Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Monday, October 19, 2015

Diabetic Eye Exam Compliance

At Baltimore Washington Eye Center, we urge diabetic patients to follow our recommendations and the recommendations of their primary care physicians with regard to the need for regular dilated eye exams. Although there is no cure for diabetic retinopathy, with careful management of risk factors such as blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, moderation of alcohol consumption and routine exercise along with regular annual dilated eye exams, the potential vision loss from diabetes and associated diabetic eye problems can be minimized. BUT-this requires that patients do their part and keep a strict schedule and compliance with their eye doctor’s recommendations for diabetic eye exams and testing.

Researchers reporting in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, studied and identified variables that predict adherence with annual eye examinations using the Compliance with Annual Diabetic Eye Exams Survey (CADEES), a new questionnaire designed to measure health beliefs related to diabetic retinopathy and annual eye examinations. A number of factors seemed to influence diabetic patient compliance with annual eye exams including beliefs concerning whether insurance covered most of the eye examination cost, whether it was difficult to schedule or physically get to an eye exam appointment, whether patients had been counseled and made obtaining an eye examination a top priority and whether they had been previously told that they had signs of diabetic retinopathy. Clinicians can also help patients with compliance with the diabetic eye exams counseling newly diagnosed patients more diligently along with those with uncontrolled blood glucose on the importance of annual eye examinations and discussing and helping patients remove perceived barriers and misconceptions.


If you or someone you know has diabetes they need to have regular annual dilated eye exams to prevent vision loss from diabetic eye diseases and problems. Please share this information with anyone you know who is diabetic and ask them to call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Google+ or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter to schedule an appointment for a diabetic eye exam.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061, 2391 Brandermill Blvd., Gambrills, Maryland 21054 and River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland 21029, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Welcome Dr. McKay to Baltimore Washington Eye Center!


Welcome Dr. Nathaniel McKay to Baltimore Washington Eye Center. Dr. Nathaniel McKay is an Optometrist and Contact Lens Specialist who has joined us at Baltimore Washington Eye Center and will spend most of his clinical time in our new Waugh Chapel office, opening Monday, November 2nd, 2015. Our new office is located at 2391 Brandermill Blvd., Suite 200, Gambrills, MD 21054, phone 410-617-1820.

Dr. McKay received his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Salus University in Philadelphia. Dr. McKay completed his residency at the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Wilmington, DE

At the Baltimore Washington Eye Center Waugh Chapel office, Dr. McKay is available for eye exams for Gambrills area patients, including routine and specialized eye exams for patients of all ages, evaluation and management of chronic and acute eye diseases, such as diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration (AMD), dry eye, glaucoma and fitting of routine and specialty contact lenses.


Dr. McKay is a member of the American Academy of Optometry and the Pennsylvania Optometric Association.

Work & Home Eye Safety Precautions

It is difficult to believe that every day more than 2,000 workers in the United States sustain job-related work injuries that require some type of medical treatment. Prevent Blindness America reports that 2.4 million eye injuries occur each year, with nearly 1 million resulting in some degree of vision loss. About 90 percent of these injuries are avoidable, when the right eye protection is worn, reports the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

The most common eye injuries are:
  • Cuts or scrapes from flying objects, such as metal and wood chips, that become embedded in the eye
  • Burns from steam, infrared light or splashes of chemicals, grease or oil
  • Infections from contaminated substances, such as splashes of blood or respiratory droplets or other products on fingers that are used to touch or rub the eyes
The best way to avoid eye injury at work or from household chores, activities and tasks is to wear proper protective eyewear. If you have questions or need assistance with protective eyewear selection or fitting please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, visit Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Google+ 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, 2391 Brandermill Blvd., Gambrills, Maryland 21054 and River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland 21029, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Halloween Contact Lens Eye Safety

This Halloween do you think it would be cool to have Twilight Vampire Eyes? How about deep violet eyes to match your costume? Maybe you want to have your favorite sports team logo right on your eyes? You can actually accomplish these “looks” with decorative or fashion contact lenses that change your eye color but don’t correct vision. Decorative contact lenses really get very popular right around Halloween but require that you have a clear understanding of how to use them safely.

Facts & Tips for Halloween Contact Lens Eye Safety
  • Decorative contact lenses are not cosmetics or “over the counter” merchandise. They are medical devices regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Places that advertise them as cosmetics or sell them without a prescription are breaking the law.
  • They are not “one size fits all.” An eye doctor, either an optometrist or an ophthalmologist, must measure each eye to properly fit the lenses and evaluate how your eye responds to contact lens wear. A poor fit can cause serious eye damage, including;
  1. a scratched cornea
  2. a corneal infection
  3. pink eye conjunctivitis
  4. decreased vision
  5. blindness
  • Places that sell decorative lenses without a prescription may give you few or no instructions on how to clean and care for your lenses. Failure to use the proper solution and care regimen to keep contact lenses clean and moist can lead to infections.
Where NOT to Buy Decorative Contact Lenses
  • street vendors
  • salons or beauty supply stores
  • boutiques
  • flea markets
  • novelty stores
  • Halloween stores
  • record or video stores
  • convenience stores
  • beach shops
  • Internet (unless the site requires a prescription)
These are not authorized distributors of contact lenses, which are prescription devices by federal law.


How to Buy Decorative Contact Lenses Safely. Get an eye exam from a licensed eye doctor, either an ophthalmologist or optometrist, even if you feel your vision is perfect to make sure your eyes are healthy enough to wear contacts. Get a valid prescription that includes the brand name, lens measurements, and an expiration date. But don’t expect your eye doctor to prescribe anime, or circle, lenses. These bigger-than-normal lenses that give the wearer a wide-eyed, doll-like look have not been approved by FDA. Buy the lenses from a seller that requires you to provide a prescription, whether you go in person or shop online. Follow directions for cleaning, disinfecting, and wearing the lenses, and visit your eye doctor for follow-up eye exams. See your eye doctor right away if you have signs of possible eye infection including:

  • redness
  • eye pain that doesn’t go away after a short time
  • decrease in vision
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 at 800-495-3937, visit Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Google+ 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, 2391 Brandermill Blvd., Gambrills, Maryland 21054 and River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland 21029, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.