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How Can Diabetes Affect My Eyesight? Oct 17th, 2018

If you’ve been diagnosed with Diabetes, you’ve already begun the process of learning more about the disease and how it will affect your current lifestyle. What you may not already know is that Diabetes can have a large impact on your eyesight and the general health of your eyes. With the proper treatment...

Screen Time and Children’s Eye Health Aug 17th, 2018

According to the Vision Council, over 70 percent of American parents report that their children frequently engage in more than two hours of screen time every day. That’s over 14 hours a week that children are committing to tablets and televisions, and the statistic most likely doesn’t take school, camp, or daycare...

This August, Help Raise Awareness for Children’s Eye Health Aug 10th, 2018

August is National Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month! Read on to learn more about common childhood eye conditions, and schedule a comprehensive eye exam for your child.AmblyopiaMore commonly referred to as a lazy eye, amblyopia is characterized by decreased vision resulting in abnormal visual development. Lazy eye is the...

3 Reasons to Purchase Sunglasses with 100% UV Protection Jul 28th, 2018

Everywhere you look, from the grocery store to the mall kiosk, there are sunglasses for sale. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes; some cheaper than the price of a happy hour cocktail! Novelty sunglasses might seem like a fun idea, but they can’t offer the protection you need from...

Schedule Your Child’s Back-to-School Eye Exam Today Jul 21st, 2018

There is still plenty of summer vacation left, but now is a great time to schedule your child’s back-to-school eye exam. According to the American Optometric Association, more than 80% of a child’s learning is visual. That means that if your son or daughter is having trouble seeing, they will...

Are Eyelash Extensions Safe For My Eyes? Jul 19th, 2018

Eyelash extensions are now more popular than ever, but what are the risks? Before you book your appointment, read on to learn more about the latest beauty trend.Eyelash ExtensionsSome people go to great lengths for full, luscious lashes. False lashes, growth serums, and mascara have been popular choices in the past,...

Lawn Mowing, Gardening, and Eye Safety Jul 5th, 2018

For many homeowners, tending to one’s landscape is a relaxing pastime. From mowing the lawn to pulling weeds, it’s always nice to get outside and work to beautify your property. You might know all there is about lawn care, but are you taking the necessary precautions to protect the health...

The Do’s and Don’ts of Firework Safety Jun 30th, 2018

July Fourth is just around the corner, and fireworks will soon illuminate the North American sky. If you’re planning to enjoy a pyrotechnic display with family and friends, ensure that you do so safely. Fireworks are responsible for thousands of injuries each year, and the statistic drastically increases on Independence Day....

It’s Summertime! 4 Seasonal Eye Problems to Avoid Jun 16th, 2018

The first day of summer is a week away, which means it’s time to prepare your eyes for the season. Whether you spend your summer swimming laps at the pool or fishing by the lake, it’s essential to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, chlorine, and more. Discover four...

Common Questions and Answers About Cataracts Jun 9th, 2018

Cataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness in the U.S., but proper treatment can help decrease a person’s chance of losing their sight. During the month of June, the Academy of Ophthalmology highlights this common eye disease and hopes to bring light to an issue that affects millions of Americans.What is...

Blue Light: 4 Facts You Need to Know Jun 1st, 2018

According to a report published by CNN in 2016,Americans commit over ten hours a day to screen time. Whether you’re writing a report on your desktop or checking Instagram on your smartphone, you’re exposing your eyes to visible blue light. Learn more about blue light, and discover how you can protect your eyes.Sunlight...

Eye Safety and Memorial Day Weekend May 26th, 2018

Memorial Day is an opportunity to remember and honor America’s fallen heroes, and many people choose to spend the weekend with family and friends. Whether you’re traveling to the lake or your neighborhood cookout, ensure that you’re taking care of the health of your eyes. Discover how to practice eye safety this...

4 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Macular Degeneration May 5th, 2018

There might not yet be a cure for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), but thankfully there are several steps you can take to reduce your risk. Learn how you can start today!Quit SmokingSmoking is the largest contributing risk factor for AMD. Cigarettes contain over 4,500 chemicals, and exposing your eyes to this toxicity can...

Three Ways to Protect Your Eyes From Chlorine Apr 13th, 2018

Whether you’re opening the pool soon or you’re hitting the beach for spring break, consider the health of your eyes before you cannonball into the water. You don’t have to hold a record-breaking 50m butterfly time to develop dry eye. Even a leisurely dip in the pool can leave your eyes red and uncomfortable....

How To Ensure Your Child’s Eye Safety During Sports Season Apr 7th, 2018

Spring is finally here, and Opening Day has come and gone. If you’re a parent to a young athlete, ensuring their safety throughout sports season is of the utmost concern. April is recognized as Sports Eye Safety Month by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Discover four simple ways that you can...

Everything You Need to Know About Astigmatism Mar 24th, 2018

Astigmatism is very common, occurring in about one and three people in the United States. It’s characterized as a refractive error in the eye and can lead to blurry vision. Learn more about astigmatism, and discover what you can do to correct it.Astigmatism, DefinedAccording to the National Eye Institute, astigmatism occurs when the...

The Rationality Behind Wearing Sunglasses Every Day Mar 16th, 2018

The first day of spring is swiftly approaching, and already the hills are lined with yellow daffodils. It might not be beach season yet, but UV rays are already gaining intensity. According to a 2015 report by the Vision Council, only 31% of Americans wear sunglasses every time they go outside. Our goal...

Experiencing Eye Strain? Take a Break from Your Smartphone Mar 3rd, 2018

If you work in an office or you own a smartphone, chances are you spend a significant portion of your day with your eyes glued to a screen. Digital eye strain and computer vision syndrome are a couple of terms that describe the negative effects people feel when spending time on the...

Can Drinking Alcohol Affect My Eyesight? Feb 24th, 2018

When it comes to drinking alcohol, moderation is key. Enjoying a glass of wine with dinner can offer several health benefits, but finishing the bottle every night can present a few health risks. Just as excessive alcohol use can have a negative effect on the body, it can also be...

4 Ways Your Vision Changes During Pregnancy Feb 17th, 2018

Pregnancy is a beautiful time for women and their families, but it can present a variety of unexpected changes. Discover how your vision can change during these nine months, and ensure that you schedule an eye exam at the Catonsville Eye Group!Dryness/IrritationHormone levels fluctuate during pregnancy, causing the body to produce fewer...

5 Ways to Protect Your Eyes from Sun Damage Feb 16th, 2018

The first day of spring is officially a month away! The days will be longer and the sun will shine brighter which means that we must take special care when ensuring the safety of our eyes. Here are 5 ways you can protect your vision from harmful UV rays.Wear UV Protection SunglassesWearing sunglasses is...

How to Avoid Conjunctivitis During Cold and Flu Season Feb 10th, 2018

If you haven’t had the flu this season, chances are you know someone who has. The most recent influenza report from the CDC states that influenza activity increased in the United States during the week of January 21. The flu has been particularly bad this year, and it isn’t over yet....

How to Keep Your Eyeglasses in Good Condition Jan 27th, 2018

If you wear eyeglasses, you understand just how important it is to keep them in good shape. Constantly replacing misplaced or damaged glasses is a waste of money, and it can also have a negative effect on your eyesight. Discover how to care for your eyeglasses in three simple steps.Purchase Multiple CasesWe are...

Winter Weather and Contact Lens Care Jan 20th, 2018

As the winter weather persists, East Coast residents head out to purchase shovels and salt for snow storms ahead. Not only does snow and ice make living conditions difficult, but the lack of moisture in the air can also lead to a variety of other problems. Discover how to properly care...

4 Important Facts You Need to Know About Glaucoma Jan 5th, 2018

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Discover four important facts about glaucoma, and encourage those in your life to schedule an eye exam in the new year.Glaucoma Patients are Commonly AsymptomaticGlaucoma patients exhibit little to no symptoms during the early stages of the disease, which is why it’s so important to schedule a comprehensive...

4 Ways to Avoid Winter Dry Eyes Dec 15th, 2017

The winter months are particularly lovely in Maryland. Twinkly lights line the streets of Catonsville, while snow falls from the deep, grey sky. If you’re a fan of the cold, winter on the East Coast is a thing of beauty. However, many people tend to experience the negative side effects of...

5 Reasons to Wear Sunglasses all Winter Long Dec 9th, 2017

Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion statement; they’re an essential aspect of your daily eye care routine. UV protection might seem like a no-brainer during the bright summer months, but research has proven that sunglasses are just as important during winter. Discover how sunglasses can benefit the health of your eyes all winter long.Reduce GlareThe...

Eye Care and the Holiday Season Nov 30th, 2017

Every December, millions of people purchase stacks of neatly packaged presents for the ones they love. It’s the season of the consumer, after all, and this year is no different. Whether you’re shopping online or heading to the closest mall, consider the safety of your friends and family before you check out.Safe...

3 Thanksgiving Foods That Can Boost Eye Health Nov 18th, 2017

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means soon you’ll be treating your taste buds to seasonal staples like pumpkin pie. Remember that the food you eat has a direct impact on the health of your eyes. Luckily for you, Thanksgiving dinner is full of delicious nutrients that promote proper eye function. Discover...

5 Eye Care Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs Nov 11th, 2017

Most people don’t realize that their daily habits can have a negative effect on the health of their eyes. Discover how you can start taking care of your vision and avoid the following eye care mistakes.Sleeping in Your ContactsUnless you are wearing FDA-approved overnight contact lenses, make sure that you’re removing them at the...

5 Ways to Combat Diabetic Eye Diseases Nov 3rd, 2017

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Raising awareness is especially important for people with diabetes, who have a higher risk of developing eye diseases like diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Discover a few important steps that you can take to prevent diabetic eye diseases.Schedule a Dilated Eye...

How Can I Prevent Blindness? Oct 28th, 2017

While most people see their eye doctor regularly, a large number of Americans continue to skip eye care. It doesn’t matter if you have never experienced a vision problem or you have a history of eye disease, scheduling an eye exam is crucial for one’s overall health. Discover how you can take the...

Losing Sleep can Negatively Affect Your Eyesight Oct 21st, 2017

Let’s face it; it’s not always easy to get a full eight hours of sleep each night. Whether you’re raising young children or climbing the corporate ladder, the daily stresses of life tend to disrupt our natural sleep cycles. You may already be aware of the health risks associated with a lack...

How to Get Eye Relief from Fall Allergies Oct 13th, 2017

If the changing season has caused your eyes to water and itch, you’re not alone. Fall allergies affect more than 35 million Americans, and the numbers are especially high here on the East Coast. Discover how you can find relief from fall allergies with the following eye care tips.Understand Your AllergiesAllergies can flare up...

Halloween Preparation Eye Care Tips for the Family Oct 6th, 2017

The first week of October is an exciting time for Halloweenenthusiasts, especially if you have young children. While you hang up the festive decor and scour the internet for a clever costume, consider taking a few steps to ensure that the family is celebrating safely. Discover how to have an enjoyable Halloween season...

A Brief Guide to Cosmetics and Eye Health Sep 30th, 2017

Applying mascara each morning might allow you to feel beautiful and confident, but cosmetics can pose a threat to the health of your eyes. Makeup, like eyeshadow and eyeliner, can breed microscopic dirt and bacteria, so it’s important to ensure that your beauty routine is hygienic. Discover how to use makeup safely with the...

4 Common Eye Problems to Watch Out For Sep 14th, 2017

Every September, the American Academy of Ophthalmology celebrates Healthy Aging Month to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of vision loss. Unfortunately, many older adults neglect to see an ophthalmologist for care, resulting in a variety of eye issues, from cataracts to complete blindness. Discover four of the most common eye problems, and learn...

Back to School: Preventing Eye Injuries Sep 9th, 2017

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of signing your child up for their first organized sport. The freshly cut grass, the oversized jerseys, the scraped knees — all joys reminiscent of your own childhood. The game may be the same but the standards have changed, and it’s more important than ever to put...

Did the Solar Eclipse Damage My Eyes? Aug 23rd, 2017

The solar eclipse has come and gone, and despite the health warnings and viewing tutorials, many Americans are worried about the state of their vision after Monday’s phenomenon. Whether you caught a quick glance of the crescent or you stared directly at the sun, it’s important to understand the signs of potential...

Simple Ways to Start Improving The Health of Your Eyes Aug 19th, 2017

Unfortunately, more than 20 million American adults have experienced eye disease, visual impairment, and even blindness. Discover the simple ways that you can start improving the health of your eyes today.  Go for a WalkIt’s common knowledge that just thirty minutes of physical exercise a day can benefit your heart, but did you know that it...

3 Common Childhood Eye Conditions Aug 10th, 2017

Last week, we discussed eye exams and the vital role they play in the lives of young children. Since August is recognized as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, it’s important to spotlight a few of the most common childhood eye conditions to raise awareness. An eye exam may be an...

Should My Child Have an Eye Exam? Aug 5th, 2017

As the new school year quickly approaches, it’s important to set young students up for success. You may have already scheduled his dentist appointment and purchased a new pair of shoes, but have you considered setting up an eye exam? Your child isn’t necessarily going to know if he has...

How to Safely View the Solar Eclipse In Maryland Jul 27th, 2017

In just a couple of weeks, the New Moon will come between the Sun and the Earth, casting the darkest part of its shadow on mesmerized viewers below. The sun will disappear, the day will revert to nightfall, and massive streaks of light will dance around the silhouette of the moon. If...

Important Tips for Wearing Contact Lenses Jul 20th, 2017

Recently, a 67-year-old woman was experiencing an uncomfortable sensation in her eyes. As the doctors prepared for a routine cataract surgery, they discovered the source of her discomfort: 27 contact lenses held together by mucus. The doctors were shocked to discover the mass, and amazed by the patient’s composure during the...

Optometry Tips for Swimming Safely this Summer Jul 15th, 2017

During a Maryland summer, walking outside of your front door means experiencing a shocking wave of humidity. A light rainstorm sometimes provides some respite from the heat, but if the sun is shining it’s best to cool off in your local pool. Whether you’re taking a dip in your backyard...

3 Ways to Observe UV Safety Month Jul 8th, 2017

The Fourth of July fireworks have come and gone, which means the summer is just starting to heat up. As you plan your next big vacation, take some time to educate yourself on the dangers of excessive sun exposure. During the month of July, the American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds the public of...

Encouraging Children to Spend More Time Outdoors Could Decrease Myopia Development Jul 1st, 2017

Most kids love to spend as much time outside as they possibly can.  We all know that spending time doing physical activities outside is good for our overall health, but did you know that encouraging your kids to spend more time outside could be beneficial to their visual health? A recent...

4 Tips for Safely Viewing the Total Solar Eclipse Jun 23rd, 2017

On August 21 of this year, over 500 million people will be able to observe a solar eclipse, in partial or total form.Observers within the path of totality will have the chance to observe the total solar eclipse when the moon will completely cover the Sun and the Sun’s tenuous atmosphere. Whether you’re...

How to Practice Yoga Safely with Glaucoma Jun 10th, 2017

Yoga was created to instill strength, awareness, and harmony in both the mind and body. It’s a popular way for people of all ages to practice breathing exercises, meditation, and assuming postures necessary for stretching various muscle groups. As therapeutic and meditative yoga can be, there are various risks that people with glaucoma need...

June is Fireworks Eye Safety Month! Jun 1st, 2017

Did you know that fireworks are involved in thousands of injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms each year? As summer begins to heat up, Maryland residents will take to the closest open field to enjoy a beautiful display of spectacular fireworks. This year, ensure that you’re partaking in the American pastime...

3 Ways You Can Start Reducing Your Risk of Cataracts Today May 27th, 2017

Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40, affecting more than 22 million Americans today. According to Prevent Blindness America, more than 30 million Americans are expected to have cataracts by the year 2020. No matter your current age, there is always time to start changing...

This Week is World Glaucoma Week! May 18th, 2017

World Glaucoma Week is a collaborative project between the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association aimed towards eliminating glaucoma blindness by the encouragement of regular eye exams, including optic nerve checks. Learn how WGW is making an impact on the world!What is Glaucoma?Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders that...

How Much Do You Know About Blue Light? May 12th, 2017

Sunlight contains many shades of different colors, depending on the energy and wavelength of the individual rays. This combined spectrum of colored light rays creates what we refer to as sunlight. There is an inverse relationship between the wavelength of light rays and the amount of energy they contain. Simply put, light rays that...

May Is Healthy Vision Month! May 1st, 2017

Did you know that approximately 37 million American adults have age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, or glaucoma? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only half of the adults in the United States classified as being at high risk for serious vision loss visited an eye doctor in...

5 Reasons Why Your Eyelid May Be Twitching Apr 27th, 2017

Eyelid twitching is an involuntary, repetitive spasm of the eyelid muscle. It rarely calls for any real concern, but the effect can be annoying and even worrisome. If you’re experiencing any degree of eye twitching, it could be a result of one of the reasons listed below:A Triple Shot of EspressoAn excessive amount...

Connections Between the Eyes, Expression, & Empathy Apr 18th, 2017

A recent Dartmouth study suggests that the pupilsare strong indicators as to whether a person is engaged in a conversation or not. The study suggests that listeners are most likely to tune in when a speaker delivers the most impactful peaks of the story or lecture, as revealed by “synchronous pupil...

Take Our UV Light Eye Safety Refresher Course Apr 7th, 2017

Exposure to UV light increases the risk of eye diseaseincluding cataracts and cancer. Whether you’re going for your mid-day jog or simply driving to work, ensure that you’re taking the necessary steps towards eye safety. Consider this your “refresher course” in the dangers of UV light.Types of UV RadiationThere are three different...

How Can I Protect My Child From Sports-Related Injuries? Apr 1st, 2017

Each year, an estimated 100,000 people experience sports-related eye injuries. About 13,500 of these injuries result in permanent vision loss, making eye injuries the leading cause of blindness in children. Thankfully, 90% of sports-related injuries can be avoided with the use of protective wear. Here are other steps you can take to...

Important Questions to Ask Your Eye Doctor Mar 25th, 2017

The key to a good patient-doctor relationship is an open line of communication. Whether it’s your first or fiftieth time visiting the eye doctor, make sure that you’re asking the right questions. Here’s how to start.Asking Questions About Your DiagnosisIt’s hard to ask questions about an issue you feel uncomfortable talking about....

Should I Be Concerned About My Black Eye? Mar 18th, 2017

When you were a child, you might have felt tough walking around with facial proof of your most recent skateboarding accident. Shiners, or black eyes, occur when fluids collect in the tissues surrounding the eye after an injury near the area. Here’s everything that you should know about the condition.The Cause of a...

How to Avoid Eye Injuries in the Workplace Mar 10th, 2017

According to Prevent Blindness America, more than 2,000 American workers suffer an eye injury every day. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that workplace eye injuries cost an estimated $300 million a year in lost productivity, medical treatment, and worker compensation. In order to raise awareness about the...

February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month Feb 10th, 2017

Macular Degeneration is a degenerative disease of the central vision caused by a backup of metabolites and waste into the macula or the area that controls the central vision. The retina’s central portion, known as the macula, is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye. It controls your ability to...

