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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 Office - Call for complete schedule: 410-461-7222
Monday and Wednesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday and Thursday 11:00am - 7:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday Call for Hours
Ellicott City Optical Hours
Monday and Wednesday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Tuesday and Thursday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday Call for Hours
Glen Burnie Office - Call for complete schedule: 410-766-3937
Monday and Tuesday 7:30am - 5:00pm
Wednesday and Thursday 7:30am - 7:00pm
Friday 7:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday Available twice a month
Glen Burnie Optical Hours - Suite 600
Monday, Tuesday, Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Wednesday and Thursday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday Call for Hours
Glen Burnie Optical Hours - Suite 115
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday Call for Hours
Waugh Chapel Office - Call for complete schedule: 443-302-2108
Monday, Wednesday 10:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
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.
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!