Cataracts & Macular Degeneration at Baltimore Washington Eye Center

Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Cataracts & Macular Degeneration at Baltimore Washington Eye Center

Baltimore Washington Eye Center Ophthalmologist Brad Spagnolo, M.D., discussed the risks of cataracts, cataract surgery and age related macular degeneration. “I help patients understand that both cataracts and age related macular degeneration (AMD) share at least one common risk factor-AGE,’ noted Dr. Spagnolo.”We know that the frequency and incidence of cataracts and macular degeneration increase with age and thus it is pretty common to have one, the other or both as we head through our 50’s, 60’s and 70’s,” he further explained.

Many patients with macular degeneration are faced with the question of whether or not to have cataract surgery when they develop a cataract. In addition they are often concerned as to whether the AMD will get worse if they have cataract surgery. In general, cataract surgeons agree that with proper preoperative diagnostic testing, examination and consultation patients who have age related macular degeneration (AMD) and who develop a cataract are able to have cataract surgery after being counseled on what to expect with regard to overall vision improvements and lifestyle benefits. While AMD is not a reason to avoid cataract surgery, realistic expectations must be established by and between you and your cataract surgeon. Further, the most current and widely accepted studies on AMD progression after cataract surgery found that there was no difference in the frequency of the disease among patients who had Cataract Surgery as compared to those who did not.

If you or someone you know suffers from cataracts or age related macular degeneration they are encouraged to schedule an eye examination at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or

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.