Macular Degeneration

In the U.S., macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over age 60. It occurs when the small central portion of the retina, known as the macula, deteriorates. The retina is the light-sensing nerve tissue at the back of the eye. Because the disease develops as a person ages, it […]

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the name for a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve . The optic nerve, which carries information from the eye to the brain, is in the back of the eye. When the nerve is damaged, you can lose your vision. Your risk for glaucoma rises after age 40. Race is […]

Diabetic Retinopathy and Eye Health

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye condition that affects people with diabetes who have high blood glucose, or sugar, over a prolonged period of time, which untreated leads to blindness. Too much blood sugar can destroy the blood vessels in the back of the eye, preventing the retina from receiving the proper amount of nutrients it […]

High Blood Pressure and Eye Disease

Along with causing heart and kidney problems, untreated high blood pressure can also affect your eyesight and lead to eye disease. Hypertension can cause damage to the blood vessels in the retina, the area at the back of the eye where images focus. This eye disease is known as hypertensive retinopathy. The damage can be […]

Floaters and Flashes

What are floaters? Floaters, also referred to as spots, are small, cloudy particles within the vitreous, the gel-like fluid that fills the inside of your eyes. They appear as small specs, clouds or thread-like strands in your field of vision and are frequently visible when you look at a bright, even background like white paper […]

Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is one of the most common and treatable eye conditions in children and adults. Often called “pink eye,” it is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid and the white of the eyeball, and helps keep the eyelid and eyeball moist. Symptoms of pink eye include: Redness […]

5 Children’s Vision Tips for Summer

We typically think the school year is the time to be concerned about children’s vision. We want them to see well in the classroom and be able to read and do homework comfortably. But summer brings outdoor activities and more free time which may be spent in front of electronic devices. So here are some […]

Laser Correction in our Family

On March 23 Doctor McGrew’s son Wesley had laser vision correction performed by Dr. Andy Holzman at the TLC Center in Tysons Corner. Dr. McGrew was with his son in the surgical suite and is happy to report the recovery process has been smooth and Wesley is thrilled with his great vision without contact lenses […]

CHRPE and Colon Cancer

Another reason to have your eyes checked regularly! Freckles in Your Eye Can Identify Risk of Colon Cancer A common pigment spot in the retina can be associated with a hereditary form of intestinal polyps that may become cancerous. Congenital Hypertrophy of the Retinal Pigment Epithelium, referred to as CHRPE (“chirpy”), a form of freckling […]

EYES (a poem by Brook Zimmerman)

EYES It started with the flick of an eye When my whole life changed around me Every second had counted Every second was now gone I wish I could push the rewind button   I would do anything to get my old life back More so to get my old self back But the job […]