Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Buying Tips for Eye Safe Toys this Holiday Season


We want to share some tips for buying “eye safe” toys as you make your list for this holiday season. Certainly the kids and the toy manufacturers know what is popular, but often they are unaware of potential safety issues, especially eye safety issues. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are typically more than 250,000 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. emergency rooms in annually with more than 75% affecting children under 15 years of age. A serious eye injury from a toy can ruin a family's holiday and, more seriously, leave a child with permanent vision loss.

Top Five Tips for Choosing Eye Safe Toys
1.     Avoid purchasing toys with sharp, protruding or projectile parts.
2.     Make sure children have appropriate supervision when playing with potentially hazardous toys or games that could cause injury.
3.     If you plan to give sports equipment, provide appropriate protective eyewear with polycarbonate lenses. Check with your eye doctor to learn about protective eyewear recommended for your child's sport.
4.     Check labels for age recommendations and be sure to select gifts that are appropriate for a child's age and maturity.
5.     Keep toys that are made for older children away from younger children.

We wish you a happy holiday season! If you need help with guidance on toys or protective eyewear for children, please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or 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, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Mike’s LASIK Experience at BW Eye



“Very professional and thorough, they took far more time explaining and preparing me for the process than the actual operation itself took.  At no point before, during, or after my treatment have I had the slightest doubt that the doctor and his staff care about me and the results that I receive. They took as much time reassuring my wife as they did me. A great experience… I highly recommend Dr. Spagnolo at Baltimore Washington Eye Center.”-Mike

If you or someone you know is tired of the hassle of glasses or contact lenses for seeing at distance and would like to find out if LASIK might be a good vision correction option, please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or 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, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Joseph’s & Patrick’s Cataract Experience


BWEC Cataract Surgery Experience
“The staff and Dr. Spagnolo are number one. Everyone is so friendly and had a smile on their face; that’s something you want to see while coming in to have surgery on your eye. All my questions were answered when I needed them and everyone is very professional.”-Joseph S

“I would like to thank Dr. Arturo Betancourt and his staff for the wonderful surgery he performed on both of my eyes for cataracts. They describe step by step the surgery and were there for me all the way. What a wonderful place and staff!”-Patrick B

If  you or someone you know is experiencing cataract symptoms such as cloudy or foggy vision, glare, or difficulty with night driving and would like to learn more about cataract surgery & lens implants please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or 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, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Dry Eye Treatment with Omega 3 Supplements


Dry Eye Disease (DED) is a global problem that affects more than 30 million people in the United States alone. Dry eye disease (DED) is a mutifactorial disease of the tear film and ocular surface that can result in eye pain and impaired vision. The main dry eye treatments are typically supportive rather than therapeutic. Based on current clinical studies in the journal Ophthalmology, today we know that a moderate daily dose of Omega 3 Supplements for about 3 months resulted in reduced tear osmolarity and increased tear stability in people with DED; and that the phospholipid form called Krill Oil is even more therapeutic, reducing DED symptoms.

If you or someone you know suffers from dry eye disease or experiences gritty, sandy, dry, or red eyes and wishes to explore whether Omega 3 Supplements would be helpful, please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or 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, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Melissa’s LASIK Experience


“It was my best decision ever. Surgery was quick, easy and effective. The staff are amazing at providing service while making you comfortable throughout the process. It was easier than I thought, and I would have LASIK at BWEye again in a heartbeat! (but I don’t have to J),”-Melissa

If you or someone you know is tired of the hassle of glasses or contact lenses for seeing at distance and would like to find out if LASIK might be a good vision correction option, please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or 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, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Eye Photos for High Blood Pressure


Eye photos for high blood pressure? Why? When you visit us for your comprehensive eye exam we will perform a very careful examination of the inside of your eye so that we can study the health of the blood vessels and the retina itself, as this is an indication of your overall blood vessel health. Your primary care doctor will also take the time to do a more cursory examination of the retina and blood vessels-especially if you have diabetes or high blood pressure. Recently, a smartphone-based app was developed to help emergency room physicians quickly evaluate and photograph the retina to aid in making quicker and more accurate diagnoses of high blood pressure-related emergencies. High blood pressure can result in narrowing of the retinal blood vessels, blockage of blood vessels, and even retinal bleeding or hemorrhages. If you have high blood pressure that causes changes in your retinal blood vessels we may even ask to photograph your retinas when you have an eye exam.