Am I at Risk of Developing Glaucoma? Jan 27th, 2017

Glaucoma is a progressive optic nerve disease that causes degenerative peripheral vision loss with eventual central vision loss. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness, damaging the optic nerve. It’s estimated that 3 million Americans have developed glaucoma, but because the symptoms are so quiet only half of those people are aware of it.Symptoms...

What You Should Know About Cataracts Jan 19th, 2017

The eye is equipped with a natural lens that bends light rays entering the eye in order to help us see. The lens should be clear, allowing you to see without any obstructions. However, if you have a cataract, the lens in your eye becomes cloudy and your vision is...

A Guide For Choosing the Best Eyeglasses For You Jan 16th, 2017

Corrective lenses, or eyeglasses, are used to correct refractive errors, alleviate the effects of conditions such as nearsightedness, and improve the quality of life for the person wearing them. As functional and practical eyeglasses are, they’re also a way to add character or style to a person’s aesthetic. The next time you go...

Could Smartphone Use Lead to Pediatric Dry Eye Syndrome? Jan 14th, 2017

Dry eye syndrome is an inflammatory ocular surface disease caused by tear deficiency. Symptoms of dry eye range from subtle eye irritation and tearing to significant inflammation and even scarring of the front surface of the eye. Risk factors include certain diseases such as diabetes and autoimmune problems, but a...

Should I Worry About Floaters? Dec 23rd, 2016

Floaters, or muscae volitantes, are the small spots you may occasionally see in your field of vision. You may notice them in many different forms, including dots, threads, or cobwebs. Floaters can appear to move away when you attempt to look directly at them.How Are They Caused?There is a clear, gel-like fluid...

How Your Vision Changes During Pregnancy Dec 17th, 2016

The changes your body experiences during pregnancy do much more than encourage strange cravings. The increased amount of hormones produced by your growing little one may cause changes in your vision, among other things. The best thing you can do is to become educated about these changes and understand that in most cases these...

“You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid!” Dec 8th, 2016

The American Academy of Ophthalmologyrecognizes December as “Safe Toys and Celebrations Month”. About 1 in 10 children’s eye injuries that end up in the ER are caused by toys. The Academy advises parents to be cautious when choosing holiday gifts for young people and recommends avoiding those that launch projectiles, such as crossbows...

A Routine Eye Exam Could Save Your Eyesight Dec 1st, 2016

Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that occurs in people who have diabetes. It causes progressive damage to the retina, and according to a recent report, is the leading cause of blindness among US adults ages 20-74.How Does Diabetes Affect My Eyes?Diabetes interferes with the body’s ability to use and store sugar. It’s characterized...

A Mediterranean Diet Can Improve Your Eyesight Nov 20th, 2016

It turns out that drizzling olive oil over top of your spaghetti isn’t just delicious, but it can boost your eye health too. A new study recently presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology has found that people who follow the Mediterranean diet may be up to one-third...

The Truth About Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) Nov 10th, 2016

Conjunctivitis, more commonly known as pinkeye, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin clear tissue that lies over the white part of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelid. It’s uncomfortable, unsightly, and can last anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks.Causes  and Symptoms of ConjunctivitisCauses of conjunctivitis...

What is Computer Vision Syndrome? Nov 5th, 2016

Have you ever experienced discomfort in your eyes after a long day of work at the office? Do you have a headache after falling into an Instagram black hole late at night? Are your eyes dry after hours of swiping through pages on your tablet? You may be experiencing symptoms of Computer...

The 4 Biggest Contact Lens Mistakes to Avoid Oct 29th, 2016

You may be new to the idea of placing tiny pieces of malleable plastic onto the surface of your eyeballs, but contact lenses provide many advantages including clear peripheral vision. Once you get used to the habit of inserting and removing your lenses, you may be tempted to become pretty...

What are the Elements of Eye Care? Oct 19th, 2016

36 years ago, Catonsville Eye Group was created in order to provide eye care with a unique approach to the Baltimore area. Our mission was to create a practice where the patient would come first and always have a positive experience. We’ve located ourselves in downtown Catonsville, and we believe...