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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Dry Eye Disease & Migraine Headaches


What do migraine headaches have to do with dry eye disease? As it turns out, researchers reporting on a large population-based study in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology found that the odds of having dry eye disease with a diagnosis of migraine headaches was at least 20% higher than that of individuals without a diagnosis of migraine headaches. They also conclude that this association does not reflect a cause and effect relationship but rather identifies a risk factor that suggests we don’t overlook dry eye disease in patients complaining of migraine headaches.

If you or someone you know suffers from migraine headaches they should be evaluated for dry eye disease during their eye exam. Learn more when you schedule an eye exam with eye doctors at Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or 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 2391 Brandermill Blvd., Suite 200, Gambrills, Maryland 21061, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Eye Exams & Diagnosing Alzheimer’s


Could An Eye Doctor Diagnose Alzheimer’s Before You Have Symptoms?

A recent study published by Duke University researchers in the journal Retina suggests that an observed loss of retinal blood vessels may reflect changes in brain health and could signal Alzheimer’s disease. In people with healthy brains, microscopic blood vessels form a dense web at the back of the eye inside the retina. In the eyes of people with Alzheimer’s disease, that web was less dense and even sparse in places. The differences in density were statistically significant after researchers controlled for factors including age, sex, and level of education. The study measured blood vessels that can’t be seen during a regular eye exam using noninvasive technology that takes high-resolution images of very small blood vessels within the retina in just a few minutes, called Optical Coherence Tomography-Angiography (OCT-A). They concluded that it’s possible that these changes in blood vessel density in the retina could mirror what’s going on in the tiny blood vessels in the brain, perhaps before we are able to detect any changes in cognition. 

With nearly 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and no viable treatments or noninvasive tools for early diagnosis, its burden on families and the economy is heavy. Scientists at Duke have studied other changes in the retina that could signal trouble upstream in the brain, such as thinning of some of the retinal nerve layers. The goal would be to use this technology to detect Alzheimer’s early, before symptoms of memory loss are evident, and be able to monitor these changes over time in participants of clinical trials studying new Alzheimer’s treatments.

Please mention any concerns you have about Alzheimer’s during your regular eye exam. To learn more about new technology and examination techniques we are using, please just ask us at your scheduled appointment. If you or someone you know needs an eye exam or would like to learn more, please schedule an appointment with eye doctors at Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or 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 2391 Brandermill Blvd., Suite 200, Gambrills, Maryland 21061, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Sarah’s LASIK Experience


“I had been on the fence about laser vision correction for several years, so when I finally decided to get it done, BWEye was the obvious place to get it done (I have been a long time patient of the practice). Dr. Spagnolo and his team explained the procedure and the recovery well. Day of, I felt very well taken care of and comfortable. Because of how everything was explained, I didn’t feel like the recovery held any surprises.  I would highly recommend Dr. Spagnolo and his team for your laser vision correction needs.”-Sarah B

If you or someone you know is tired of the hassle of glasses or contact lenses for seeing at distance and would like to find out if LASIK might be a good vision correction option, please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or 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 2391 Brandermill Blvd., Suite 200, Gambrills, Maryland 21061, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Laser Treatment Can Be First Choice for Glaucoma


Researchers reporting in The Lancet on the LiGHT Study concluded that a change in the clinical practice pattern of how we treat glaucoma should be implemented so that glaucoma laser treatment was a first choice treatment, rather than eye drops which is the typical approach to glaucoma treatment. The LiGHT Study compared eye drops to glaucoma Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) treatment in terms of lowering intraocular pressure, health related quality of life, cost and cost effectiveness. The data was gathered and analyzed and concluded that Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) should be offered as a first-line treatment for open angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension, supporting a change in clinical practice.

If you or someone you know is at risk for glaucoma, has ocular hypertension or is being treated for glaucoma, please be certain you have regular eye exams with glaucoma testing to prevent vision loss. Ask your eye doctor about treatment options such as SLT for glaucoma when you schedule your exam at Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or 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 2391 Brandermill Blvd., Suite 200, Gambrills, Maryland 21061, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Patricia’s Cataract Story


I had my cataract surgery with Dr. Spagnolo. He recommended the Multifocal Lens (implant) with laser cataract removal to help me become less dependent on glasses. I thought it over and decided to proceed with the Multifocal Lens. Honestly, the best decision that I’ve made! I am loving my new vision, no longer need glasses, and couldn’t be happier. Dr. Spagnolo and his staff made me feel at ease and took really good care of me. Would recommend this place to my friends and family.”-Patricia W. had Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery with a Multifocal Implant in both eyes

If you or some you know is experiencing cataract symptoms such as cloudy foggy vision, glare, or difficult night driving and would like to learn more about cataract surgery & lens implants please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or visit Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Google 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 2391 Brandermill Blvd., Suite 200, Gambrills, Maryland 21061 serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Oral Health Can Affect the Retina

Did you know that not taking care of your teeth and gums can increase your risk of blood vessel damage in the retina? Periodontitis is a chronic inflammation of the gums that results from bacterial buildup on the surface of, and between, your teeth. It is easily prevented with thorough oral hygiene, such as brushing your teeth and flossing properly to avoid accumulation of bacteria on your teeth and gums. If left untreated it can result in loosening, or even loss, of teeth. But, a study in the Journal of Periodontology also found that there was an association between periodontitis and the health of the retinal blood vessels in terms of their narrowing and constriction in a similar manner as results from hypertension and vascular and inflammatory diseases. The researchers speculated that over time this could lead to “leaky blood vessels” and surmised that periodontitis might lead to increased risk for other diseases.

To learn more about tooth and gum disease, such as periodontitis, ask your dentist. If you have periodontitis and have not had a regular eye exam please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or visit Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Google 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 2391 Brandermill Blvd., Suite 200, Gambrills, Maryland 21061 serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Katherine’s LASIK Experience


“My LASIK surgery was amazing! I will say that I was scared, however, Dr. Spagnolo and the staff made it easy for me. My results are amazing and I would tell everyone to come to BW Eye.”
-Katherine B.

If you or some you know is tired of the hassle of glasses or contact lenses for seeing at distance and would like to find out if LASIK might be a good vision correction option, please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, or visit Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Google 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 2391 Brandermill Blvd., Suite 200, Gambrills, Maryland 21061 serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.