LASIK Eye Surgery  at Shady Grove Ophthalmology

LASIK – Changing the way you see the world!

LASIK improves vision safely and precisely by reshaping the cornea to correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. Vision improves within minutes, and most patients eventually enjoy 20/20 vision or better after treatment.

The most commonly performed elective surgery in America, LASIK combines the advantages of two sophisticated technologies: the accuracy of the excimer laser and the benefits of lamellar keratoplasty. It is safe, precise and highly successful. Thanks to LASIK, millions of people worldwide have experienced the wonder of clear vision without glasses or contact lenses.

LASIK offers many improvements over other refractive surgery procedures.  These include little or no post-operative discomfort, immediate vision improvement, and the ability to drive or return to work quickly—sometimes as soon as the next day. Most patients require no corrective eyewear after surgery (although patients over 45 often need reading glasses).

Imagine waking up and instantly seeing the details of the world around you, without having to depend on glasses or contacts. With LASIK refractive surgery, this dream can become a reality for those who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. LASIK isn’t what it used to be – diagnostic techniques have advanced dramatically over the years and the surgical technology is now more precise than ever before. During the procedure, a laser is used to reshape the cornea, where light enters the eye. This corrects vision by changing the cornea’s shape so that light is properly focused. The procedure takes only minutes and most people can go to work the next day. As with any surgery, there are risks and limitations, and our team of LASIK specialists can review these with you. Waking up with clear, sharp vision is priceless. It’s no secret that the cost of glasses, contact lenses and solution can add up over the years, making LASIK a smart investment. Laser vision correction can change the way you see the world. Find out if it’s an option for you by asking Dr. Roberts.

LASIK improves vision safely and precisely by reshaping the cornea to correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. Vision improves within minutes, and most patients eventually enjoy 20/20 vision or better after treatment.

The most commonly performed elective surgery in America, LASIK combines the advantages of two sophisticated technologies: the accuracy of the excimer laser and the benefits of lamellar keratoplasty. It is safe, precise and highly successful. Thanks to LASIK, millions of people worldwide have experienced the wonder of clear vision without glasses or contact lenses.

LASIK offers many improvements over other refractive surgery procedures.  These include little or no post-operative discomfort, immediate vision improvement, and the ability to drive or return to work quickly—sometimes as soon as the next day. Most patients require no corrective eyewear after surgery (although patients over 45 often need reading glasses).

Imagine waking up and instantly seeing the details of the world around you, without having to depend on glasses or contacts. With LASIK refractive surgery, this dream can become a reality for those who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. LASIK isn’t what it used to be – diagnostic techniques have advanced dramatically over the years and the surgical technology is now more precise than ever before. During the procedure, a laser is used to reshape the cornea, where light enters the eye. This corrects vision by changing the cornea’s shape so that light is properly focused. The procedure takes only minutes and most people can go to work the next day. As with any surgery, there are risks and limitations, and our team of LASIK specialists can review these with you. Waking up with clear, sharp vision is priceless. It’s no secret that the cost of glasses, contact lenses and solution can add up over the years, making LASIK a smart investment. Laser vision correction can change the way you see the world. Find out if it’s an option for you by asking Dr. Roberts.

LASIK Surgery Lab at Shady Grove Ophthalmology

Benefits of LASIK

Learn the benefits of LASIK, and how it compares to glasses as a treatment for nearsightedness or farsightedness. To help you better understand LASIK and the Eye Surgery procedure we have provided the following video.

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Choosing a LASIK Surgeon

Choosing to undergo eye surgery is a difficult decision with long-lasting consequences. You will live with the results of your surgery for years to come. That’s why it’s so important to find an experienced surgeon equipped with the latest technology to ensure that you enjoy the best surgical result possible, with improved vision and no complications. You probably don’t want to put your eyesight in the hands of an inexperienced surgeon or budget LASIK practice.

Dr. Anthony O. Roberts, M.D.

Experience

Dr. Anthony O. Roberts has extensive experience in laser vision correction. Dr. Anthony Roberts has performed more than 81,000 Lasik and other refractive procedures. 

