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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.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Glaucoma Status Affected by Certain Medications

Primary Open Angle Glaucoma is the most common type of glaucoma and is generally treated by eye drops, laser treatment and/or surgery to help reduce the eye pressure, also termed intraocular pressure (IOP). Certain systemic medications that you take for anxiety or depression that are in the class called “SSRI,” such as Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa and Paxil, or blood pressure medications in the class called “calcium channel blockers,” such as Norvasc, Cardizem, Procardia and Calan may be associated with your glaucoma risk. SSRIs are strongly associated with a reduced risk of Primary Open Angle Glaucoma, whereas calcium channel blockers were strongly associated with an increased risk. According to researchers reporting in Ophthalmology, the official journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, this is important and useful information to us as we assess your risk of glaucoma, but is also helpful to researchers seeking new medications for the treatment of glaucoma, as it might indicate novel approaches with medications used for other systemic diseases.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about glaucoma risk and systemic medications, or schedule a glaucoma 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.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Melanie’s Cataract Patient Story

“Dr. Betancourt was amazing. When I came in for my exam he explained everything to me and what (would) happen during surgery. I am so glad I finally had this surgery and didn’t know what I was missing!” Melanie S. underwent Laser Cataract Surgery with a Toric Lens Implant for Astigmatism 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, November 3, 2019

Lipid Lowering Medication Can Help Diabetic Retinopathy


Did you know that medications used to treat high cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood can help diabetic retinopathy? In two clinical studies, the Fenofibrate Intervention and Event Lowering in Diabetes (FIELD) study and the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) study, the medications Fenofibrate (brand names TriCor, Lipofen, Triglide, Trilipix) and the statins (Lipitor, Crestor, Mevacor, Pravachol, Zocor) have been found to not only reduce the signs of blood vessel disease in the retina from diabetic retinopathy, but also to reduce the need for certain treatments for diabetic retinopathy.  We are hoping that additional research becomes available that helps us to help patients with diabetes avoid the sight threatening complications of this terribly common disease.

If you or someone you know has diabetes, please be sure each of you has regular eye exams in order to avoid the potentially blinding vision loss from this disease.  Schedule an eye exam at 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, October 27, 2019

Migraine Help with Glaucoma Eye Drops

The beta-blocker eye drop Timolol, or TIMOPTIC®, may help relieve migraine headache pain according to research in JAMA Neurology. While there are several beta-blocker medications that can be taken by mouth for migraine, they tend to work very slowly-sometimes hours or days-and are not terribly helpful for migraine sufferers. TIMOPTIC® eye drops are very quickly absorbed into the blood and seem to alleviate the pain in most patients with migraines fairly quickly. Research is underway to determine the best dose and frequency of these eye drop to help those with migraines.

If you or someone you know suffers from migraines help with eye drops may be on the way. Learn more at 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.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Contact Lenses that Adjust to Sunlight?



Did you know that there are now FDA approved contact lenses that adjust to sunlight? These contact lenses darken automatically when you wear them in bright sunlight and then lighten in darker lighting conditions, just like the eyeglass lenses you have known about for years. They are available under the name ACUVUE® OASYS Contact Lenses with Transitions® Light Intelligent Technology. This convenient feature may be helpful for certain patients who are particularly light sensitive but shouldn’t be regarded as a substitute for UV protecting sunglasses which offer a great deal more protection.

If you would like to learn more about ACUVUE® OASYS Contact Lenses with Transitions® Light Intelligent Technology 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.