the late Dr. John McTigue.  These forward-thinking doctors saw the need for eye care providers that offered routine vision exams as well as medical eye care and testing services.

Since it’s inception, Eye Rx has been proud of our professionally trained staff and quality products.  In addition to our skilled doctors, we also have certified opticians, experienced technicians and knowledgeable staff, who all work together to help our patients see and look their best.

In 2015, Eye Rx expanded with the addition of Dr. Stephen Lobaugh. A second location was added in Washington, D.C.

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Both of our doctors see patients at our two offices, so it’s easy to schedule your appointment at the location that works best for you.  Each doctor works with a dedicated Ophthalmic Technician.  Cristina Perez works with Dr. Teller, and Jessica Castro works with Dr. Lobaugh. Maggy Nunez is our office manager who makes sure that everything is running smoothly.

 

The D.C. officeloc-kstreet, located on K Street, was selected with the convenience of our patients in mind.  This office is near to two metro lines, so getting to your appointment is easy on public transportation.  The staff in our D.C. office includes opticians Justin Gooding and Dario Claudio.  Tabitha Waters will greet you at the front desk.

loc-chevy-chaseOur Chevy Chase office is located in a condo office building and offers free parking.  This office is also a short walk from the red line metro.  Eye Rx is proud to offer the largest selection of kids frames in the D.C. area at our Chevy Chase office.  The Chevy Chase office staff includes: opticians Antionette Love and Malerie Alcantara.  Brenda Albaca staffs our front desk.

Eye Rx offers you and your family experienced doctors, professional staff and the latest diagnostic services in our two convenient locations in the D.C. area.   Contact Us to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

 

 

Prevent Vision Loss from Glaucoma

Annual Eye Exams Help to Prevent Vision Loss from Glaucoma

Early detection and treatment is the best way to prevent vision loss.  Annual eye exams by our doctors can provide early detection and treatment for glaucoma. At your exam, the doctor will check for elevated eye pressure and examine the optic nerve. eye-with-glaucoma

Don’t miss your eye exam just because you don’t need a new pair of glasses.

Glaucoma can be easily controlled. It’s important to be diagnosed early, visit your doctor regularly, and follow your prescribed treatment.  You can live a normal active life with glaucoma, as long as you maintain your treatment plan.

Risk Factors:

If you are a member of any of these groups, you are at a higher risk for the disease:

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    Everyone over age 60 (increased risk for people of Mexican descent)

  • African Americans over age 40
  • People with a family history of glaucoma

Symptoms:

You can be in the early stages of glaucoma and not notice any symptoms. Glaucoma is referred to as “The Silent Thief of Sight” because you can begin to suffer vision loss without any warning signs.

Treatment:

Treatment for glaucoma can be as easy as using prescription eye drops daily. Visiting our office for routine checks on eye pressure is also an important part of keeping your condition under control.  If eye drops alone aren’t sufficient, your doctor may recommend  a laser treatment or a surgical procedure to help reduce your eye pressure.

Testing:

Along with regular pressure checks to monitor your glaucoma, our doctors will visually assess the optic nerve using a lighted magnifying device.  With this tool, the doctor can examine your dilated eye to see any irregularities in your optic nerve.

Visual field testing may also be performed on a regular basis. A visual field test records your peripheral vision. During this test, you look into a machine and focus straight ahead. Small lights will flash at intervals around you.  You press a button each time you see a light in your field of vision.Teller & Lobaugh

We may also examine your optic nerve more closely with an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT).  With this test, we take a scan of your optic nerve to detect any irregularities or changes.

Why Vision Loss Occurs:

Increased pressure in the eye causes damage to the optic nerve.  The optic nerve carries images received to the brain.  Damage to the optic nerve is irreparable and can lead to permanent vision loss and blindness.

Talk to Dr. Teller & Dr. Lobaugh if you have concerns about eye health for yourself or your family.  Although we try to answer your questions in our blog posts, there is no substitution for a complete eye exam by a trained eye doctor.

Read more about glaucoma care and treatment on our website www.eyerx.com/glaucoma.

