Yessenia A

Articles by Yessenia A

Meet Dr. Keith Smithson

Dr. Keith Smithson is a husband, father of three and an optometrist in Northern Virginia. Providing vision care is something that is now so deeply rooted in Dr. Smithson’s identity, but optometry wasn’t something he always saw in his future. As a multi-sport athlete growing up, he loved being in the middle of all of Read More »


How to Make Fun, Eye-Healthy Turkey Place Cards

In anticipation of this food-filled holiday and for those looking to spend quality time in the kitchen, there are a lot of ways to include even the smallest chefs into your cooking marathon. We found a recipe for turkey place cards, and put a little eye health twist on it. Follow along! Ingredients: Pears, one Read More »

National Diabetes Month: Why an Eye Exam is Crucial

Every November, people across the United States observe National Diabetes Month, bringing attention to the disease and its impact on millions of Americans. Diabetes is a growing epidemic, especially in my home state of California. Last year a University of California Los Angeles study found that 55% of adults in California have diabetes or prediabetes. Read More »


Retirement: A Focus on Eye Health

My father-in-law retired in the last year and as he mapped out what he needed to get done in preparation for his leave like 401k disbursement and HR paperwork it really brought to light the fact that very few employees put vision care coverage at the top of their list. He has always been very Read More »

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UV Protection and Why Winter is Not an Exception

It’s easy to assume that by now you’ve broken out the heavy duty jackets and scarfs and put away  the warm season staples like shorts and short sleeves. But before you also stash away your sunglasses, you should know the risks of not protecting your  eyes run in the winter months. The Elements of Winter Read More »

Practice a Safe Gifting Season: Do’s and Don’ts

The gifting season is upon us, and while present hunting is the norm in December, very few are aware that it is also Safe Toys and Gifts Month. Given the plethora of gift options out there, knowing what to look out for can make a big difference in preventing possible injuries from well-intended gifts. Here’s our list Read More »

A Surprise “Thank You”

Some people travel often and others may never travel at all, but most daydream about a once in a lifetime trip. According to TripAdvisor®, these are the top five bucket list places people want to visit: See the Northern Lights in Iceland Sleep in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora Admire the sunset over Santorini Read More »