Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Baltimore Contact Lens Specialist on Convenience & Care

Baltimore Contact Lens Specialist Dr. Shari Strier of Baltimore Washington Eye Center shared information about contact lens convenience and care. “Contact lenses provide exceptional vision for patients and new designs provide increased convenience and a healthier profile as well,” said Dr. Strier. “However, contact lenses and their associated solutions and cases can be costly. For patients looking for economy it becomes tempting to try to reduce these costs by decreasing the frequency of contact lens and storage case replacement and by using inadequate amounts of solution,” she warned.

Dr. Strier cautioned contact lens wearers regarding some shortcuts that might look tempting.”Often patients will leave used solution in the case and merely “top off” the solution when removing their lenses in the evening. This technique greatly decreases the effectiveness of the antimicrobial properties of these solutions. Also, despite that fact that most eye care providers recommending rubbing and rinsing lenses in solution prior to soaking this is often a step that is skipped by wearers. Studies have shown that the antimicrobial properties of commercially available multipurpose solutions are greatly enhanced if the lenses are rubbed in solution before they are soaked,” emphasized Dr. Strier.

According to studies published in Ophthalmology the risk of moderate to severe microbial keratitis-a severe eye infection that can lead to scarring and loss of vision-in contact lenses wearers went up 6.4 x in patients that did not clean their storage cases well and 5.4 x in patients who infrequently changed to a new case. In a study reported in Contact Lens and Anterior Eye it noted that over 60% of patients wore their lenses longer that both the manufacturers and their optometrist recommended. Poor compliance with replacement schedules resulted in complaints consistent with potential contact lens related complications in approximately 20-30% of respondents.

The small amount of savings associated with these behaviors is overshadowed by the increase risk they pose to eye health.

Guest Blogger Shari E. Strier, O.D., Optometrist & Contact lens Specialist at Baltimore Washington Eye Center

If you or someone you know has questions about contact lenses, contact lens problems or contact lens fitting please feel free to schedule an eye examination at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter so that we can recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, diagnosis and treatment of cataracts including cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear  and optical services. Baltimore Washington Eye Center is conveniently located for patients from Arbutus, Carney, Clarksville, Columbia, Dundalk, Edgemere, Essex, Ellicott City, Ferndale, Glen Burnie, Kenwood, Laurel, Linthicum, Lutherville, Millersville, Odenton Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Towson, Parkville, Randallstown, Rivera Beach, Pasadena, Severna Park, South Gate and Woodlawn Maryland.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

LASIK for Astigmatism & Vision Correction

“Astigmatism is something that is often confusing to patients. Besides being confused by what astigmatism is, a lot of people are under the incorrect impression that having astigmatism means you can’t have Laser Eye Surgery such as LASIK to correct your vision,” commented Corneal Specialist and LASIK Surgeon Brad Spagnolo, M.D. of Baltimore Washington Eye Center. “LASIK for astigmatism is not only possible-but we use it all the time as an excellent way to correct vision,” said Dr. Spagnolo.

Here is what you need to know about LASIK and astigmatism. First, astigmatism is one of the common types of refractive problems that cause blurry vision. Common refractive-or eye focus problems-include nearsightedness or myopia, farsightedness or hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia.

Astigmatism usually results from an unequal curvature of the cornea-the outermost clear dome in the front of the eye-that causes the eye to have two different curvatures and thus two different focal points. This can make images look more blurry at a specific orientation so that things horizontally are blurred or things vertically are blurred, depending on the direction of the astigmatism. Astigmatism can be very annoying visually and can even cause headaches and many visual symptoms apart from the blurriness itself. The visual distortions caused by astigmatism in healthy eyes are correctable with eyeglasses, contact lenses and Laser Vision Correction such as LASIK. “Today, as LASIK surgeons, we are able to accurately measure and treat all types of astigmatism with high degrees of precision and predictability”, said Dr. Spagnolo.

