Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Monday, March 2, 2015

Workplace Eye Wellness

The month of March is designated as Workplace Eye Wellness Month. This is important because the workplace is one of the most common places where eye injuries can occur. Common workplace eye injuries often occur by rubbed or abraded foreign matter, such as metal chips, dirt particles and splinters becoming embedded in the eye, or by some object striking the eye. Surface wounds, such as abrasions, scratches and foreign bodies are among the most common types of injuries to the eyes. Other workplace eye hazards can include chemical splashes, contact with adhesives, and exposure to different types of radiation.

Preventing Workplace Eye Injury
The key to workplace eye injury prevention is wearing proper eye protection! If you need prescription eyeglasses, make sure your goggles or spectacles have prescription eyeglass lenses or wear extra protection over your prescription eyeglasses. Contact lenses do not provide protection from on-the-job eye hazards. If you wear contact lenses, be extra cautious around gases, vapors, fumes and dust. Always wear protective eyewear in addition to your contact lenses.

Protective Eyewear Common Sense Tips
  •  Make sure you have properly fitted protective eyewear. If your safety glasses slip, or are crooked or too tight, and don’t fit correctly, please come visit us and we will adjust them to be sure you are getting the necessary comfort and protection.
  • Keep your protective eyewear clean to improve visibility. Wash your protective eyewear regularly with mild soap and water or eyeglass cleaner.
  • Use anti-dust and anti-fog sprays to help prevent buildup on your protective eyewear.
  • Store your protective eyewear carefully to avoid damage when not in use. Any damage to lenses or shields can lessen the impact-resistance and result in inadequate protection.

If you or someone you know has questions or needs help in the prescription or fitting of protective eyewear, please contact us at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 and River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland 21029, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Baltimore Spring Eyeglass Trunk Show

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is pleased to announce their Spring Eyeglass Trunk Show providing the opportunity for eyeglass wearers to see and try on the latest eyewear lines and to learn about high technology eyeglass lenses from leading designers and eyeglass lens manufacturers. Guests will get great savings on selections and purchases made during the show!




Spring is a time we all like to freshen up our look and getting a new pair of eyeglasses in the latest spring fashions is a great way to do that. This season we are featuring eyeglass frames from Valentino, Nautica, Jessica McLintock, Nine West, Lacoste, BCBG and Ellen Tracey to name a few, along with the Varilux® Physio® digital progressive lenses and Transitions® color changing eyeglass lenses. The Transitions® Lenses are a really popular choice as we enter the warmer weather and want the convenience of the color changing lenses as we spend more time outdoors. To make our guests visit and experience fun, productive and worthwhile, our staff along with designer and manufacturer representatives will be available to assist guests in eyeglass frame and lens selection in order to configure the best looking, best fitting and best performing eyeglass choices. 


Anyone attending who orders eyeglasses at the trunk show will be entitled to a 50% discount on eyeglass frames and a 20% discount on eyeglass lenses and coatings.


The Spring Eyeglass & Eyewear Trunk Show at Baltimore Washington Eye Center will be held in the Glen Burnie office at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 115, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 on Thursday March 5, 2015 from 9:00 AM until 6:30 PM and again in our Clarksville office on March 10, 2015 from 11:00 AM until 6:30 PM. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Computer Screens Cause Dry Eyes

If you spend a lot of time looking at computer screens, video display terminals or even staring at your cell phone or iPad, you won’t find it surprising that your eyes can become quite dry. According to researchers publishing in the American Journal of Ophthalmology, users of video display screens or computer terminals are at greater risk for symptoms of dry eyes and dry eye disease (DED). In this study office workers who used video display terminals (VDT) completed questionnaires and underwent dry eye testing. Of the 672 workers, 76.5% had definite dry or probable dry eye disease with the percentage being higher in woman than men and higher in office workers over 30 years of age especially if they used computers more than 8 hours per day. Thus, DED is common among young to middle-aged VDT or computer screen users. This is why it is recommended that anyone using VDT or computer screens of any type for moderate to long periods of time or even those who notice increased dryness or grittiness should take steps to try and keep the eye surface moist by using lubricants, artificial tears or even more aggressive measures if the extensive use of the VDT or computer screens is a daily event.

