Monday, July 28, 2014

School Eye Exams for Baltimore Kids

It’s about that time again for kids going back to school. Scheduling a Back to School eye exam is an important part of the “Back to School Checklist”. The eye doctors at Baltimore Washington Eye Center Children remind parents that children use their eyes and vision as critical tools in their learning process.  Kids today operate in a very intense and demanding visual environment as they read, write, play sports, use computers and tablets and on and on…and it is easy to see why scheduling a Back to School eye exam is so important.


The most frequent eye problems we find in school age kids are the common vision problems of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Sometimes, not having clear vision in the classroom can lead to the undeserved perception of a behavioral problem or attention problem. What we know is that kids are often unable to verbalize that they have a vision problem as they just don’t recognize it. The earlier a vision problem is detected and treated, the more likely treatment will be successful.

If you or someone you know needs a Back to School eye exam for children, please come in and see 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. 

Bright Red Eye: What Could It Be?

Patients sometimes call BaltimoreWashington Eye Center complaining of a “bright red eye” or “bleeding eye”. It seems to come on with a cough or a sneeze-or sometimes with some heavy lifting-or for no reason at all-and has no pain, blurry vision or discharge. What could it be? 


We will of course ask you to come in so we can evaluate the problem, but it is possible that it is a subconjunctival hemorrhage. Subconjunctival hemorrhage is a benign disorder that is a common cause of acute ocular redness or “bright red eye”. The major risk factors include trauma and contact lens usage in younger patients, whereas among the elderly, systemic vascular diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and arteriosclerosis are more common. In patients in whom subconjunctival hemorrhage is recurrent or persistent, further evaluation, including a workup for systemic hypertension, bleeding disorders, systemic and ocular malignancies and drug side effects, is warranted.

If you or someone you know experiences a “bright red eye” please schedule an eye examination 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. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Eye Health Problems & High Altitude

Have you ever been concerned about your eye health at high altitude? Sometimes patients who spend a great deal of time in high altitudes-skiing, mountain climbing or even just touring- are concerned about the effects on their eyes, especially if they have some other eye problems or diseases related to hypoxia or not enough oxygen. Researchers from the Tübingen High Altitude Ophthalmology (THAO) reporting in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science examined the effect of high altitude on the cornea and on the drainage angle of the eye-a key anatomical landmark for predicting narrow angle glaucoma risk. Using the advanced imaging technique of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) they studied corneal thickness changes and the depth and shape of the “anterior chamber angle” to determine the effects of high altitude. In normal healthy eyes, they found that a significant degree of reversible corneal swelling occurred with increasing altitude but no effect was noted on the size or shape of the eye fluid drainage angle. Since the corneal swelling was reversible it was not damaging. However, for patients with corneal dystrophy problems such as Fuchs Dystrophy or any endothelial dystrophy or compromise there may be some delay in the “deswelling” of the cornea. For patients who might be at risk for narrow angle glaucoma, the researchers reported that no change in angle depth or shape occurred at the higher altitudes-and thus there was no increase in angle closure glaucoma risk.

If you or someone you know is concerned about high altitude related eye problems,  please come in and see 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. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

$99 Backup Eyeglasses for Contact Wearers! at Baltimore Washington Eye Center

Would you like to be able to give your eyes a rest from your contact lenses–BUT, you already used your insurance benefits for Contact Lenses??? No Worries-We Can Help!!!!! We have the perfect solution to help give your eyes the break they need. Backup glasses allow your eyes to take a break from contact lenses, providing your eyes the oxygen they need to stay comfortable in contacts long term.

$99.00
Complete single vision Eyeglasses

Offer not valid with insurance or any other discounts; selected frame collection
Examination must be performed at Baltimore Washington Eye Center


VISIT OR CALL BALTIMORE WASHINGTON EYE CENTER TODAY

800-495-3937

Laser Cataract Surgery Is Gentler


Both laser cataract surgery and traditional cataract surgery procedures can provide patients with excellent vision in a safe and effective manner. We constantly strive to provide cataract patients with even greater degrees of safety, precision and reproducibility during their cataract operation. Any time we can make an eye surgery procedure gentler, there are benefits to patients. Lasercataract surgery allows us to replace a number of manual steps with surgeon controlled laser precision as well as helps us reduce the energy levels required to fragment and break down the cloudy material that has formed the cataract.

One of the observations and indicators of “gentleness” of cataract surgery procedures is the effect the operation has on the inside layer of the cornea-called the endothelium. Quantifying corneal endothelial cell loss is a good measure of just how gentle.  Researchers reporting in the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery compared the amount of corneal endothelial cell loss between traditional cataract surgery and laser cataract surgery. One eye of each patient had “traditional” cataract surgery and the other eye had femtosecond laser cataract surgery-and both eye had lens implants.

The results showed that the eyes having laser cataract surgery had considerably less endothelial cell loss-and thus demonstrated having a gentler cataract surgery procedure. This is important for not only routine cataract surgery in healthy eyes, but would be especially beneficial for eyes that were at greater risk of endothelial cell loss because they had low endothelial cell counts to begin with or even some preexisting condition such as “cornea guttata”-tiny droplets on the back surface of the cornea-which can indicate a weakening of the corneal transparency mechanism and are a precursor of Fuchs’ Corneal Endothelial Dystrophy.

If you or someone you know is concerned about cataracts, or wishes to learn more about laser cataract surgery & lens implants, 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.

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, July 7, 2014

50% Discount on Sunglasses! at Baltimore Washington Eye Center


Baltimore Washington Eye Center is pleased to offer complete sunglasses at 50% off! High quality UV protecting sunglasses are the best way to protect your eyes and the delicate tissue around your eyes from the harmful effects of the sun this summer! 
Let our opticians show you the 50% off selection to help you look your best and see your best with full UV protection.


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800-495-3937

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Baltimore Ophthalmologist on July 4th Fireworks Eye Safety


“The July 4th holiday is an important time to pay attention to eye safety around fireworks,” noted Baltimore Ophthalmologist Arturo Betancourt, M.D.  “To enjoy the fireworks this July 4th, it’s best to leave their use and display to professionals. Eye safety is pretty critical with fireworks displays as we know that eye injuries are the second most frequent injury we see from the emergency room each July 4th weekend,” said Dr. Betancourt.

Baltimore residents can follow some simple steps when observing fireworks displays this July 4th. Although it is recommended that you attend only authorized public fireworks displays conducted by licensed operators, even professional displays can be dangerous. If an eye accident does occur, there are a few things you should know:

·         Do not rub the eye.
·         Do not attempt to rinse out the eye. This can be even more damaging than rubbing.
·         Do not apply pressure to the eye itself-but protecting the eye from further contact with any item, including the person’s hand.
·         Do not stop for medicine! Over-the-counter pain relievers will not do much to relieve pain. Aspirin (should never be given to children) and ibuprofen can thin the blood, increasing bleeding. Take the person to the emergency room at once.
·         Do not apply ointments or drops. They may not be sterile and may make the area around the eye slippery and harder for the doctor to examine.

Once you are seen in the emergency room please feel free to have them call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937 as we always have an eye doctor “on call” to provide consultation and continued care for you.

If you or someone you know has questions about fireworks eye safety and eye injuries please feel free to contact Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center orfacebook.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.