LASIK & Laser Cataract Surgery at Baltimore Washington Eye Center

Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dry Eye Help with TearLab®

The eye doctors at Baltimore Washington Eye Center are pleased to be able to help dry eyes with state of the art dry eye test called TearLab® to accurately diagnose and monitor dry eye problems and the effectiveness of treatments they can prescribe. The accurate diagnosis of dry eyes or dry eye disease requires a thorough eye exam with one of the eye doctors at Baltimore Washington Eye Center.

We will ask you to describe your dry eye symptoms and the impact they have on your daily life. Then we will take the time to carefully review your medical history, eye history and eye conditions including any medications that you are taking. Tear osmolarity has been shown to have the best predictive value for diagnosing dry eye disease of any single test. Baltimore Washington Eye Center is an accredited TearLab® Dry Eye Center. The TearLab® Osmolarity Test uses a sophisticated “lab on a chip technology” to test a tiny tear sample to measure the salt content in the tears. We will test both eyes, and will take the highest number of the two tests, to generate your osmolarity number which gives the doctors a meaningful measure of the health and stability of the protective tear film that covers the surface of your eyes.

In addition we will observe your tear production by using a specialized microscopic technique to observe the height of the tear film, as well as a clinical test called a Schirmer Test and may also use specially formulated dyes such as Fluorescein, Lissamine and Rose Bengal to help evaluate the functioning of the various layers of the tear film as well as the underlying surface of the eye. This is not uncomfortable and will not interfere with your vision.

Treatment of Dry Eye Problems
From this information we can determine the severity of the dry eye disease that you suffer from and make necessary treatment recommendations that might include artificial tears, tiny punctal plugs, prescription eye drops such as Restasis®, anti-inflammatory eye drops, antibiotics and even diet supplements. Then using TearLab® we can monitor your progress and make sure you get the help and relief you need.

If you or someone you know is bothered by dry eyes, please feel free to call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, 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 River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland 21029, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Visors Help Avoid Hockey Eye Injury

Wearing visors for playing hockey can help avoid eye injury. Hockey is a popular sport among those who like to watch sports and is even more popular among middle school, high school and college athletes. Eye injury is a series risk among hockey players and it requires that parents and players take some precautions. Researchers found that wearing visors could cause a four-fold decrease in the risk of eye injuries. The researchers, based at the University of Toronto and Harvard Medical School, examined data from The Sports Network (TSN) and The Hockey News annual visor survey over the last 10 seasons from 2002 to 2013 in the NHL. The data clearly demonstrated that the risk of eye injury is 4.23 times higher for players who do not wear a visor. The study also found that the majority of eye injuries are caused by being hit by the puck (37%) or struck by a high stick (28%) or by a fight or scrum (18%), while the researchers could not identify the cause of injury for 17%. Interesting players without visors had a more aggressive style of play, measured by penalty minutes, hits and fights in a case-control study.

As hockey players develop, grow and get stronger their games and playing style become faster and more intense, and the risks continue to increase-thus it is important to maximize protection. Since the majority of hockey injuries are accidental in nature, it is not good enough for players to try to be more cautious. This study pretty firmly supports the common sense notion that wearing visors goes a long way to decreasing injuries among hockey players.

If you or someone you know plays hockey please share this information with them to help them decrease their risk of hockey eye injury, or please feel free to have them 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. 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Preventing Sports Eye Injury

As April is designated Sports Eye Safety Month it is important to be aware of the need to be cautious in preventing sports eye injuries whether you are a weekend recreational athlete or a professional player. Proper eye protection goes a long way to helping athletes avoid sports eye injury. In fact thousands of people are blinded by sports related eye injuries each year. Consider that of the 100,000 eye injuries resulting from sports each year, an estimated 42,000 people are treated in the emergency room, and 13,500 end up legally blind. In fact injuries requiring emergency room treatment from sports equipment-including balls, bats, and rackets-was responsible for:
  • 41 percent of emergency room visits for children age 10 to 14.
  • 25 percent of emergency room visits for people age 15 to 24.
  • 20 percent of emergency room visits for children age 5 to 9.
In addition to injuries from sports equipment, many also suffer eye injuries caused by another player's errant finger or elbow to the eye. Eye injuries resulting from athletic activities can range from corneal abrasions or “scratched corneas” to the more serious, potentially catastrophic and blinding injuries, such as an orbital or eye socket fracture or even a retinal detachment.
90 percent of eye injuries are preventable by wearing protective eyewear!
Tips for Preventing Sports Eye Injury
·         Anyone who plays sports should wear appropriate eye protection that meet the standards of the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM), such as polycarbonate lenses or masks, even if the organization, association team or league does not officially require it.
  • People who wear contacts or glasses should also wear appropriate protective eyewear, as contacts offer no protection and glasses are not sufficient protection since lenses may shatter when hit by a projectile.
  • To preserve the vision they have left, all functionally one-eyed athletes – those with one normal eye and the other eye with less than 20/40 vision, even when corrected with glasses or contacts – should wear appropriate eye protection for all sports.
  • Functionally one-eyed athletes and those who have had an eye injury or surgery should not participate in boxing or full-contact martial arts because of the high risk of additional serious injury that could lead to blindness.
  • For sports in which a facemask or helmet with eye protector or shield must be worn, such as football and lacrosse, it is strongly recommended that functionally one-eyed athletes also wear sports goggles that conform to the requirements of ASTM F803.
  • Sports eye protection should be replaced when damaged or yellowed with age, as they may have become weakened and are no longer protective.    
If you or someone you know has questions about preventing sports eye injury or protective eyewear, they are encouraged to contact 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. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ADHD, Vision & Refractive Error

