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Keep up-to-date on the latest vision-related news and eye care events in our Practice. The items are displayed by year and month. To view older entries use the links in the box below to select the year and month you would like.

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A Vision of Back-To-School

The back to school season is in full swing, and parents and students have prepared themselves for all the new experiences that a brand new school year promises. Parents should know that good eyesight is one of the most important school supplies that every child should be equipped with as...

Are Your Eyes Sensitive to Light?

Light sensitivity, also known as photophobia, is a condition in which bright light - either natural sunlight or artificial light -  can cause significant discomfort, pain and intolerance. People that experience light sensitivity will find themselves needing to close their eyes or squint when exposed to light and often experience...

Got a Shiner!

What Exactly Is a Black Eye? A black eye, also known as a periorbital hematoma, is usually not an injury of the actual eye (which is why it is called “periorbital”- around the eye). It typically occurs when there is an injury to the face or the eye socket which...

Cataract Awareness and Prevention

It's National Cataract Awareness Month According to the World Health Organization, cataracts are responsible for 51% of cases of blindness worldwide - although this blindness is preventable with treatment. In fact, research shows that in industrialized countries about 50% of individuals over the age of 70 have had a cataract...

Are You Ignoring Your Dry Eyes?

You Don’t Have to Live With Dry Eyes Have you noticed that your eyes feel chronically dry, itchy, scratchy or even sometimes watery? Many people that have these symptoms just go on with their lives until the symptoms become unbearable. What they don’t realize is that these are signs that...

Does Smoking Affect Vision?

Eye Doctors Weigh In: How Smoking Can Harm Your Vision & Eye Health We all know that smoking is bad for you, especially the risks that it poses to your heart and lungs. What many people do not know is that cigarette smoke negatively affects your eyes and vision too. Smoking...

Sjogren’s Awareness Month – Understanding The Invisible Disease 

In honor of Sjogren’s Awareness month, eye care providers are helping to spread the word to increase awareness about this hard-to-diagnose disease. Sjogren’s is a systemic autoimmune disorder that can affect the whole body. One of the primary symptoms is excessive dryness particularly in the eyes and mouth. Other serious...

April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Hey women! Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from vision problems and are at higher risk of permanent vision loss than men? Well 91% of the women surveyed recently didn’t know that, which means that many of them aren’t taking the necessary precautions to prevent eye...

The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Clean Your Glasses

There is nothing worse than a dirty spot on your glasses - well except perhaps many dirty spots or smudges. When that happens, most of us are tempted to grab the corner of our shirt and wipe it off, but resist the temptation - this is actually not a good...

Eye Allergies: What They Are and How To Treat Them

Having allergies can mean more than the sniffling and sneezing that most people associate with it. It's Red, swollen, itchy eyes may also be a significant sign of allergies that can come whether you are sneezing uncontrollably or not. Allergic conjunctivitis is the scientific name for this condition. It is...

It’s Time to Talk About Blue Light

Workplace Eye Safety Month Blue light. Do you know what it is? Do you know where it comes from, or how it can be harmful to your eyes? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you are not alone, yet it is important that you become aware to...

Understanding Eye Color

Eye color is a hereditary trait that depends on the genes of both parents, as well as a little bit of mystery. The color of the eye is based on the pigments in the iris, which is a colored ring of muscle located at the center of the eye (around...

6 Ways to Prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration is a serious condition that can threaten your vision and general well-being. Characterized by the deterioration of the central area of the retina called the macula which is responsible for focused vision, the disease gradually reduces your central vision. This affects the ability to see fine details,...

The KD Limited Edition Collection at Eyes On 40!

Eyes on 40 is thrilled to once again carry the latest Kevin Durant eyewear: The KD Limited Edition Collection! It's a cross between athlete and fashion, but we'd also say it's simply about lifestyle!  ...

Are You Missing Your Child’s Hidden Vision Problem?

Your toddler may show every sign of good eyesight including the ability to see objects in the distance, however that doesn't necessarily mean that he or she doesn’t have a vision problem.

MyEyeStore – Order Contact Lenses Online through Professional Vision

Our world today is all about convenience. We often recommend over the counter products as part of treatments prescribed during your examination. We are really happy to offer some of our most commonly recommended products in our online store. You can purchase these items at your convenience. You can even...

“The Sneak Thief of Sight” Is On Our Minds This January

Make your resolution for healthy vision this year with increased awareness of the leading cause of blindness worldwide.

