The Winter Sun Can Pose a Hazard to Your Eyes

Summer’s over, but that doesn’t mean the sunglasses should come off! For many people, eye protection is top of mind during the hot summer months, but not so much during the cold winter ones, where the sun’s UV radiation can be just as dangerous. Too much UV exposure — regardless of season — may increase the risk of developing a wide variety of eye conditions including cataracts, eye lesions and even cancer.

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Washington, DC – Capitol Hill, we treat all our patients and their eye conditions with the utmost skill and care. We are also committed to patient education, and we offer these tips for protecting your eyes throughout the year:
• Wear goggles during winter sports: Whether you’re an avid skier or snowboarder, one of the dangers of being outside when there is snow on the ground is the amount of UV rays you’re exposed to. It can be as much as double as is present during the summer months. The bright sun reflects off the white surface of the snow, which magnifies the rays and makes them even stronger.
• Wear sunglasses when there’s snow on the ground: Snow blindness occurs when your eyes are overloaded with UV rays, causing temporary loss of vision. Wear sunglasses to protect yourself from snow blindness – if you’re doing such things as walking in the snow, sledding, or just shoveling the driveway.
• Wear sunglasses on sunny and cloudy days: Even on cloudy days, the UV index can be dangerously high. All protective eyewear should have a side shield protection or wrap around the eye so light cannot enter the eye from side reflections
• Get regular eye exams. Eye deterioration from UV damage can easily be spotted during a routine exam. If caught in time, future eye damage can probably be prevented.

Committed to your vision health

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Washington, DC – Capitol Hill, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye care. For more information on our office and the many services we provide, give us a call today.

Adult ophthalmology in Georgetown

Adult Ophthalmology in Georgetown

Adult retina surgery in Georgetown

Your retina is a vital part of your eye and integral to your optimal vision, but unless you’re having a problem that can be traced back to it, the retina does not require much maintenance on your part. Here at The Retina Group of Washington, it’s our adult ophthalmology in Georgetown job to take action when a retinal issue does occur. And as specialists for over 40 years, you can depend on us with full confidence.

Among the conditions related to the retina that our adult ophthalmology in Georgetown can diagnose, evaluate, and treat are diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and complications from cataracts. We are proud to have state-of-the-art testing, which is essential because many eye diseases, including those of the retina, do not have any early warning signs. Instead, they develop and progress, only becoming noticeable when they have reached an advanced stage. And since that typically means some degree of vision loss, damage to your eyes, or both, it’s easy to understand the importance of the services our adult ophthalmology in Georgetown provides. While glaucoma and cataracts can affect you regardless of your medical history, age, or other factors, diabetic retinopathy is only applicable if you have type one or type two diabetes; and age-related macular degeneration is a concern from age 40 and up. Fortunately, with timely detection and care, our adult ophthalmology in Georgetown can administer the appropriate treatments that will allow you to retain maximum visual capacity and either prevent harm to your eyes or repair any damage that has already occurred. We understand that when it comes to your eyesight, such diseases and conditions are scary. But we bring the expertise and experience to both medical solutions and surgical ones, so you can rest assured that you are in the best possible hands.

Call us to arrange an appointment for an examination and consultation. And come in once per year for a full checkup, even if you don’t have any indications of retinal disease.

660 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 331-1188