Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Diabetic Macular Edema Injections

“The treatment of diabetic macular edema has come a long way with the availability of vascular endothelial growth inhibitor (VEGF) drugs for injection-such as Lucentis®, Eyelea® and Avastin®,” commented Baltimore Ophthalmologist Brad Spagnolo, M.D. “Often, we need to help advise patients and set realistic expectations for their treatments,” he further explained.

Researchers reporting in the British Journal of Ophthalmology shared helpful information about the importance of the VEGF inhibitor injection frequency in the treatment of diabetic macular edema. Diabetic Macular Edema is a common cause of vision loss in diabetics suffering from the effects of diabetic retinopathy. Today, we are fortunate to have a number of vascular endothelial growth inhibitor (VEGF) drugs for injection-such as Lucentis®, Eyelea® and Avastin®-that are helpful to treat and reverse the effects of Diabetic Macular Edema. The study confirmed that patients must understand that as their ophthalmologist and retina specialist plan and schedule their examinations, tests, and visits, often the best results can only be achieved with multiple injections over a period of time. In general, good long term results are achieved by about 4 months of injection treatment, but 20% of patients with persistent Diabetic Macular Edema at 12 months achieved a dry macula with considerable restoration of vision with sustained treatment through 24 months suggesting that persistent Diabetic Macular Edema at 4-12 months should not be used as a stopping criterion for treatment

If you or someone you know has diabetes and has any risk factors for diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema, 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. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Eyewear Trunk Shows in Clarksville & Glen Burnie



Great News from Baltimore Washington Eye Center! We are inviting you to attend the showing of fall eyeglass, eyewear lines and high technology eyeglass lenses from leading designers and eyeglass lens manufacturers at the Fall Trunk Show held in our Glen Burnie office on November 6, 2014 and in ourClarksville office on November 11, 2014.

“Our patients as well as eyeglass wearers from throughout greater Baltimore have come to expect us to bring them the latest eyeglasses, eyewear fashions and high technology eyeglass lenses. Our trunkshows offer an opportunity to see these eyeglasses and frame lines, try them on and consult with our opticians and frame stylists as well as the manufacturers’ representatives from the top designers,” said Jeff Trimmer, Practice Administrator of Baltimore Washington Eye Center. “We will feature eyeglassframes from Valentino, Nautica, Jessica McLintock, Nine West, Lacoste, BCBG and Ellen Tracey to name a few, along with the Varilux® Physio® digital progressive lenses and Transitions® color changing eyeglass lenses. In addition, our staff will be available to assist guests in eyeglass lens selection in order to configure the best looking, best fitting and best performing eyeglass choices. Anyone attending who orders eyeglasses at the trunk show will be entitled to a 50% discount on eyeglass frames and a 20%discount on eyeglass lenses and coatings,” shared Mr. Trimmer.

Representatives and fashion consultants from a number of eyewear design lines will be present in the optical department of our Glen Burnieoffice on November 6, 2014 from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM and again in our Clarksville office on November 11, 2014 from 11 AM until 4:00 PM to assist our guests in their frame selections and eyeglass fittings.

For additional information you may contact BaltimoreWashington Eye Center at 800-495-3937 or visit us at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 115, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 or River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Caution on Contact Lenses for Halloween

Baltimore Optometrist & Contact Lens Specialist, Dr.Shari Strier offered some words of caution regarding the use of decorative contact lenses for Halloween. “Many people simply do not realize that contact lenses are a medical device. According to the Food and Drug Administration, all contact lenses require a prescription and proper fitting by an eye-care professional. Even someone with perfect vision would still require an eye exam and a prescription in order to wear any kind of contacts, including cosmetic lenses,” explained Dr. Strier. “At Baltimore Washington Eye Center, just about this time of year, we see the result of people just wanting to have some fun with decorative contacts for Halloween. Unfortunately, we often see patients unknowingly putting themselves at risk  of scratched corneas, pink eye and more serious types of blinding infection as a result of corneal ulcers,” further noted Dr. Strier.

There are websites that advertise decorative contacts as if they were fashion accessories or toys with fanciful, playful packaging in order to attract teens and young adults, especially girls. The problem is not that people use decorative, non-corrective lenses-sometimes called Plano-or zero-powered lenses, but that they buy the devices without a prescription through unlicensed vendors on the Internet or at flea markets and specialty shops.

In 2005, a federal law was passed that classified all contact lenses as medical devices and restricted their distribution to licensed eye-care professionals. Illegal sale of contacts can result in civil penalties of up to $11,000 per violation.

The safe and effective use of contact lenses-whether decorative or not-requires proper fitting and education about their care to prevent the potential for serious eye  problems from becoming a reality. If you or a friend would like to learn more about contact lenses of any type, including decorative contacts, please 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. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Baltimore Surgeon on Decreased Cataract Risk with Vitamins & Antioxidants

Baltimore Cataract Surgeon Arturo Betancourt, M.D., noted, “It may be possible that there is an association between your risk of cataracts and your intake of certain vitamins and antioxidants according to researchers reporting their results in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.” Until now, studies have been inconsistent regarding the association between blood antioxidants or vitamins and the risk of age-related cataract. By performing a meta analysis of 13 different studies, researchers found the  lower the  level of vitamin E, α-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, the  greater the  risk of age-related cataract in Asian populations but not in Western populations, whereas β-Carotene, lycopene, and β-cryptoxanthin  had no significant association with risk of cataract. Dr. Betancourt stressed however, “While these results look somewhat interesting, the question remains whether increasing intake through dietary supplements actually has any role in decreasing the risk of cataract formation-there just isn’t enough data to say with any confidence.”

If you or someone you know is concerned about cataracts, or wish to learn more about cataract risks, cataract prevention or 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 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.