Honesty

We don’t pressure our patients into undergoing a procedure that isn’t right for them.  Every patient interested in LASIK is given an extensive evaluation to determine whether LASIK is right for him or her.  During the consultation, the patient and surgeon have a frank discussion about the advantages and risks of having laser vision correction.  Only then is the patient accepted as a pre-operative LASIK candidate.

Caring

Unlike high-volume LASIK “factories,” we take the time to ensure that every patient receives the best care and attention. The procedure is quick—about 15 minutes per eye—but we don’t rush our patients in and out of the office to make room for the next one in line.

Am I a candidate for LASIK?

Not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK.  When you come in for an evaluation, your eyes will be examined to determine whether LASIK or another refractive procedure is appropriate for you and whether you are at risk for any complications.

The ideal LASIK candidate:

  • Is over 18 years old
  • Has had stable vision for at least six months
  • Has a healthy cornea thick enough for a flap
  • Has refractive error(s) that fall within the treatable range
  • Does not have a disease or condition that could impair the procedure or healing process
  • Has been educated about the procedure including its risks and benefits
  • Understands that the goal of surgery is to improve vision and reduce dependence on prescription eye glasses and contact lenses

During your consultation, Dr. Roberts your surgeon will review your eyesight and discuss whether LASIK is right for you.

What to Expect After LASIK Surgery?

The Contoura® Vision LASIC surgery usually takes less than fifteen minutes. While everyone is different, most patients report feeling little to no pain during the surgery.

Because no two cases are the same, the recovery time for LASIK can differ. However, most patients start to notice a dramatic improvement in eye sight almost immediately, most 20/20 or better.   You will need to rest your eyes and wear protective eye shields  as well as the following:

  • Avoid rubbing the eyes
  • Rest at home with your protective eye glasses.
  • Keep your eyes clean
  • Take any prescribed medications and follow any/all post-operative instructions provided by the doctor.

In some cases, patients could experience mild discomfort during the first few days as their eyes heal and it is not uncommon to also experience teary, watery or red eyes for the first few days following surgery.  Most patients are able to return to work the next day, however.   The eyes can continue to heal and vision improve for about 3 months.

Our LASIK Technology

Contoura® Vision Topography Guided LASIK

CONTOURA® Vision is a revolutionary breakthrough technology in corrective eye surgery that features cutting edge, topography-guided laser vision correction.  It is the latest and most advanced, FDA approved LASIK technology available in the United States for laser vision correction.

CONTOURA® Vision improves upon the traditional Wavelight® LASIK procedure because it utilizes a technologically-advanced mapping technology to map the contours of the surface of each individual’s unique cornea. The advanced scanning procedure samples up to 22,000 elevation points for each eye, creating a unique vision profile specific for each patient — allowing for a more precise level of personalized treatment for each patient.

Studies are showing that patients receiving Contoura LASIK are experiencing better vision than ever — even better than with glasses or contact lenses. According to clinical trials and reports by the Food and Drug Administration, CONTOURA® Vision has produced profound results:

  • “92.6% of eyes that received topography-guided LASIK treatment achieved 20/20 vision or better.”
  • “Nearly 65% of eyes treated with personalized topography-guided LASIK experienced 20/16 vision or better in clinical study”

(Source:  FDA Clinical Trials. Allegretto Wave Eye-Q Addendum Procedure Manual T-CAT Topography-Guided Treatments)

Dr. Anthony O. Roberts is pleased to announce that CONTOURA® Vision is now available at Shady Grove Ophthalmology’s office in Rockville, MD.

Am I a Candidate for Contoura LASIK?

Contoura, while advanced, isn’t a fit for all individuals. Contoura is best for patients that are nearsighted, either with or without an astigmatism.

Contoura Topography-Guided LASIK surgery is particularly helpful to patients with common vision problems such as myopia (nearsightedness), astigmatism and/or irregular corneas. This personalized diagnostic technology is used to help identify and record imperfections in the curvature and optics of the cornea, and then using those measurements to provide a more personalized procedure designed to produce the best results possible.  Contoura® LASIK can help patients who might otherwise not be candidates for traditional LASIK.

The best way to determine if you are a candidate is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Roberts. During the initial LASIK consultation and eye evaluation, Dr. Roberts will determine first, if you are a candidate for LASIK and then, decide if Topography-Guided Laser Vision Correction is the best solution for your vision correction and would provide the best overall outcome.