Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

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

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.