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Saturday, September 19, 2020

April’s LASIK Experience

“My experience with Baltimore Washington Eye Center with Dr. Spagnolo and his team was outstanding!  I never would have thought that the process of getting LASIK would be so comfortable.  Everyone at BWEye was so friendly, upbeat, and welcoming.  This was a life changing experience for me and I am so excited to share my LASIK story with friends, family and acquaintances.  The procedure itself was fast, comfortable and pain free.  Dr. Spagnolo answered all of my questions throughout the entire procedure which put me at ease.  Thank you so much BW Eye.”-April

If you or some you know is tired of the hassle of glasses or contact lenses for seeing at distance and would like to find out if LASIK might be a good vision correction option, please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or visit 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 2391 Brandermill Blvd., Suite 200, Gambrills, Maryland 21061, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Tips for Makeup Removal Around the Eye


It pays to take some extra care when removing makeup from around your eyes. Some tips for safe, gentle and effective removal of eye makeup include:

·        Vaseline is a very effective makeup remover. It's lubricating, soothing to skin, and helps makeup slide off without unnecessary tugging and pulling.

·        Baby shampoo is an inexpensive and ophthalmologist-recommended product for washing eyelids and the area around the eyes. These 'tear-free' soaps are often recommended for people prone to styes, chalazia, and/or blepharitis for washing their eyes.

·        Whatever eye makeup remover you use, avoid getting it in your eyes.

·        Thoroughly rinse any remover from your eyelids.

·        Brush a clean cotton swab along the base of the eyelashes to remove all makeup remnants.

·        Be especially careful with exfoliating scrubs and don't use them around your eyes. Cleansers with scrubbing beads or gritty additions can scratch and irritate your eyes.

If you should accidently get either makeup or makeup remover products in your eye, please call us at Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or visit 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 2391 Brandermill Blvd., Suite 200, Gambrills, Maryland 21061, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Monday, August 17, 2020

John’s and Louise’s Cataract Stories

"I had cataract surgery at Baltimore Washington Eye Center with Dr. Betancourt in May of this year. I chose the Multifocal lens for both eyes. My vision is great! I had always needed glasses but don't use them now unless it is really small print. I had a little inflammation in the left eye after surgery, Dr. Betancourt gave me some drops and it cleared up. I am truly thrilled with my outcome. Thank you.”-John

“I knew I had cataracts because my vision kept getting worse. I went to see Dr. Spagnolo at Baltimore Washington Eye Center.  D. Spagnolo did my worst eye first, then shortly after my other eye. I noticed a difference in vision immediately!  I had no complications, Dr. Spagnolo was great.”-Louis

If you or some you know is experiencing cataract symptoms such as cloudy foggy vision, glare or difficulty driving at night and would like to learn more about cataract surgery & lens implants please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or visit 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 2391 Brandermill Blvd., Suite 200, Gambrills, Maryland 21061, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Five Fabulous Foods for Your Eyes

 Most people are aware that keeping your heart healthy depends, in part, on what you eat. Fortunately, the same diet that helps your heart is good for your eyes!

Eating a diet low in fat and rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains can pay benefits not only to your heart but to your eyes. This isn't surprising as your eyes rely on tiny arteries for oxygen and nutrients, just as the heart relies on much larger arteries. Keeping those arteries healthy will help your eyes.

Some foods stand out as particularly helpful for eye health. Here are five things you should make sure are part of your diet for healthy vision.

·        Leafy green vegetables. Kale and spinach are high in lutein and zeaxanthin, two nutrients found in the healthy eye that may lower your risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Other vegetables with significant amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin include romaine lettuce, collards, turnip greens, broccoli and peas. And while not leafy or green, eggs are also a good source of these nutrients.

·        Citrus fruits. Oranges, tangerines, grapefruit and lemons are high in vitamin C, an antioxidant critical to eye health. Research shows that your eyes need relatively high levels of vitamin C to function properly, and antioxidants can prevent or at least delay cataracts and AMD. Lots of other foods offer vitamin C, including peaches, red peppers, tomatoes and strawberries.

·        Beans. All kinds of beans (legumes), including black-eyed peas, kidney beans and lima beans, contain zinc, an essential trace mineral that is found in high concentration in the eyes. Zinc may help protect your eyes from the damaging effects of light. Did you know that peanuts are a legume too? Other foods high in zinc include oysters, lean red meat, poultry and fortified cereals.

·        Cold-water fish. Research shows that diets rich in omega-3 fatty acid from cold-water fish may help reduce the risk of developing eye disease later in life. These fish include salmon, tuna, sardines and halibut.

·        Orange-colored vegetables and fruits. Carrots are high in beta-carotene, a nutrient that helps with night vision, as are other orange-colored fruits and vegetables like sweet potatoes, apricots and cantaloupe. Making them a part of a colorful diet can help you keep your eyes healthy.

