Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Crusty or Granulated Eyelids

Baltimore Ophthalmologist Arturo Betancourt, M.D. shared information about crusty or granulated eyelids. “Many patients complain of waking up with granulated or crusty eyelids. They describe a gravel or sandy foreign body sensation on awakening,” remarked Dr. Betancourt. “When they look in the mirror, they might notice a reddened eyelid margin and whitish or granular material on their eyelid margin,” he said. “The eyes feel dry, irritated and the conjunctiva might be injected. Through the day they might have irritation, pain, blurred vision, and a mucous like secretion, which accumulates and dries, causing further irritation,” he further explained.

These are all symptoms of meibomian gland dysfunction. The meibomian glands located in the lid are responsible for the oily component of the tear film. This component helps stabilize the tear film and also decreases evaporation. These glands are affected as with age and with hormonal changes. The changes in the quality of these glands can cause changes in the quality of the tear film. These changes would cause dry eye symptoms. They could cause the gland to clog, causing an infection, an acute stye, a cyst, or a chalazion.

Treatment of this condition can vary from lid hygiene, topical medication or oral supplements, or a combination of the above. The goal is to return these oils to normal. Lid hygiene with warm compresses liquefies the oils and decreases the secretions. Topical antibiotic and anti inflammatory drops or ointments, help decrease bacterial load and the secondary gland swelling. Oral supplements will help, by replenishing.

Meibomian gland dysfunction is a chronic condition, commonly associated with tear dysfunction. The treatment goal is to find a combination of modalities that the patient can utilize to manage his condition.

Guest Blogger: Arturo E Betancourt M.D., F.A.C.S., Ophthalmologist, Medical Director- Baltimore Washington Eye Center

If you or someone you know crusty or granulated eyelids they 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, so that we can help identify the possible causes and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.
Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice 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 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.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Baltimore Doctor on Saggy Eyelids & Tearing

Baltimore Washington Eye Center doctor Arturo Betancourt, M.D. commented on saggy eyelids as a common cause of tearing. “As we age, gravity likes to play tricks on our body. How many times we look in the mirror, and notice how things have gone "south”, commented Dr. Betancourt.  “That firm skin, is no longer where we remembered it, it has sagged. A very common area where this occurs is the lower lid.  As the lower lid sags, the puncta or drainage channel located in the lower eyelid loses its position,” he further explained.  Tears are a combination of an aqueous, mucin and lipid component that mixes to form the tear film. It mainly arises from the lacrimal gland, located superior and lateral to the eye. As the tear is milked by our blink and gravity, it is pushed to the puncta.  We have two puncta per eye, one in the upper and another in the lower lid, located adjacent to the nose.  Usually one working puncta is sufficient to avert tearing. “But when the lower lid is saggy, in addition to a small channel formed between the lid and the globe, the puncta loses its position. This combination of pooling tears that have no drainage channel will cause tears to overflow, onto our cheek,” Dr. Betancourt noted.

When tears are rolling down our cheeks, our reflex is to rub.  This rubbing causes further stretching and sagging-making symptoms worse.  If this condition is bothersome to the patient, the lower lid can be tightened surgically.  This is done as an outpatient procedure under intravenous and local anesthesia.  There is no real downtime and the patient can return to most normal activities the next day.

Guest Blogger: Arturo E Betancourt M.D., F.A.C.S., Ophthalmologist & Medical Director-Baltimore Washington Eye Center

If you or someone you know suffers saggy eyelids and tearing problems they 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, so that we can help identify the possible causes and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice 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 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, August 20, 2012

Ophthalmology, Optometry & Opticianry: The Three O’s of Eye Care

Do you know the difference between the 3 O’s of eye care: Ophthalmologists, Optometrists & Opticians? In general, an Ophthalmologist is an eye doctor who has received a Medical Degree (M.D.) and performs eye surgery. The Ophthalmologists at Baltimore Washington Eye Center are Drs. Arturo Betancourt and Brad Spagnolo. An Ophthalmologist has 4 years of undergraduate education, 4 years of medical school, 1 year of internal medicine residency and then 3 years of ophthalmology residency. An Ophthalmology sub-specialist or Fellow will have an additional 1 to 3 years of education. That totals 12-15 years of education post high school. Drs. Betancourt and Spagnolo perform cataract and refractive surgery such as LASIK as well as diagnose and and treat eye diseases and problems such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and thyroid eye disease. 