If you or someone you know has astigmatism and would like to be less dependent or possible even free from the hassle of glasses and contact lenses for seeing at distance, please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center for a Free Evaluation for Laser Eye Surgery for the Laser Vision Correction of astigmatism at 800-495-3937, visit Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter, so that we can help and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, diagnosis and treatment of cataracts including cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear and optical services. Baltimore Washington Eye Center is conveniently located for patients from Arbutus, Carney, Clarksville, Columbia, Dundalk, Edgemere, Essex, Ellicott City, Ferndale, Glen Burnie, Kenwood, Laurel, Linthicum, Lutherville, Millersville, Odenton Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Towson, Parkville, Randallstown, Rivera Beach, Pasadena, Severna Park, South Gate and Woodlawn Maryland.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Eye Exams with OPD Scan III at Baltimore Washington Eye Center


OPD Scan III  

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is please to offer eye exams with the OPD Scan III  testing device which improves efficiency in the eye clinic and efficacy in results. Whether through the use of new surgical techniques and devices or the use of improved diagnostic tools, we are always striving to improve our patients’ experience and results at Baltimore Washington Eye Center.

We are happy to tell you about a device that will complement and improve what we do for our patients in the eye clinic. The OPD Scan III is a diagnostic workstation that allows us to take incredibly accurate measurements in a matter of seconds. The OPD can tell us whether a person is farsighted, nearsighted or has astigmatism. The instrument determines the shape of the cornea, the size of the pupil, and the amount of aberration in an eye’s optical system. The OPD provides certain information about astigmatism that aids the implantation of toric implants for cataracts. Determining the cornea’s shape can help us diagnose the presence of particular eye diseases like keratoconus. 

Knowing the degree of spherical aberration helps our doctors when considering what type of implant to recommend for a cataract patient or contact lens for a contact lens patient. Pupil size is important when considering laser vision procedures like LASIK or PRK. Pupil measurements are also helpful when deciding whether or not a particular implant is appropriate for a person contemplating cataract surgery.

While not necessarily a replacement of other devices that take similar measurements, since the OPD Scan III  takes all the measurements at one sitting it very likely improves the accuracy of the measurements we use to provide optimum care for our patients in general, and their eyes’ health in particular. Being able to take all of these measurements at one place in the clinic is a benefit not only in terms of convenience for our patients, but also in terms of space-saving and efficiency.

The OPD Scan III will be a valued addition to our clinic and will no doubt improve our staff’s ability to provide convenient and comprehensive eye care for our patients every day.

If you or someone you know would like to schedule an eye examination at Baltimore Washington Eye Center, please call 800-495-3937, visit Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, diagnosis and treatment of cataracts including cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear and optical services.
Baltimore Washington Eye Center is conveniently located for patients from Arbutus, Carney, Clarksville, Columbia, Dundalk, Edgemere, Essex, Ellicott City, Ferndale, Glen Burnie, Kenwood, Laurel, Linthicum, Lutherville, Millersville, Odenton Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Towson, Parkville, Randallstown, Rivera Beach, Pasadena, Severna Park, South Gate and Woodlawn, Maryland.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Baltimore Cornea Specialist on Halloween Contact Lenses

Baltimore Cornea Specialist Brad Spagnolo, M.D. offered some advice on using non prescription over the counter decorative contact lenses as part of your Halloween costume. “Everyone likes to do something unique with their Halloween costume. But, Halloween decorative contact lenses and your eyes may not be a great combination. Changing your eye color or creating some far out appearance or ghoulish look by using over-the-counter, decorative contact lenses that may enhance seem like fun, but can result in serious vision-threatening problems,” said Dr. Spagnolo, Director of Refractive Surgery at Baltimore Washington Eye Center.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, all contact lenses are regulated medical devices that require a prescription and proper fitting by an eye-care professional. Even someone with perfect vision would still require an eye exam and a prescription in order to wear any kind of contacts, including cosmetic lenses.

Some websites advertise decorative contacts as if they were fashion accessories or toys with fanciful, playful packaging in order to attract teens and young adults, especially girls. The problem is not that people use decorative, noncorrosive lenses-sometimes called Plano-or zero-powered lenses, but that they buy the devices without a prescription through unlicensed vendors on the Internet or at flea markets and specialty shops.

The buyer of these over-the-counter contact lenses faces a huge risk including scratched corneas, pink eye and more serious types of blinding infection as a result of a corneal ulcer.

In 2005, a federal law was passed that classified all contact lenses as medical devices and restricted their distribution to licensed eye-care professionals. Illegal sale of contacts can result in civil penalties of up to $11,000 per violation.
 
The safe and effective use of contact lenses-whether decorative or not-requires proper fitting and education about their care to prevent the potential for serious eye  problems from becoming a reality. If you or a friend would like to learn more about contact lenses of any type including decorative contacts please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center-800-495-3937.

