Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Baltimore Surgeon Highlights Cataract Awareness Month

Baltimore Cataract Surgeon Arturo Betancourt, M.D. highlighted information about cataracts and cataract surgery as August marks CataractAwareness Month. “The growing incidence of cataracts and patients in need of cataract surgery in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. is almost certainly a reflection of the overall increase in age related eye diseases associated with the aging of the baby boomer population,” commented Dr. Betancourt. “The good news is that years of experience-coupled with the technology of lens implants for astigmatism and near vision, along with bladeless laser cataract surgery-gives us excellent capabilities and options for cataract patients, allowing them safe, gentle, more predictable surgery and outcomes,” noted Dr. Betancourt.

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 worse, so does the impact on vision. The most common symptoms that bother patients with cataracts 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 a patient tells us that a cataract is interfering with their daily activities or their 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. We now perform laser cataract surgery using lens implants 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 Cataract Surgeon Brad Spagnolo, M.D.

If you or someone you know is concerned about cataracts, or wish to learn more about laser cataract surgery & lens implants, you 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 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.