An Overview of Refractive Lens Exchange Surgery


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A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Anthony Roberts has worked as an ophthalmologist and surgeon for over two decades. At Shady Grove Ophthalmology in Rockville, Maryland, Dr. Anthony Roberts provides comprehensive eye exams and performs a variety of refractive procedures, including Lasik, laser cataract extraction, and refractive lens exchange.

Also called “clear lens exchange” or “clear lens extraction,” refractive lens exchange (RLE) is a vision-correction procedure that is typically reserved for older patients with refractive errors that cannot be adequately corrected with Lasik. During the procedure, which is very similar to cataract surgery, a surgeon removes the clear natural lens of the eye and replaces it with an artificial intraocular lens that improves the eye’s ability to focus.

RLE can provide rapid vision recovery without affecting the natural shape or thickness of the cornea. It also promotes stable vision and can greatly reduce a patient’s dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses. Those who are candidates for the procedure include both farsighted and nearsighted adult patients with otherwise healthy eyes. Although major complications are rare, RLE risks include infection, increased eye pressure, and retinal detachment.


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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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