Causes of Cataracts

An accomplished ophthalmologist and surgeon, Dr. Anthony Roberts has dedicated much of his career to the treatment of cataracts. Dr. Anthony Roberts has addressed multiple cataract cases through the use of lens replacement and laser technologies.

While often commonly considered a disease of old age, a cataract can develop at any time and from number of contributing factors. All cataracts are characterized by a reduction in the transparency of the eye’s lens, although different types of cataracts affect different parts of the lens. As common wisdom holds, a senile or age-related cataract stands out as the most common type. This variety of cataract typically affects the lens’ interior section, clinically known as the nucleus.

By contrast, congenital cataracts are present at birth. These may be caused by a maternal infection during gestation, a genetic condition, or a developmental disorder. Young children may also develop cataracts due to a childhood or inherited condition, such as dermatitis or hyperthyroidism. Some physicians refer to these as congenital cataracts, depending on the cause. Children of all ages, as well as adults, may also develop cataracts after an injury to the eye. Finally, patients of any age are susceptible to secondary cataracts. These stem from illnesses such as diabetes or may arise following exposure to radiation, steroid drugs, or ultraviolet light.


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LASIK surgery is the number-one elective surgery in the United States, and Dr. Anthony Roberts, operating out of his private practice, Shady Grove Ophthalmology, is one of the most experienced LASIK surgeons in the greater Washington, DC region. Located in Rockville, Maryland, Shady Grove Ophthalmology features state-of-the-art technologies to match the training and care provided by its physicians. Dr. Roberts has performed over 55,000 refractive surgeries in his 15 years of experience, and he holds certification to perform laser surgery using VISX technology. Before opening his own practice, Dr. Anthony Roberts earned his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. While there, he received acclaim for his ophthalmology research. He served as Chief Resident while completing his residency at Nassau University Medical Center and Stony Brook University. Currently, he acts as Chairman of Ophthalmology at Shady Grove Hospital. An avid football fan, Dr. Anthony Roberts also holds the distinction of being the Chief Ophthalmologist for the Washington Redskins. Individuals who visit LASIK surgeon Dr. Anthony Roberts will receive an honest appraisal of their vision needs. Dr. Roberts and his staff at Shady Grove Ophthalmology pride themselves on providing premium care. This begins with a frank assessment of the patient's vision, followed by a discussion of the benefits and risk of LASIK corrective eye surgery. Whatever the treatment, Dr. Anthony Roberts upholds a commitment to providing personalized care at Shady Grove Ophthalmology. To schedule an appointment or to learn more information, please visit the website at or call the office at (301) 279-0600.

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