Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ADHD, Vision & Refractive Error

Parents with children with ADHD often ask us about whether they have more eye problems because of the ADHD or even if eye problems might be contributing to their child’s ADHD. Researchers reporting in the journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus (AAPOS) discussed the notion that there was an association between ADHD/ADD, uncorrected refractive-errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism-and visual acuity. They performed a case matched controlled study and then examined both the test and control group for uncorrected visual acuity for distance and near, cycloplegic refraction-an eye test to measure uncorrected refractive error with eye drops, ocular motility, and binocular function. Their results showed that ADD/ADHD children had similar visual acuity at distance and near and refractive errors as normal control subjects. Eye movement and the ability to use both eyes together as well as focusing ability were also found to be similar in both groups and thus probably do not contribute to ADD/ADHD either.

If you or someone you know has ADHD and is concerned about any effects of vision problems, refractive errors or decreased visual acuity please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 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, March 24, 2015

High Dose Vitamins & Cataract Risk


There is a lot confusion regarding whether vitamins good or bad for affecting your risk of developing cataracts? Researchers reporting in the American Journal of Epidemiology evaluated the risks and benefits of taking high dose supplements of vitamins C and E and low-dose multivitamins with the risk of developing age related cataract.  Their study looked at any associations of high-dose supplements of vitamins C and E and low dose multivitamins with the risk of age related cataract in a group of 31,120 men who ranged in age from 45–79 years of age. Their results suggest that the use of high dose-but not low dose-single vitamin C or E supplements may increase the risk of age-related cataract. The risk may be even higher among older men, corticosteroid users, and long-term users.

If you or someone you know takes high doses of vitamins or is concerned about their risk of cataracts please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 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. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Crizal® Prevencia Eyeglass Lens Offers Protection from Harmful Blue Light and UV Rays

The Crizal® Prevencia eyeglass lens represents the efforts of Essilor and the Paris Vision Institute resulting in a major innovation based on a four-year research program. The team was able to identify with a high degree of accuracy the portion of the visible light spectrum that is harmful to target retinal cells.

Blue light emitted by the sun and also by artificial light sources such as LEDs, computers or smart phones plays a beneficial role on health. It helps regulate your sleep and wake cycle and aids in memory, mood and brain functions. However, a specific band of this light might have a harmful effect on the eyes.

Crizal® Prevencia was developed by Essilor to protect the eye from wavelengths that contributes to the degeneration of retinal cells while allowing beneficial blue light to pass through. The new category of preventive lenses was developed using Light ScanTM an exclusive technology which filters light selectively by letting beneficial blue light pass through, by filtering out harmful blue-violet rays that can contribute to Aged-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), as well as, Ultraviolet rays, an important cause of Cataracts, all while maintaining the transparency of the lens.

The battle against these eye diseases is targeted at the entire population. However, the 1.3 billion children and 1.9 billion over 45s are currently more vulnerable to blue-violet light. During childhood, the eye is very transparent and lets all visible light and some ultraviolet rays pass through to the retina; after 45, the eye’s natural defense system is weakened. Projections show that there will be 3.7 billion people aged 45 and over in 2050.

If you or someone you know would to learn more about the Crizal® Prevencia eyeglass lens please feel free to call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 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.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

LASIK Affordable with Tax Refunds & Deductions

“At Baltimore Washington Eye Center we want to make LASIK affordable for anyone who wants to minimize their dependence on eyeglasses and contacts for seeing at distance. Being a LASIK patient myself, I have personally realized the benefits of clear vision and contribution to my quality of life,” shared Jeff Trimmer, Practice Administrator. “To that end for anyone considering LASIK, they need to take advantage of any tax deduction for LASIK that might be available to them. Also, for those who have already filed their tax returns and who might be expecting a refund, this is good time to schedule a consultation to see if LASIK might be something you want to use your tax refund for.”

About LASIK Tax Deductions
Depending on your personal income and how much you have already spent on medical costs in a tax year, it is possible that LASIK eye surgery might be a deductible medical expense. “Each LASIK patient should ask their personal tax advisor, preparer or C.P.A. for professional advice about their individual situation,” noted Mr. Trimmer.

If you think you might be eligible for a tax refund and want to consider using it to pay for LASIK, there are some simple steps to take. First, after filing your tax return keep in mind that the U.S. Department of Treasury takes only about three weeks or so to process your return and send you a refund check. This is a good time to schedule your complimentary consultation with a LASIK surgeon to find out if LASIK is the best vision correction option for your eyes and lifestyle. At this consultation you and your surgeon can determine if, how and when to proceed to schedule your LASIK surgery. “I was one of the really lucky people,” remarked Mr. Trimmer. “Not only was I a good LASIK candidate, but my refund was sufficient to cover the cost and most of weekend trip to go scuba diving without having to worry about my contacts.”

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about whether they are a candidate for LASIK, they should schedule an free LASIK 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. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Is Laser Cataract Surgery Gentler?

Patients visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center for cataract surgery sometimes wonder why we often suggest that laser cataract surgery might be a preferred choice for their eye surgery procedure. We make this recommendation based on the health of their eyes and the safest, most predictable and most gentle approach to removing a cataract.

Dr. Betancourt Performing Laser Cataract Surgery
Our own experience at Baltimore Washington Eye Center is consistent with researchers reporting in the Journal of Refractive Surgery, that laser cataract surgery does indeed allow for a gentler cataract surgery procedure. While there is really little to no difference between manual cataract surgery and laser cataract surgery in your uncorrected distance visual acuity after surgery, the laser cataract surgery is gentler on the cornea and causes less loss of fragile corneal endothelial cells and less corneal swelling from the cataract surgery. Also, the amount of time required for the more intense parts of the cataract surgery procedure-chopping, fragmenting and removing the cataract are significantly lower with the laser cataract surgery and help us to give you a quicker visual recovery.

If you or someone you know has questions about cataracts, laser cataract surgery or lens implants, you are encouraged to schedule an appointment 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, March 2, 2015

Workplace Eye Wellness

The month of March is designated as Workplace Eye Wellness Month. This is important because the workplace is one of the most common places where eye injuries can occur. Common workplace eye injuries often occur by rubbed or abraded foreign matter, such as metal chips, dirt particles and splinters becoming embedded in the eye, or by some object striking the eye. Surface wounds, such as abrasions, scratches and foreign bodies are among the most common types of injuries to the eyes. Other workplace eye hazards can include chemical splashes, contact with adhesives, and exposure to different types of radiation.

Preventing Workplace Eye Injury
The key to workplace eye injury prevention is wearing proper eye protection! If you need prescription eyeglasses, make sure your goggles or spectacles have prescription eyeglass lenses or wear extra protection over your prescription eyeglasses. Contact lenses do not provide protection from on-the-job eye hazards. If you wear contact lenses, be extra cautious around gases, vapors, fumes and dust. Always wear protective eyewear in addition to your contact lenses.

Protective Eyewear Common Sense Tips
  •  Make sure you have properly fitted protective eyewear. If your safety glasses slip, or are crooked or too tight, and don’t fit correctly, please come visit us and we will adjust them to be sure you are getting the necessary comfort and protection.
  • Keep your protective eyewear clean to improve visibility. Wash your protective eyewear regularly with mild soap and water or eyeglass cleaner.
  • Use anti-dust and anti-fog sprays to help prevent buildup on your protective eyewear.
  • Store your protective eyewear carefully to avoid damage when not in use. Any damage to lenses or shields can lessen the impact-resistance and result in inadequate protection.

If you or someone you know has questions or needs help in the prescription or fitting of protective eyewear, please contact us 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.