If you or someone you know wants to learn more about contact lenses including decorative contact lens, 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 serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, diagnosis and treatment of cataracts including cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear  and optical services. Baltimore Washington Eye Center is conveniently located for patients from Arbutus, Carney, Clarksville, Columbia, Dundalk, Edgemere, Essex, Ellicott City, Ferndale, Glen Burnie, Kenwood, Laurel, Linthicum, Lutherville, Millersville, Odenton Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Towson, Parkville, Randallstown, Rivera Beach, Pasadena, Severna Park, South Gate and Woodlawn Maryland.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Baltimore Eye Doctor on “Seeing Two of Everything”

Baltimore eye doctor Arturo Betancourt, M.D. relayed a question about “seeing two” or diplopia and shared information about double vision. "Doctor, why am I seeing two of everything?" This condition is known as diplopia or double vision.  It should not be mistaken with blurred or fuzzy vision, a far more common occurrence. Diplopia results from an acquired misalignment of the eyes that causes an image to fall on non corresponding points of the retina.  I will discuss some of the most common types of acquired, adult diplopias as well as their etiology, in this blog. This is an overview and does not cover all reasons for diplopia, just the most common ones.

We will ask you a series of questions prior to starting our evaluation.
  • Do you have any medical problems, hypertension, diabetes or a neurological condition?
  • Have you suffered any trauma, or emotional or physical stress?
  • Is the deviation constant or intermittent?
  • Is the deviation present for distance, near or both?
  • Is it unilateral or alternating?
  • Is it present only when you are tired or fatigued? 
Diplopia can be monocular, arising from one eye, or binocular, due to ocular misalignment.  The most common reasons for monocular diplopia are an uncorrected refractive error or something blocking the path of light onto the retina. Examples of these would be corneal scars-secondary to trauma or infections, different types of cataracts and opacities in the vitreous cavity. Monocular diplopia does not disappear when the affected eye is covered. In binocular diplopia, the symptoms are only present with both eyes open, and disappear, when one eye is covered.  An easy way to determine if the cause is refractive is to use a pinhole.  The pinhole focuses light onto the retina, partially correcting a refractive error.  With the correction of the underlying problem, the diplopia will be resolved.

Binocular diplopia occurs when the same image falls on different points of the retina. The most common types are an abducens or sixth cranial nerve palsy and a superior oblique or fourth cranial nerve palsy.  The most common reasons for the occurrence of these two palsies in adults is micro vascular disease:  the main culprits being, hypertension and diabetes.  The damage occurs due to decreased circulation to the part of the brain responsible for the function of this muscle.

In a sixth nerve palsy or abducens palsy, the muscle that pulls the eye out from the horizontal is affected.  This causes the opposite muscle, the medial rectus, which pulls the eye towards the nose, to work unopposed.  This will cause the patient to see two horizontally displaced images.  If he closes one eye, either affected or unaffected eye, the diplopia will disappear.  It will also disappear if the patient moves his head to look at an object with the unaffected eye pointing away from the nose. Most of these palsies resolve over a matter of several weeks or months with little to no residual damage.  During that time the patient might be comfortable patching the eye with the poorer vision.  In an adult this will not result in any type of visual damage to either eye.  Unlike a very young child, in which occlusion might cause amblyopia or a lazy eye.  A palsy is not a lazy eye, but in a child, if untreated could result in one.

The other most common type of acquired adult diplopia is the one associated with the fourth cranial nerve or superior oblique.  The patient will experience a skew or slanted diplopia.  The objects will appear displaced both vertically and at an angle. They will not be perfectly in a vertical plane.  If the patient is looking with the unaffected eye, the affected eye will be pointed upwards.  If they are using the affected eye, the unaffected eye, will be pointing downwards. The patient might notice improvement of the diplopia if they tilt their head toward the shoulder opposite to the affected eye.  Again the treatment might be patching, and as with the sixth nerve palsy, resolution occurs in a matter of weeks or months.

The diagnostic work up for these two palsies would involve, blood pressure measurement, fasting blood sugar to rule out diabetes, and on rare occasions, mainly if trauma or another neurological problem are suspected, CT, MRI or MRA.  Both usually resolve within a matter of weeks or months and do so fully.  Sometimes if the patient is tired he might notice a slight amount of diplopia.  But this is usually transient. We have discussed some of the most common types of acquired, adult diplopia.  This discussion is not comprehensive and really just addresses some of the most common types.

