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. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Baltimore Corneal Specialist on Fuchs Dystrophy Severity Risk Factors



BaltimoreWashington Eye Center Corneal Specialist Brad Spagnolo, M.D. commented on some risk factors that affect the severity of Fuchs’ Dystrophy. “Fuchs’ Dystrophy is a type of corneal disease that affects the inner most layer of the cornea-the endothelium. Fuchs’ Dystrophy is slowly progressive and can be found in both eyes and is slightly more common in women than men. While it is possible to observe Fuchs’ Dystrophy in people in their 30’s and 40’s, it usually does not compromise vision until people are in their 50’s or 60’s,” commented Dr. Spagnolo.

The endothelial cells are responsible for pumping water out of the cornea and helping to maintain the corneal transparency. While the reason is poorly understood, in Fuchs’ Dystrophy the endothelial cells die more rapidly than normal, making the endothelium less efficient in its pumping activity. This results in the cornea swelling and distorting vision. Researchers reporting in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science studied the effects of smoking, and other risk factors, on the development of advanced Fuchs' endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD) and on central corneal thickness (CCT). As predicted, being female increased the odds of developing advanced Fuchs' endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD) by 34% and smoking increased the odds by 30%. Besides reporting that smoking was associated with an increased risk of developing advanced FECD, diabetes was also associated with increased corneal thickness-reflecting greater risk of corneal swelling.

If you or someone you know has a family history of Fuchs’ Dystrophy or has any risk factors for increasing the severity of Fuchs’ Dystrophy 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. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Eating Fish to Lower AMD Risk

Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a common cause of vision loss in seniors. Recently, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found that the disease may be associated with a high dietary fat intake. The results of their study found that eating fish, such as tuna, four times a week, may reduce the risk of macular degeneration. The subjects of the study were participants in the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study who did not have AMD at when the study commenced. After 12 years of follow-up, 567 people with a visual loss of 20/30 or worse were identified. Fat intake was assessed with a food frequency questionnaire. The study found:

·         Those patients whose total dietary fat intake was in the highest quintile had over one and a half times the risk of AMD as those whose fat intake was in the lowest quintile,
·         Linolenic acid consumption was directly associated with the risk of AMD,
·         High intake of docosahexaenoic acid was associated with a modest reduction in the risk of AMD.
·         Those who ate four or more servings of fish a week were at a 35% lower risk of AMD when compared to those who ate fewer than three servings of fish a week.

The researchers concluded that dietary fat intake was associated with an increased risk of age related macular degeneration (AMD) and that this may have been due to the presence of Linolenic acid in the fat. They added that a high intake of fish, a rich source of docosahexaenoic acid, may reduce this risk.

If you or someone you know has a family history of age related macular degeneration or wishes to learn more about how eating fish might help reduce their risk of AMD, 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, August 12, 2014

Early Menopause & Glaucoma Risk

According to a study at the Netherlands Ophthalmic Research Institute in Amsterdam women who go through menopause early may be at risk of developing glaucoma – a leading cause of blindness. In a study of more than 3,000 women, those who went through a natural menopause before the age of 45 were more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with open-angle glaucoma as women who went through menopause at age 50 or older. The results indicate that female hormones may be protective against open-angle glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness.  Of interest is that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is thought to reduce fluid pressure inside the eye. Similarly, as hormone levels rise during pregnancy, fluid pressure inside the eye decreases significantly, the researchers noted. This is the first study to examine the relationship between female sex hormones, as indicated by age of menopause, and open-angle glaucoma.

If you or someone you know is concerned about your risk of glaucoma and have gone through early menopause, 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, August 5, 2014

Back to School Children's Eyeglass Offer at Baltimore Washington Eye!


As parents are getting their children ready for the “Back to School” season, Baltimore Washington Eye Center is pleased to offer:

Kid's Back to School Eyeglass Package from $169 with Polycarbonate Lenses
or

through September 30, 2014. To schedule an eye exam or eyeglass selection and fitting, please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, visit Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.

*pick from select frame group
**option to purchase a 1 year NO FAULT frame warranty for the frames for $40

Baltimore Surgeon Highlights Cataract Awareness Month

Baltimore Cataract Surgeon Arturo Betancourt, M.D. highlighted information about cataracts and cataract surgery as August marks CataractAwareness Month. “The growing incidence of cataracts and patients in need of cataract surgery in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. is almost certainly a reflection of the overall increase in age related eye diseases associated with the aging of the baby boomer population,” commented Dr. Betancourt. “The good news is that years of experience-coupled with the technology of lens implants for astigmatism and near vision, along with bladeless laser cataract surgery-gives us excellent capabilities and options for cataract patients, allowing them safe, gentle, more predictable surgery and outcomes,” noted Dr. Betancourt.



A cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye preventing light rays from passing through it easily. This results in a clouding and blurring of vision. Patients should understand that cataracts are not a growth or a film over the eye. For many patients cataracts start out slowly and have little effect on vision at first. But, as the cataract becomes worse, so does the impact on vision. The most common symptoms that bother patients with cataracts include blurring of vision, sensitivity to light and glare, double vision in one eye, poor night vision, fading or yellowing of colors and frequent changes in glasses or contact lens prescriptions.

“When a patient tells us that a cataract is interfering with their daily activities or their comfort, mobility and safety, they can be treated surgically. Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most frequently performed surgeries in the United States. We now perform laser cataract surgery using lens implants to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and even near vision problems after cataract surgery, as well as distance vision, without requiring bifocals or reading glasses for the vast majority of patients,” said Baltimore Cataract Surgeon Brad Spagnolo, M.D.

If you or someone you know is concerned about cataracts, or wish to learn more about 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.