Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Eyewear Trunk Shows in Clarksville & Glen Burnie



Great News from Baltimore Washington Eye Center! We are inviting you to attend the showing of fall eyeglass, eyewear lines and high technology eyeglass lenses from leading designers and eyeglass lens manufacturers at the Fall Trunk Show held in our Glen Burnie office on November 6, 2014 and in ourClarksville office on November 11, 2014.

“Our patients as well as eyeglass wearers from throughout greater Baltimore have come to expect us to bring them the latest eyeglasses, eyewear fashions and high technology eyeglass lenses. Our trunkshows offer an opportunity to see these eyeglasses and frame lines, try them on and consult with our opticians and frame stylists as well as the manufacturers’ representatives from the top designers,” said Jeff Trimmer, Practice Administrator of Baltimore Washington Eye Center. “We will feature eyeglassframes from Valentino, Nautica, Jessica McLintock, Nine West, Lacoste, BCBG and Ellen Tracey to name a few, along with the Varilux® Physio® digital progressive lenses and Transitions® color changing eyeglass lenses. In addition, our staff will be available to assist guests in eyeglass lens selection in order to configure the best looking, best fitting and best performing eyeglass choices. Anyone attending who orders eyeglasses at the trunk show will be entitled to a 50% discount on eyeglass frames and a 20%discount on eyeglass lenses and coatings,” shared Mr. Trimmer.

Representatives and fashion consultants from a number of eyewear design lines will be present in the optical department of our Glen Burnieoffice on November 6, 2014 from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM and again in our Clarksville office on November 11, 2014 from 11 AM until 4:00 PM to assist our guests in their frame selections and eyeglass fittings.

For additional information you may contact BaltimoreWashington Eye Center at 800-495-3937 or visit us at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 115, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 or River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Caution on Contact Lenses for Halloween

Baltimore Optometrist & Contact Lens Specialist, Dr.Shari Strier offered some words of caution regarding the use of decorative contact lenses for Halloween. “Many people simply do not realize that contact lenses are a medical device. According to the Food and Drug Administration, all contact lenses require a prescription and proper fitting by an eye-care professional. Even someone with perfect vision would still require an eye exam and a prescription in order to wear any kind of contacts, including cosmetic lenses,” explained Dr. Strier. “At Baltimore Washington Eye Center, just about this time of year, we see the result of people just wanting to have some fun with decorative contacts for Halloween. Unfortunately, we often see patients unknowingly putting themselves at risk  of scratched corneas, pink eye and more serious types of blinding infection as a result of corneal ulcers,” further noted Dr. Strier.

There are websites that advertise decorative contacts as if they were fashion accessories or toys with fanciful, playful packaging in order to attract teens and young adults, especially girls. The problem is not that people use decorative, non-corrective lenses-sometimes called Plano-or zero-powered lenses, but that they buy the devices without a prescription through unlicensed vendors on the Internet or at flea markets and specialty shops.

In 2005, a federal law was passed that classified all contact lenses as medical devices and restricted their distribution to licensed eye-care professionals. Illegal sale of contacts can result in civil penalties of up to $11,000 per violation.

The safe and effective use of contact lenses-whether decorative or not-requires proper fitting and education about their care to prevent the potential for serious eye  problems from becoming a reality. If you or a friend would like to learn more about contact lenses of any type, including decorative contacts, please schedule an eye examination at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 and River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland 21029, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Baltimore Surgeon on Decreased Cataract Risk with Vitamins & Antioxidants

Baltimore Cataract Surgeon Arturo Betancourt, M.D., noted, “It may be possible that there is an association between your risk of cataracts and your intake of certain vitamins and antioxidants according to researchers reporting their results in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.” Until now, studies have been inconsistent regarding the association between blood antioxidants or vitamins and the risk of age-related cataract. By performing a meta analysis of 13 different studies, researchers found the  lower the  level of vitamin E, α-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, the  greater the  risk of age-related cataract in Asian populations but not in Western populations, whereas β-Carotene, lycopene, and β-cryptoxanthin  had no significant association with risk of cataract. Dr. Betancourt stressed however, “While these results look somewhat interesting, the question remains whether increasing intake through dietary supplements actually has any role in decreasing the risk of cataract formation-there just isn’t enough data to say with any confidence.”

If you or someone you know is concerned about cataracts, or wish to learn more about cataract risks, cataract prevention or laser cataract surgery & lens implants, you are encouraged to schedule an eye examination at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 and River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland 21029, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Welcome Dr. Noushin Ahmed to Baltimore Washington Eye Center

Join us in welcoming Optometrist Dr. Noushin Ahmed to the staff of Baltimore Washington Eye Center. Dr. Ahmed is a great addition to our team of eye doctors. Her clinical experience in providing routine eye care for patients of all ages, evaluation and management of chronic and acute eye diseases, including diabetic eye disease, cataracts, macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma, along with fitting simple as well as specialty contact lenses brings us additional resources for taking care of the eye care needs of Baltimore patients.

