Access Eye Blog

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 […]

Keeping Your Eyes Safe While Playing Sports

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recognizes April as Sports Eye Safety Month to raise awareness of the prevalence of eye injuries in sports. Every year, approximately 100,000 people sustain sports-related eye injuries, such as blunt trauma, penetrating injuries, corneal abrasions and detached retinas. Complications from those injuries can range in severity, with approximately 13,500 injuries […]

How to Pick Out the Best Glasses for Your Face Shape

Picking out a new pair of eyeglasses is an important decision. According to the experts at Access Eye, there are many factors to consider in order to find frames that flatter your appearance. To ensure your glasses look good, you should take into account your natural facial structure and face shape. Round If you have a round […]

Don’t Skip Your Eye Doctor Visits During COVID-19: Here’s Why

The uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused some people to delay or avoid receiving medical care. Even during these tumultuous times, the team at Access Eye urges you not to skip your eye doctor appointments. We know that eye care may not be the first thing on your mind, or you may have some […]

Why You Shouldn’t Leave Dry Eyes Untreated

Dry eye disease occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears, or the tears they produce don’t keep the ocular surface sufficiently moist. If you have dry eye, you probably experience uncomfortable symptoms such as itching, burning or stinging, a gritty sensation or sensitivity to light. Neglecting dry eye disease means these symptoms will persist […]

Questions to Ask at Your Next Eye Exam

A comprehensive eye exam is a valuable opportunity to understand and manage your ocular health. Spending a few minutes gathering your thoughts and preparing a list of questions for the doctor can help you get the most out of your eye exam. Read on as Access Eye suggests what to ask your ophthalmologist or optometrist at your […]

Debunking Common Myths About Contacts

Approximately 45 million Americans wear contact lenses, yet misinformation abounds about these popular corrective aids. Read on as the experienced team at Access Eye dispels some of the most common myths about contacts, giving you the accurate information you need to make decisions about your vision correction. Contacts can get stuck behind the eye. If […]

Glasses vs. Contacts for Astigmatism

Astigmatism is one of the most frequently misunderstood conditions we see at Access Eye. It is also extremely common — most of us probably have some degree of astigmatism. Astigmatism means that the cornea, or the clear covering of the eye, is irregularly curved. A healthy cornea has an even, round curvature similar to the […]

What Causes Yellow Eyes?

Your eyes provide important clues about your general health. If you notice that the white part of the eye, called the sclera, have taken on a yellowish tinge, there is reason to believe something serious may be happening to your body that requires medical attention. Read on to learn more about the potential causes of […]

Can Eating Certain Foods Improve Your Eye Health?

Watching what you eat is a simple and effective way to protect your eyesight and promote ocular health. Certain nutrients are believed to prevent, minimize or delay the onset of sight-stealing eye diseases. Read on as Access Eye shares a list of eye-friendly foods to incorporate into your diet. The Best Foods for Eye Health […]

Why Great Vision Is Important to Athletes

If you play sports professionally or recreationally, you know how important great vision is. The ability to see a fastball flying at you or to shift your focus from a golf ball to the target and back is absolutely crucial to your game. Read on as the team at Access Eye breaks down some of […]

Systemic Conditions Associated With Dry Eye Disease

In many cases, dry eye disease can be properly managed with the use of anti-inflammatory medications, artificial tears and antibiotics. But the experts at Access Eye have treated patients who do not respond to these treatments and achieve the relief they deserve. Sometimes, it is because dry eye disease is caused or worsened by an underlying systemic […]

COVID-19 Eye Safety Update: Glasses Are Safer Than Contacts

The Access Eye team cares deeply about the health and safety of our patients, particularly during these trying times. We feel a duty to educate our patients as to how they can avoid getting or spreading COVID-19. As eyecare providers, we are especially concerned about our patients who wear contact lenses. According to the experts […]

Why Do I Need My Eyes Dilated During an Exam?

At Access Eye, we are often asked why dilation is necessary during an eye exam. Dilating your eyes is essential to getting a clear view of your eye’s internal structures. This allows us to check for signs of diseases that threaten your vision. If our doctors were to examine your eyes without dilating them, it would […]

Vision Changes That Can Occur During Pregnancy

If you are currently pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the future, it is helpful to understand the effects pregnancy can have on your eyes and vision. Many expectant mothers do not consider how pregnancy can change their eyes, which can result in confusion and unnecessary stress. Take a moment to learn from the […]

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Healthy Eyes

Access Eye would like to wish all of our readers and patients a very happy, healthy new year! January is a great time to hit the “reset” button on some of our personal habits and commit to new habits that promote health and wellness. If you are the type of person that loves to set […]

Eye Floaters Removal with Laser Vitreolysis in Fredericksburg

What are Eye Floaters? Floaters are cobweb or cloudy-like shadows drifting in and out of the visual field. Everyone experiences floaters on occasion but for some people, they are a frequent and unwelcome occurrence. It is not clear why some people are more affected than others. But it is clear that the effect floaters have […]

Why Is My Eyelid Twitching?

Everyone has experienced the occasional eyelid twitch triggered by stress or the caffeine in a big cup of coffee. But sometimes, the twitching (referred to by doctors as “myokymia”) can persist for weeks or even months. If you’re experiencing ongoing eyelid twitching, you are probably wondering about the cause and whether it indicates something serious […]