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month – Dr. Ann Gallagher

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. This is just one of the conditions that can be diagnosed as part of a comprehensive eye examination.  Glaucoma threatens sight as it damages the optic nerve.  Treatments are available that may slow or prevent further damage.   As glaucoma is a mostly “symptomless” disease, many...

Holiday Season Shopping: Are Nerf Guns Safe for the Eyes?

This is the one way you can be sure that you or your child’s eyes are truly safe during Nerf shooting:

Dry Eye Syndrome Causes and Cures

Despite the fact that it is one of the most common eye problems, a surprisingly large percentage of patients are not aware of it.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Chances are it affects you or someone you know. November has been dedicated as a time to spread awareness about the disease, its risk factors and the effects it has on your body, your daily life and the lives of your loved ones.

Don’t Let Fall Eye Allergies Get You Down

Red, itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids (along with sneezing, congestion or a runny nose)...

Protect Your Eyes: The Importance Of Comprehensive Eye Exams For Those With Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition in which the body is unable to properly use and store glucose, a form of sugar meant to be used by the body for energy to perform various bodily functions. As a result, this sugar accumulates in the bloodstream and causes one’s blood sugar level to...

How Contact Lenses Can be a Danger to your Eyes

Most people wouldn’t consider contact lenses dangerous. In fact, they are a great alternative to glasses, offering convenience and great vision for those who wear them. However, when not obtained and used according to an eye doctor’s instructions, the consequences can be devastating.   Contact Lenses Need to Fit Like...

An Active and Eye Safe Lifestyle

90%! That’s the number of sports eye injuries that studies show can be prevented using proper eye protection.  Yet most sports leagues don’t require protective eyewear as part of their uniform or safety requirements.  This leaves it up to athletes, parents and coaches to ensure that proper measures are taken...

10 Tips to Teach Children About Eye Safety

It is important to teach your children about eye health and safety from a young age.  This includes awareness about how your overall health habits affect your eyes and vision as well as how to keep your eyes safe from injury and infection.  Starting off with good eye habits at...

When 20/20 Vision isn’t Enough For Your Child

Since studies show that learning is 80% visual, children with untreated vision problems can really suffer when it comes to school. Most people think that good “vision” means 20/20 acuity but in reality, vision is much more complex.  Your brain is actually what completes the processing of the visual world...

Cutting Edge Eye-dentification

We have all seen the futuristic thrillers that use high-tech eye scanning identification systems but nowadays the technology does exist to use them in real life. A greater number of high security establishments have begun to use iris recognition for identification and security systems.   How does it work? The...

Innovations in Color Blindness

There have been a lot of videos going viral lately of color blind people “seeing color” for the first time using specialized glasses. The emotional reactions of amazement, shock and joy even lead some to break down into tears. The glasses provide these individuals a way to view the world...

Poolside Eye Safety

Whether it is the sea, the sand, the sun or the softball field, summer brings people outside and this creates exposure to a multitude of potential dangers to the eyes.  One risk that is possibly the least obvious is the swimming pool. Swimming pools are the culprit for multitudes of...

Cataract Awareness Month: What to Expect from Cataract Surgery

After the age of 50 most people will eventually be diagnosed with cataracts. Cataracts are when the natural crystalline lens of the eyes become clouded, causing vision impairment that can not be corrected by glasses or contact lenses. While commonly an age-related condition, occasionally there are infants born with a...

Sunglasses Sale! This Friday!

Visit Us! Friday June 17th from 2 to 6pmS All Sunglasses are on sale! $75 off a non-prescription pair and $100 off a complete pair of prescription Sunglasses.  Cannot combined with insurance or other discounts.

Sunwear for a Bright Future

According to the Vision Council’s 2016 UV (Ultraviolet Radiation) Protection report, parents are more likely to wear sunglasses (56%) than their children (only 29%!). Yet children, who spend much more time outside, are typically exposed to three times the amount of sunlight and UV radiation that adults get. This early...

How UV Damages Your Eyes

UV Awareness Month: This article might scare you, and we hope it does - just enough to motivate you to wear proper eye protection against the sun. Most people are aware of the dangers ultraviolet (UV)  light from the sun pose to your skin, while the long-term effects of sun...

What is a stye anyway?

A stye (known by eye doctors as a hordeolum) is an infection of an oil gland which forms a pimple-like bump on the base of the eyelid or within the eyelid itself. Styes can be uncomfortable, causing swelling, pain, redness, discomfort and sometimes excessive tearing or blurred vision if it...

