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Monday, February 24, 2014

Backup Eyeglasses for Contact Lens Wearers


It is more important than one might think for contact lens wearers to have a pair of backup eyeglasses. Contact lens wearers usually prefer contacts over glasses because get in the way of activities or sports. Also, some people just prefer the look of contact lenses. Regardless of the reason for wearing contacts, it is always important to “give your eyes a break”. Many eye care professionals recommend that contact lens wearers have a backup pair of eyeglasses in order to help protect eyes. There are several reasons that backup eyeglasses are important for contact lens wearers. For example, if you get an eye infection such as pink eye conjunctivitis, or suffer spring allergies-you should not wear your contact lenses! In fact eye infections occur less with people who have backup glasses because those people are more likely to wear the backup glasses instead of continuing to wear contact lenses when they have an irritation in their eye. Another important reason to have a backup pair of glasses is just to give your eyes a break. Your eyes need oxygen and from time to time allowing your eyes to take a break from contacts is helpful in this regard.

Danielle Jones, A.B.O.C.

If you or someone you know has questions about contact lenses or needs a backup pair of eyeglasses you can ask 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.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Macular Degeneration Risk & Inflammation Marker

The risk of macular degeneration (AMD) is correlated with the findings of the CRP (c-reactive protein) test-an inflammation marker-in men and women according to researchers from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston who reported in JAMA Ophthalmology.

The pooled findings across the groups showed that there was a significantly increased risk of AMD for those patients with high versus low CRP levels and those with high CRP levels also had a significantly increased risk of neovascular or Wet AMD.

The researchers concluded that elevated levels of CRP predict greater future risk of AMD. It is believed that this information might shed light on the involved underlying disease mechanisms and could be of clinical help in the identification of persons at high risk for AMD who may benefit from increased adherence to lifestyle recommendations, eye examination schedules and therapeutic protocols.

If you or someone you know is concerned about their risk of age related macular degeneration (AMD) and also have questions about CRP inflammation markers, you are encouraged to sched0075le 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 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, February 11, 2014

LASIK Flex Plans at Baltimore Washington Eye Center


“Now is the time for patients who want LASIK to use any Flex Plan funds that might be available to them,” commented Baltimore LASIK Surgeon Brad Spagnolo, M.D. “This is a popular month to act on those New Year’s resolutions which often include self improvements like LASIK. If you or a family member has Flex Plan funds to use, this is a good time to make LASIK affordable.”

Many employers offer FlexPlans-Flexible Spending Accounts or FSA’s. These plans allow you to have money taken out of your paycheck over time to pay for LASIK. What is even more appealing about Flex Plans is that money is withheld in Pre-Tax dollars allowing you to get extra tax savings.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about LASIK or Flex Plans for LASIK, you are encouraged to schedule a Free 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. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Macular Degeneration Awareness in Baltimore

February marks the 2014 National AgeRelated Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Month. Baltimore Ophthalmologist Brad Spagnolo, M.D. commented on Macular Degeneration (AMD). “Now more than ever we have to get Baltimore patients to be sensitive to their individual risk of developing age related macular degeneration (AMD) as we can offer a good many of them effective treatment options if we detect and diagnose their eye problem quickly,” said Dr. Spagnolo.

“What patients need to be aware of is that once you are over 50, it becomes increasingly important to have a thorough, comprehensive dilated eye exam every one to two years-and even more often if you have any family history of AMD or at the recommendation of your eye doctor. In addition, we now know more about the increased risk of AMD for smokers, those with other vascular disease and even those who drink too much alcohol,” shared Dr. Spagnolo.

If you or someone you know is concerned about their risk of age related macular degeneration (AMD)  you 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 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.