Samuel Boles, MD
Oct 17, 2014 03:04PM ● Published by Cate Reynolds
One of Dr. Samuel Boles’ favorite parts of his job is educating his patients. A board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Boles is passionate about not only helping his patients treat their glaucoma and cataracts, but also educating them and their families regarding prevention and treatment.
“When you give people that knowledge and power, it gives them the ability to take part in their care,” says Dr. Boles. “Patients are more likely to comply with their therapy if they know what you’re asking them to do and why you’re asking them to do it. It’s essential to help our patients understand the importance of taking care of themselves.”
As one of Maryland’s top ophthalmic surgeons, Dr. Boles leads Anne Arundel Eye Center, which has two state-of-the-art treatment locations, offering complete ophthalmic exams as well as diagnostic surgical eye care. Anne Arundel Eye Center’s entire medical team of caring and knowledgeable professionals, including Consultative Optometrists Neal Shastri, O.D. and Kathryn Turner, O.D., is dedicated to making the best eye care accessible to everyone.
“I love working with our colleagues and I enjoy educating our staff,” says Dr. Boles. “A knowledgeable staff is better able to educate patients. I bring ideas to them. They bring ideas to me. We learn things from our patients, and we pass on what we learn from other patients’ successes.”
Having received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Boles completed his post-doctoral training at a Harvard University Cornea research lab, a Yale University affiliated Hospital in Bridgeport Connecticut, George Washington University for Ophthalmology Residency, and the University of California, San Diego for Glaucoma Fellowship. He founded the Glaucoma Co-Management Roundtable to improve patient care through better communication and education. An active volunteer in the community offering periodic free screenings and specific community outreach programs, Dr. Boles serves on the Board of Directors for The Polakoff Foundation and the Maryland Society for Sight.
Dr. Boles chose to specialize in glaucoma and cataract care because of the overwhelming need. More than three million Americans have glaucoma and half are unaware that they have it, while cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in adults 65 and older. He, Dr. Shastri and Dr. Turner work in partnership with other medical specialists, physicians and eye doctors to ensure that patients have access to quality eye and medical care, in order to provide the best possible outcomes.
“Most of the time, the earlier we see someone the more likely we are to be able to help without major intervention,” says Dr. Boles. “It’s really fun to make people’s vision better. What can be better than that?”
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Q. How do I know if I have glaucoma?
A. Glaucoma displays no symptoms and, at first, only affects peripheral or side vision. As a result, you can lose as much as 40% of your vision before even noticing. There are several factors that increase your risk of developing glaucoma including the following: you are of African, Asian, or Hispanic descent; you are over the age of 60; you have a family member with glaucoma; you are diabetic;or you are severely nearsighted (myopic). While everyone shouldhave their eyes examined regularly, those with the above riskfactors should increase the frequency of those examinations.
Dr. Samuel Boles, Anne Arundel Eye Center