In general, an Optometrist is an eye doctor that has received a Doctorate of Optometry (O.D.) and does not perform eye surgery. They can manage and treat eye diseases, conditions and problems including glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, amblyopia and strabismus. They also fit and prescribe contact lenses. An Optometrist has 4 years of undergraduate education and 4 years of optometry school. An optometric sub specialist does an extra 1 to 2 years of residency or fellowship. That totals 9 to 10 years of education after high school. The Optometrists at Baltimore Washington Eye Center are Drs. Shari Strier and Asifa Shafi. They both have completed hospital based residencies at the VA Hospital in Baltimore. 

An Optician fits, makes and sells glasses. An Optician does not have a doctorate but opticians can be certified by the American Board of Opticianry (ABO). Not all opticians are ABO certified, therefore finding an ABO certified Optician brings an increased knowledge base to help with the decision making of eyeglass frames and lenses. The best pair of glasses is not only the pair that helps you see, but the one that fits well. At Baltimore Washington Eye Center all four Opticians-Larry Heilman, Danielle Jones, Chris Spake and Michael Murphy are ABO certified. They can recommend personal additions to your lenses, such as Transitions® Color changing lenses, ultraviolet coating, scratch resistant coating, progressives, bifocals, trifocals, antireflective coating and computer lenses. 

A fourth sub specialty ‘O’ in eye care is an Ocularist although this is an uncommon eyecare provider. An Ocularist specializes in creating prosthetic eyes for patients who have one eye, a smaller size eye, or a deformed eye. Ocularists can have training from medicine, optometry, dentistry, nursing, medical arts, or illustration. They can be certified by the National Examining Board of Ocularists (N.E.B.O.) and hold a title for Board Certified Ocularist (B.C.O.). 

If you would like to learn more about the three O’s of eye care or to schedule an eye examination at Baltimore Washington Eye Center please call 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice 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 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. 

Guest Blogger: Dr. Asifa Shafi, O.D., M.S with the Baltimore Washington Eye Center

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Monovision Cataract Surgery & Near Vision

Monovision Cataract Surgery is a technique that is used to help patients increase their range of clear vision after a Cataract operation. The technique of monovision has been used for many years by contact lens wearers as well as patients with presbyopia having Laser Eye Surgery for the Laser Vision Correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The monovision technique is simply adjusting the optical correction in each eye so that the dominant eye is corrected for clear distance vision and the non-dominant eye is corrected for improving near or intermediate range vision. For patients who have been wearing monovision contact lenses successfully or who have had monovision LASIK and are pleased with the vision, taking the step into monovision Cataract Surgery is a natural progression. For others, they must consider the possible benefits as compared to those provided by near vision presbyopia correcting multifocal lens implants as some 30% of monovision patients fail to adapt adequately to the “blended” vision. Researchers reporting in the May 2011 Journal of Refractive Surgery studied the optimal monovision prescription that should be used in order to get the highest levels of patient acceptance and overall visual acuity and depth perception. They concluded that the prescription range of 1.00 D-2.00 D of monovision correction was the maximum range and that the optimal prescription for monovision Cataract Surgery was 1.5 D. While this is useful information, patients should understand that a 1.5 D near correction may very well be insufficient for them to perform their daily tasks comfortably without needing readers or bifocals. The only reliable way for you or someone you know with a Cataract to find out if you are candidates for monovision Cataract Surgery or near vision presbyopia correcting lens implants after Cataract Surgery is to schedule a Cataract and Lens Implant evaluation at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling us at 800-495-3937. 

If you or someone you know suffers from eyestrain symptoms they 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, so that we can help identify the possible causes and recommend an appropriate treatment plan. 

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice 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 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.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Eyelid Inflammation, Infection & Blepharitis

Baltimore Washington Eye Center Ophthalmologist Brad Spagnolo, M.D. reviewed some helpful information about eyelid inflammation, eyelid infection and blepharitis. “Eyelid inflammation, called blepharitis is a common and often chronic eye problem where the eyelids become inflamed and swollen, with oily particles and bacteria coating the eyelid margin near the base of the eyelashes,” explained Dr. Spagnolo. “Patients typically complain that this annoying condition causes irritation, itchiness, redness, and stinging or burning of the eyes.” 

While the underlying causes of blepharitis aren't completely understood, it can be associated with a bacterial eye infection, symptoms of dry eyes or certain types of skin conditions such as acne rosacea. Blepharitis is often a chronic, or ongoing, condition, but it can be controlled with one of more types of treatment that may include warm compresses, eyelid scrubs, antibiotic ointment, nutritional therapy and good overall eyebrow, scalp and hair hygiene. 

