Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Anti-Reflective Coated Eyeglass Lenses

By: Karen Walker
The standard regular uncoated lens allows approximately 92% of light to pass through the eyeglass lens. This leaves about 8% of the light transmission lost to reflections. This is especially a problem in low light situations, such as night time driving. As the lens materials and powers change the percentage of lost light transmission increases. This is where and Anti-Reflective or A/R lens becomes very advantageous. By coating the front and back surfaces, the amount of light lost to reflections is less than 1%. The more light allowed to pass though the eyeglass lens, enables better vision.


Cosmetically the Anti-Reflective coated lenses look virtually transparent and more attractive. This allows the wearers eyes and facial expressions to be seen much easier. This is great for anyone who works under lots lights, computers or does a lot of presentations.


Today’s technology has greatly improved, making the durability of the lens superior. The coating consists of multiple microscopic layers of metallic oxides. There are lots of different types of coatings to fit most budgets. Premium coatings have additional Hydrophobic and or Oleophobic layers added for ease in cleaning and repelling water.


If you or someone you know would like to learn more about anti-reflective coatings, please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting 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., Suite 200, Gambrills, 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.

Rheumatoid Arthritis & Your Eyes

Eye Problems with Rheumatoid Arthritis
What does arthritis have to do with your eyes? Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory disease characterized by swelling and irritation. The inflammation of RA occurs when your body's defense system (immune system) attacks your own body tissues instead of foreign invaders like viruses or bacteria. Most of these attacks occur in your joints, but RA inflammation can also affect other parts of your body, including your eyes. In fact, your eyes are especially vulnerable. Some of the more common eye complications of rheumatoid arthritis include dry eyes, scleritis-an inflammation of the “white” of your eye which is uncomfortable and even painful, iritis-an inflammation of the colored part of the eye or the iris, and uveitis, an inflammation of the middle lining inside the eye that supplies blood to other internal structures. Any of these rheumatoid arthritis complications can requirement treatment to avoid at a minimum discomfort and, more seriously, vision loss. So, if you have been told you have rheumatoid arthritis and experience dry eyes, redness, pain, or changes in your vision, you should make sure to see us for a diagnosis and treatment if needed.

If you or someone you know wishes to learn more about how rheumatoid arthritis can cause eye problems, please contact Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting 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., Suite 200, Gambrills, 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 21, 2016

LASIK at Baltimore Washington Eye Center

Our doctors have been performing laser vision correction for 15 years with outstanding results. Our On-Site Laser Vision Center continually achieves high levels of patient satisfaction as evidenced by the fact that all of our laser patients achieve the ability to drive without glasses or contacts. Perhaps better still, greater than 9 out of 10 of our patients see as well as or better than they did with their glasses or contact lenses. The advantages of All Laser LASIK are well established and include a faster healing time, a more rapid visual recovery, less risk of scarring, less risk of corneal haze, and less discomfort post-operatively. Very close to 100% of patients are able to return to work the next day.

Millions of people have had laser vision correction surgery to free themselves from eyeglasses or contacts. Before you decide if laser vision correction is right for you, there are some questions you should ask when you schedule a free lasik consultation:

  • What are the surgeon’s background, education, and certifications?
  • Is the surgeon certified to perform the procedure?
  • How long has the surgeon/practice been in the area?
  • Is their office in your area or are they from out of town and here temporarily performing surgery?
  • Who will perform your pre and post-op examinations?
  • Who owns and is responsible for maintaining the laser?
  • Does the laser remain at the center or is it moved around from place to place?
  • How much will the procedure cost?
  • Who trains and supervises the staff?
Beyond those questions here are some other commonly asked questions:

Can the laser treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism?
Yes.

Can Lasik correct my need for reading glasses?
Yes, with monovision, which is an intentional under-correction of one eye, folks who would otherwise need reading glasses can read without them following laser vision correction (LVC). If you choose to have both eyes corrected for distance, than you will need reading glasses after laser vision correction.


How much time would I have to take off work?
Most people who have LVC return to work the next day.

Can I wear contacts after the surgery if needed?
Yes.

How long does LASIK take?
About 10 minutes for each eye.

Does it hurt?
No. You may feel some pressure, but you should not feel any pain.


Can I have LASIK if I am pregnant?
Pregnancy can change a person’s refractive error, so mothers should wait about 3 months after finishing breast feeding before considering LASIK.

Is there an age requirement for LVC?
Yes. At least 21 years old.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about LASIK or any type of Laser Vision Correction, you should schedule a Free LASIK Consultation at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting 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., Suite 200, Gambrills, 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.

Backup Eyeglasses for Contact Lens Wearers

Backup Eyeglasses for Contact Lens Wearers
By: Danielle Jones, A.B.O.C.
Contact lens wearers usually prefer contacts over glasses. This can be for a variety of reasons, including that glasses may 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 their eyes. There are a couple reasons that backup eyeglasses are important for contact lens wearers. For instance, if you have an eye infection, you should not wear your contact lenses. In fact, eye infections occur less in 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. Also, your eyes need oxygen. Allowing your eyes to take a break from contacts is helpful in this regard.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about a pair of backup eyeglasses, please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting 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., Suite 200, Gambrills, 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 14, 2016

Why Do Children Need Glasses?

Why Do Children Need Glasses?
Kids can need glasses to correct common refractive errors that can blur their vision-like nearsightedness or myopia, farsightedness or hyperopia, or astigmatism, or they need glasses to help correct an eye muscle imbalance (strabismus), like “crossed eyes’ or esotropia, or provide help with a vision development problem such as “lazy eye” or amblyopia. The reasons children might require glasses really depends on the nature of their vision development and eye coordination and focusing ability. The reasons can be somewhat different than for adults in certain cases. Depending on the problem, kids may have to wear glasses through their developmental years and could “outgrow” the need in certain development instances.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about why kids need glasses or need to schedule a children’s eye exam please contact Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting 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., Suite 200, Gambrills, 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 7, 2016

Predictors of Macular Degeneration Treatment Results

Predictors of Macular Degeneration (AMD) Treatment Results
Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) continues to pose the potential for causing vision loss in those over 50 and especially seniors. Today, with early diagnosis and treatment we can often preserve eye health and vision. When we examine you and find evidence of AMD we might recommend treatment with injections of medications such as Lucentis® at carefully prescribed intervals. We also will take the time necessary to answer your questions, in particular regarding what your visual results might be from having the carefully prescribed series of Lucentis® injections. By using information from studies that help us predict the 12 month treatment response to Lucentis® in patients with wet macular degeneration we can make some approximate predictions for your visual prognosis.

Initial Examination Predictors of Results
From these studies we can predict that those patients with lower Best Corrected Visual Acuity (BCVA), of a younger age, with smaller areas of new blood vessel growth and leakage under the retina are most likely to have a good chance of gaining 3 lines of BCVA after 12 months of treatment. This means that should we make the diagnosis of wet macular degeneration and prescribe the Lucentis® injection treatments, you should be prepared to commit to at least a 12 month treatment plan with appointment scheduling we will recommend based on your individual situation. By following through with this set of recommendations we have the best chance of preserving and improving your vision.

If you or someone you know has questions about Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), treatment of wet AMD with Lucentis® injections or what we know about the visual prognosis of these treatments, 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., Suite 200, Gambrills, 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.