If you or someone you know has high blood pressure it is important to have regular eye exams at the recommended times your doctor requests. Please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or 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 and 2391 Brandermill Blvd., Suite 200, Gambrills, Maryland 21061, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Early Detection of Juvenile Diabetic Retinal Problems


Diabetic retinopathy is best managed when detected and diagnosed early. This can be especially important for children with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. The earlier we can detect and diagnose their diabetic eye problems, the more likely we can help prevent vision loss. Most often diabetic retinopathy is diagnosed during a dilated exam of the retina during an eye exam. However, we also have a very sensitive non-invasive “kid friendly” imaging system in our office called Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) that can help us detect the very earliest types of changes from diabetes, even before they might be visible during a dilated retinal exam.

According to a clinical study reported in the journal Ophthalmic Surgery, Laser and Imaging Retina, Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus causes a degenerative effect on certain nerve cells in the retina even before the breakdown of blood vessels occurs with diabetic retinopathy. From this research, it is thought that OCT may be more useful than just a dilated retinal exam in kids with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus.

If you or someone you know has a child or young adult with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus, please make sure they are having regular eye exams, but also so that we might perform an OCT as part of their care. If you have questions or wish to schedule an appointment please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or 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, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Is LASIK Safe after 65?


LASIK is safe, effective and convenient type of laser vision correction for those wanting freedom from the hassle of glasses and contacts. But sometimes patients think they might just be too old for LASIK. While the best way to correct both distance vision and the near vision focusing problem-presbyopia, is with lens implants for vision correction, a recent study clearly supports that even at age 65, LASIK is still safe and effective. Reporting in the journal International Ophthalmology  eye surgeons found that even though elder patients may present greater LASIK restrictions due to lens cataract and other eye age-related changes, patients 65 years of age and older that were good candidates LASIK achieved safe, predictable and effective vision and eye health results.

If you or someone you know is thinking about the freedom of seeing clearly without glasses or contact lenses and is concerned about whether their age might be a problem, please schedule an appointment so we can help find out if you might be a candidate for LASIK or lens implants for vision correction. Just call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or 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 and 2391 Brandermill Blvd., Suite 200, Gambrills, Maryland 21061, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Eye Health Tips for College Students


Going to college and perhaps living in a dormitory can be an exciting and hectic time for students. But, it’s worth mentioning some common sense tips to preserve eye health and avoid eye problems for college students. College students can be susceptible to a host of vision and eye problems such as injury, infection and increased nearsightedness that can be avoided with a little bit of “smarts” and awareness.

Don't Shower or Swim with Contact Lenses. Acanthamoeba is a parasite that lives in water and can cause a rare but serious eye infection called Acanthamoeba keratitis. According to the CDC, 85 percent of Acanthamoeba eye infections occur in contact lens wearers, one of the main risks being exposure of lenses to water. To avoid this dangerous infection, do not wear contact lenses in showers, hot tubs or when swimming in lakes or pools. Also, never use water to clean or store contact lenses; only use sterile contact lens disinfecting solution and a clean contact lens case.  

Get Out. We all want you to get good grades, but spending much of their time studying indoors, puts you at risk of becoming more nearsighted, or myopic. A recent study found that more than 50 percent of college graduates are nearsighted, with vision worsening for each year in school. Other research shows that spending more time outdoors can protect vision from getting worse. Take a break-get outside when possible.

Wash Your HandsConjunctivitis, or “pink eye” spreads really fast in schools and dorms. We know of a report where an outbreak struck more than 1,000 Ivy League college students! Avoid rubbing the eyes and wash hands with soap to avoid catching and spreading pink eye, not to mention other infections.

