optometry services  Jessup, MD
Here at Next Level Eye Care, we know how important proper eye care is. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of service so you can have the vision you deserve.

We truly believe in routine eye examinations so that you can see as clearly as possible. Once you have to get glasses or contacts, it is even more important to watch the health of your eyes. You also need routine checks to ensure your prescription has not changed.

To ensure good eye health and vision, we are very proud to offer the following services:

Comprehensive Eye Exams  Jessup, MD

Comprehensive Eye Exams

On average, we recommend scheduling an appointment once every two years to ensure your eyes are remaining healthy. If you have been diagnosed with an eye condition, however, we recommend scheduling an appointment once or twice a year depending on the severity.

During your appointment, we will review your patient history, visual acuity, perform preliminary tests, and evaluate your eyes’ overall health.

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contact lenses  Jessup, MD

Contact Lenses

Nowadays, most people prefer to wear contacts instead of glasses. If you are interested in contact lenses, please let your eye doctor know prior to your appointment. During your exam, we will discuss the various contact lenses available and determine the best option based on your individual needs and lifestyle.

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Hard To Fit Contact Lenses  Jessup, MD

Hard To Fit Contact Lenses

Do you find wearing contact lenses impossible? Are your regular contacts painful or constantly uncomfortable? You are not alone. Due to a variety of factors such as individual eye shape, specific conditions, impairments, or the aftermath of surgery, some patients are considered to have more difficulty wearing contacts than others.

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Macular Degeneration  Jessup, MD

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a deterioration of the central portion of the retina, the inside layer of the eye that records the images we see and sends them through the optic nerve from the eye to the brain for processing. The macula, or the center of the retina, is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye and controls our ability to see and process information.

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Glaucoma  Jessup, MD

Glaucoma

Glaucoma occurs from damage to the eye’s optic nerve and can often lead to loss of vision and blindness. To detect glaucoma, our highly trained doctors will perform a proper screening to determine severity, examine the damage, and help you manage your glaucoma.

Early detection of glaucoma is crucial in preventing vision loss and blindness; the earlier the better. However, there is no official cure for glaucoma. There are several treatment methods that manage, slow down, or halt the process. Treatment for glaucoma will vary depending on the stage and severity for each individual patient.

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Computer Vision  Jessup, MD

Computer Vision

Computer Vision is a relatively new term within the optometry field and refers to eye problems associated with the prolonged use of computers and electronics that utilize a digital screen. Although it can be temporary, there are times when computer vision can strain the eyes to a degree that permanently affects your vision as well. An existing eye condition can worsen as the eyes try to focus and adjust to a computer screen, and precautions should be taken if you spend long hours in front of a computer screen.

If you have been experiencing blurry vision, dry eyes, eye strain, headaches, neck or back pain, try adjusting the lighting, posture, and the distance in front of your computer screen. If computer vision symptoms persist, call us to request an appointment, we will perform a full evaluation.

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LASIK Co-Management  Jessup, MD

LASIK Co-Management

LASIK stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis and is a popular surgery to correct vision problems. LASIK can help people who are nearsighted or farsighted, as well those who have astigmatism.

LASIK works by reshaping the cornea with a laser, which allows light to be correctly focused onto the retina. A laser is used to create a small flap in the cornea, which is peeled back so another laser can reshape the cornea. The flap is then placed back and the surgery is complete.

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Diabetic Eye Care  Jessup, MD

Diabetic Eye Care

Diabetes can affect more than just your blood sugar. It can also do some damage to your eyes if you are not careful.

Diabetic eye disease can cause vision loss if you are not careful. It can cause you to have trouble with everyday tasks even if you have regular glasses or contacts. It can even cause blindness.

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Dry Eye Treatment  Jessup, MD

Dry Eye Treatment

Next Level Eye Care is proud to offer dry eye treatment for our patients. Ocular Surface Disease, also known as dry eye, can occur from certain medications, naturally by aging, or as a symptom arising from systemic diseases such as Sjogren’s syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis, or Lupus. If you have a minor case of dry eye, you may be experiencing irritation, excessive tearing, fluctuating vision, and/or a burning sensation in your eyes. Excessive dry eyes, or dry eye symptoms that go untreated, have the potential to damage eye tissue, scar your corneas, and impair your vision.

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Pediatric Eye Exams  Jessup, MD

Pediatric Eye Exams

Here at Next Level Eye Care, we are proud to offer pediatric eye examinations. Children should have their first eye exam around the age of six months. If the first exam finds that their eyes are healthy, they won’t need another appointment until they are between the age of two and three.

Although many schools offer annual eye exams, they are not complete visual exams and the results can be inaccurate. For this reason, you should schedule yearly or bi-yearly examinations to ensure that your child’s eyes are healthy and that he or she can see clearly.

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Frames  Jessup, MD

Frames

There are many different styles, shapes, and materials to choose from when picking out the best frames for your lenses. This can sometimes be an overwhelming and difficult decision, but at Next Level Eye Care, we are happy to help you find the best frames for your specific wants and needs. Although frames are primarily a style choice, they are also affected by prescription strength. High-index prescriptions may limit which frames can support your lenses, but our friendly opticians are happy to help you find the right solution!

Frame material is also an important choice that needs to be made when choosing your frames. For our patients with metal allergies, we offer several options in alternative frame materials such as plastic or acetate. Since plastic and acetate frames are generally not adjustable, it is crucial to get the proper fit. Stainless steel frames are also an option as it tends to be less irritating than other metals for those with sensitive skin. Titanium is another alternative, and they are incredibly lightweight as well as durable and hypoallergenic.

