Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Early Cataracts & Cancer Risk

Researchers recently reported an association between the early onset of cataracts-in patients under 55 years old, and the potential risk for developing cancer. This is thought to be due to the fact that early onset cataract is linked to insufficient antioxidative activity in one’s metabolism-which is also a known factor for increasing the risk of cancer.


Reporting in the journal Cancer Science, the official journal of the Japanese Cancer Association, they investigated the risk of cancer after being diagnosed with early onset cataract. The researchers examined claims from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) of patients with early onset cataract, aged 20-55 and also compared it to a group of the same age range without cataracts. By using powerful statistical analysis they found that the overall incidence rate of all cancers was 2.19-fold higher in the early onset cataract group as compared to those without cataracts.  Further they were able to analyze where these patients were at greatest risk of developing cancer and found head and neck areas highest, followed by liver cancer and then breast cancer. This study suggests that patients with early onset cataract are at an increased risk of being diagnosed with cancer in subsequent years.

If you or someone you know is concerned about early cataract development or needs a regular eye exam where we will do a routine cataract screening and exam, please share this information with them and ask them 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 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. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Cataract Patients Say This…….

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is an excellent organization.  Dr. Betancourt is the best! I was pleased with the friendliness of the entire staff.  They answered all questions with patience and knowledge of each situation.  Also I am very pleased that appointments were all kept with virtually no wait time. This is unusual for most doctors’ offices. I have had no problem with my cataract surgeries. I am now seeing things I haven’t seen in years.  I have recommended Baltimore Washington Eye Center to friends and neighbors. Thank you and see you in 6 months!

Janet H.

Although I was nervous about my eye surgery, the staff, both medical and support, were wonderful throughout both cataract eye surgeries. Everything was explained clearly and in laymen terms. I was given valuable information about financial help via the Wells Fargo credit card.  The day of surgery all the staff members were informative and friendly – making me more at ease. The follow up was also informative and any questions I had were answered quickly and clearly. I would highly recommend the BW Eye Center and Dr. Betancourt

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If you or someone you know is concerned about cataracts or would like to learn more about cataract surgery, you are encouraged to schedule an cataract eye exam 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. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

About Ocular Melanoma

Ocular Melanoma (OM) is the most common form of cancer that occurs in the eye. Every year, approximately 2,500 American adults are diagnosed with ocular melanoma (OM). OM is an aggressive malignant cancer that starts in the pigment cells that produce eye color and tends to occur in people with light skin pigmentation and more typically, blue or green eyes and who are over age 50. However, OM also can occur in individuals of every race and at any age. For about 50 percent of individuals diagnosed with OM, the cancer may be fatal, because it metastasizes and spreads to other parts of the body. OM is considered a silent killer. There are no early warning signs, and it is difficult to see when studying your eyes in the mirror.


Eye doctors usually detect OM during routine eye exams, reinforcing the importance of scheduling regular appointments. Once OM has developed, people may experience blurred vision, a change in the shape of the pupil, flashing lights in their vision, loss of vision in the affected eye or a dark spot on the iris. Researchers have discovered that people with OM tend to have certain gene mutations, which could suggest there is a strong genetic component to the disease. However, scientists have not concluded that these abnormalities are the cause. They believe there may be a connection between the development of OM and prolonged exposure to sunlight or artificial light, such as from tanning beds, but there is not significant research confirming this link.


 If you or someone you know is concerned about the risk of ocular melanoma (OM) please
schedule an appointment 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.

Monday, May 4, 2015

UV & Sun Eye Protection

As May is designated UV Awareness Month, the eye doctors and staff at Baltimore Washington Eye Center want to share some useful information of UV and sun eye protection in order to avoid eye injury and damage. Understanding the UV Index-and how it varies day to day with weather and location-can help patients remember to use properly selected and fit sunglasses and UV protecting eyewear in order to prevent eye injury. An informative and useful resource is the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Sun Wise information page where they can see their individual UV Index or even downloading the UV Index free mobile app, each of which can help patients understand more about their day to day need for proper UV protection. This is something for LASIK and cataract surgery patients to be particularly aware of because the vast majority of LASIK patients and cataract surgery patients who have advanced technology lens implants no longer have much, if any, need for eyeglasses-they just don’t remember to wear the necessary UV protective eyewear and sunglasses. As we get into the summer months and people are enjoying more water sports, the seashore and outdoor activities, patients often underestimate their risk of “eye sunburn” or photokeratitis, which we call ultraviolet keratitis. This type of eye problem can be frightening, is a pretty uncomfortable and even possibly be sight threatening.

Sunglasses for UV eye protection should be considered more than simply a fashion accessory. Patients visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center will find a wide range of UV protecting eyeglass lenses and sunglasses available to choose from. Eye protection from UV needs to be complete but doesn’t have to be overly expensive. High quality sunglasses should block out 99-100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation. It is also important to have UV protection in everyday eyewear, which is readily available with a number of UV blocking eyeglass lens materials, specialized coatings and photochromic lenses.

If you or someone you know has questions about UV eye protection, please 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 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.