If you or someone you know suffers from eyelid inflammation, infection or blepharitis please feel free to call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, visit Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter, so that we can help identify the possible causes and recommend an appropriate treatment plan. 

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice 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 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.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Baltimore Eye Care Specialists in Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology and eye care specialties require a number of different kinds of eye doctors who are specialists. Did you know that there are many different types of eye doctors? Every day I refer patients to different eye specialist. There are certain eye conditions or infections that may require a referral to a sub-specialist eye doctor. 

There are many different structures to the eye and different types of visual problems. Therefore there have been sub-specialties created to manage and treat these particular patients. In ophthalmology there are specialties in refractive surgery, retina, glaucoma, oculoplastics, cornea, pediatric/strabismus, neuro-ophthalmology, uveitis, and ocular oncology. In optometry, specialties consist of low vision, vision rehabilitation, sports vision, pediatrics, vision therapy and contact lenses. We offer a wide variety of services here at the Baltimore Washington Eye Center for your care and convenience. 

A Refractive Surgery Specialist is an eye doctor that cares for patients that do not want to wear glasses and would like corrective eye surgery for vision. They perform LASIK, PRK or clear lens implantation. LASIK and PRK are laser surgery procedures that correct vision for myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Clear lens implantation is the removal of the actual lens of the eye, which is then replaced by a plastic lens to correct vision. 

A Retina Specialist is an eye doctor that manages and treats retinal diseases. The retina is tissue lining the back of the eye. The retina is where light is processed and sent to the brain. A retina specialists treats eye diseases for Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, retinal holes, retinal tears, retinal detachments, and retinal scarring. A retina specialist will do eye surgery and injections to the eye when damage is irreparable or to prevent further vision loss. 

A Cornea Specialist is an eye doctor specializing in corneal eye disease and infections. The cornea is the clear structure that sits in front of the iris or colored part of our eye. Many of my patients I send to a cornea specialist are patients with corneal eye infections secondary to contact lens over wear, herpes simplex, Fuch’s corneal dystrophy, or an epithelial basement membrane disease (this is a disruption of the layers in the cornea). Cornea specialists will take cultures of the infected area to identify the bacteria or virus causing the infection and place patient on medications. Cornea specialists perform surgery on the cornea for any condition warranting treatment. 

A Glaucoma Specialist is an eye doctor that treats and manages glaucoma. Glaucoma is an eye disease that is the leading cause of blindness in African-Americans in the United States and is the 2nd leading causing of blindness worldwide. Glaucoma affects the optic nerve of the eye. The optic nerve is the structure where all the seeing fibers of the retina come together to form a connection to the brain. Glaucoma specialists manage patients with drops and surgery. 

An Oculoplastics Specialist is an eye doctor who is the cosmetic surgeon of eyes. They deal with eyelids, the orbit (is the bony structure which the eyeball sits in), tear ducts, and face. They will do surgery on eyelids that are droopy, turning in or out, blocked tear ducts, enucleation of the eye (the complete removal of the eyeball from the socket or orbit), orbital reconstruction, Botox injections, sty removal, skin tag removal and fat removal. 

A Pediatric Specialist is will diagnose and treat children including strabismus and amblyopia. Strabismus is an eye problem related to the muscles of the eye and is another term for an eye turn. An eye turn is an eye that is not aligned straight with the other eye, it can turn in, out, up, down, or diagonal. Six muscles are attached to the eyeball-these muscles are what control the eyes alignment. A strabismus surgeon will do surgery on the muscles of the eye, to help them straighten out. 

A Uveitis Specialist is an eye doctor who deals with inflammation in the eye. Inflammation is the body’s way to deal with harmful stimuli. Patients who see a rheumatologist are more susceptible to have inflammation in the eye. Patients with diseases such as Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Lupus, Sarcoid, Lyme Disease and many other inflammatory conditions. 

A Neuro-Ophthalmologist is an eye doctor which deals with eye problems related to the nervous system of the eye. There are 6 nerves that innervate the eye. The Neuro-ophthalmologist monitors patients with Multiple Sclerosis, elevated intracranial pressure, double vision, stroke, brain tumor, optic neuritis, optic neuritis, optic neuropathy, papilledema and myasthenia gravis. 