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Frames  Jessup, MD

Sunglasses

Sunglasses are designed to protect your eyes from sunlight. While all tinted lenses help to protect your eyes from sunlight, some will protect your eyes better than others. Sunglasses with lenses that block ultraviolet sunlight are the best option. Although sunglasses can be expensive, there are many affordable brands that provide great protection from harmful sunlight as well. If you are interested in finding the best brand of sunglasses for your lifestyle, we can help you find them.

We have a variety of options for you to choose from that will comfortably fit your face and let you enjoy the warm weather in style. Prescription lenses can be applied to most sunglasses and we can help you order a specific brand if we don’t have them in the store.

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Digital Retina Imaging  Jessup, MD

Digital Retina Imaging

Using a digital camera system, our optometrists at Next Level Eye Care can clearly see and examine your retina, located at the back of your eye. This examination is critical to monitoring the health of your eye as well as to the early detection of many medical problems. The pictures generated through retinal imaging help us identify problems with your vision and can also help diagnose other medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, or even brain tumors.

Digital retinal imaging is important because, often, vision or eye problems can develop with no clear symptoms. Subtle changes in your vision can be hard to detect and diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, or retinal tears may only be visible through these images. Even in healthy eyes, retinal imaging is important as it allows us to track changes in your eyes over time so we can better predict and prepare for common issues that affect eyes as they age.
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Eye Allergies

Here at Next Level Eye Care, we are proud to offer ocular allergy treatment.
Many people struggle with allergies which lead to itchy and uncomfortable eyes. However, long-term allergies can cause problems with scratches, ulcers, and even vision problems.

Most people treat their allergies with over-the-counter medications. Antihistamines are commonly used to help. It is also helpful to use eye drops to keep your eyes lubricated, decreasing your chances of harming your eye. Some people find it helpful to flush out their eyes when they have an irritant in it.

However, if over-the-counter medications are not helping or you have pain in your eye, redness, or a lot of discharge, you really need to be seen! We sometimes prescribe artificial tears to help. Antihistamines and decongestants can be used together to make a patient much more comfortable. Mast-cell stabilizers are often prescribed because it prevents the allergic response to allergies, itching and redness and gives more rapid relief within minutes. For severe reactions, allergy shots may be helpful too!

We are here for you if you are having allergies and are struggling with red and itchy eyes. We will go through all of your options until we find what works best for you!

If you have allergies and have questions or would like to be seen, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (410) 904-7701.

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Presbyopia

Presbyopia, also known as aging eyes, is another disease that will change your vision. Presbyopia is when the lens in your eye loses its flexibility so it has trouble focusing on things that are close to you. However, when you look in the distance, you can see clearly.

Presbyopia happens with age, so we can’t prevent it. We often use corrective lenses like bifocals to help you see clearly.

If you have any questions about presbyopia diagnosis and treatment, don’t hesitate to contact us or call (410) 904-7701.

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Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

At Next Level Eye Care, we are proud to offer Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)!

This advanced, noninvasive technology is a form of retinal imaging that allows us to capture high resolution cross-sectional images.

By examining the layers in the retina and measuring their thickness, we can better monitor the onset and progression of various retinal conditions and diseases.
This method of testing is the standard when it comes to the assessment and treatment of these conditions, and can be completed without any patient discomfort or exposure to radiation as no x-rays are used.

Your doctor may conduct an OCT scan for several reasons, but the most common include:

To monitor the progression of your retinal condition
To confirm or rule out swelling of the retina
To compare current and previous scans to monitor the success of a medication or treatment
If you have questions about OCT, we are happy to help you feel comfortable and informed prior to your appointment. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at (410) 904-7701.

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Visual Field Testing

A visual field test is an optometrist’s first tool in determining the scope of an individual’s vision. Your visual field, or the width of your vision, can help detect any abnormalities, various diseases, as well as blind spots or issues with peripheral vision. Blind spots, or scotomas, and other vision defects can indicate a brain or neurological disorder making the visual field test the first line of defense.

Types of Visual Field Tests Include:

  • Amsler Grid: A grid containing a pattern of lines with a dot in the center. The patient is asked to look directly at the dot, one eye at a time, and determine if there are any areas of the grid that appear distorted, faded, or blank. These would indicate some sort of vision loss.
  • Confrontation testing: One eye is covered while the other is fixed on a target. The peripheral vision is then stimulated by another object while remaining focused on the original target. This allows for your periphery field of view to be assessed.
  • Automated Perimetry: The chin is placed in a bowl-like structure for stability while small flashes of light are emitted at different brightness levels. You are instructed to indicate each time you see one of these lights. This process is used to determine if any blind spots or areas of loss in vision exist.
  • Frequency Doubling Perimetry: This method uses an optical illusion to help indicate loss of vision. Bars of contrasting colors, normally black and white, flicker on and off at varying rates. If you are unable to see the bars at any point, there may be areas of loss. This is particularly helpful in detecting early glaucoma.
  • Electroretinography: The eye is stimulated by a special light. This triggers electronic signals from light-sensitive cells found in the retina. These are then measured to search for any areas of loss or disorders which would cause a lack of reflection.

For more information on our various visual field tests or to request an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at (410) 904-7701!

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