You can help to keep your eyes healthy by eating a “heart healthy” diet. Learn about how diet can impact eye health and vision when you schedule an eye exam at Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or visit 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 2391 Brandermill Blvd., Suite 200, Gambrills, Maryland 21061, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Sleep Problems & Glaucoma



A study of more than 6,700 people in the United States over age 40, who were previously diagnosed with glaucoma based on their optic nerve damage and visual field loss, responded to a survey about their sleep that revealed possible connections between glaucoma and sleep problems. Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve. Damage to this nerve, which is responsible for sending signals from the eye to the brain so you can see, often goes unnoticed until an eye exam reveals the nerve damage and related vision loss caused by glaucoma.
Patients were asked and responded to questions about a) amount of time slept, b) difficulties falling asleep, c) sleep disturbances specifically waking up during sleep, d) having diagnosed sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, e) use of sleep medication and f) problems with sleepiness during the day. The results revealed the following interesting information:
·        People who slept for 10 or more hours a night were three times more likely to have glaucoma-related optic nerve damage than those who slept 7 hours a night.
·        People who fell asleep in 9 minutes or less, or those who needed 30 minutes or more to fall asleep, were twice as likely to have glaucoma than those who took 10-29 minutes to fall asleep.
·        The odds of having missing vision were three times higher among people who got 3 or fewer or 10 or more hours of sleep per night, compared with those who got 7 hours a night.
·        People who said they had trouble remembering things because of daytime sleepiness were twice as likely to have visual field loss than those who said they were not sleepy during the day and did not notice memory problems.
·        People who said they had difficulty working on a hobby because they were sleepy during the day were three times more likely to have vision loss than people who reported no problems working on hobbies and no daytime sleepiness.
While it is unclear whether the sleep problems are a result of some glaucoma related phenomenon or perhaps whether these sleep problems might be early risk factors for glaucoma, it is important to mention to your eye doctor whether you experience sleep problems. Schedule an eye health exam beginning at age 40 at Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or visit 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 2391 Brandermill Blvd., Suite 200, Gambrills, Maryland 21061, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Theresa’s LASIK Experience


“My experience with Laser Vision Correction was 5 Star. I waited years to start the process because I was scared. I finally had enough of glasses and contacts. I went to my free evaluation and found out I was a candidate. My procedure could not have gone better. I regret not doing it  sooner! Laser Vision Correction was the best decision I could have made.”-Theresa C

If you or some you know is tired of the hassle of glasses or contact lenses for seeing at distance and would like to find out if LASIK might be a good vision correction option, please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or visit 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 2391 Brandermill Blvd., Suite 200, Gambrills, Maryland 21061, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Ultraviolet (UV) Eye Safety Tips



Getting the right amount of UV light is important; however, too much UV light exposure raises the risks of eye diseases, including cataractgrowths on the eye, and cancer. Strong exposure to snow reflection can also quickly cause painful damage called snow blindness, and direct exposure to the sun can cause “solar retinitis” or, really, a retinal sunburn!
Growths on the eye, such as pterygium, can show up in our teens or twenties, especially in surfers, skiers, fishermen, farmers, or anyone who spends long hours under the mid-day sun or in the UV-intense conditions found near rivers, oceans, and mountains.
Diseases like cataract and eye cancers can take many years to develop, but each time we're out in the sun without protection we could be adding cumulative damage that adds to our risks for these serious disorders. Babies and kids need to wear hats and sunglasses for this very reason. People of all ages should take precautions whenever they are outdoors.
As we sleep, our eyes enjoy continuous lubrication. During sleep the eyes also clear out irritants such as dust, allergens or smoke that may have accumulated during the day. Some research suggests that light-sensitive cells in the eye are important to our ability to regulate wake-sleep cycles. This may be more critical as we age, when more people have problems with insomnia. While it's important that we protect our eyes from overexposure to UV light, our eyes also need minimal exposure to natural light every day to help maintain normal sleep-wake cycles.
Follow these tips to protect your eyes from the sun all year long:
·        Sun damage to eyes can occur anytime during the year, not just in the summertime, so be sure to wear UV-blocking sunglasses and broad-brimmed hats whenever you're outside.
·        Don't be fooled by clouds: the sun's rays can pass through haze and thin clouds.
·        Never look directly at the sun! Looking directly at the sun at any time, including during an eclipse, can lead to solar retinopathy, which is damage to the eye's retina from solar radiation.
·        Don't forget the kids and older family members: everyone is at risk, including children and senior citizens. Protect their eyes with hats and sunglasses.
·        Get a moderate amount of UV light for a good night's sleep
To learn more about your specific lifestyle and risks, as well as UV eye protection, please discuss your questions with our eye doctors when you schedule an eye exam at Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or visit 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 2391 Brandermill Blvd., Suite 200, Gambrills, Maryland 21061, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.