Guest Blogger: Arturo E Betancourt M.D., F.A.C.S. with the Baltimore Washington Eye Center

If you or someone you know suffers from diplopia or double vision they 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, so that we can help identify the possible causes and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, diagnosis and treatment of cataracts including cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear  and optical services. Baltimore Washington Eye Center is conveniently located for patients from Arbutus, Carney, Clarksville, Columbia, Dundalk, Edgemere, Essex, Ellicott City, Ferndale, Glen Burnie, Kenwood, Laurel, Linthicum, Lutherville, Millersville, Odenton Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Towson, Parkville, Randallstown, Rivera Beach, Pasadena, Severna Park, South Gate and Woodlawn Maryland.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Baltimore Surgeon on Lens Implants, Cataract & Glasses

Baltimore Cataract Surgeon Arturo Betancourt, M.D., commented on questions about lens implants, cataracts and glasses. “With the number of “baby boomers” approaching the age of cataracts there are lots of questions about cataract surgery, lens implants and the need-or not-for eyeglasses,” stated Dr. Betancourt, Medical Director & Ophthalmologist at Baltimore Washington Eye Center. “Many of these questions are quite valid as over the past 5 years, patient expectations and technology have driven a convergence of the goals cataract surgery and refractive surgery,” he further explained.

Traditionally, the goal of cataract surgery was to remove the cloudy crystalline lens and replace it with an intraocular lens implant (IOL) of equivalent optical power so as to achieve “emmetropia” thus allowing patients to have good distance vision. The goal of refractive surgery is to help patients decrease or possibly even eliminate their dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses. Today, a rapidly growing cataract patient population wants to achieve both the benefits of cataract surgery and refractive surgery in one combined procedure.

In order to meet patient expectations of being “glasses free” and help patients achieve their personal vision correction and lifestyle goals, it is necessary for us to first carefully select the type and design of lens implant as well as to accurately calculate the IOL power. The types and designs of lens implants that we work with include the following:

Monofocal Lens Implants
Monofocal lens implants are the most basic type of Lens Implant used to correct vision after removal of the crystalline lens. A Monofocal Lens Implant can provide very good vision after cataract surgery-but only at one set distance-usually for seeing things at a distance such as for driving or going to the movies. A Monofocal Lens Implant does not correct intermediate or arm’s length vision for doing things like playing cards and seeing the golf ball on the tee, or even seeing computer screens clearly. Monofocal lens implants do not correct near vision for doing things up close like seeing medicine bottles, reading, or keeping your golf score, as these tasks require the correction of presbyopia.

Toric Lens Implants
Toric lens implants correct astigmatism. For patients who have significant amounts of astigmatism prior to cataract surgery, and who do not wish to wear eyeglasses to see clearly at a distance, choosing a toric lens implant can help them be independent of glasses for tasks such as driving that require clear distance vision. Toric Lens Implants do not correct presbyopia, so that most patients still require reading glasses or bifocals to be able to comfortably perform near vision tasks such as reading and intermediate vision tasks such as computer work.

Near Vision Presbyopia Correcting Lens Implants
Near vision presbyopia correcting lens implants provide vision correction at the full range of distances-far or distance vision, arm’s length or intermediate vision and up close near vision. Depending on the specific vision requirements of the patient, there are several types of presbyopia correcting multifocal and accommodating lens implants that can be used including the Crystalens® Accommodating Lens Implant, the AcrySof®ReSTOR® Multifocal Lens Implant and Tecnis™ Multifocal Lens Implant. Each of these works in a different way to help the patient achieve their vision correction goals of being able to see at a variety of distances without being dependent on eyeglasses or reading glasses. Patients choosing to have a presbyopia correcting lens implant will likely find that they can drive, watch television, play golf and keep score, read a menu, play cards or do crafts-without the need for glasses. Patients choosing a multifocal or accommodating lens implant typically experience a greater overall freedom from glasses, allowing them to participate in most everyday activities without the dependence on, or hassle of glasses.

“As Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, we routinely work to realistically shape patient expectations and then constantly strive to provide the medical, surgical and optical care necessary help patients meet or exceed them” commented Dr. Betancourt. “When patients ask us, “Do I have to wear glasses after my cataract surgery?”, we make sure to help them understand that we can offer them the possibility of a lifestyle that minimizes or possibly eliminates their need for glasses through careful lens implant counseling”, said Dr. Betancourt. “For many patients, being able to essentially function “glasses free” adds a level of convenience and comfort to their everyday lives."

