Getting Ready for a Lasik Evaluation Appointment

Since 1996, Dr. Anthony Roberts has worked as an eye physician in private practice. Among Dr. Anthony Roberts’ areas of expertise is Lasik surgery, which is designed to improve a person’s vision.

Before getting Lasik surgery, a person first needs to go in for an evaluation with a doctor. During this evaluation, the doctor will determine whether laser eye surgery is a good fit for the individual. Preparing for this visit is important, particularly for people who wear contacts lenses. Since contact lenses can affect the cornea’s shape, a person needs to stop wearing them before the appointment, instead opting for glasses. The length of time a person needs to forego contacts depends on the type of contacts the person wears, and may range from two to four weeks.

When the day of the appointment arrives, the person who wants to get laser eye surgery should be well prepared. The evaluation is a time where the patient can ask the doctor questions about the surgery, its risks, and its potential outcomes. The doctor will typically ask the individual about his or her overall health and eye health, including any medications he or she is taking. This discussion, as well as the exam itself, reveals information indicating whether the procedure would be a good fit.


Causes of Dry Eye

Dr. Anthony Roberts heads a private ophthalmology practice in Rockville, Maryland. In addition to performing procedures such as Lasik, Dr. Anthony Roberts evaluates patients with conditions such as dry eye.

Dry eye is an uncomfortable condition that can have a long-term effect on a person’s eye health and well-being. In some cases, the eye structure fails to produce enough tears. Getting older is a common contributing factor to a decrease in tear production, as can be a person’s environment. For example, people who live in windy regions might be more likely to experience the problem. Certain health conditions, such as diabetes, as well as a variety of types of medications can also cause a person’s eyes to feel dried out.

In other cases, the cause of dryness is not a lack of tears, but issues with the quality of the tears the body makes. A problem with the makeup of tears can lead can result in a number of problems. For example, the tears might not cover the eye properly, or they might evaporate too fast. These situations may both result in the discomfort associated with dry eye.

Since a number of different things can cause dry eye, it is important that a person see an eye doctor if he or she notices a problem. The doctor can provide additional information on what might be causing the issue and prescribe an appropriate course of action to address.

Redskins Salute Hosts Military Appreciation Day

Based in Rockville, Maryland, Dr. Anthony Roberts currently heads Shady Grove Ophthalmology, where he specializes in refractive procedures such as PRK and LASIK. Dr. Anthony Roberts additionally serves as the official ophthalmologist for the Washington Redskins NFL team.

The Washington Redskins recently hosted a Military Appreciation Day through its club Redskins Salute club, which was founded to bring together fans of the team, armed force members, and military families. Throughout the year, Redskins Salute hosts free events to support active duty troops and veterans. It also provides programs to assist them with healthcare, education, and job placement.

On August 1, the third day of the team’s 2015 Training Camp, members of Redskins Salute gathered at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center for the appreciation event sponsored by GEICO Military. Members who presented a military ID received a number of free gifts and special passes that provided access to the Redskins walk-through and afternoon training session. Throughout the day, Redskins players participated in photo opportunities and signed autographs for Salute members.

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.

2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

The founder of Shady Grove Ophthalmology, Dr. Anthony Roberts has nearly two decades’ experience in refractive surgery, such as Lasik, cataract extraction, PRK, and refractive lens exchange. Dr. Anthony Roberts maintains affiliations with professional organizations such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

From October 18-21, 2014, the American Academy of Ophthalmology will host its annual meeting in Chicago at McCormick Place. For this year’s meeting, the organization has joined with the European Society of Ophthalmology to offer attendees the opportunity to connect with, and learn from, their international colleagues.

In addition to the networking opportunities, the event will include numerous presentations and educational offerings, such as hands-on labs, small-group sessions, and talks by distinguished ophthalmologists. Instructional courses and symposia will address topics such as medical and surgical management of glaucoma, intraoperative biometry, diagnosis and management of corneal endothelial diseases, and the differences between ophthalmology in the United States and abroad.

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.

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.