New Technique Could Dramatically Improve LASIK Surgery Outcomes

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Dr. Anthony Roberts serves as the chief surgeon of Rockville, Maryland’s Shady Grove Ophthalmology, which he founded in 2002. In his work, Dr. Anthony Roberts performs LASIK eye surgery and keeps up with emerging trends that have the potential to further refine the procedure.

Researchers have reportedly created a new technique that could represent a significant improvement in the way LASIK surgery is performed. This new microscopy method can accurately map the local refractive index within the eye, noting specific variations. LASIK surgeons currently approximate these values. Having more specific information, however, potentially gives LASIK surgeons the capability of not just improving patient vision, but perfecting it to the point that it could be better than 20/20. Additionally, they may not need to perform a corneal cut as part of the surgery.

University of Maryland researcher Giuliano Scarcelli developed this new microscopy technique, known as dual Brillouin scattering technology. He says the method’s ability to provide precise corneal measurements has the potential to dramatically impact the way LASIK surgery is performed in the future.

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Refractive Lens Exchange – A Surgical Alternative to Lasik

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The founding principal and chief eye physician at Shady Grove Ophthalmology in Rockville, Maryland, Dr. Anthony Roberts has decades of experience treating patients for a wide variety of vision disorders. Dr. Anthony Roberts’ areas of surgical expertise include refractive lens exchange.

When patient conditions render laser-assisted procedures such as Lasik inappropriate or impossible, refractive lens exchange (RLE) is a common surgical option for the correction of high hyperopia and presbyopia. For patients who suffer from both presbyopia and moderate to severe hyperopia, RLE may be the only refractive procedure that can lead to clear vision with minimal reliance on eyeglasses.

Also known as “clear lens extraction” and “lens replacement surgery,” RLE involves replacing the eye’s natural lens with an artificial intraocular lens that corrects refractive misalignments and generates sharper optical focus. The steps used to perform this procedure are practically identical to those used to replace clouded natural lenses in cataract surgery.

About the ASCRS Annual Meeting

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An experienced ophthalmologist providing LASIK and other services to patients for more than two decades, Dr. Anthony Roberts is founder and chief surgeon of Shady Grove Ophthalmology in Rockville, Maryland. Additionally, Dr. Anthony Roberts is an active member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS).

ASCRS will hold its annual meeting May 3-7, 2019, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. The largest yearly gathering in the United States for cataract and refractive surgeons, the meeting will feature a bevy of continuing education opportunities for attendees, as well as an exhibit location that will host more than 300 different vendors.

The event kicks off with several events covering specialty areas. Instructional seminars, roundtable discussions, and symposia also will take place during the conference, covering topics such as glaucoma treatment and refractive advances, and will include e-poster presentations. Additionally, judges will evaluate films submitted for the event’s film festival and name award winners on Monday, May 6.

Hotel accommodations are available through the onPeak platform (onpeak.com), the exclusive reservation platform for the event and the only way to get the special discounted conference room rate and guarantee accommodations. For more information about the meeting, to register, or to learn more about how to register for a hotel room, visit annualmeeting.ascrs.org.

When to Schedule an Eye Exam

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Maryland ophthalmologist Dr. Anthony Roberts possesses more than 20 years of experience performing surgical and laser eye treatments, including LASIK and refractive lens exchange. The official eye doctor of the Washington Redskins football team, Dr. Anthony Roberts monitors the vision health of his patients through routine exams administered at Shady Grove Ophthalmology, where he serves as chief of ophthalmology.

Most experts recommend annual eye exams for all individuals. However, certain circumstances call for an eye exam to be scheduled right away and more frequently.

Aging: At around 40 or 50 years of age, most people notice that their lenses have more difficulty focusing, resulting in conditions such as presbyopia. Presbyopia can be corrected with reading glasses or prescription contact lenses if diagnosed early. Individuals nearing 40 who haven’t had an eye exam in two years should schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Sudden Symptoms: The sudden onset of headaches, blurry vision, or discharge, especially after a head or eye injury should be examined by an ophthalmologist. A strong reaction to light or persistent feelings of eye strain can also indicate an infection or a nerve disorder.

Certain Diagnoses: Some diseases can accelerate vision loss. People diagnosed with chronic conditions such as lupus or diabetes should work with an ophthalmologist to monitor their eye health and establish an ongoing care plan.

An Introduction to Cataract Surgery

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As the founder of Shady Grove Ophthalmology in Rockville, Maryland, Dr. Anthony Roberts draws on more than 20 years of experience in private practice. Skilled in a variety of nonsurgical and surgical treatments, including LASIK, Dr. Anthony Roberts currently focuses much of his practice on cataract surgery.

In a healthy human eye, 25 to 35 percent of the focusing of light and visual images happens as these signals pass through the lens. The lens is a layer of flexible tissue that is transparent in its healthy state. A cataract occurs when this tissue becomes cloudy and interferes with the patient’s clarity of vision.

When vision loss has progressed to an advanced level, surgery can restore visual clarity and help the patient to regain function. Cataract surgery allows an ophthalmologist to remove the diseased lens from behind the cornea and introduce an artificial replacement.

Cataract surgery is traditionally performed using a small keratome to access the lens and an ultrasound tool to break up the lens tissue, enabling its removal. Now, however, patients may have access to laser-assisted cataract surgery, which uses laser energy to make the initial incision and potentially soften the lens. This type of surgery still uses ultrasound energy to dissolve the diseased tissue.

The Many Benefits of Cataract Surgery

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Dr. Anthony Roberts has served as an ophthalmologist at Shady Grove Ophthalmology since he founded the clinic 15 years ago. In addition to LASIK surgery, Dr. Anthony Roberts also offers other procedures, such as cataract surgery.

If a person has experienced blurred vision, decreased sharpness in colors, and a halo effect when seeing bright lights, they may have a cataract in one or both of their eyes. If this is the case, it is important to see a qualified ophthalmologist to determine if cataract surgery is an option to deal with the condition.

The operation itself comes with the immediate benefits of improving the patient’s vision, allowing them to see more clearly at night as well as experience colors more vividly. Those outcomes can lead to benefits such as greater independence and a more positive outlook on life. Additionally, increased vision can reduce the risk of falls (and subsequent broken bones) in older patients who may have been at risk from falling due to poor vision caused by their cataracts.

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.