Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

BeBe at BWEye

B W Eye Optical has added a new fashion line for the women. Introducing BeBe eyewear. New styles and colors that catch your eyes.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Bio Inspired

All contact lens wearers are looking for comfortable and easy cleaning options. Bausch and Lomb’s new Biotrue multipurpose cleaner takes ideas for its chemical composition from molecules that occur naturally in the body and tear film. They call it “bio inspired”. So far we are getting great feedback form patients who find that it improves lens comfort. Let us know your experience.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Introducing:Essilor Anti-Fatigue lenses w/ Anti-reflective coating

Who is this for?
Emerging presbyopes or individuals who are not ready for no-line bifocals or standard line bifocals at this time. The lens is developed to give the patient added edge so fatigue doesn’t set in when doing more reading, texting, paperwork.

How does it work?
By adding a little plus power to lower portion of lens. This helps the patient accommodate near vision and reduces fatigue and having to remove eyeglasses in order to do near visual tasks.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Post op patients today

Great morning of seeing post op cataract patients. Great results with astigmatism implants. Happy folks.

Myths and Misconceptions

“ Now that I am over forty and having issues with seeing clearly up close, I can no longer wear my contact lenses”

For many of us over forty we are starting to notices that close work has become more of an effort or next to impossible. And our arms can stretch the work out in front of us only so far. Unfortunately, there is nothing yet that can turn back the hands of time ( or give us longer arms ). However, the common held misconception that we all must now give up the contact lenses that we have loved since our teens is just not true. Several options exist that will allow a contact lens wearer to see both at distance and at near. Monovision designs that correct the dominant eye for distance and the non-dominant eye for reading work very well especially for people just beginning to notice a problem. Multifocal contact lenses that focus both a near and a distant image in each eye have really hit their stride in the last five to ten years. Nothing can return us to our 20 something eyesight but monovision and multifocal contact lens options can allow us to continue to wear contact lenses throughout most of our daily activities.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Myths and Misconceptions

"If you say I am farsighted. How come I take my glasses off and can't see!'

It would be intuitive to think that if you are farsighted, you should have far- sight. The ability to see at a distance without any type of correction. This should be the case if we take the term literally. But this is not the case. As we age, the eyes ability to compensate for certain degrees of hypermetropia or farsightedness diminishes. The same is true of very high degrees of farsightedness. People that have low levels of hypermetropia can usually go without glasses until their late thirties or early forties. At this time presbyopia, or the diminished ability to focus up close sets in. This is a normal change. This is the time for reading glasses. For individuals with greater degrees of hypermetropia it might be time for progressive or bifocal glasses. This is another example of a less than perfect term.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Join us at the Baltimore Washington Eye Center on Wednesday, December 8th from 5pm to 8pm to learn more about Radiesse, a wrinkle filler that smooths and softens wrinkles and fine lines.
Our oculoplastics specialist, Dr. Chimene Richa will discuss and demonstrate on an patient, how this product works to reduce the signs of aging. Hors d'Oeurves will be served. RSVP to 410-766-3937 by December 5th.

If an attendee decides to have a Radiesse treatment, and purchases one syringe of the product that night, they will receive as second syringe for free. Hope to see you there.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Dry Eye

Dry eye syndrome is one of the most common ocular disorders treated by ophthalmologists. It affects millions of Americans each year, especially post-menopausal women. Tears play a vital role in the proper functioning of the eye. Comprised of mucus, water, and oil layers, tears deliver moisture and important nutrients to the cornea in order to maintain its health. When the tear duct does not produce enough lubricating tears, dry eye syndrome may develop. Dry eye syndrome may also develop as a result of excessively watery eyes that produce tears without the correct balance of mucus, water, and oil.

Symptoms of dry eye syndrome include:

Burning or stinging
· Itching
· Redness
Foreign body sensation or feeling like sand in the eye

Blurred vision that may improve with blinking

Excessively watery eyes

Increased irritation after reading, working on a computer, or watching television

People who suffer from chronic dry eye should seek treatment from a qualified medical professional. If left untreated, this condition may damage the cornea, increase the threat of an infection, and eventually lead to the inability to produce natural tears. In the most acute cases, this condition can impair vision. Fortunately, dry eye syndrome can be successfully treated.

Friday, November 12, 2010


Remember you can use your flex spending for eyeglasses. If you need an extra pair take advantage of your plan before year’s end.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Myths and Misconceptions

"If I tear all the time, why do you say I have dry eye"

This certainly sounds like a contradiction. Your eyes are wet but I tell you they are dry. We are actually both correct! The explanation is that when I am using the term dry eye, in reality I mean- tear dysfunction. Most people with symptoms do not lack tears, the problem occurs because the quality of their tears is not adequate. This irritates the cornea which sends a message to the lacrimal gland to go into overdrive. This excess of tears is what causes your symptoms. With appropriate treatment these symptoms will abate.

Please take some time to read the section, Dry Eye, in our website for more information.

Arturo E Betancourt MD FACS

Monday, November 8, 2010

Transitions Lenses and Eye Health Protection

Did you know that Transitions colored lenses filter 100% of UVA and UVB rays.
Available in grey and brown

Thursday, November 4, 2010

So you think you have "Pink Eye."

All that is red eye is not necessarily "pink eye".

Conjunctivitis is the term used to describe inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the very thin membrane that covers the inside of your eyelids and the white part of your eye (the sclera). It is most commonly referred to as “red” or “pink” eye and can be caused by a viral or bacterial infection, allergies or environmental irritants. Symptoms of conjunctivitis include:

• Inflammation of the eye
• Increased tearing
• Soreness of the eye
• Foreign body sensation
• Itchiness of the eye
• Excess mucous (pus)
• Crusting of the eyelashes in the morning

Regardless of the cause, conjunctivitis should not cause a disruption in vision. More serious conditions, such as damage to the cornea, very severe glaucoma or inflammation inside the eye can also cause the conjunctiva to become inflamed and pink. If your case of “pink eye” affects your vision or you experience eye pain, you should see an ophthalmologist.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Implant for Astigmatism

LEFT: Cataract and astigmatism blur vision.
MIDDLE: Traditional replacement lens clears the vision but can't correct astigmatism
RIGHT: The Acrysof IQ Toric implant creates quality distance vision in one step.

Surgery to treat cataracts is an outpatient procedure where an eye surgeon removes the clouded natural lens and replaces it with an artificial lens. Traditionally, the surgeon implants a monofocal artificial lens, commonly called an “intraocular lens” (IOL). If you have astigmatism, however, you may still experience blurred and distorted vision because a standard IOL cannot correct corneal astigmatism. To achieve quality distance vision with a standard IOL, you may still require eyeglasses, contact lenses, or further surgery. If freedom from eyeglasses for distance vision is important to you, we have a better option. The unique design of the Acrysof IQ Toric lens provides our patients significantly improved distance vision; and many of them are experiencing the ability to drive without glasses for the first time in many years. If you have cataracts and astigmatism, the Acrysof IQ Toric lens might just be for you.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

MAUI JIM Sunglass rebates

MAUI JIM SUNGLASS REBATES - now through 11/30/10

$50.00 consumer rebate for a single vision prescription sunglass complete
$100.00 consumer rebate for a progressive prescription sunglass complete

Please contact our optical department at:
410-863-4664 * Glen Burnie
410-531-8083 * Clarksville

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Watch for us Sunday 11/7/10 7:55am on TLC

We have a revised air date for The Ultimate Makeover show.

Tune in to see us Sunday, November 7 on The Learning Channel at 7:55am.

Myths and Misconceptions

Many of you have wandered through the aisles of some stores and discovered drops that claim they prevent, delay or eliminate cataracts. I know that such a product would be fantastic. It would be similar to preventing the normal aging changes that we will all experience. Too good to be true...If it sounds that great, maybe there is a catch. Currently there is no product on the market, approved by the FDA, that can make these claims. If you pick up the drops' bottle and read the fine print, you will see that it indicates this to be the case. We might be able to delay cataracts by limiting our exposure to UV light through the use of UV filtered sunglasses and of course, staying out of the sun. But ultimately, as we age we will develop cataracts. When you can no longer see well enough to perform what you feel is important on a daily basis, and after an exam you are informed that this is due to cataracts, there is always a surgical option.
Up to this moment investing in the "magical drops", will only provide additional lubrication to your eyes.

Arturo E Betancourt MD, FACS

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Ultimate Makeover on The Learning Channel

Good news! Just been informed that The Learning Channel will broadcast the episode of The Ultimate Makeover in which we perform LASIK on Sunday, October 24th @ 8 am. The nice lady who is featured in that episode was in our office the other day and is thrilled with her new eyes.

Thursday, October 14, 2010



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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Recently, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care introduced 1-Day Acuvue TruEye, the first FDA-approved silicone hydrogel daily disposable contact lens, in the United States. Since the lenses are replaced daily, there is no need for contact lenses cases or solutions. Acuvue TruEye lenses transmit significantly more oxygen to the eye, which may mean fewer red and dry eyes during contact lens wear.

Monday, September 13, 2010

LASIK Friday

We had a great day doing LASIK last Friday. A lot folks now driving around town without the need for glasses any longer.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

BWEye Welcomes New Associate

We are happy to announce that Dr. Chimene Richa has joined our practice. In addition to providing general medical, surgical and laser eye care, Dr. Richa specializes in the evaluation and treatment of deformities, abnormalities, cancers, and trauma of the eyelids and surrounding structures. All of us want to welcome her aboard and are excited to be working with her.

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Learning Channel's Ultimate Makeover

Happy to report that our TLC Ultimate Makeover winner has had very successful laser vision correction. She is thrilled with her "new" eyes. We are very happy for her and for the opportunity in helping her down a new road in her life.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New medication helps treat viral infections of the cornea

A new topical medication recently became available that makes treating herpetic eye infections much easier for patients. The name of the drug is Zirgan. It is used 5 times/day versus the older medication, Viroptic, which needs to be used 9x/day. Also, Zirgan does not require refrigeration whereas Viroptic needs to be kept cool between uses. Zirgan may also be beneficial for more than one type of herpetic corneal infection compared to the older medication. Certainly a welcome addition to our treatment options.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

TLC's Ultimate Makeover

Baltimore Washington Eye Center has been chosen by The Learning Channel to provide Laser Vision Correction for their current Ultimate Makeover winner. I met her last week and filmed a segment of the show. She is farsighted and in need of glasses to drive. The plan is to perform LASIK at the end of the month. The staff and I are looking forward to being a part of her makeover. Will let you know how things go and when TLC will be airing the show.