Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Monday, June 24, 2013

Lucentis® to Treat Diabetes Vision Loss

For patients with diabetes who are at risk for diabetic macular edema, a significant cause of vision loss and an associated complication of diabetic retinopathy, Lucentis® eye injections work to treat diabetic macular edema, or swelling of the macula-this leading cause of vision loss associated with diabetes. Lucentis® has been used for some time to treat “wet” age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Lucentis® is the first drug FDA approved to treat diabetic macular edema. More than 500,000 people in the U.S. have diabetic eye disease and before Lucentis® had to have laser treatment to address this complication of diabetic retinopathy.

“The use of Lucentis® to treat diabetic macular edema gives us a great tool and a significant advantage is managing vision loss from diabetes,” commented Ophthalmologist Brad Spagnolo, M.D. of Baltimore Washington Eye Center. “As we well know, the key to preservation of eye health and vision for diabetics is early detection, diagnosis and treatment.”

If you or someone you know has questions or needs an eye exam for diabetic eye disease or the problems from diabetic retinopathy and diabetic retinopathy please feel free to contact Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter, so that we can 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.

Free Cataract Surgery in Baltimore for Needy

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is pleased to acknowledge Arturo E. Betancourt, M.D., Medical Director for his 25th anniversary of providing eye care and surgery in our community. Dr. Betancourt is recognized as one of the leading cataract surgeons in the area and has restored vision to thousands of cataract patients since 1988. “During the last 25 years I have witnessed tremendous advances in cataract surgery and lens implants and have been thrilled to be a part of changing patients’ lives by restoring their vision with modern cataract surgery at Baltimore Washington Eye Center,” commented Arturo Betancourt, M.D.

“To celebrate his 25 years of service to the community Dr. Betancourt has asked that Baltimore Washington Eye Center sponsor free cataract surgical services to 25 needy individuals whose vision is impaired by cataracts. To that end, we are requesting your assistance in identifying candidates to receive this offer by Dr. Betancourt. For those candidates that qualify Dr. Betancourt will perform the surgery in our on-site, nationally accredited ambulatory surgery center at absolutely no cost to the patient. In addition, all pre-operative and post-operative prescription medications will be provided at no cost to the patient,” explained Phillip Harrington, Administrator.

“What I know today is that when I perform cataract surgery and lens implants I can make a really meaningful difference in lives. Sometimes we think poor vision from cataracts just affects eyesight-but what we know is that poor vision from cataracts increases patients’ risk of falling and hip fracture as well as accelerates their cognitive decline. I am thankful to be able to help people enjoy their daily lives without these challenges,” shared Dr. Betancourt.

If you or someone needy that you know wishes to find out more about free cataract surgery and lens implants at Baltimore Washington Eye Center please call Juanita Persaud at 800-495-3937 and ask us any questions you might have about cataracts, cataract surgery and lens implants or visit us at www.bweyecenter.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/BaltimoreWashingtonEyeCenter.

Multifocal Lens Implant Candidate Reaps Multiple Benefits

I had my cataracts removed and multifocal lens implants put in and it was the easiest procedure I have ever had. The staff was friendly and kind, explained everything as they were getting me ready for my surgery. The surgery didn't take any time at all I went home and at 4:00 I took my eye patch off and could see out of that eye like I hadn't seen in years. Three weeks later I had my right eye done, same professional atmosphere and nice people. I see so good its 20/20 in both eyes close up and far away. I would recommend the multifocal lens to anyone who can have them. It’s amazing to be able to see everything clear and bright. I would like to thank Dr. Spagnolo and everyone at Baltimore Washington Eye Center for their kindness and professional care. Thanks again.

Guest Blogger Wendy Phelps

If you or someone you know has cataracts or is considering cataract surgery and lens implants please feel free to learn more by calling 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.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Lucentis® to Treat Diabetes Vision Loss

For patients with diabetes who are at risk for diabetic macular edema, a significant cause of vision loss and an associated complication of diabeticretinopathy, Lucentis® eye injections work to treat diabetic macular edema, or swelling of the macula-this leading cause of vision loss associated with diabetes. Lucentis® has been used for some time to treat “wet” age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Lucentis® is the first drug FDA approved to treat diabetic macular edema. More than 500,000 people in the U.S. have diabetic eye disease and before Lucentis® had to have laser treatment to address this complication of diabetic retinopathy.

“The use of Lucentis® to treat diabetic macular edema gives us a great tool and a significant advantage is managing vision loss from diabetes,” commented Ophthalmologist Brad Spagnolo, M.D. of Baltimore Washington Eye Center. “As we well know, the key to preservation of eye health and vision for diabetics is early detection, diagnosis and treatment.”

If you or someone you know has questions or needs an eye exam for diabetic eye disease or the problems from diabetic retinopathy and diabetic retinopathy please feel free to contact
Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter, so that we can 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, June 10, 2013

Multifocal Lens Implant Candidate Reaps Multiple Benefits

I had my cataracts removed and multifocal lens implants put in and it was the easiest procedure I have ever had. The staff was friendly and kind, explained everything as they were getting me ready for my surgery. The surgery didn't take any time at all I went home and at 4:00 I took my eye patch off and could see out of that eye like I hadn't seen in years. Three weeks later I had my right eye done, same professional atmosphere and nice people. I see so good its 20/20 in both eyes close up and far away. I would recommend the multifocal lens to anyone who can have them. It’s amazing to be able to see everything clear and bright. I would like to thank Dr. Spagnolo and everyone at Baltimore Washington Eye Center for their kindness and professional care.

Thanks again.
Guest Blogger Wendy Phelps
If you or someone you know has cataracts or is considering cataract surgery and lens implants please feel free to learn more by calling 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.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Eye Test for Stroke Risk Info from Baltimore Ophthalmologist

Baltimore Ophthalmologist Arturo Betancourt, M.D. shared encouraging information about a new eye test that may help identify patients who are at high risk for stroke. “I am really quite pleased to have reviewed a study about a new eye test for stroke risk from the University of Zurich published in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology,“ commented Dr. Betancourt. “This study showed that a test called Ocular Pulse Amplitude (OPA) can reliably detect carotid artery stenosis (CAS) or carotid artery narrowing, a condition that clogs or blocks the arteries that feed the front part of the brain which is a known risk factor for stroke. I am hopeful that we will soon be able to perform this test as part of a routine eye exam.”

Each year, approximately 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke, and more than 137,000 of these people die as a result. People with severe CAS are much more likely to suffer stroke.”We would like to catch and treat CAS before that can happen, but because CAS has no symptoms and an efficient test is not currently available the disease often goes undetected,” explained Dr. Betancourt.

"The results of the study show that ocular pulse amplitude (OPA) is a reliable, safe screening test for carotid artery stenosis," said Dr. Betancourt. “This is important as early detection of clinically significant CAS, defined as 60 percent to 99 percent blockage of the carotid arteries will go a long way to stroke prevention. At the moment there are some high-tech tests, such as magnetic resonance angiography and color duplex ultrasound, but they are expensive and not widely available-and certainly not part of a routine eye exam in our offices,” said Dr. Betancourt. “It could be safe, efficient and convenient to perform the OPA test during a regular eye exam.” If you or someone you know has questions about eye exams, eye health and stroke prevention please feel free to contact Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 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.