Baltimore Doctors Recommend Effective Sunglasses to Prevent UV Sun Eye Damage

Top Quote "Clinically, we see a range of eye conditions, problems and diseases that can be linked to UV exposure," explained Baltimore Ophthalmologist & Corneal Specialist Brad Spagnolo, M.D. End Quote
  • Baltimore, MD (1888PressRelease) April 30, 2013 - Eye doctors at Baltimore Washington Eye Center reviewed the need to use effective UV protection in eyeglasses and sunglasses in order to minimize the risk of UV sun eye damage. The risk of sun and UV damage to your eyes may be greater than most people realize, especially as the summer months make participation in outdoor activities more frequent.

    Patients who experience UV damage to their skin from sunburn are aware of it quickly and thus it is easy to remember to take the necessary precautions such as using sunscreen lotion. But UV sun damage to your eyes can be more subtle, and worse, it is cumulative and can take many years to become apparent to patients. "UV exposure and eye sun damage is directly related to earlier formation of cataracts, increased risk of age related macular degeneration, facial and eyelid skin cancers, a growth of vascular tissue on the surface of the eye called a pterygium and even solar keratitis and solar retinitis-inflammation of the cornea and the retina," explained Dr. Spagnolo.

    "As an eye physician and surgeon, my role is to take the time to counsel my patients-especially those with jobs or recreational interests that are mainly outdoors-how important the need for UV protecting eyewear and sunglasses are in their situation," stated Baltimore Washington Eye Center Medical Director Arturo Betancourt, M.D. "Even we fit a patient with UV absorbing contact lenses we still want to make sure the exposed areas of the eye and surrounding tissue are protected from excessive sunlight and UV," stressed Dr. Betancourt.

    Sunglasses for UV eye protection should be considered more than simply a fashion accessory. Patients visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center will find a wide range of UV protecting eyeglass lenses and sunglasses available to choose from. Eye protection from UV needs to be complete but doesn't have to be overly expensive. High quality sunglasses should block out 99-100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation. It is also important to have UV protection in everyday eyewear, which is readily available with a number of UV blocking eyeglass lens materials, specialized coatings and photochromic lenses.

    The Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and Opticians at Baltimore Washington Eye Center offer the following common sense precautions for protecting against UV eye damage as well as UV skin damage on the face and around your eyes.
    - If you are going to be working or participating in outdoor activities-especially in the summer sun you need to wear sunscreen.
    - Remember to wear UV-blocking eyeglass or sunglass lenses. Choose an eyeglass or sunglass frame that is large enough so that it covers the delicate tissue and skin around the eye.
    - Wear a hat with a brim to further block sunlight and protect your eyes surrounding tissue.

    Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area that staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear and optical services. Baltimore Washington Eye Center is conveniently located for patients from Arbutus, Carney, Catonsville, Clarksville, Columbia, Dundalk, Edgemere, Essex, Ellicott City, Ferndale, Glen Burnie, Kenwood, Laurel, Linthicum, Lutherville, Millersville, Odenton, Olney, Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Towson, Parkville, Randallstown, Rivera Beach, Pasadena, Severna Park, South Gate and Woodlawn Maryland.

    When you visit Baltimore Washington Eye Center please ask us any questions you might have about UV protection, eye disease and the best way to protect your eyes with the proper eyewear and lens choices or visit us at or or follow our eye care blog at

    For additional information, contact:

    Phillip Harrington, Baltimore Washington Eye Center, 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061, PHarrington ( @ ) BWEyecenter dot com, 800-495-3937 dot

    SOURCE: Medical Management Services Group, L.L.C.

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