An Ocular Oncologist is an eye specialist who deals with cancer of the eye. The most common tumor in children is retinoblastoma that usually presents by the age of 2. The most common tumor in an adult is a melanoma. Cancerous growths can occur around the eyelids these are basal cell carcinoma, squamous carcinoma, and sebaceous carcinoma

Guest Blogger: Asifa Shafi, O.D., M.S. with the Baltimore Washington Eye Center 

If you or someone you would like to learn more about ophthalmology specialists you should 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 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 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.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Baltimore Eye Doctor on Solar Retinopathy

Dr. Shari Strier, an eye doctor at Baltimore Washington Eye Center, shared interesting insights into solar retinopathy and sun damage to the eyes and retina. “Recently we have had two rather spectacular and rather rare astronomical events grace the skies over North America. On May 20th there was annular solar eclipse. The moon passed in between earth and the sun blocking all but a peripheral ring of the sun's rays creating an effect known as a “ring of fire". The second remarkable event occurred on June 5th when the planet Venus could be seen as a small black disc passing across the face of the sun. This Venus transit was the second in a pair (the first of which occurred in 2004) that will be observable this century. The next pair of transits will not occur until 2117. Fantastic events such as these, especially when we know they will not occur again in our lifetime often pull our gaze skyward. But looking directly at the sun even when it is eclipsed can cause immediate and permanent damage to your vision,” shared Dr. Strier. 

Solar retinopathy occurs when people look directly or indirectly at the sun. The damage to the retina occurs first in the pigment layer that supports the seeing cells of the eye. Then damage to these photoreceptors (rods and cones) will occur and finally a retinal hole may develop. Symptoms include decreased vision, distortion of vision and blind spots. There are no effective treatments for solar retinopathy and although in many patients the visual acuity may return to baseline with time, scarring and macular holes can cause permanent vision loss. 

How can we take advantage of the wonderful spectacle in the heavens without risking our vision? First let me say sunglasses will not protect your eyes in this kind of situation. Commercially available Eclipse shades or Solar shades look like a cross between sunglasses and the glasses worn to see 3-D movies but have a filter that permits safe viewing. Always inspect lenses for defects, scratches or signs of wear. If any problems are noted do not rely on the shades to provide safe viewing. You can also use #14 shade welding glass to protect your vision while sun gazing. Many people wish to view a magnified version of these astrological shows. Although telescopes and binoculars will provide a magnified view they require a “white light” filter which blocks 99.9% of the sun’s rays for safe viewing. Indirect viewing of the event with pinhole projector for an unmagnified view or a telescope or binocular image projected onto a white surface for a magnified one are another safe alternative. 

Guest Blogger: Shari E. Strier, O.D. with the Baltimore Washington Eye Center 

If you or someone you know is concerned about solar retinopathy or how to protect your eyes & retina from sun or solar damage please call 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 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 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.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Cataract Awareness at Baltimore Washington Eye Center

Baltimore Washington Eye Center wishes to make patients aware of the symptoms of a cataract, how common cataracts are today and how effective modern cataract surgery and lens implants can be in restoring vision. “Cataracts are a leading cause of blindness worldwide. In the United States alone, more than about 20 million Americans age 40 and older have cataracts and more than half of all Americans will actually develop cataracts by age 80,” commented Baltimore Cataract Surgeon Arturo Betancourt, M.D., Medical Director of Baltimore Washington Eye Center.


Many patients do not actually know that a cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye preventing light rays from passing through it easily. This results in a clouding and blurring of vision. Patients should understand that cataracts are not a growth or a film over the eye. For many patients cataracts start out slowly and have little effect on vision at first. But, as the cataract becomes denser, so does the impact on vision. The most common symptoms that bother patients with cataracts can include blurring of vision, sensitivity to light and glare, double vision in one eye, poor night vision, fading or yellowing of colors and frequent changes in glasses or contact lens prescriptions. 

“When cataracts begin to interfere with daily activities or with patient comfort, mobility and safety, they can be treated surgically. Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most frequently performed surgeries in the United States. Today, we have a full range of lens implants available that allow us to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and even near vision problems after cataract surgery, as well as distance vision, without requiring bifocals or reading glasses for the vast majority of patients,”, said Baltimore Washington Eye Center Corneal Specialist and Cataract Surgeon Brad Spagnolo M.D. 

If you or someone you know suffers from eyestrain symptoms they 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, so that we can help identify the possible causes and recommend an appropriate treatment plan. 

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice 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 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.