7 Quick Q&As

TOP 7 Cataract Questions & Answers

Many of our patients are concerned about the development of cataracts as they get older.  To help you better understand what to expect from your aging eyes, we came up this list of the most commonly asked questions about cataracts.

  1. cataract-definition-1024x586What is a cataract? A cataract is the clouding of the clear lens of the eye. Cataracts are part of the normal aging of the eye.
  2. At what age do cataracts develop? There is no way to determine at what age you will begin to develop cataracts, however, more than half of all Americans over the age of 65 have cataracts.
  3. How will I know if I am developing cataracts? Cataracts usually develop gradually, so you may not notice a change in vision from one day to the next. Your doctor can detect and track the development of cataracts during a routine vision exam.
  4. What are the symptoms of developing cataracts? You may notice that your vision seems cloudy. Colors may appear to be dull or faded. Bright lights may appear to have halos or starbursts around them.
  5. How are cataracts treated?  There is no medical treatment that can cure cataracts.  They are removed during an outpatient surgical procedure. Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in the world.
  6. What happens during cataract surgery? The surgeon removes the cloudy lens of the eye, and replace it with an artificial lens that will help you to see more clearly.
  7. Is there any way to delay the development of cataracts? Yes.  If you take these precautions, you will help keep your eyes healthy, and slow the development of cataracts.
  • Stop Smoking!
  • Wear sunglasses to block UV rays of the sun.
  • Wear eye protection to avoid eye injury.
  • If you are diabetic or have a thyroid condition, take your medication to stay healthy.
  • Eat a balanced diet including plenty of fruits, vegetables & fish to slow the aging of the eye.

While this list may answer some of your questions, the best way to have your medical questions answered is one-on-one, during an office visit with our doctors. Dr. Teller and Dr. Lobaugh can speak to you specifically about issues that affect your health and your eyes.  It’s always a good idea to plan ahead and bring your list of concerns to your visit, so that we make sure to cover all of your concerns.

Patient education is key to keep you seeing your best!

Get to Know Eye Rx

Eye Rx: The Inside Story! eye-rx-reception

EyeRx was formed in 2000 by Dr. Benjamin Teller and the late Dr. John McTigue.  These forward-thinking doctors saw the need for eye care providers that offered routine vision exams as well as medical eye care and testing services.

Since it’s inception, Eye Rx has been proud of our professionally trained staff and quality products.  In addition to our skilled doctors, we also have certified opticians, experienced technicians and knowledgeable staff, who all work together to help our patients see and look their best.

In 2015, Eye Rx expanded with the addition of Dr. Stephen Lobaugh. A second location was added in Washington, D.C.

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Both of our doctors see patients at our two offices, so it’s easy to schedule your appointment at the location that works best for you.  Each doctor works with a dedicated Ophthalmic Technician.  Cristina Perez works with Dr. Teller, and Jessica Castro works with Dr. Lobaugh. Maggy Nunez is our office manager who makes sure that everything is running smoothly.

 

The D.C. officeloc-kstreet, located on K Street, was selected with the convenience of our patients in mind.  This office is near to two metro lines, so getting to your appointment is easy on public transportation.  The staff in our D.C. office includes opticians Justin Gooding and Dario Claudio.  Tabitha Waters will greet you at the front desk.

loc-chevy-chaseOur Chevy Chase office is located in a condo office building and offers free parking.  This office is also a short walk from the red line metro.  Eye Rx is proud to offer the largest selection of kids frames in the D.C. area at our Chevy Chase office.  The Chevy Chase office staff includes: opticians Antionette Love and Malerie Alcantara.  Brenda Albaca staffs our front desk.

Eye Rx offers you and your family experienced doctors, professional staff and the latest diagnostic services in our two convenient locations in the D.C. area.   Contact Us to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

 

 

Prevent Vision Loss from Glaucoma

Annual Eye Exams Help to Prevent Vision Loss from Glaucoma

Early detection and treatment is the best way to prevent vision loss.  Annual eye exams by our doctors can provide early detection and treatment for glaucoma. At your exam, the doctor will check for elevated eye pressure and examine the optic nerve. eye-with-glaucoma

Don’t miss your eye exam just because you don’t need a new pair of glasses.

Glaucoma can be easily controlled. It’s important to be diagnosed early, visit your doctor regularly, and follow your prescribed treatment.  You can live a normal active life with glaucoma, as long as you maintain your treatment plan.