Dr. Ahmed’s training and experience make her a perfect fit for our practice. She received her undergraduate degree from Florida International University and earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry, where she was elected to Beta Sigma Kappa, the Optometric National Honor Society. Dr. Ahmed then completed an internship at the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Salem, Virginia and a residency at Seidenberg-Protzko Eye Associates in Havre de Grace, Maryland.

We strive to make sure patients needing access to any aspect of the services we offer at Baltimore Washington Eye Center-from routine eye exams to laser cataract surgery-are able to do so in a convenient, efficient and timely manner. This means we are constantly working to bring skilled, dedicated and compassionate eye doctors and staff to our practice and surgery center to meet those needs.

Please feel free to schedule an eye exam with Dr. Ahmed at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 and River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland 21029, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Cataract Patient Stories at BW Eye Center

Dr. Spagnolo and Dr. Betancourt offer cataract surgery with the option of using Advanced Technology lenses that help improve a patient’s vision. Here are a few of our patients’ personal experiences with cataract surgery using Advanced Technology lenses.

Judy writes:
I was relaxed, personnel were very nice and helpful.  I would recommend Baltimore Washington Eye Center to others. I got the Multifocal lens and do not have to wear glasses after using them for 68 years.  I read a lot and it is so wonderful to put the glasses away forever!

Charles writes:
It was quick, painless and I could see so much better.  Colors were so bright and white was white.  The staff was so courteous and thoughtful.  The entire experience was very pleasant.

Mabel writes:
The surgery center is convenient; the staff is friendly and very professional. There was not pain or discomfort during or after the surgery.  I was able to go back to work the next day right after my morning appointment with the doctor.  Vision improvement started immediately and continued improving each day for a couple of weeks.

Paul W. writes:
After several years of declining ability to correct my vision, Dr. Spagnolo recommended that I have cataract surgery.  I had a standard lens in one eye and due severe astigmatism, had an advanced technology Toric lens in the other. The surgery was simple and painless, just following instructions for post-op drops in eye.
Despite wearing glasses since High School, I now have 20/20 vision. I recommend Baltimore Washington Eye Center to all my friends.

Stephen writes:
Dr. Betancourt performed Cataract surgery on both of my eyes in May 2013.  I could not be more pleased with the results.  After the surgery, my eyes are functioning exactly as Dr. Betancourt forecasted. The staff  in the eye center were excellent in their testing and monitoring of my eyes.  The staff in the operating room was equally professional. From pre-op to operating room to post-op, the people were professional, caring and attentive to my condition.  I felt at ease with everything happening to me.

In summary, I am very pleased with Baltimore Washington Eye Center.

If you or someone you know is concerned about cataracts, or wish to learn more about cataract risks, cataract prevention or laser cataract surgery & lens implants, you are encouraged to schedule an eye examination at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 and River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland 21029, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Baltimore LASIK Surgeon on Vision Quality: LASIK vs. Ortho-K


Baltimore LASIKSurgeon Brad Spagnolo, M.D. reviewed research on the vision quality of LASIK vs. Ortho-K. LASIK is a type of laser eye surgery that provides a method of vision correction to help people with common vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism see clearly at distance without being dependent on glasses or contact lenses. Ortho-K or Orthokeratology is a method of contact lens fitting used to temporarily reshape the cornea to allow people to see at distance and be independent of eyeglasses and contacts for periods of time throughout the day. “Recently researchers reporting in the journal Cornea compared the differences in visual performance between Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) and laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) for the treatment of low-to-moderate myopia. The results in this study suggest that LASIK provides significantly better   visual quality outcomes than Ortho-K for the treatment of low-to-moderate myopia and that for best vision LASIK laser eye surgery is the preferred method of vision correction,” said Dr. Spagnolo.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about LASIK with LASIK Surgeons atBaltimore Washington Eye Center, they can do so by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 and River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland 21029, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Laser Treatments for Glaucoma



Laser treatment for glaucoma is regarded as a safe and effective treatment for glaucoma and may be considered as first-line therapy in early to moderate-stage open-angle glaucoma when eye pressure or IOP is less than 35 mm Hg. Recent research presented at the World Glaucoma Congress also indicated that the SLT Laser may also be useful for glaucoma induced by the use of steroids and the ALT and SLT Laser may be useful in treating pigmentary glaucoma. But, the researchers cautioned that the laser treatments are not a cure and that meticulous follow up and monitoring is necessary to ensure that patients continue to do well over time in order to preserve eye health and vision.

If you or someone you know has a family history of glaucoma or has any risk factors forglaucoma or would like to learn more about laser treatments for glaucoma they are encouraged to schedule an eye examination at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 and River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland 21029, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.