Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Monday, January 27, 2014

Baltimore Ophthalmologist on Glaucoma Risk & Sleep Apnea


Baltimore Washington Eye Center Ophthalmologist ArturoBetancourt, M.D. asked “What do sleep apnea and the risk of developing glaucoma have in common?” Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that blocks breathing during sleep for more than 100 million people worldwide. In obstructive sleep apnea, the airway becomes blocked, causing breathing to stop for up to two minutes. Symptoms include loud snoring and persistent daytime sleepiness.

Glaucoma affects nearly 60 million worldwide.  If untreated, glaucoma reduces peripheral vision and eventually may cause blindness by damaging the optic nerve. Only half of the people who have glaucoma are aware of it because the disease is painless and vision loss is typically gradual. Researchers, reporting in the journal Ophthalmology, the official publication of the American Academy of Ophthalmology found that obstructive sleep apnea is not simply a marker for poor health, but is actually an independent risk factor for open-angle glaucoma. The relationship between the two conditions is significant, given the large numbers of people worldwide who suffer from them. “Based on this finding, we want to alert obstructive sleep apnea patients of the associations between obstructive sleep apnea and open-angle glaucoma to raise the issue and encourage treatment of those who need it,” said Dr. Spagnolo.

If you or someone you know suffers from obstructive sleep apnea and is concerned about their risk of glaucoma you 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.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 and RiverHill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

iPad, Nook, Kindle May Help Baltimore Glaucoma Patients

Patients with glaucoma may benefit from using e-readers such as iPads, Nooks and Kindle devices according to a recent study published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science Adults with glaucoma read slower when reading silently for long periods of time and are more likely to have their reading speed decrease over time, possibly as a result of reading fatigue. Fortunately, recent studies suggest that technological solutions such as e-readers along with the apps that are developed for them may very well help glaucoma patients read more comfortably.

If you or someone you know has glaucoma and wishes to learn more about  e-readers such as iPads, Nooks and Kindle devices you 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.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 and RiverHill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

LASIK PATIENT STORIES

From glasses first thing in the morning to driving without them for the first time!
From fearful to freedom.

From "I’ve thought about this for so long," to “I should have done it sooner.”
Firefighters, motorcyclists, marksmen, snowboarders, cyclists, scuba divers, students, professors,  single parents, police officers, engineers, pilots,  teachers, cancer survivors, care givers, administrative assistants, service members, skateboarders, golfers, tennis players, runners, swimmers, photographers, adventurers,  and the list goes on.

Mike writes:
Very professional and thorough, they took far more time explaining and preparing me for the process than the actual operation itself.  At no point before, during, or after my treatment have I had the slightest doubt that the doctor and his staff care about me and the results that I receive.   They took as much time reassuring my wife as they did me; a great experience.  I highly recommend them.

Dawn writes:
I had a wonderful experience at BWEye!  Dr. Spagnolo was amazing!  My eyesight is 20/20 now and I couldn’t be happier!  I thank God everyday that I went through with it and I tell everyone how worth it it is.  The entire staff was great – like family!

Ian writes:

As a professional who relies on having 20/20 or better vision the results I have had from having my LASIK procedure done by BW Eye are nothing short of amazing.  Going from a vision ability of 20/count fingers to 20/10 (but I think it’s better than that) was worth every penny!  Thanks again BWEye.  I just wish I had had my procedure done sooner!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Normal Tension Glaucoma & Vascular Diseases


Baltimore Ophthalmologist BradSpagnolo, M.D. shared information about a type of glaucoma called Normal Tension Glaucoma. “Normal Tension Glaucoma is a less frequently found-but important type of glaucoma-that is characterized by patients having “normal” intraocular pressure but still experiencing eye damage such as loss of their visual field or “side vision” and optic nerve damage,” explained Dr. Spagnolo. Researchers at the World Glaucoma Congress reported that certain patients who suffer from Normal Tension Glaucoma who also have vascular disease or even a predisposition to vascular disease such as a family history of stroke, the presence of cardiovascular disease or migraine may not be as easy to treat in order to avoid the progression of Normal Tension Glaucoma. In fact, these factors related to vascular disease may indicate less effectiveness of eye pressure (IOP) treatment, putting patients at greater risk. The Collaborative Normal Tension Glaucoma Study is the landmark study for guiding treatment-in which 65% of patients in the untreated group of that study never showed any progression during 7 years of follow-up. “But, for those at greater risk due to some other vascular disease we have to be diligent in our examinations and testing to help preserve eye health and vision,” summarized Dr. Spagnolo.

If you or someone you know has vascular disease or is concerned about the risk of glaucoma,
you 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.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 and RiverHill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Baltimore Ophthalmologists on Glaucoma Awareness Month


Prevent Blindness America has designated January as National Glaucoma Awareness Month. “Baltimore Washington Eye Center patients should be particularly sensitive to the fact that in African-American and Hispanic populations, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness-with increasing numbers of patients being diagnosed with glaucoma each year,” noted Baltimore Ophthalmologist Arturo Betancourt, M.D. “We are more cautious than ever about carefully evaluating patients for concurrent risk factors that have typically included diabetes and family history-but now we know that other systemic conditions related to cardiovascular disease, obstructive sleep apnea and even perimenopausal hormonal changes can suggest a greater risk of glaucoma in certain patients,” shared Brad Spagnolo, M.D., Ophthalmologist at Baltimore Washington Eye Center. 
 
“While the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force has been unable to come up with firm recommendations on the need and frequency of glaucoma screening, those of us actively involved in the day to day care of patients know beyond any shadow of a doubt that the key step in preventing vision loss from glaucoma is early detection, diagnosis and treatment”, said Dr. Betancourt. “Preserving eye health and vision is especially critical for our aging population-especially baby boomers who hopefully will experience an extended life expectancy and need to maintain their quality of life,” further explained Dr. Spagnolo. 
 
If you or someone you know has a family history of glaucoma or has any risk factors for glaucoma 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.
 
Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 and River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland 21029, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.