Give Your Eyes a Break. Dry eye from intense long hours of computer or video display terminal use can be a real problem for college students. To help avoid dry eye symptoms of burning, gritty, red eyes, follow the 20-20-20 rule. Look at something 20 feet away every 20 minutes for 20 seconds. Because dry eye can also cause painful corneal ulcers, which are open sores on the front part of the eye, blink regularly and fully to keep eyes moist.  

Don't Share Makeup. Harmless as it may seem, sharing makeup is a surefire way to spread infection such as herpes keratitis among friends. Infection-causing bacteria grow easily in creamy or liquid eye makeup. Stick to your own makeup and throw it away after three months. If you develop an eye infection, immediately toss all of your eye makeup.  

Stay in the Game. Did you know that nearly 1 in 18 college athletes will get an eye injury playing sports? Common injuries, like scratches on the eye surface and broken bones near the eye socket, happen most often in high-risk sports such as baseball, basketball and lacrosse. Athletes should consider wearing polycarbonate sports glasses to help keep stray balls and elbows from hitting their eyes.

In college, taking care of your eye health may be the last thing on your mind, but we wanted to share some common sense tips. If you or someone you know experiences an eye health or vision problem please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or 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 Turf Valley Town Center, 11089 Resort Road, Suite 206, Ellicott City, Maryland 21042, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Laser Treatment or Eye Drops for Glaucoma?


Can Laser Treatment Replace Eye Drops for Glaucoma?
Chronic Open Angle Glaucoma, which is the most common type of glaucoma, has no cure. Glaucoma is a lifelong eye disease that requires treatment throughout one’s life in some manner. This may require using one or more eye drops on a daily or even more frequent basis, laser treatments, or even surgery; or some combination of treatments, in order to maintain stability and prevent vision loss. A recent study of particular interest to those stable glaucoma patients who use one or more eye drops daily was published in the journal Acta Ophthalmologica and demonstrated that a form of glaucoma laser treatment called Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty was able to replace the need for eyedrops in 77% of stable glaucoma patients and still maintain excellent control of intraocular pressure! In most other patients, the laser treatment was able to reduce the number of different eye drops used or reduce the frequency that an eye drop needed to be used to maintain stable eye pressure. This is very helpful for most glaucoma patients as it reduces medication side effects and helps those who might have a tough time instilling eye drops or remembering to use them at the prescribed time each day.

If you or someone you know has glaucoma and uses eye drops each day and wishes to explore the possibility of glaucoma laser treatment or anyone concerned about their risk of glaucoma and might need to schedule an eye exam we welcome you to call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or 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 and 2391 Brandermill Blvd., Suite 200, Gambrills, Maryland 21061, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Buying Online Internet Eyeglasses


Anyone who wears glasses and uses a computer is often presented with the availability and options of buying their eyewear online. When asked, most people say they are interested in internet eyeglass purchases because it seems to be convenient. Many others say it’s because they can get a good deal A recent study in the journal Optometry & Vision Science compared the overall quality and fit of eyeglasses bought online with eyewear purchased from optometry practices. The study found that patients preferred spectacles bought from optometry practices rather than those bought online, in spite of lens quality and prescription accuracy being similar. A greater number of online spectacles were deemed unsafe or unacceptable because of poor spectacle frame fit, poor cosmetic appearance, and inaccurate optical centration. This appears to especially be the case for Progressive Addition Lenses (PAL) or “Progressives” as when these lenses are not fit and positioned properly they can cause a great deal of visual distortion and discomfort.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about or be fit with eyeglasses, digital lenses including progressives, or other lenses, please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or 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 Turf Valley Town Center, 11089 Resort Road, Suite 206, Ellicott City, Maryland 21042, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Energy Drinks, Eye Problems & Vision Loss


Energy drinks that contain very large quantities of stimulants such as caffeine and sugar are often consumed by both adults and even teenagers looking for that extra energy boost. There have been concerns about and reports of headaches, blood pressure spikes, neurological and heart problems with the consumption of these drinks. Indeed, we have seen that energy drinks may also cause retinal hemorrhages and vision loss and want to caution patients who consume them to be aware of the potential risks. A recent report cites the case of a 48 year old gentleman who had high blood pressure and consumed several cans of energy drinks. A short time later he presented in the emergency room with very high blood pressure, a very fast heart rate and a sudden loss of vision. He was examined and found to have hemorrhages within his retina that lead to his sudden vision loss. It is clear that for some people consuming energy drinks might be acceptable, and even useful, but for others the risks may not be worthwhile.

If you or someone you know drinks energy drinks and experiences any eye problems or vision loss please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or 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 and 2391 Brandermill Blvd., Suite 200, Gambrills, Maryland 21061, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

LASIK & Soft Contact Lens Vision


Vision with Laser Vision Correction after Wearing Soft Contacts
If you wear soft contact lenses and have been thinking about LASIK, you already know the benefit of not having to wear eyeglasses for seeing clearly at distance. But, you may wonder how well LASIK will correct your vision. Another common question is how long you may have to go without wearing your contacts before you can have LASIK, and will that change your results.  A recent Study reported in the journal of the British Contact Lens Association, Contact Lenses & Anterior Eye compared the vision results of soft contact lens wearers with both LASIK and PRK among groups of people who had stopped wearing their soft contacts for 2 weeks before their laser vision correction, others 24 hours before laser vision correction and, those who only wore glasses prior to laser vision correction.

Results of Laser Vision Correction Compared to Soft Contact Lenses
In patients who had stopped wearing their contacts 2 weeks before having laser eye surgery to correct nearsightedness, vision without glasses was significantly better at one month and at six months after having laser vision correction than the glasses only group!

It is important to note that you will be asked to refrain from contact lens wear for several days prior to your laser vision consult and for 3 days before having laser vision correction. This is done to ensure our doctors obtain correct measurements for planning your laser vision procedure and to minimize infection risk on the day of your procedure.

If you are a soft contact lens wearer thinking about LASIK or PRK please schedule a free consultation at Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or 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 Turf Valley Town Center, 11089 Resort Road, Suite 206, Ellicott City, Maryland 21042, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Myrna’s Cataract Story at BW Eye


Myrna’s Cataract Story at Baltimore Washington Eye Center
“My two cataract surgeries were stress-free and a pleasant experience. Yes, there was some apprehension at first on what to expect prior to surgery. Once I went through the door into the surgery suite, every step and procedure was explained in a calm, caring and sincere manner prior to surgery.  If I still had any anxiety, it disappeared and I became very relaxed. It was a very organized process and executed very well. From the first office visit to the completion of surgery, the staff, technicians, surgical staff, and Dr. Spagnolo were very professional. They all were very good listeners and addressed all of my questions and concerns. I am very pleased with the outcome of my cataract surgery at BW Eye. Thank you.”-Myrna S. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing cataract symptoms such as cloudy or foggy vision, glare, or difficulty with night driving and would like to learn more about cataract surgery & lens implants please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or 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 Turf Valley Town Center, 11089 Resort Road, Suite 206, Ellicott City, Maryland 21042, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Glaucoma: Pregnancy, Labor & Eye Pressure

Pregnancy, Labor & Eye Pressure: What You Need to Know!
What could pregnancy, labor and your eye pressure have to do with one another?  For the clear majority of “new moms to be” thoughts and concerns about their upcoming labor can cause them to voice concerns about their physical, as well as, emotional wellbeing. Typically, your obstetrician will be a sound source of information about what to expect in terms of pain, discomfort and how they will help you manage the physical discomfort and stress of labor. From time to time, we have patients who are pregnant and have a family history of glaucoma, or are perhaps “ocular hypertensive,” meaning that they have had a high intraocular pressure (IOP) measurement as part of their annual routine eye exam. These patients often share their concern about the physical stress of labor and if there is any chance of eye and optic nerve damage during delivery. Fortunately, recent data from a study we reviewed in the Journal of Glaucoma shows that eye pressure and blood flow into the optic nerve during the various stages of labor are not changed and that there is no increased risk to those who have a family history of glaucoma or high eye pressure. No doubt reassuring news for mom’s to be.

If you are pregnant and have a family history of glaucoma or have been told that you at risk for glaucoma due to a high eye pressure, please be reassured that labor and delivery will not expose you to greater risk. It is important however to continue your regular eye exams-even during pregnancy-and especially if you experience any changes in your vision or general eye health! Please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or 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 Turf Valley Town Center, 11089 Resort Road, Suite 206, Ellicott City, Maryland 21042, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Migraines Affect Retina Too!


Migraine Headaches Can Affect the Retina
If you suffer from migraine headaches, you know the painfully debilitating effect they can have on your life. Migraine headaches are one of the most common problems seen in emergency departments and doctors' offices. Migraines are believed to be due to changes in the brain and surrounding blood vessels. Your optic nerve and the nerve fiber layer of the retina are extensions of the brain. Until recently there were few studies to understand if and how the retina was affected by migraine headaches. Using a testing method we actually use in our office called Optical Coherence tomography (OCT), researchers evaluated whether there were structural changes and damage to the nerve fiber layer of patients who suffered from chronic migraines. The researchers reported findings in the Journal of Neurology that showed that chronic migraine suffers had significantly thinner nerve fiber layers and that the degree of thinning was inversely proportional to the frequency of their migraine headaches. That is, the more frequent the headaches, the greater the changes and damage to the retina. They believe that although migraine is an episodic and recurrent disease, its chronic nature might cause permanent structural abnormalities involving not only the brain, but also the retina. Thus, it is important to get help to control your migraines not just because of the pain and disability, but to minimize compromising the retina.

If you or someone you know suffers from migraines or headaches of any type and has not had a recent eye exam, please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or 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 Turf Valley Town Center, 11089 Resort Road, Suite 206, Ellicott City, Maryland 21042, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Things You Should Know About Cataracts


Cataracts seem to be a more common eye health and vision problem that we hear about today. In part, this is because now as patients age they are no longer willing to accept the limitations that decreased vision from cataracts can impose on day to day activities. This, combined with the ability to restore vision loss from cataracts in a safe, effective and predictable manner with cataract surgery and lens implants for vision correction, motivates more patients, at earlier ages, to seek solutions to help maintain an active, engaged and productive lifestyle.

About Cataracts
Approximately 25 million Americans have cataracts, which cause cloudy, blurry or dim vision and often develop with advancing age. As everyone grows older, the lenses of their eyes thicken and become cloudier. Eventually, they may find it more difficult to read street signs. Colors may seem dull. These symptoms may signal cataracts, which affect about 70 percent of people by age 75. Fortunately, cataracts can be corrected with surgery. Ophthalmologists who are cataract surgeons perform around three million cataract surgeries each year to restore vision to those patients. Here are some facts people should know about cataracts.
  • Age isn’t the only risk factor for cataracts. Though most everyone will develop cataracts with age, recent studies show that lifestyle and behavior can influence when and how severely you develop cataracts. Diabetes, extensive exposure to sunlight, smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and certain ethnicities have all been linked to increased risk of cataracts. Eye injuries, prior intraocular eye surgery, and long-term use of steroid medication, perhaps for asthma, allergies, or arthritis, can also result in cataracts. If you have any of these risk factors and are experiencing blurry or cloudy vision, difficulty with night vision, especially glare or haloes, you should schedule an eye exam and alert your eye doctor.
  • Cataracts cannot be prevented, but you can lower your risk. Wearing UV-blocking sunglasses and brimmed hats when outside can help. Several studies suggest that eating more vitamin C-rich foods may delay how fast cataracts form. Avoiding smoking cigarettes, has been shown to decrease the risk of cataract development.
  • Surgery may help improve more than just your vision. During the procedure, the natural clouded lens is replaced with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens, or IOL, which should improve your vision significantly. Patients have a variety of lenses to choose from, each with different benefits. Lens implants today can correct a full range of vision and help you see clearly at far, arm’s length and near without being dependent on eyeglasses! While this alone is a great benefit, studies have shown that cataract surgery can improve quality of life and reduce the risk of falling, a potentially serious risk for many seniors. If you think a cataract is possibly interfering with your ability to see well you should schedule an eye exam and inform your eye doctor.

If you or someone you know is experiencing cataract symptoms such as cloudy or foggy vision, glare, or difficulty with night driving and would like to learn more about cataract surgery & lens implants please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or 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 Turf Valley Town Center, 11089 Resort Road, Suite 206, Ellicott City, Maryland 21042, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.


Sunday, July 22, 2018

Kid’s Back to School Eye Exams


Time for Kid’s Back to School Eye Exams
With back-to-school time around the corner, parents will be scrambling to buy new school supplies and clothes. As they check off their long list of school to-dos, we are reminding moms and dads not to neglect one of the most important learning tools: their children’s eyes. Good vision and overall eye health are vital to learning. Because children are still growing, being vigilant about child eye health is particularly important.

Tips for Kids’ Healthy Eyes & Vision
Get Regular Childhood Vision Screenings - Children’s eyes change rapidly, making regular vision screenings an important step in detecting and correcting eye problems earlyIn addition to screenings for infants, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends further vision screening for children when they are:

>Pre-School age, between age 3 and 3 and a half
>Entering School
>Experiencing a Vision Problem 

Know and Share Your Family Eye Health History - Everyone should find out whether eye conditions or diseases run in their family. Parents should share that information with the person performing the screening or eye exam when possible. Examples of common eye conditions include nearsightedness, crossed eye, known as strabismus, and lazy eye, known as amblyopia. If these are not treated in childhood, they can cause permanent vision loss in one eye.   

Watch for Signs of Eye Problems - Parents should be alert to symptoms that could indicate an eye or vision problem, such as complaints of eyestrain, headaches and squinting when reading or performing other common activities. Other symptoms to look for include a white or grayish-white coloring in the pupil, one eye that turns in or out, or eyes that do not track in sync together.

Wear Protective Eyewear When Playing Sports - Eye injuries while playing sports can cause serious damage, whether by getting smacked with an elbow during basketball or hit with a hockey stick. If your child plays racket sports, hockey, field hockey, baseball or basketball, consider having them wear goggles or other certified protective eyewear. 

If you or someone you know has a child that needs to schedule an eye exam please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or 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 Turf Valley Town Center, 11089 Resort Road, Suite 206, Ellicott City, Maryland 21042, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Sunglasses Help Protect You From Serious Eye Problems!


With summer in full swing, the days are longer, the sun hotter, and the threat from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays, greater. Excess sun exposure can put you at risk of serious short-term and long-term eye problems. This is true for young and old, year-round. Prevention is simple. Wear sunglasses that block ultraviolet radiation.

Keeping Your Eyes Safe from the Sun
When shopping for sunglasses always ask the optician or look for a tag or label that says 100% protection against both UVA and UVB or 100% protection against UV 400. UV protection is the essential piece you need to look for in a pair of sunglasses. Darkness and color do not indicate the strength of UV protection, and neither does the price tag! There is no doubt about the consequences of not protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. If your eyes are exposed to strong sunlight for too long without proper protection, UV rays can burn the cornea-called photokeratitis- and cause temporary blindness in a matter of hours. Long-term sun exposure is linked to more serious eye disease, such as cataracts, certain types of eyelid cancer, and growths on or near the eye. A lifetime of exposure also likely increases progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition that can cause blindness. In addition to wearing UV protecting sunglasses, also consider wearing broad brimmed hats. They have been shown to significantly cut exposure to harmful rays. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen! 

If you or someone you know wants to learn more about UV damage to the eye or select and be fit with proper sunglasses, please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or 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 Turf Valley Town Center, 11089 Resort Road, Suite 206, Ellicott City, Maryland 21042, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.