If you or someone you know spends a great deal of time using computer screens or video display terminals and is concerned about or experiences dry eye symptoms, please feel free to schedule an eye exam by calling Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter so we help with your dry eye problems.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 and River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland 21029, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area. 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Top 5 Macular Degeneration (AMD) Risk Factors

Andrew Hammer, MD
Baltimore Washington Eye Center Ophthalmologist
As February is AMD Awareness Month, we wanted to share some useful information about age related macular degeneration risk factors. Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of severe vision loss among Americans ages 65 and over. Knowing your risk factors, being aware of your family history, and scheduling regular eye exam appointments with your eye doctor can help reduce your risks for vision loss from macular degeneration. The key to preventing vision loss from age related macular degeneration is early detection, diagnosis and treatment as recommended by your eye doctor. 

Know the Top AMD Risks
Ø  Being over the Age of 60
Ø  Having a Family History of AMD
Ø  Cigarette Smoking
Ø  Obesity
Ø  Hypertension

If you have any two of these risk factors, you should schedule an appointment with your eye doctor a complete eye exam and evaluation. Your doctor may recommend certain preventive measures which can reduce your risk of vision loss from this disorder.

Managing AMD Risk Factors
There are some AMD risk factors that a person can change such as smoking and diet to reduce the risk of vision loss from AMD. Other risk factors such as genetic factors cannot be changed. However, knowing your family medical history is one way to learn whether you may be genetically predisposed to a disease. One way to reduce AMD risk is to quit smoking or never start. For patients at high risk for developing late stage AMD, taking a dietary supplement of vitamin C, vitamin E and beta carotene, along with zinc, has been shown to lower the risk of AMD advancing to advanced stages by 25 percent. Eating green leafy vegetables and reducing alcohol consumption are also helpful in preventing AMD.

Know the Symptoms of Wet AMD
With early detection, diagnosis and treatment it is possible to avoid or minimize vision loss from Wet AMD. People who are at risk should know the symptoms of Wet AMD, the form most likely to cause rapid and serious vision loss. These include sudden, noticeable loss or distortion of vision, such as seeing “wavy” lines, “distortion”, “bending of straight lines and objects”. If you experience any of these symptoms, please call our office right away and explain your symptoms and request an immediate appointment. Current treatments for Wet AMD provide an excellent chance of stopping vision loss and may actually restore some vision when macular degeneration develops. Earlier diagnosis of wet AMD gives a better chance of successful treatment.

If you or someone you know has questions or is concerned about AMD risk, please feel free to schedule an eye exam by calling Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter so we help with your dry eye problems.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 and River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland 21029, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Glaucoma Risk & Postmenopausal Hormone Rx


Postmenopausal hormone (PMH) therapy may be helpful in lowering the risk of glaucoma in women. According to researchers publishing in JAMA Ophthalmology taking estrogen only postmenopausal hormone (PMH) treatment may help reduce the risk for primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). By reviewing data from 152,163 women 50 years or older the researchers found that 1.9 percent of enrollees developed POAG. Each additional month of use of PMH containing estrogen only was associated with a 0.4 percent reduced risk for POAG whereas each additional month of use of estrogen + progesterone or estrogen + androgen hormones did not affect risk for POAG. This is interesting information and will require further prospective clinical studies to understand fully but may offer some novel treatments for primary open angle glaucoma (POAG), an insidious sight threatening eye diseases and the most common type ofglaucoma.

If you or someone you know is concerned about the risk of glaucoma and are taking or considering taking postmenopausal hormone (PMH) therapy  you are encouraged to schedule an eye examination at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.

BaltimoreWashington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 and River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland 21029, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Cataracts Cause Night Driving Problems

“With the days being quite short this time of year, we hear patients with cataracts really begin to notice their night driving problems,” commented Andrew Hammer, M.D. “For many patients, the night driving problems from a cataract seem to be the first real symptom they notice when they come in to discuss their decreased vision,” noted Arturo Betancourt, M.D.

Cataract Surgery


About Night Driving Problems with Cataracts
Driving at night is considerably more difficult for most people as dim lighting and darkness can cause you to misjudge distances between cars and the sides of the road. For many patients night driving problems may cause you to begin noticing a general blur of your vision, clouding or hazy vision, dimming of colors and even some double vision-even in daylight. These are symptoms of cataracts that often accompany night driving problems from a cataract. If you find that you don’t really feel comfortable driving at night, it may be that you have the beginning of a cataract. If you experience these symptoms, it would be important to schedule an eye exam and find out for sure. Then, depending on how troubling or unsafe you feel, we will be happy to discuss whether it might well be time to consider whether cataract surgery as an option to help you regain your night driving comfort level.

If you or someone you know feels they have night driving problems that might be related to cataracts or has a question about cataracts, laser cataract surgery or lens implants please feel free to schedule an eye exam by calling Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 and River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland 21029, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.