Parents with children with ADHD often ask us about whether they have more eye problems because of the ADHD or even if eye problems might be contributing to their child’s ADHD. Researchers reporting in the journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus (AAPOS) discussed the notion that there was an association between ADHD/ADD, uncorrected refractive-errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism-and visual acuity. They performed a case matched controlled study and then examined both the test and control group for uncorrected visual acuity for distance and near, cycloplegic refraction-an eye test to measure uncorrected refractive error with eye drops, ocular motility, and binocular function. Their results showed that ADD/ADHD children had similar visual acuity at distance and near and refractive errors as normal control subjects. Eye movement and the ability to use both eyes together as well as focusing ability were also found to be similar in both groups and thus probably do not contribute to ADD/ADHD either.

If you or someone you know has ADHD and is concerned about any effects of vision problems, refractive errors or decreased visual acuity please call 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. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

High Dose Vitamins & Cataract Risk


There is a lot confusion regarding whether vitamins good or bad for affecting your risk of developing cataracts? Researchers reporting in the American Journal of Epidemiology evaluated the risks and benefits of taking high dose supplements of vitamins C and E and low-dose multivitamins with the risk of developing age related cataract.  Their study looked at any associations of high-dose supplements of vitamins C and E and low dose multivitamins with the risk of age related cataract in a group of 31,120 men who ranged in age from 45–79 years of age. Their results suggest that the use of high dose-but not low dose-single vitamin C or E supplements may increase the risk of age-related cataract. The risk may be even higher among older men, corticosteroid users, and long-term users.

If you or someone you know takes high doses of vitamins or is concerned about their risk of cataracts please call 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. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Crizal® Prevencia Eyeglass Lens Offers Protection from Harmful Blue Light and UV Rays

The Crizal® Prevencia eyeglass lens represents the efforts of Essilor and the Paris Vision Institute resulting in a major innovation based on a four-year research program. The team was able to identify with a high degree of accuracy the portion of the visible light spectrum that is harmful to target retinal cells.

Blue light emitted by the sun and also by artificial light sources such as LEDs, computers or smart phones plays a beneficial role on health. It helps regulate your sleep and wake cycle and aids in memory, mood and brain functions. However, a specific band of this light might have a harmful effect on the eyes.

Crizal® Prevencia was developed by Essilor to protect the eye from wavelengths that contributes to the degeneration of retinal cells while allowing beneficial blue light to pass through. The new category of preventive lenses was developed using Light ScanTM an exclusive technology which filters light selectively by letting beneficial blue light pass through, by filtering out harmful blue-violet rays that can contribute to Aged-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), as well as, Ultraviolet rays, an important cause of Cataracts, all while maintaining the transparency of the lens.

The battle against these eye diseases is targeted at the entire population. However, the 1.3 billion children and 1.9 billion over 45s are currently more vulnerable to blue-violet light. During childhood, the eye is very transparent and lets all visible light and some ultraviolet rays pass through to the retina; after 45, the eye’s natural defense system is weakened. Projections show that there will be 3.7 billion people aged 45 and over in 2050.

If you or someone you know would to learn more about the Crizal® Prevencia eyeglass lens please feel free to call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, 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 River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland 21029, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

LASIK Affordable with Tax Refunds & Deductions

“At Baltimore Washington Eye Center we want to make LASIK affordable for anyone who wants to minimize their dependence on eyeglasses and contacts for seeing at distance. Being a LASIK patient myself, I have personally realized the benefits of clear vision and contribution to my quality of life,” shared Jeff Trimmer, Practice Administrator. “To that end for anyone considering LASIK, they need to take advantage of any tax deduction for LASIK that might be available to them. Also, for those who have already filed their tax returns and who might be expecting a refund, this is good time to schedule a consultation to see if LASIK might be something you want to use your tax refund for.”

About LASIK Tax Deductions
Depending on your personal income and how much you have already spent on medical costs in a tax year, it is possible that LASIK eye surgery might be a deductible medical expense. “Each LASIK patient should ask their personal tax advisor, preparer or C.P.A. for professional advice about their individual situation,” noted Mr. Trimmer.

If you think you might be eligible for a tax refund and want to consider using it to pay for LASIK, there are some simple steps to take. First, after filing your tax return keep in mind that the U.S. Department of Treasury takes only about three weeks or so to process your return and send you a refund check. This is a good time to schedule your complimentary consultation with a LASIK surgeon to find out if LASIK is the best vision correction option for your eyes and lifestyle. At this consultation you and your surgeon can determine if, how and when to proceed to schedule your LASIK surgery. “I was one of the really lucky people,” remarked Mr. Trimmer. “Not only was I a good LASIK candidate, but my refund was sufficient to cover the cost and most of weekend trip to go scuba diving without having to worry about my contacts.”

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about whether they are a candidate for LASIK, they should schedule an free LASIK Consultation 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.