Femtosecond Lasers – An Overview

A graduate of University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Anthony Roberts joined Shady Grove Ophthalmology in 2002. Dr. Anthony Roberts utilizes Lasik, multifocal intraocular lenses, and femtosecond lasers to diagnose and treat various eye diseases.

Even as laser cataract surgeries become more advanced, physicians are pushing for greater efficiency and accuracy. Scientists have categorized lasers to better understand and describe their speeds. The femtosecond laser falls in the “ultra-fast” category of lasers; it emits optical pulses measured in femtoseconds, one of the fastest units of time available. For perspective, there are one quadrillion (1,000,000,000,000,000) femtoseconds in a single second.

More and more ophthalmologists are using femtosecond lasers for cataract surgeries, which require surgical incisions in the cornea. Femtosecond lasers offer greater accuracy and steadiness than incisions made by hand. This translates to lower risk and facilitates self-sealing of the incision, which reduces the risk of infection following cataract surgery.


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Dr. Anthony Roberts

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 ShadyGroveOphthalmology.com or call the office at (301) 279-0600.

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