Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Monday, January 19, 2015

Cataracts Cause Night Driving Problems

“With the days being quite short this time of year, we hear patients with cataracts really begin to notice their night driving problems,” commented Andrew Hammer, M.D. “For many patients, the night driving problems from a cataract seem to be the first real symptom they notice when they come in to discuss their decreased vision,” noted Arturo Betancourt, M.D.

Cataract Surgery


About Night Driving Problems with Cataracts
Driving at night is considerably more difficult for most people as dim lighting and darkness can cause you to misjudge distances between cars and the sides of the road. For many patients night driving problems may cause you to begin noticing a general blur of your vision, clouding or hazy vision, dimming of colors and even some double vision-even in daylight. These are symptoms of cataracts that often accompany night driving problems from a cataract. If you find that you don’t really feel comfortable driving at night, it may be that you have the beginning of a cataract. If you experience these symptoms, it would be important to schedule an eye exam and find out for sure. Then, depending on how troubling or unsafe you feel, we will be happy to discuss whether it might well be time to consider whether cataract surgery as an option to help you regain your night driving comfort level.

If you or someone you know feels they have night driving problems that might be related to cataracts or has a question about cataracts, laser cataract surgery or lens implants please feel free to schedule an eye exam by calling Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 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, January 12, 2015

Ocular or Ophthalmic Migraine: What is It?

Ocular or Ophthalmic Migraine might be unfamiliar to a lot of patients. When patients think of the word “migraine” they immediately assume that it is really just about headaches. “We see patients in good general health who tell us that sometimes once or twice a month they see these strange pulsing images in both eyes-both with their eyes open and closed!,” commented Andrew Hammer, M.D. “Sometimes they tell us that they start out small, may last 10-20 minutes and even cause their vision to become blurry,” Dr. Hammer further explained. These episodes actually describe what we know to be an Ocular Migraine-a migraine without a headache! What patients are experiencing is the aura that many sufferers have before the onset of a classic migraine headache.

Symptoms of Ocular or Ophthalmic Migraine
An ocular or ophthalmic migraine often includes seeing zigzag lines, colored lights or flashes of lights expanding to one side of your vision over perhaps 10 to 30 minutes. If you experience these symptoms, in order to be sure that this is not a sign of a more serious problem, you should consider scheduling an evaluation and eye exam with one of the eye doctors at Baltimore Washington Eye Center so that we can rule out any other problems and work in concert with your primary care physician or a neurologist to make sure that other testing is not needed.

 If you or someone you know is concerned about ocular or ophthalmic migraine 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. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment Improvements

For those patients with glaucoma or at risk of getting glaucoma, new advances in diagnosis and treatment are thought to lower the chance of vision loss. In fact the risk of blindness from glaucoma has dropped by nearly half according to researchers from Mayo Clinic.

Glaucoma is a condition where the eye does not drain fluid properly, resulting in high pressure in the eye that can damage the optic nerve. In the United States, 2.7 million people age 40 and older have the condition. If left untreated, glaucoma reduces peripheral vision and eventually may cause blindness. According to the Mayo Clinic study, the likelihood of losing sight in one eye was 28 percent for patients diagnosed with glaucoma between 1965 and1980. That number fell to 13.5 percent for patients diagnosed between 1981 and 2000.


“We constantly work and remind patients to have regular eye exams with glaucoma testing at appropriate intervals as this is the best way to detect glaucoma early and initiate treatment as quickly as possible,” remarked Arturo Betancourt, M.D., Medical Director of Baltimore Washington Eye Center. “Further, as necessary, we use our in office advanced diagnostic imaging technology called Optical Coherence Technology (OCT) as well as high resolution digital photography for diagnostic purposes to catch glaucoma as early as possible. This early diagnosis along with in office laser treatments for glaucoma has contributed to our ability to prevent vision loss and blindness from glaucoma,” explained Brad Spagnolo, M.D., Director of Refractive Surgery.

“Patients still have a key role to play here,” noted Dr. Spagnolo. “Early detection is the key to saving sight. Despite these advances, 15 percent of those diagnosed with glaucoma still do go blind. We can’t over emphasize the importance of getting regular eye exams to detect glaucoma in the early stages so that we can prescribe vision preserving treatment as soon as possible,” stressed Dr. Spagnolo.

If you or someone you know is concerned about glaucoma, has any risk factors for glaucoma or needs to schedule a glaucoma eye exam, please feel free to call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, visit 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, December 15, 2014

Advances in Cataract Surgery at Baltimore Washington Eye Center

Alcon® CEN-TURION® Vision System
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Baltimore Washington Eye Center


“Our ongoing commitment to providing world class cataract surgery to Baltimore and D.C.
patients was recently demonstrated by incorporating the Alcon® LensSx® Femtosecond Laser into our eye surgery center so that our cataract surgeons can offer patients laser cataract surgery and lens implants in a more precise, gentle and reproducible cataract operation. Now, we're taking the next step to further refine safety and outcomes for patients by using the Alcon® CENTURION® VisionSystem to perform the actual lens removal portion of the surgery,” explained Arturo Betancourt, M.D., Medical Director and Cataract Surgeon at Baltimore Washington Eye Center. Corneal Specialist and Cataract Surgeon Brad Spagnolo,M.D. further explained, “This is the only lens removal system to utilize Active Fluidics™ which is an innovation that allows us to create and maintain a consistent and stable fluid environment inside the eye while performing the actual cataract removal or phacoemulsification portion of the procedure. Maintaining control over the fluid environment during every moment of the cataract procedure helps us to further improve safety and outcomes for our patients.”

