Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Pinguecula Laser Treatment

A Pingueculum is a common, non-cancerous growth of the clear, thin tissue covering the eye called the conjunctiva. The growth is raised slightly from the surface of the white part of the eye called sclera. While the exact cause is unknown long-term sunlight exposure and eye irritation are important risk factors. Welding is a major job-related risk. Laser treatment for Pinguecula may be an option where other types of treatment have not been satisfactory according to researchers reporting in the journal Cornea. Usually no treatment is needed however beyond keeping the eye moist with artificial tears may to help prevent the area from becoming inflamed. Sometimes the temporary use of mild steroid eye drops can also be helpful. Occasionally the growth may need to be removed for comfort or for cosmetic reasons and especially if it grows over the cornea and impairs vision. When this happens, the growth is called a pterygium.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about Pinguecula and possible laser treatment, 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. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Eyewear Trunk Show at Baltimore Washington Eye Center

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is offering GREAT SAVINGS on eyeglasses, eyeglass frames and lenses at our May 15, 2014 Eyewear Trunk Show. We are featuring designer frames including Valentino, Nautica, Nine West, Lacoste, Ellen Tracey, BCBG Max Azria, Izod & OP AT 50% OFF! AND….
Varilux® Physio® Digital Progressive Lenses & Transitions® Color Changing Lenses at 20% OFF!-AND MORE! 

YOU ARE INVITED! BRING YOUR FRIENDS!
Baltimore Washington Eye Center
200 Hospital Drive
Suite 115 & 600
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
May 15, 2014

9:00 am-5:00 pm


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Buying Eyeglasses Online?

Ordering eyeglasses online is a bad idea… 

If you have even the slightest vision problem, you know the necessity for eyeglasses.  With the influx of online shopping, purchasing glasses online has increased tremendously. Unfortunately, this is not the best choice for patients. Let's explore a few of the many reasons purchasing eyeglasses online are a bad idea.

To begin, medical services should never be purchased online. Remember that the need for eyeglasses go far beyond fashion accessories. Vision is a special gift, which should be preserved with care. Certified Opticians hold value when choosing correct frames and lenses for your lifestyle. The in-person conversation about your lifestyle is essential to choosing the correct frames and lenses for each patient, which can only be done with an experienced optician.  Many customers will opt out of important coatings and materials while purchasing online because they do not understand the need for anti-reflective lenses, polycarbonate material, and specialized lenses. 

Great vision requires accurate measurements. Pupillary distance measurements, bifocal or progressive measurements and optical centers should all be done by an experienced optician. The optical center of your eyeglass lenses is the part that gives you the truest vision, and it should be directly in front of your pupils. If these measurements are not accurate, the vision will be blurry or distorted.  Also, with ordering online, the patient has nowhere to verify if the glasses were made correctly.

The way that eyeglasses fit your face and head is also important. An experienced optician is a good judge of whether the frames you love will work for you, or whether they will cause you problems once the lenses are inserted. Frames that are too large or that don't fit the bridge of your nose properly can slip. Alternatively, if your glasses are too small, they will be uncomfortable to wear; they can pinch the sides of your head and leave red marks on your temples. They also can cause discomfort behind your ears or on your nose.

We understand the need for lower prices, but there is a greater need for quality. We offer a wide range of eyeglasses to compete price-wise with online purchases, while surpassing the quality, craftsmanship and customer service of online ordering. Remember, there are plenty of things to buy online but medical care is just not one of them.

Laura B.
Optician-since 1994
Baltimore Washington Eye Center

If you or someone you know has questions about buying eyeglasses or whether to buy glasses online, please ask our Opticians at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 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 14, 2014

Dry Eyes, Contact Lenses & Birth Control Pills

“What does having dry eyes have to do with wearing contact lenses and birth control pills?” asked Baltimore Washington Eye Center eye doctor and contact lens specialist Dr. Asifa Shafi. As it turns out there is indeed a relationship between dry eye symptoms in woman using oral contraceptives who wear contact lenses. A study published in the journal Cornea examined the relationship among oral contraceptive pill (OCP) use, contact lens wear and dry eye signs and symptoms in healthy young women. As it turned out, there were no differences in dry eyes between the phases of the menstrual cycle and no evidence that tear osmolarity-or saltiness-was affected by OCP or contact lens use in the young women. However, the study found that the combination of OCP use and contact lens wear together may increase the severity of dry eye symptoms.

If you or someone you know has questions about birth control pills, contact lenses and dry eyes, 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.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Baltimore Ophthalmologist on Sports Eye Protection

Baltimore Washington Eye Center Ophthalmologist & Corneal Specialist Brad Spagnolo, M.D. provided helpful information about sports eye protection and the risk of eye injuries for athletes.

“The range of sports eye injuries that we see is pretty broad and includes corneal abrasions, bruises of the eyelids, retinal detachments and even internal bleeding. The more serious risks can involve infection along with permanent vision loss. April is Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month and the American Academy of Ophthalmology asks eye doctors to remind our community that 40,000 people a year suffer from sports-related eye injuries. These eye injuries can be devastating, and the only way to prevent them is by wearing protective eyewear,” said Dr. Spagnolo.

Athletes need to use the eye protection that is available for most sports, including basketball, baseball, hockey, football, lacrosse, fencing, paintball, water polo, golf and others. Tens of thousands of sports and recreation-related eye injuries occur each year. The good news is that 90 percent of serious eye injuries are preventable through use of appropriate protective eyewear. The risk of eye injury can vary depending on the activity. Make sure the level of eye protection you or others in your family use is appropriate for the type of activity. Regular eyeglasses do not offer proper eye protection. Athletes need to wear appropriate, sport-specific protective eyewear properly fitted by an eye care professional. Lenses made from polycarbonate materials provide the highest level of impact protection; they can withstand a ball or other projectile traveling at 90 miles per hour.

If you or someone you know has questions or would like help in selecting, fitting or choosing sports protective eyeglasses, 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 RiverHill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Baltimore Cataract Surgeon on Critical Retina Exam for Surgery

Baltimore Cataract Surgeon Brad Spagnolo, M.D. of Baltimore Washington Eye Center counseled that patients with cataracts and contemplating cataract surgery should expect their cataract surgeon to perform a thorough and critical retinal exam in order to carefully correlate the degree of vision loss with the density and position of the cataract. “When cataract patients report a decrease in vision, it is important to correlate the visual symptoms and visual acuity to the degree of cataract present. If you have a considerable amount of vision loss but only mild cataracts, the actual cause of the vision loss must be identified. In many cases, a careful examination of the retina can reveal underlying pathology such as epiretinal membranes, retinal wrinkling or macular pucker with edema,” noted Dr. Spagnolo. In fact, some studies report a prevalence of epiretinal membranes in 7% of patients older than 60 years and in 20% of patients aged 75 years or more-the prime demographic for cataract surgery. “Therefore, before you have cataract surgery expect to have whatever level of examination and testing your cataract surgeon requests in order to help you achieve the best results,” summarized Dr. Spagnolo..

If you or someone you know is concerned about their risk of cataracts, or wishes to learn more about laser cataract surgery & lens implants, 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 RiverHill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland.