What to Expect During an Eye Exam

The eyes are arguably the most important of our five senses, enabling us to take in the world around us. It stands to reason, then, that regular visits to the eye doctor are just as important as your annual physical and dental exams. Regular eye exams can help identify eye diseases in the early stages, when the condition is most treatable.

At the offices of Retina Group of Washington – Maryland – Bowie, our team of highly-skilled professionals is well equipped to diagnose and treat a wide range of eye conditions, helping to maintain the best possible vision for each of our patients.

During the exam, the eye doctor will test for visual acuity (sharpness), depth perception, eye alignment, and eye movement. Eye drops are used to dilate the eyes’ pupils to make them larger, in order to see inside and check for signs of health problems. The doctor may even spot other conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes, sometimes before your primary care doctor does.

Guidelines for eye exams

In general, these are the recommended eye exam guidelines for people without symptoms or special risk factors:
• Ages 20-39: A complete eye exam is recommended every 2-3 years, but individuals should consult with their doctor about the exam frequency that’s right for them.
• Ages 40-59: Every 2 years
• Age 60 and older: Every year
• Children: Vision screening for all children is recommended at least once between ages 3 and 5 years to check for “lazy eye” or risk factors for the disease.

People with special risks, such as diabetes, a previous eye trauma, surgery or a family history of glaucoma, may need an eye exam more frequently. Those with symptoms of eye trouble should see an eye doctor right away. With some simple precautions and regular care, good eye health can be maintained and enjoyed throughout life.

Committed to your vision health

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Maryland – Bowie, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye care. For more information on our office and the many services we provide, give us a call today.

Annoying Eye Floaters Can Signal Something More Serious

You reach a certain age, and your eyesight may not be what it once was. You may start seeing a black dot in your field of vision that moves around when you move your eyes. It could also look like a cobweb. You try blinking but it just won’t go away. While the effect may be odd, floaters can sometimes be symptoms of an eye condition that requires prompt medical attention.

At the offices of Retina Group of Washington – Maryland – Bowie, our team of highly-skilled eye professionals is well equipped to diagnose the cause of your floaters and address the underlying causes, helping to restore healthy vision for our patients.

Eye floaters can sometimes be accompanied by other symptoms, such as flashes of light, and diminished peripheral vision. They most often occur as part of the normal aging process, but other eye conditions can cause them as well, including inflammation in the back of the eye, bleeding in the eye, a torn retina, complications from eye surgeries, and trauma to the eye.

Most eye floaters are an annoyance, but they are harmless and don’t require treatment; it’s simply a matter of getting used to them or ignoring them. Warning signs that you should seek an immediate evaluation at our office: if you see a new floater(s), the floaters are accompanied by flashing lights, part of your vision becomes dark, or if floaters appear red, which could indicate bleeding inside the eye.

Depending on the cause and severity of the floaters, laser therapy may be used to break up the floaters and make them less noticeable, or surgery may be used to remove them.

Committed to your vision health

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Maryland – Bowie, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye care. For more information on our office and the many services we provide, give us a call today.

Ophthalmologist in Edgewater

Pediatric Retina Care

Ophthalmologist in Edgewater

Ophthalmologist in Edgewater

Like adults, children require routine eye care. Like anyone else, children are capable of developing issues of the eye, only unlike adults the problems that can affect children are often developmental in nature. In order to ensure that your child’s eyes and eyesight are developing normally, annual eye exams can be extremely helpful. Here at The Retina Group of Washington our ophthalmologist in Edgewater can provide your child with comprehensive care as well as with specific pediatric retina care if your child develops a specific problem involving the retina.

The retina is the light sensitive tissue located at the back of the eye that is responsible for sending light signals to the brain, so that light that travels through your eyes are understood as images. Issues and diseases that affect the retina will have a direct effect on the quality of your eyesight and these sorts of issues can damage or impair vision permanently. For children, retina issues can affect them for the rest of their lives, so immediate care is absolutely necessary. Here at The Retina Group of Washington our ophthalmologist in Edgewater can offer comprehensive exams, screenings, tests and other forms of eye care if needed, especially if a certain condition is found to be present. Children are capable of developing many issues involving the retina, including retinopathy of prematurity, neonatal vitreous hemorrhage, juvenile retinal detachment, ocular trauma, traumatic retinal detachment and choroidal rupture, persistent fetal vascular syndrome, coats disease and other causes of serous retinal detachment,, cavernous hemangioma and racemose hemangioma, benign and malignant pediatric retinal tumors including retinoblastoma, retinocytoma, combined hamartoma, choroidal osteoma and choroidal nevus, retinal abnormalities and malformations associated with chromosomal/genetic syndromes and defects, optic nerve anomalies, inflammatory and infectious diseases affecting the retina and choroid in children, neovascularization of the retina and choroid, as in sickle cell disease/trait, juvenile-onset diabetes, eales disease, and much more.

To ensure that your child’s health is well cared for, visit our ophthalmologist in Edgewater here at The Retina Group of Washington today.

The Retina Group of Washington
16901 Melford Blvd, Suite 111
Bowie, MD 20715
(301) 637-4925

Bowie Eye Surgeon

Eye Care in Bowie

Bowie Eye Surgeon

Bowie Eye Surgeon

Many of us take our eye health and vision for granted, not realizing that we should be taking certain measures in order to keep our eyes and vision in good shape for the future. If you have an eye and retina disease, like macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, or retinal vein occlusion, one of the best ways to preserve your vision and keep your eyes in the best health possible is to visit a Bowie eye surgeon at The Retina Group of Washington for Avastin.

Our practice has participated in many of the landmark studies of new therapies for the medical and surgical treatment of adult retinal diseases. One of these therapies in particular is Avastin, also called Bevacizumab treatment, which is an eye injection used to treat several eye and retina diseases like macular degeneration. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in people over 50 years of age in the United States. AMD is caused by the breakdown of the central portion of the retina, called the macula, which is the highly sensitive part of your eye responsible for detailed central vision that is used for reading fine print, recognizing faces, and driving your car. Avastin can also be used to treat diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, diabetic macular edema, and central retinal vein occlusion. During this therapy, your Bowie eye surgeon will dilate the pupil and then numb the eye with anesthesia. The medication is injected into the vitreous, which is the jelly-like substance in the back chamber of the eye. Avastin is administered by an injection into your eye as needed at regular intervals (about every four to six weeks). Your ophthalmologist will tell you how often you will need to receive the injection, and for how long.

It is the mission of The Retina Group of Washington to preserve, restore, and enhance your vision. If you desire clear, comfortable vision and have an eye or retina disease, then selecting an eye care practice that offers Avastin may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Healthy eyes and a healthy body go hand in hand. Call our office today for further information regarding Avastin, or to schedule a consultation with one of our Bowie eye surgeons.

The Retina Group of Washington
16901 Melford Blvd, Suite 111
Bowie, MD 20715
(301) 637-4925