Saturday, February 26, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Just Announced: Get Movin' Edgewater Health Fair!Dr. Spagnolo will be attending the Edgewater Fitness Club's February Health Fair. Stop by to say hello and to find out more about the latest in vision correction. He will also be providing educational brochures, pamphlets, and video presentations.
We hope to see you there.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Dry eye can occur at any age, but is more common among older adults, especially post-menopausal women. In some people, dry eye syndrome may be related to systemic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, and collagen vascular diseases such as Lupus, certain medications such as diuretics for high blood pressure, antihistamines for allergies and beta blockers for hypertension or heart conditions
"Simple dry eye may require only some artificial tears and a furnace humidifier or room humidifier. today we have treatments for dry eye that include oral doxycycline to improve tear quality, punctal plugs [stoppers inserted into the tear duct], topical steroids or topical cyclosporine (Restasis)," said Dr. Spagnolo. For most people, dry eye is simply a nuisance, but for some, severe dry eye can make you vulnerable to corneal infections, which can permanently affect your vision" . If you are bothered by dry eyes please let us know so we can schedule a dry eye examination and consultation. http://www.bweyecenter.com/contact-us.html
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Research has shown that exposure to small amounts of ultraviolet (UV) radiation over a period of many years increases the chance of developing cataracts and age related macular degeneration (AMD). Also, the delicate skin of the eyelids are just as susceptible as the rest of our skin to the damaging effects of UV light. To provide adequate protection for your eyes, sunglasses should:
- block 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation (both harmful to human tissue)
- screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light
- be matched in color and free of distortion and imperfection
- have lenses that are gray for proper color recognition
Children should also wear sunglasses that indicate the UV protection level. When purchasing toy sunglasses be sure to look for the UV protection label.
Large, wraparound-style frames may provide more efficient UV protection because they cover the entire eye-socket. This is especially important when doing activities around or on water because much of the UV comes from light reflected off the water’s surface.
Sunglasses are most effective when worn with a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen.Certain medications, such as antibiotics and birth control pills, as well as some cosmetics, may increase skin and eye sensitivity to UV in all skin types. Check the label and ask your doctor for more information.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
According to an article published Family Practice News, published by International Medical News Group on September 1, 2010, the rate of Diabetic Retinopathy may be 29% in adult diabetes pointing to a high prevalence of vision-threatening Diabetic Retinopathy http://www.bweyecenter.com/baltimore-diabetic-retinopathy.html in the United States. "We are working very hard to help diabetic patients preserve their eye health and vision", said Arturo Betancourt, M.D., Medical Director of Baltimore Washington Eye Center http://www.bweyecenter.com/baltimore-ophthalmologist-betancourt.html."In order for us to be effective in providing advanced diagnostic testing and the necessary management of Diabetic Retinopathy, we need patients to help by maintaining good dietary control and their overall health", relayed Brad Spagnolo, M.D., Director of Refractive Services of Baltimore Washington Eye Center http://www.bweyecenter.com/baltimore-ophthalmologist-spagnolo.html