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Vision and Eye Health

Happy Birthday

September 20, 2015 by Michelle May

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Advanced Family Vision Care! September 15th marks our first anniversary of being in business. Thank you to all of the family, friends, and wonderful patients who have made our first year a great success!

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Back to School Fair

August 29, 2015 by Dima May

Dr. May and Advanced Family Vision Care were glad to offer FREE eye screenings at the Back to School Fair @ The Village at Waugh Chapel Community Center. This yearly community event is organized by The West County Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the start of the school year with giveaways, entertainment & health screenings. This is a wonderful and FREE event serving Odenton/Gambrills and its surrounding communities!

These pre-school vision screenings are crucial because 75% to 90% of everything a child learns comes through the visual system. Vision goes far beyond simply being able to see 20/20, please visit our Vision and Learning page to learn more.

So what is a vision screening?  Vision screenings are a resourceful and quick method to check for visual impairment and eye conditions. Dr. May utilized auto-refraction to screen children for visual acuity; this high-tech piece of equipment tests for refractive errors including nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. In addition, Dr. May also performed color testing and a cover test which detects misalignment of the eyes.  

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April 5, 2015 by Dima May

Did you know as many as 50% of those with neurological injury will suffer from changes in the visual system, and that many are undiagnosed?

The Brain Injury Association of Maryland (BIAMD) is a wonderful organization whose mission is to prevent and help treat Brain Injury. BIAMD hosts an annual conference where experts speak about treatment and prevention of traumatic brain injury. This year Dr. May had the privilege of speaking about the importance of examination and treatment of vision after neurological trauma in her presentation:

 Visual Development & Rehabilitation Following Traumatic or Acquired Brain Injury

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Sunglasses aren’t just for Summer!

January 25, 2015 by Michelle May, OD, FCOVD

Sunglass aren’t just for Summer

Think sunglasses aren’t necessary in the winter? Think again! Just because temperatures drop in the winter doesn’t mean the sun is any less dangerous. In fact, winter sports like skiing and snowboarding are enjoyed at higher altitudes where the sun’s harmful UV effects are actually stronger. In addition, up to 80 percent of UV radiation is reflected back at you from the snowy ground. There is even a form of “snow blindness,” where prolonged exposure to the sun without proper UV protection causes painful damage to the surface of the eyes and even temporary vision loss. Other short- and long-term effects of unprotected UV exposure include:

  • Early onset cataracts

  • Macular degeneration

  • Pinguecula and Pterygium (fleshy growths on the white part of your eye)

Much of the damage caused to the eyes by UV exposure is cumulative; what that means is even kids should be wearing sunglasses outside, every day. UV protection for your eyes should be something you think about year-round; even on those overcast days (of which winter has plenty!), a significant amount of UV still gets through the cloud cover. The best kinds of sunglasses to wear are those that provide broad-spectrum UV protection with a shape that wraps around your head. In addition, polarized lenses help cut back significantly on glare and reflections - great for when you’re out on a snowy day!

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