Contact Lens Safety

Contact lens fitting

Contact Lenses are a great way to see more clearly.  

At Eye Rx, we are contact lens experts!

It’s important to follow our doctors’ care and use instructions to keep your eyes healthy. We’ve put together some guidelines to make sure you get the most out of your contact lenses.

  1. Lenses and water don’t mix!  We do not recommend wearing your contacts while showering, swimming or hot-tubbing.
  2.  Soft contact lenses should soak in a contact lens approved solution when they are not in your eyes. Never store or rinse your contacts in water.
  3.  Always use fresh solution! Don’t top off the solution that is in your contact lens case!  Rinse your lens case and use fresh solution when you are ready to store your lenses.
  4. It’s important to follow the doctor’s recommended wearing and replacement schedule.  Don’t try to stretch out the wearing schedule! Replace lenses on time, every time.
  5. If you have irritation while wearing your contacts, remove them immediately and check for debris.  Rinse the contact in approved solution and reapply.  If the irritation continues, remove the contacts until it resolves or until our doctors tell you it’s ok to continue use.Contact lenses offer great vision

Dr. Teller & Dr. Lobaugh are experts at fitting contact lenses to give you the best vision. Follow our wear and care guidelines for comfortable, healthy, clear vision all year long!

Need an appointment to update your contacts, or maybe you are ready to try them out for the first time? It’s easy to make an appointment, just Click for online scheduling!

 

 

About Your Eyes

What’s Your Eye Q?

Patient education is important to us at Eye Rx. During your visits with us, we will discuss the health of your eye as well as your general health.

Following is an overview of  terminology that we may discuss. Helping you to know the basics, is part of our commitment to keeping your eyes healthy:

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Parts of the Eye

Parts of the Eye

  • Cornea: the clear front part of your eyes
  • Lens: the natural lens of the eye that causes images to focus on the retina
  • Retina: the light-sensitive layer at the back of your eyes
  • Optic Nerve: carries impulses for sight to the brain
  • Vitreous: the transparent, gelatinous substance that fills the back of the eye

Visual Conditions

  • Hyperopia: farsightedness
  • Myopia: nearsightedness
  • Presbyopia: difficulty in seeing up close as you age, which causes the need for reading glasses

Medical Issues

  • Glaucoma: a treatable condition that is identified by increased pressure
  • Cataract: clouding of the lens, which occurs with aging
  • Diabetic Retinopathy: damage to the blood vessels in the retina that is caused by diabetes
  • Macular Degeneration: this age-related condition causes the loss of central vision due to problems with the macula.

Children, Adults and Seniors each have special visual needs. We encourage our patients to have annual exams to ensure that you have the best vision possible at every age.  Changes to your general health can affect your vision. Make sure to tell us about any medical issues and your prescription medications at each visit.

We care about your vision and your health. Come back and visit our blog to learn more about the latest information on keeping your eyes healthy.

 

Welcome to the Eye Rx Blog

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Welcome to the Eye Rx blog!  

Eye Rx is happy to welcome new patients to our offices in Chevy Chase and K Street in Washington DC.  You can be confident that our patients are treated with care and respect, and have access to the latest technology for healthy eyes.

We invite you to check back regularly for updates on keeping your eyes healthy and your vision clear. Patient education is important to us at Eye Rx, because we know that a well-informed patient makes the best choices about their treatment.

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Please share this important health care news with family and friends! Our blog posts are thoroughly researched to bring you the latest information on issues that can affect your vision and your overall health.

Our doctors offer expert medical care as well as vision care services to our patients.  We diagnose and treat Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, Cataracts, Macular Degeneration and more.  Bring all your eye care concerns to Dr. Teller and Dr. Lobaugh for thorough treatment and compassionate care.

Our regular posts and news stories will feature information on these items and more: 

  • Special offers
  • Patient education information
  • Our office staff
  • Professional training stories
  • New testing services offered
  • Interesting case stories
  • Messages from our doctors
  • Eye care updates

Have a vision question that you would like to have answered?  We welcome input from our patients, so if you have an idea of something you’d like to learn more about, please let us know!