About the ASCRS Annual Meeting

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American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
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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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Shady Grove Opthalmology
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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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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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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.

Refractive Lens Exchange

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Refractive Lens Exchange
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Since 2002, Dr. Anthony Roberts has practiced as an eye physician and surgeon at Shady Grove Ophthalmology in Rockville, Maryland. Dr Anthony Roberts draws on experience in LASIK and other vision-correction surgeries, including refractive lens exchange.

Refractive lens exchange, also known as clear lens exchange, replaces the lens of the eye as one would do for a patient with cataracts. In the case of refractive lens exchange, however, the patient has no clouding of the lens and is seeking the procedure primarily to achieve permanent vision correction. An option for nearsighted or farsighted patients who cannot tolerate contact lenses, refractive lens exchange can significantly improve an individual’s quality of life.

Refractive lens exchange has become possible thanks largely to the clinical advancements that have made cataract surgery safer. Many clinicians now recommend the procedure for older individuals with hyperopia, or farsightedness, who have severe symptoms or moderate symptoms with evidence of incipient cataracts. Nearsighted individuals may need more careful assessment, as these individuals carry a greater risk of retinal detachment, though innovative technology has made elective refractive lens exchange a newly viable option.

What to Expect after Cataract Surgery FAQ

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Cataract Surgery

The official ophthalmologist for the Washington Redskins football team, Dr. Anthony Roberts is the founder of Maryland-based Shady Grove Ophthalmology. An eye physician, he provides his patients with a number of treatment options, ranging from comprehensive eye exams to various forms of eye surgery, including LASIK. Among the procedures that Dr. Anthony Roberts provides is cataract surgery.

Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed ophthalmologic procedure in the world, with around 20 million of these surgeries completed each year. Following are three frequently asked questions and answers about what to expect after undergoing cataract surgery.

Q: How long will it take for my vision to be restored after the procedure?

A: Full recovery time varies from one person to another. Some patients will regain their sight the next day, and for others, recovery may take several days, a week, or even a month.

Q: Can patients drive themselves home after cataract surgery?

A: Most professionals recommend that patients arrange to have another person drive them home after the procedure, especially if vision in the unaltered eye is poor. At some ophthalmologic practices, patients are required to have another person transport them home after the procedure.

Q: Do patients have to wear any protective covering over the treated eye?

A: Yes, most doctors will provide patients with a plastic protective shield or patch to wear over their eye after surgery. They will protect the eye from being accidentally bumped or rubbed, which can cause enough pressure to open the surgical incision.