Eye Allergies

Along with congestion, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headaches and difficulty breathing, individuals with allergies often suffer from eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis resulting in red, watery, itchy and sometimes swollen eyes. Just as irritants cause an allergic response in your nasal and respiratory system, your eyes also react with an...

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses 

If you are over 40 and have difficulty seeing close up, you probably have a common age-related condition called presbyopia which is when the eye’s natural lens loses the ability to focus on close objects. Presbyopia is a natural process that occurs as the eye ages and affects the majority of...

Preventing Dry Eyes During Air Travel

Although it is quite common to experience very dry eyes after long flights, eye doctors have come up with a number of steps to minimize the risk of experiencing these unpleasant symptoms, known as “travelers' dry eye.”

Macular Degeneration: What It Is and How It’s Treated

Macular degeneration is an extremely dangerous and quite common eye condition that causes a person to lose their central and detail vision by destroying a small part of the retina.

Why Do We Need Glasses?

Refractive errors including myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia.

All About Dry Eyes

Sometimes a person is unable to produce enough tears or their tears do not possess the right qualities to keep eyes healthy and comfortable. This can cause a consistent lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye, known as dry eyes. Normally, the eye constantly lubricates...

Happy Holidays from Profession Vision of Ellicott City!

From all of us at Professional Vision, may you and your family have a happy holiday & new year!

Flex Spending Accounts – FSA / HSA

Only one month left for 2015, so getting an early start on scheduling an eye exam or updating your current eyewear is key. If you have a flex spending account or health insurance benefits that are about to expire, you can make the most of your dollars at our office. Whether...

It’s Time to Be Serious About Home Eye Safety

The home can be a dangerous place if you aren't aware of the risks that surround you. This is specifically true for your eyes and vision. Nearly half of all serious eye injuries take place in or around the home and the majority of these can be prevented with proper...

6 Common Eye Myths Debunked

Over the centuries there have been a lot of old-wives tales circulating about eyes and vision. You know, like the one that if someone hits you on the back while your eyes are crossed they will stay that way. Unlike this example, some of these myths do have roots in...

How Pregnancy Affects Vision

The hormonal fluctuations experienced during pregnancy can cause many unexpected changes in your body, including your eyes and vision. Most of these changes are temporary and will return to normal once you give birth.  It’s important to know which vision changes are normal for an expecting mother and which could...
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SportRx Activation – Nike Eyewear’s Fall 2015 KD Collection

Do you know about the latest in Eyewear? Eyes on 40 is proud to host the latest in Nike Eyewar from their Fall KD 2015 Collection. One could consider it a cross between athlete and fashion, but we'd also classify it under lifestyle....

Protect  Your Eyes: The Importance Of Comprehensive Eye Exams For Those With Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition in which the body is not able to appropriately utilize and store glucose, a type of sugar intended to be utilized by the body for vitality to perform different real capacities. Accordingly, this sugar amasses in the circulation system and reasons one's glucose level to ascend...

Tips For Lifelong Eye And Vision Health That Everyone Should Know

Good eye sight is about much more than simply having the right prescription for your eye glasses or contact lenses. Knowing the right way to take care of your eyes when they are dry or irritated, how to eat right to ensure good eyesight in the long term and how...

Development of your child’s vision

From the very beginning, when your child first opens their eyes, you know that their vision is very important for how they will learn and cope with the world around them. Children first view things in black and white and shades of grey, and they will not develop the ability to see...

Nutrition and Eye Health

Eating healthy is important not just for dieting or building muscles, but nutrient intake, in fact, directly supports your visual system. About 1/4 of all nutrients go to your eye health, especially due to the fact that your visual system includes the nerves, blood vessels and parts of the brain...

The Importance of Proper Contact Lens Measurements and Fitting

When faced with a one-size-fits-all, sometimes the idea works and other times, causes stress, discomfort, and inconvenience. By contact lenses, not only is this an issue, but the wrong size can end up damaging your vision, resulting in serious vision and eye issues. Contacts rest on the cornea, so getting...

Scleral Lenses

Do wearing contact lenses always create problems? Discomfort or you've been told that you would never be able to wear contact lenses because of an irregularly shaped cornea or other eye problem? It may be time to look into a type of contact lens known as a “scleral lens.”

Buying Contact Lenses In-Office

Why Should I Buy Contact Lenses From My Optometrist?

Blue Light & Blue Light Protection

The Dangers of Blue Light and What You Can Do

Welcome to our New Website

Visit our new optometry website for information about our Practice.

Pink, Stinging Eyes?

It Could Be Pink Eye.

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