Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Transition into Photochromic Lenses

Photochromic lenses for eyeglasses offer a nice transition for patients bothered by glare and sunlight. Bright sunlight can cause glare when light scatters off reflective surfaces, this glare causes discomfort and dull washed out images. Did you know there are four types of glare?
1-      Distracting glare
2-      Discomforting glare
3-      Disabling glare
4-      Blinding glare

Do any of these bother you?  Then photochromic lenses may be your answer.

The photochromic lens is the first and only everyday lens that is clear indoors and then provides polarized UV protection as it darkens in the sunlight. 

The traditional transition lenses you love now have an added variable polarization that increases as the lenses get darker.  This lens gives you options.

See the difference for yourself and try this new solution for your eyes.

            *Outdoor vision is noticeably clearer and crisper.
            *Glass and water look more transparent outdoors.
            *Glare is reduced even in the brightest sunlight.

Please, stop by our optical shop for a demonstration of this new product and see the difference it can make in your outdoor vision.

Guest Blogger: Chris Spake, A.B.O.C. at the Baltimore Washington Eye Center-Optical Center

If you or someone you know wishes to learn more about color changing eyeglass lenses 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 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, December 6, 2012

Baltimore Surgeon on LASIK & Dry Eyes

Baltimore Washington Eye Center LASIK Surgeon Brad Spagnolo, M.D. commented on LASIK and dry eyes. “In my experience as a corneal specialist who is a LASIK surgeon, I find that the most common side effect of LASIK is dry eyes. In fact, it is pretty much expected and pretty normal for all LASIK patients to have temporary dry eye symptoms after their treatment. The critical thing to know is that the dry eye symptoms should be temporary,” said Dr. Spagnolo. Here is what you should know about LASIK and dry eyes. LASIK is corneal surgery. ANY time we do corneal surgery we typically sever some corneal nerves and we often temporarily disturb the delicate cells on the surface of the eye. By the way, during Cataract Surgery and any other eye surgery procedures that involve the cornea we do the exact same things. These corneal nerves connect to the Lacrimal Gland which is responsible for producing tears. When the nerves are temporarily interrupted there is a decrease in the amount of tears that are produced-making your eyes feel dry and gritty. To make you more comfortable during the time it takes for the corneal nerves to heal and regenerate we may do one of more of the following for you:
  • Prescribe Artificial Tear Eye Drops
  • Insert Tiny Tear Duct Plugs
  • Prescribe Restasis® Eye Drops
  • Prescribe Dietary Supplements with Omega-3 Oils

Each of the above acts to either retain the tears that you have, supplement the tears that are lacking or help you produce more of your own tears so that you will be most comfortable and heal properly. Each person will regenerate the fine corneal nerves at a DIFFERENT RATE and thus will need to use one or more of the above tear helpers for different amounts of time. A very important consideration is how healthy your tear film was BEFORE your surgery. A critical part of your LASIK consultation will be a careful examination of your tear film. Sometimes, in order to make you the most comfortable and make the healing and visual recovery process as quick and easy as possible for you, we may actually prescribe one or more of the above BEFORE your surgery.

If you or someone you know has questions about LASIK and Dry Eyes or would like to schedule a Free LASIK Evaluation please call and schedule an appointment at Baltimore Washington Eye Center-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.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Eyes, Vision & Driving in Maryland



Baltimore Washington Eye Center Medical Director Arturo Betancourt, M.D., shared a common question about eyes, vision and driving in Maryland. “Doctor, why do I need glasses to drive? I can see fine.” “We hear this comment from our patients on a weekly basis,” noted Dr. Betancourt.  “The answer is simple. You no longer meet the requirements to drive without correction in the state of Maryland,” he further explained.  

The standard is 20/40 in each eye, UNCORRECTED.  If you do not meet this standard you are required by law to drive wearing corrective lenses, glasses or contact lenses. So why are you sitting there perplexed?
It is likely that the vision in one eye is in fact 20/40 or better.  Since we see binocularly, this "good eye", allows you to drive without apparent problems. It is likely that in the past, you in fact had good vision in both eyes.  Possibly equal, but as you have aged, so have your eyes. You might have early cataracts, or some other ocular condition.  We would prescribe glasses or contacts to correct your vision to your best potential. If you had an underlying disease, this would be treated. Remember, we did not make the law. We are informing you of its requirements and providing you with the means to comply.  We are responsible to inform and help you to comply.  As you, we also adhere to it.  We are not trying to punish you!

Guest Blogger: Arturo E Betancourt M.D., F.A.C.S. Medical Director-Baltimore Washington Eye Center

If you or someone you know has questions or concerns about their eyes, vision and driving, 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.

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.