About Baltimore Washington Eye Center

Baltimore Washington Eye Center was founded in 1969 by Paul A. Kohlhepp, M.D. to serve the eye care needs of greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and to provide access to the region’s premier eye care facility. Our caring, experienced and extensively trained professional staff specializes in a full range of ophthalmology procedures and has demonstrated an outstanding record of patient satisfaction and community service. Through the combination of medical and surgical expertise, a patient-centered approach to customer service, and personalized attention, we make our patients’ goals a reality. Under my medical direction, we can state with confidence that Baltimore Washington Eye Center is now the most comprehensive eye care center in the area. Our Center – similar to the nationally renowned Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute and University of Maryland Department of Ophthalmology – offers a full range of eye care services for adults and children, including general ophthalmology, cataract evaluation and laser assisted cataract surgery with advanced technology lens implants, laser eye surgery including laser vision correction such as LASIK, eyelid surgery, diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration (AMD), dry eye and low vision rehabilitation. We offer a full service optical center for eyeglasses and eyewear as well as convenient close to home eye surgery at our Baltimore Washington Eye Surgery Center-a fully AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care) Medicare and State of Maryland certified, fully equipped, state-of-the-art, on-site ambulatory surgery center. Our surgical center, located between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., offers the latest amenities and modern technology, allowing us to perform all of our eye surgery procedures safely, efficiently and comfortably.

The staff of Baltimore Washington Eye Center invites you to visit our offices during normal business hours Monday through Friday. Evening and Saturday appointments are also available. We have two convenient locations: Empire Medical Building at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600 in Glen Burnie, Maryland (across the street from Baltimore Washington Medical Center), near Interstate 97 and Route 100, in the Village at Waugh Chapel, 2391 Brandermill Boulevard, Suite 200, Gambrills, Maryland 21054 and in the Turf Valley Towne Square, 11089 Resort Road, Suite 206, Ellicott City, Maryland 21042.

Arturo Betancourt, M.D. F.A.C.S.
Medical Director

Ellicott City-Our Ellicott City office is open Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm and Tuesday between the hours of 11:00 am and 7:00 pm. We also offer early evening appointments on Tuesdays until 7:00pm.  Saturday hours are usually available once each month-please call for our schedule. You can contact Baltimore Washington Eye Center in Ellicott City at 410-531-2280. 

Glen Burnie-Glen Burnie office is open Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 am and 5:00 pm. We also offer early evening appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 7:00 pm. Saturday hours are usually available twice each month; please call for our schedule. You can contact Baltimore Washington Eye Center in Glen Burnie at 410-766-3937.

Waugh Chapel-Our Waugh Chapel office is open Monday and Wednesday between the hours of 10:00 am and 7:00 pm and Tuesday between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Thursday between the hours of 9:00 am and 6:00 pm and Friday between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. You can contact Baltimore Washington Eye Center in Waugh Chapel at 443-302-2108. 

We strive to provide you and your family with the best possible patient experience. Please arrive at the office a few minutes early so that our staff can meet you and properly gather all necessary information. In advance, you may print out and complete the new patient packet located in the Patient Forms section of this website.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center participates with most major insurance companies. Please feel free to review that insurance list.

Insurance Plans (download pdf)

However, it is very important that you understand your specific insurance policy and adhere to any requirements such as obtaining a referral prior to your appointment. Please call your insurance company for any questions about your policy.

Cancellations: Should you need to reschedule your appointment, we would ask for 24 hours notice.

During business hours, patients should call any of our office locations to speak with a staff member. After business hours, our answering service is available to route your call to a member of our on-call patient care team. Please note, any patient with a medical emergency is advised to dial 911 to receive emergency medical care.

Your eyes are too important to trust to just anyone. Let our 45 years of experience work for you. Please contact our ophthalmology practice near Baltimore and Washington, D.C. today to schedule a consultation-800-495-3937!