How Cataract Surgery is Performed

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Cataract Surgery

Dr. Anthony Roberts, founder and eye physician at Shady Grove Ophthalmology in Maryland, performs such procedures as refractive lens exchange, PRK, and Lasik. A member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Dr. Anthony Roberts possesses more than 20 years of experience and is familiar with treating a variety of conditions, including cataracts.

Cataract surgery is performed by an ophthalmic surgeon or ophthalmologist and is a fairly straightforward procedure. It is usually done while the patient is awake and takes around 30 to 45 minutes to complete. A local anesthetic is applied to the eye to ensure patients do not feel pain during the procedure and patients may also receive medication to help them relax.

Most cataract surgeries use a technique known as phacoemulsification. When using this technique, medical professionals begin the procedure by putting drops in the eye to dilate the pupil. A small cut is then made in the cornea, which is the transparent tissue in the front of the eye. Through this cut, surgeons place a small probe that uses ultrasound waves to break up the affected lens. The lens pieces are then removed and a small plastic lens is put in its place.

The lens may also be removed using an extracapsular cataract extraction technique. With this technique, a large incision is made in the cornea and surgeons remove the front capsule and cloudy portion of the lens using surgical tools. The back capsule of the lens is left intact and supports the artificial lens.


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

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