Risk Factors:

If you are a member of any of these groups, you are at a higher risk for the disease:

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    Everyone over age 60 (increased risk for people of Mexican descent)

  • African Americans over age 40
  • People with a family history of glaucoma

Symptoms:

You can be in the early stages of glaucoma and not notice any symptoms. Glaucoma is referred to as “The Silent Thief of Sight” because you can begin to suffer vision loss without any warning signs.

Treatment:

Treatment for glaucoma can be as easy as using prescription eye drops daily. Visiting our office for routine checks on eye pressure is also an important part of keeping your condition under control.  If eye drops alone aren’t sufficient, your doctor may recommend  a laser treatment or a surgical procedure to help reduce your eye pressure.

Testing:

Along with regular pressure checks to monitor your glaucoma, our doctors will visually assess the optic nerve using a lighted magnifying device.  With this tool, the doctor can examine your dilated eye to see any irregularities in your optic nerve.

Visual field testing may also be performed on a regular basis. A visual field test records your peripheral vision. During this test, you look into a machine and focus straight ahead. Small lights will flash at intervals around you.  You press a button each time you see a light in your field of vision.Teller & Lobaugh

We may also examine your optic nerve more closely with an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT).  With this test, we take a scan of your optic nerve to detect any irregularities or changes.

Why Vision Loss Occurs:

Increased pressure in the eye causes damage to the optic nerve.  The optic nerve carries images received to the brain.  Damage to the optic nerve is irreparable and can lead to permanent vision loss and blindness.

Talk to Dr. Teller & Dr. Lobaugh if you have concerns about eye health for yourself or your family.  Although we try to answer your questions in our blog posts, there is no substitution for a complete eye exam by a trained eye doctor.

Read more about glaucoma care and treatment on our website www.eyerx.com/glaucoma.

About Your Eyes

What’s Your Eye Q?

Patient education is important to us at Eye Rx. During your visits with us, we will discuss the health of your eye as well as your general health.

Following is an overview of  terminology that we may discuss. Helping you to know the basics, is part of our commitment to keeping your eyes healthy:

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Parts of the Eye

Parts of the Eye

  • Cornea: the clear front part of your eyes
  • Lens: the natural lens of the eye that causes images to focus on the retina
  • Retina: the light-sensitive layer at the back of your eyes
  • Optic Nerve: carries impulses for sight to the brain
  • Vitreous: the transparent, gelatinous substance that fills the back of the eye

Visual Conditions

  • Hyperopia: farsightedness
  • Myopia: nearsightedness
  • Presbyopia: difficulty in seeing up close as you age, which causes the need for reading glasses

Medical Issues

  • Glaucoma: a treatable condition that is identified by increased pressure
  • Cataract: clouding of the lens, which occurs with aging
  • Diabetic Retinopathy: damage to the blood vessels in the retina that is caused by diabetes
  • Macular Degeneration: this age-related condition causes the loss of central vision due to problems with the macula.

Children, Adults and Seniors each have special visual needs. We encourage our patients to have annual exams to ensure that you have the best vision possible at every age.  Changes to your general health can affect your vision. Make sure to tell us about any medical issues and your prescription medications at each visit.

We care about your vision and your health. Come back and visit our blog to learn more about the latest information on keeping your eyes healthy.

 

Welcome to the Eye Rx Blog

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Welcome to the Eye Rx blog!  

Eye Rx is happy to welcome new patients to our offices in Chevy Chase and K Street in Washington DC.  You can be confident that our patients are treated with care and respect, and have access to the latest technology for healthy eyes.

We invite you to check back regularly for updates on keeping your eyes healthy and your vision clear. Patient education is important to us at Eye Rx, because we know that a well-informed patient makes the best choices about their treatment.

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Please share this important health care news with family and friends! Our blog posts are thoroughly researched to bring you the latest information on issues that can affect your vision and your overall health.

Our doctors offer expert medical care as well as vision care services to our patients.  We diagnose and treat Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, Cataracts, Macular Degeneration and more.  Bring all your eye care concerns to Dr. Teller and Dr. Lobaugh for thorough treatment and compassionate care.

Our regular posts and news stories will feature information on these items and more: 

  • Special offers
  • Patient education information
  • Our office staff
  • Professional training stories
  • New testing services offered
  • Interesting case stories
  • Messages from our doctors
  • Eye care updates

Have a vision question that you would like to have answered?  We welcome input from our patients, so if you have an idea of something you’d like to learn more about, please let us know!