Patient Resources

Office Forms

To print out the forms to fax or bring with you, please use the following forms:
Physicians Eye Care Health History
Physicians Eye Care Patient Information
Physicians Eye Care Hippa Privacy Form

 

Other forms:
Request For Patient Record Release

How the Eye Works

THE NORMAL EYE
One of the most critical components of your eye is the cornea – the "window" of your eye. The job of the cornea is to bend, or refract, light rays precisely on the retina.

THE NEAR-SIGHTED EYE
Myopia (near-sightedness) is the result of an eyeball which is too long, or a cornea which is too curved. In both cases, light rays entering your eye fall short of the retina, and objects in the distance appear blurred. If you have this condition, you are not alone; more than 70 million people in North America have myopia.

THE FAR-SIGHTED EYE
Hyperopia (far-sightedness), is the opposite of myopia. Here, your eye is too short or your cornea is less curved. Consequently, light rays entering your eye fall behind the retina. This results in blurred vision – which is worse at near distances than far.

THE ASTIGMATIC EYE
Astigmatism occurs when your cornea is shaped like a football with two different curvatures. Images appear blurred or ghost-like because light rays are refracted unequally. In extreme cases, images both near and far appear blurred. Many people who have myopia also have astigmatism.

Elements of the Eye

CORNEA - A curved band of strong, clear tissue on the surface of the eye, the cornea focuses light into the retina. This is the structure that the excimer laser works on. The Physicians Eye Care and Laser Center surgeon also creates the flap in this tissue.

EPITHELIUM - The epithelium provides a thin protective layer for the cornea and heals very quickly when disturbed. Healing of the epithelium is why visible results from PRK take longer to materialize.

IRIS - The colored part of your eye, it is actually a muscle that controls the size of the pupil.

PUPIL - The black circular area in the middle of the eye that controls the amount of light reaching the retina. Pupil size is important in determining whether a patient will have post-op laser vision correction glare. It will also influence the size of the laser treatment.

RETINA - A membrane on the inner wall of your eye, similar to the film in a camera, the retina changes light into images that are transferred to the brain via the optic nerve.

SCLERA - The outer white coat of the eye, the sclera also provides protection.

LENS - A natural lens behind the pupil that changes shape to allow the eye to focus. As you age, your natural lens cannot change shape, resulting in presbyopia – the loss of reading vision. For patients who are "too" nearsighted or have corneas that are too thin for laser vision correction, a clean lens extraction with an intraocular lens implantation is considered. During your consultation with the Physicians Eye Care and Laser Center surgeon, this may be the best option discussed.

How The Eye Works

Columbia Medical Center

11055 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
Phone: (410) 964-8285
Fax: (410) 964-9414

Our Location

Monday:8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday:8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday:8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday:8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday:8:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday:8:00am - 11:30am (appt. only)

Pine Heights Medical Center

1001 Pine Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21229
Phone: (410) 644-9515
Fax: (410) 644-8250

Our Location

Monday:8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday:8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday:8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday:8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday:8:00am - 4:30pm

Ellicott City Center

10132D Baltimore Nat'l Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Phone: (410) 480-9966
Fax: (410) 480-9985

Our Location

Monday:8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday:8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday:8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday:1:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday:8:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday:8:00am - 11:30am (appt. only)