If you or someone you know has questions about Cataracts, Cataract Surgery or Lens Implants (IOL) please free 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 serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, diagnosis and treatment of cataracts including cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear and optical services. Baltimore Washington Eye Center is conveniently located for patients from Arbutus, Carney, Clarksville, Columbia, Dundalk, Edgemere, Essex, Ellicott City, Ferndale, Glen Burnie, Kenwood, Laurel, Linthicum, Lutherville, Millersville, Odenton Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Towson, Parkville, Randallstown, Rivera Beach, Pasadena, Severna Park, South Gate and Woodlawn Maryland.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Enjoy a Polarized World of Outdoor Activities

Polarized sunglasses are created to make all colors shine brighter. Your blues are bluer and your greens are truer. Every vivid detail is crisper.  Polarized lenses are transparent pieces of material, glass or plastic that is designed to block certain types of light waves. Sunglasses and camera lens are often polarized to reduce glare from surfaces, such as light reflecting off a lake or the hood of a car.  Polarized lenses change the direction of the light waves, thus reducing the glare.  Lenses can be polarized to different degrees and in different ways. Most inexpensive polarized sunglasses have a thin film applied on one side of the lens. Many higher quality lenses have film laminated between two layers of lens materials, preventing it from being scratched or rubbed off.

The difference is clear and impossible to miss. Try on a pair of polarized sunglasses and instantly glare is gone.  Polarized lenses give you the added benefit of blocking UVA, UVB and UVC rays which are damaging to your eyes. The world’s true colors come shining through like never before. Colors are bolder, richer, crisper and with more contrast and clarity. Additionally, choosing the right lens color for the right light condition and activity can also be an added benefit, such as:

  • Natural Grey color gives you the highest available light reduction for bright sunlight.  This color may be perfect for golfers, skiers and motorcyclists.
  • Bronze is an excellent lens color giving contrast for everyday variable conditions. Great if you love a warm subtle bronze tint to your sunglasses and this color may serve you if you; fish, play beach volley ball or outdoor soccer. 
  • Rose is the highest contrast and is excellent for outdoor activities in low light grey days. 
Stop by Baltimore Washington Eye center for a great selection of polarized sunglasses in a variety of shades and styles to fit all your outdoor activities.  

Guest Blogger: Chris Spake, A.B.O.C. at the Baltimore Washington Eye Center - Optical Center
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about polarized sunglasses or polarized lenses contact 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 serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, diagnosis and treatment of cataracts including cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear  and optical services. Baltimore Washington Eye Center is conveniently located for patients from Arbutus, Carney, Clarksville, Columbia, Dundalk, Edgemere, Essex, Ellicott City, Ferndale, Glen Burnie, Kenwood, Laurel, Linthicum, Lutherville, Millersville, Odenton Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Towson, Parkville, Randallstown, Rivera Beach, Pasadena, Severna Park, South Gate and Woodlawn Maryland.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Baltimore Eye Injury Prevention Month



Baltimore Washington Eye Center Ophthalmologist Arturo Betancourt, M.D. reminded us to be aware of the potential for eye injury in common activities as October has been designated Eye Injury Prevention Month by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “When most people go out to mow the lawn, jump-start the car or get ready to do some spring cleaning, the last thing they think about is protecting their eyes, but it should really be the first thing on their mind,” said Dr. Betancourt. “It is a good idea to pause a moment and think about protecting your eyes from the extraordinary damage often caused by the most ordinary of activities.”

Many household chemicals, such as cleaning fluids, detergents and ammonia, are extremely hazardous and can burn the eye's delicate tissues. When using chemicals, always read instructions and labels carefully, work in a well-ventilated area and make sure spray nozzles point away from you and others before spraying. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after use. Before using a lawnmower, power trimmer or edger, check for debris. Stones, twigs and other items can become dangerous projectiles shooting from the blades of a lawnmower, potentially injuring your eyes or those of innocent bystanders. Prevention is the first and most important step in avoiding serious eye injuries, so be sure to protect your eyes with appropriate protective eyewear.

If you or someone you know suffers an eye injury they 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, so that we can help identify the possible causes and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, diagnosis and treatment of cataracts including cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear and optical services. Baltimore Washington Eye Center is conveniently located for patients from Arbutus, Carney, Clarksville, Columbia, Dundalk, Edgemere, Essex, Ellicott City, Ferndale, Glen Burnie, Kenwood, Laurel, Linthicum, Lutherville, Millersville, Odenton Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Towson, Parkville, Randallstown, Rivera Beach, Pasadena, Severna Park, South Gate and Woodlawn Maryland.