When you visit Baltimore Washington Eye Center please ask us any questions you might have about cataracts, lens implants or laser cataract surgery or visit us at www.bweyecenter.com or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.

Baltimore Washington Eye Surgery Center is a comfortable, close to home ambulatory surgery center dedicated to bringing world class eye surgery to patients from the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. region. We are fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and licensed by the State of Maryland and Medicare.

Baltimore Specialist on Contact Lens Success & Age of Fitting

Baltimore Optometrist &Contact Lens Specialist Dr. Shari Strier provided helpful information on successful contact lens wearing as related to the age of the initial fitting of children’s contacts.  “Sometimes parents wonder what the best age is to fit their children with contact lenses in order to give them the most successful and safest wearing experience,” remarked Dr. Strier.
Dr. Strier

Researchers reporting in Eye & Contact Lens: Science and Clinical Practice  studied differences  in current symptoms, compliance, ocular health and adverse events between current successful long–term contact lens wearers fit as children or as teenagers. They found that successful contact lens wearers fit as children are no more likely to report previous contact lens–related adverse events, problems with compliance, decreased wearing time, or worse ocular health than those fit as teenagers amd suggest that parents should not rely on age as a primary determinant in fitting children with contact lenses, but should rely on their eye doctor’s recommendations and evaluation of their child.

If you or a friend would like to learn more about contact lenses please schedule an eye examination at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.

BaltimoreWashington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 and River Hill Professioemital Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland 21029, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, diagnosis and treatment of cataracts including laser cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear  and optical services. Baltimore Washington Eye Center is conveniently located for patients from Arbutus, Carney, Clarksville, Columbia, Dundalk, Edgemere, Essex, Ellicott City, Ferndale, Glen Burnie, Kenwood, Laurel, Linthicum, Lutherville, Millersville, Odenton Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Towson, Parkville, Randallstown, Rivera Beach, Pasadena, Severna Park, South Gate and Woodlawn Maryland.

Monday, December 8, 2014

BOTOX® & Type 2 Diabetes

What do BOTOX® and Type 2 Diabetes have to do with each other you ask?  A new study reports that it appears a better understanding of the proteins affected by injections of the wrinkle relaxer BOTOX® could help scientists develop new ways to treat Type 2 Diabetes. BOTOX® Cosmetic is best known as an injection for helping patients smooth fine lines and wrinkles in order to look their best. BOTOX® is also used as treatment for a number of medical conditions including migraine, urinary incontinence, profuse sweating and crossed eyes, among others. In each of these cases, BOTOX® works because it has a paralyzing effect: That is, it relaxes specific muscles, which then provides the desired effect. BOTOX® accomplishes this effect by blocking certain proteins called SNARE (Soluble NSF Attachment Protein Receptor) proteins. It turns out that SNARE proteins in the beta cells of the pancreas help the pancreas secrete insulin; thus, blocking these proteins in the pancreas could lead to insulin resistance which is the hallmark of Type 2 Diabetes. Understanding this mechanism will hopefully provide researchers with new ways to diagnose and treat Type 2 Diabetes in the future.

If you or someone you know has diabetes or even elevated blood sugar levels they should work to prevent diabetic eye disease and problems with regular eye exams by calling Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.

BaltimoreWashington 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. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

LASIK Story from BWEC

From counting fingers vision to driving without glasses!
From no peripheral vision to seeing far and wide.
From I’ve thought about this for so long to “I should have done it sooner”
From encumbered with contacts, solutions, backup glasses, and prescription sunglasses to nothing but simplicity. Freedom from glasses and contacts is what we provide our patients with LASIK every week. 

Cyclist, scuba divers, students, professors,  single parents, police officers, engineers, dentists, nurses, teachers, cancer survivors, military service members, skateboarders, golfers, tennis players, runners, swimmers, photographers,  and the list goes on.

John writes:

What a life changing experience!  I have been extremely near- sighted since I was 5 years old and have been wearing corrective lenses, first glasses then contacts, for over 40 years.  And now, after a short and pain-free procedure, I have 20/20 vision without the use of contacts or glasses!  For over 10 years I wanted to have my vision corrected.  I was always afraid to go to a laser vision center because I didn’t want to go to a doctor I didn’t know, have a serious procedure performed and be shown the door after a few follow-up visits.  

However, three years ago I became a regular patient of Baltimore Washington Eye Center and Dr. Spagnolo has been my eye doctor ever since.  I finally chose to have LASIK because I trusted Dr. Spagnolo and the entire Baltimore Washington Eye Center team.  I can’t even adequately describe how wonderful Dr. Spagnolo and the entire staff were throughout the process, from evaluation through procedure follow-up, but particularly on the day of the procedure. I was a little nervous, but they quickly put me at ease with their friendly, personal (everyone knew me by first name), yet professional demeanor.  I couldn’t be more pleased and highly recommend choosing Dr. Spagnolo and the Baltimore Washington Eye Center not only for LASIK but as a complete eye care practice.