Month: December 2022

Why Dry Eye Strikes in the Winter

It’s easy to find things to look forward to in the winter. From the crackling fireplaces to the glittering lights, winter can bring a feeling of warmth and joy. Unfortunately, winter can also lead to or worsen dry eye disease. If you are the one of the many who suffer from dry eye in the […]

It’s Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month — What You Should Know

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month in the United States. It is important to raise awareness on this subject because many people do not realize how debilitating diabetes can be for ocular health. To do their part in helping fulfill this month’s mission, the dedicated optometrists and ophthalmologists at Access Eye in Fredericksburg, Stafford, […]

What Does an Optometrist Look For During Your Eye Exam?

If you are like many patients, you may not know what the individual tests included in an eye exam are attempting to measure, but you trust that your optometrist has good reason for asking you to participate. At Access Eye, our team of optometrists performs comprehensive eye exams for patients in Virginia every day. Here, […]

Here’s Why You Should Ask Your Relatives About Their Eye Health

Patients expect their physicians to ask about family history of heart disease, cancer and addiction, but they are generally less prepared when their eye doctor asks similar questions about their parents’ and grandparents’ eye health. If that’s a topic you’ve never broached with your loved ones, it may be time to do so. In this […]

Eye Floaters and When to Seek Treatment?

Eye floaters are small specks or strings that show up and drift around in your field of vision. For over 40 years, the award-winning team of eye doctors at Access Eye have helped patients in the Fredericksburg, Stafford, King George and Spotsylvania area by treating their floaters. Here, these doctors explain when it makes sense […]

Nearsightedness How Life Gets Better When You Overcome It

Do you see clearly when you look at objects up close but have difficulty when focusing your eyes on something in the distance? This is an indication you have myopia (or nearsightedness,) a refractive error that affects over 30% of Americans. At Access Eye, our talented doctors treat patients with myopia daily, which allows them to live […]

Keep Your Eyes Safe This Summer with These Tips

Now that summer has arrived, chances are that you are spending more time outdoors. While you get some much-needed fresh air, the team at Access Eye also encourages you to protect your eyes. To help you get through the summer without developing any serious eye conditions, diseases or injuries, our eye doctors have prepared this list of tips: Wear Quality […]

How to Put On Scleral Lenses

Scleral lenses are rigid gas permeable (RGP) and significantly larger than traditional contact lenses. The size and shape of these lenses allow them to rest against the sclera (the white, outer part of the eyeball) rather than atop the cornea. Patients who wear scleral lenses generally find them to be more comfortable, better at providing […]

What Is a Cataract?

If you are like most people, you may not give much thought to cataracts — at least not until they impact your own vision. However, because cataracts affect fully half the U.S. population age 80 and over, it is certainly worthwhile to know about them before they pose a problem. To better educate you about […]

Wear Contact Lenses? Why You Should Always Have a Pair of Backup Glasses

At Access Eye, we love to help our patients make the switch to contact lenses. Most people love the convenience, ease, comfort and invisibility that contacts afford. However, our optometrists still strongly recommend that patients who love their contact lenses keep a pair of glasses at home. These backup glasses offer you an option when […]

What Is the Difference between Vision Insurance and Medical Insurance?

Through daily communication with our patients, the team at Access Eye understands how tricky it can be to figure out the differences between vision insurance and medical insurance. To help you navigate this difficult subject, our staff has prepared the following guide: Covered by Vision Insurance As you have probably already discovered, standard eye care […]

January Is Glaucoma Awareness Month: What You Should Know

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide, yet the team at Access Eye has found that many of our patients do not understand what the condition is — at least not until they have been diagnosed with it. Since January marks National Glaucoma Awareness Month, our doctors have decided to commemorate the occasion […]

Habits to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

When patients are diagnosed with an ocular disorder, they sometimes ask what they could have done to prevent it. Although many eye conditions are influenced by genetics, the eye doctors at Access Eye do have some general eye health tips that can reduce your risk for developing certain eye and vision problems in the future: […]

Problems That an Eye Exam Can Catch

A recent study by the American Optometric Association found that only 54% of Americans schedule annual eye examinations. That means that nearly half of the country is missing out on this vital service. In this blog, the award-winning team of eye doctors at Access Eye provide an overview of some of the issues an eye exam can […]

Should I Trust Online Eye Doctor Reviews?

If you are trying to find a new optometrist, the first resource you may turn to is the Internet. After sifting through numerous options, you may decide to look at online reviews. Should you trust online reviews? The team at Access Eye cannot tell you which online reviews you can or cannot trust. However, we can […]

Why Optos Doesn’t Replace Dilation

The doctors at Access Eye recommend a comprehensive eye exam every year. A regular eye exam can help detect vision problems and the early signs of eye disease. If you have had an eye exam, you may be familiar with the process, including eye dilation. Eye dilation is an important part of the eye exam. However, some […]

Tips to Help Your Child Adjust to Wearing Glasses

When it comes to getting glasses for your child, the optometrists at Access Eye understand that finding the correct vision prescription is often the easy part. Even some adults find it difficult adjusting to wearing glasses, so it can be a legitimate struggle to get your child to wear their glasses. In an effort to help ease […]

Do Eye Problems Cause Headaches?

Because chronic migraines can be so debilitating, it makes sense that people who suffer from them are eager to figure out the root causes in an effort to make them stop. While headaches can be the product of any number of factors, including stress, medication, hormones and caffeine consumption, eye problems can absolutely be a […]

What Does the New Normal Look Like at Access Eye?

As the COVID-19 pandemic is more under control and we enter the next phases of our lives, the safety of our patients remains of the utmost importance at Access Eye. Although we are making some adjustments based on the latest guidelines and scientific research, our patients can rest assured that safety measures are being taken […]

Tips for First-time Contact Lens Wearers

Have you been considering making the move from glasses to contacts, but have some hesitations? With more than 35 years of experience and five locations around the Fredericksburg, Va., region, Access Eye is here to help you make the transition. While glasses make a great fashion statement and require nothing more than a plastic case […]