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April 15, 2018

There are two ways to surgically correct refractive vision errors using laser surgery—LASIK and PRK.  Both types of laser vision surgeries accomplish the same thing—reshaping the cornea to correct a refractive vision error. Corneal Shape Causes Refractive Vision Errors The curvature of the cornea is very influential to your refraction.  Laser vision...

March 30, 2018

Refractive eye surgery refers to any eye surgery which changes the refraction of the eye.  You can think of refractive surgery as any procedure which improves your vision without lenses.   While most refractive eye surgery involves surgery on the cornea, cataract surgery can also be considered a type of refractive eye surgery as the power of your...

March 20, 2018

The first laser vision correction procedure was performed 30 years ago.  March 25, 2018 is the exact day when the first laser was used to perform PRK, the first laser vision correction surgery.  Since then, the procedure has been refined such that LASIK is now the most common laser vision correction procedure. History of Laser Vision Correction The...

March 13, 2018

Macular degeneration, also known as ARMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration) is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans older than 65 year old.  It is a progressive disease of the macula, the functional center of the retina. The macula gives us our sharpest central vision (20/20) and our best color perception.  The macula is very small and measures...

February 28, 2018

The KAMRA corneal inlay is a procedure to correct near vision loss due to presbyopia.  We are proud to offer the KAMRA Inlay and were the first medical center to offer this procedure to our patients in Chevy Chase, Richmond and Charlotte Hall. What is the KAMRA Inlay? The KAMRA Inlay is an FDA approved procedure to improve near vision in certain patients...

February 26, 2018

Patients with diabetes or diabetic retinopathy can be great candidates for a vision correction procedure such as : LASIK KAMRA Corneal Inlays Cataract Surgery While patients with diabetes face different challenges compared to patients without diabetes, vision correction can still be just as successful.  For our patients with diabetes, we want to...

February 15, 2018

Diabetic retinopathy is the eye disease caused by diabetes.   Though diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, severe vision loss can usually be prevented with regular and timely eye examinations.   The American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Optometric Association and the American Academy of Optometry all recommend that all patients with the...

February 8, 2018

The most common method of treating glaucoma is with eye drops.  While laser treatment and glaucoma surgery may be required, eye drops are the most common "first choice." There are many causes of glaucoma.  The best way to treat a particular type of glaucoma is by treating the underlying cause.  "Open Angle Glaucoma" is the most common form of this...

January 22, 2018

Whitten Laser Eye is growing to better serve our patients! The attached press release announces the formation of One Vision Eye Partners in Annapolis, Maryland.  Whitten Laser Eye is now part of this market-leading network of physicians.  This network is recognized for clinical excellence in the Mid-Atlantic region. We will continue to provide...

January 11, 2018

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month where we bring awareness to this worldwide leading cause of blindness.   It can affect any age group and there are many types, but early detection and treatment can often prevent further vision loss or blindness. The National Eye Institute estimates that over 3 million people in the U.S. have this eye disease.  They...

January 4, 2018

Happy New Year! From all of us at Whitten Laser Eye, we wish you and your family a happy and healthy new year.  We are honored to be part of the Chevy Chase, Richmond and Charlotte Hall communities and thank you, our patients, for your trust and confidence in our eye care. 2017 was a very busy and exciting year and we expect the same for 2018.  Here are...

December 18, 2017

Myopic eyes focus in FRONT of the retina. Correction allows focus ON the retina.[/caption] Many patients who choose to have a vision correction procedure such as LASIK have myopia.  Myopic patients are ABLE to see near (close distances), hence they are nearsighted......