Eye doctor in Bowie

Risk Factors for Floaters

Do you ever see spots in your line of vision? If so you may be experiencing floaters. At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Maryland – Bowie, we can help!

Sometimes described as dark shapes or spots, flecks, lines, or strings, floaters are small shadows that are often caused by age-related changes to the eye. These are a normal part of some people’s vision and may just be annoying, but not require treatment. However, if you don’t normally have floaters or if you start to see an increasing amount in your line of sight, it’s important to have your eyes checked.

Floaters can appear like small, dark shapes. They may move when you move your eyes, and dart around. Usually you’ll see these when it is bright out or while looking into the light. They are not commonly associated with any pain. But just because you don’t feel pain, doesn’t mean you should ignore these symptoms. While floaters can be harmless, they can also indicate a more serious problem. The only way to tell is to schedule an eye exam as soon as you notice anything unusual.

What Causes Floaters?
According to the Mayo Clinic, common causes include:
• Aging (those 50 and over are at an increased risk)
• Inflammation of the eye
• Bleeding in the eye
• Retinal tear
• Eye surgeries
• Eye medications

Be sure to tell your doctor if you are nearsighted, have had any previous eye trauma or eye surgery complications, have diabetes, or any eye inflammation. These are all risk factors for floaters. Remember, it’s important to report any changes in vision or eye-related concerns as soon as you notice them and to always have regular, annual eye exams.

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

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.

Early Vitrectomy for Spontaneous, Fundus-Obscuring Vitreous Hemorrhage.

Melamud A1, Pham H2, Stoumbos Z2.



To examine the visual outcomes of early intervention in the setting of fundus-obscuring vitreous hemorrhage (VH) presumed to be due to posterior vitreous detachment.


Retrospective comparative case series.


All eyes that presented with a fundus-obscuring VH defined as vision of 20/400 or worse, and requiring a B-scan at presentation from 2003 – 2013, were evaluated. Eyes with any history of retinopathy; macular degeneration; recent trauma; presentation greater than two weeks after onset of symptoms; or follow-up of less than two months were excluded. The main outcome measure studied was final best-correct visual acuity (BCVA) as dependent on the time to surgery.


92 eyes met inclusion criteria with a mean follow-up of 490 days. Initial BCVA was logMAR 2.218 (Snellen equivalent 20/3000-20/4000 range 20/400- light perception); final BCVA was 0.318 (Snellen equivalent of 20/40-20/50 range 20/20 – light perception, p < 0.001). 56 patients (60.8%) had either a retinal tear or a retinal detachment. Patients who underwent surgery within 1 week had no significant improvement over all others, however a significant improvement was found when comparing early versus delayed surgery groups (p<0.05). There was a significantly increased risk of developing a macula-off retinal detachment in patients who did not undergo surgery within one week of presentation.


Early surgical intervention results in similar visual outcomes compared to a conservative approach. However, early intervention significantly reduces the incidence of severe vision loss related to macula involving retinal detachment. This study highlights the importance of close follow-up given the high risk of retinal detachment in fundus-obscuring vitreous hemorrhage.


Am J Ophthalmol. 2015 Jul 21. pii: S0002-9394(15)00449-3. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2015.07.025. [Epub ahead of print]

Ophthalmologists in Bowie Maryland

Bowie Ophthalmologist

Welcome to Retina Group of Washington, Bowie location. We are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality and most advanced eye care with compassion and respect. We offer a wide range of eye care services using state of the art technology, and our doctors and staff are specialists in the field of ophthalmology. We feel your medical care requires expert technical attention, as well as a relationship of confidence and trust between you and your doctor.

Dr. Weichel, Bowie Eye Surgeon

Dr. Weichel, Bowie Eye Surgeon

In cases when eye surgery is recommended, patients in the area can be sure they are receiving the diagnosis, opinion and surgical skills of an ophthalmologist in Bowie who has performed many successful procedures and whose seasoned approach to eye care provides them with accurate information and remarkable vision correction results. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

Ophthalmologist in Bowie
16901 Melford Blvd,
Suite 111
Bowie, MD 20715