The Four Stages of Diabetic Retinopathy

Dr. Anthony Roberts has more than a decade of experience as an eye physician at Shady Grove Ophthalmology in Rockville, Maryland. In this position, Dr. Anthony Roberts performs a variety of procedures, including Lasik. He also treats such conditions as diabetic retinopathy.

Individuals with diabetic retinopathy can experience four unique stages of the disease if the condition is not effectively treated by an ophthalmologist.

During the disease’s mild non-proliferative stage, a person will experience microaneurysms, or small, balloon-shaped areas of swelling throughout the retina’s blood vessels.

In the second, more moderate stage of diabetic retinopathy, important blood vessels responsible for keeping the retina in proper health become blocked and ineffective.

As the third stage–referred to as severe non-proliferative retinopathy–sets in, more and more blood vessels surrounding the retina become blocked. Some of these vessels are responsible for signaling the need for new blood vessels to be generated, further debilitating the retina as the area becomes crowded with unhealthy and abnormally placed blood vessels.

In the disease’s advanced stage–referred to as proliferative retinopathy–the retina begins creating new blood vessels, but they are extremely fragile. Any vessel that leaks blood into the retina can lead to significant visual impairments, including blindness.


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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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