Advancing Cataract Care in Hagerstown and Frederick

The good news for people who have been diagnosed with a cataract is that cataract surgery today is safer, more precise and more predictable than at any other time in medical history. In fact, cataract surgery today is among the safest, most common procedures performed in all of medicine.

Here at Maryland Vision Institute, our surgeons have been setting the standard in cataract care for years. This includes performing the first LenSx laser cataract procedure in the region and the first to implant the new multifocal cataract lenses and the new Toric cataract lenses for treating your Astigmatism. 


Dr. Gus Stern and Dr. Sidney Chang are helping pioneer new laser and lens implant technology that will always keep Maryland Vision Institute on the leading edge of cataract care. This includes performing our cataract procedures in the comfort and safety of our Medicare-approved outpatient surgery center in Hagerstown. Our method of cataract surgery is not only the safest and most advanced method of cataract care…it’s also the most affordable. Our efforts are helping save patients money as well as helping preserve the Medicare and health insurance system by reducing costs.


What Is A Cataract and When Do They Develop?

Cataracts are simply a natural part of the aging process of the eye. In fact, more than 90% of people living in the United States will eventually undergo cataract surgery. Research shows that over 50% of people over the age of 60 suffer from cataracts. Many people don’t realize it, but cataracts are actually one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide. 

In addition to to the natural aging factor, there are other factors that can also cause cataracts. These include exposure to ultraviolet light, trauma, diabets and even lifestyles such as diet, alcohol consumption and smoking can all lead to the development of cataracts.

A special note of interest is that cataracts are more common in women than in men and affect more than 22 million Americans. A cataract forms at different rates and it could affect one or both eyes.A cataract is the progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Eventually, this clouding of the eye’s natural lens interferes with light passing through the eye to the retina. Aging and other factors cause proteins in the eye’s lens to clump together forming these cloudy areas. Over time cataracts typically result in blurred or fuzzy vision and sensitivity to light, which makes activities like night driving and reading more difficult.

Some of the causes for cataracts include:

  • Age
  • Eye trauma
  • Heredity
  • Diabetes
  • Ultraviolet radiation
  • Smoking
  • Glaucoma

Helping Our Cataract Patients Make a More Informed Decision at Maryland Vision Institute  

Our goal for our cataract patients in the greater Hagerstown, Frederick and surrounding Maryland areas is to help each and every one of you enjoy a lifetime of the best possible vision. Today, that includes helping you make a more informed decision on all of the cataract options available to you. YOur lifestyle and the role your eyes play in the activities you enjoy most will help us ‘customize’ a cataract surgery plan that is tailor made to fit your needs. Please be sure to ask one of our surgeons or a staff member about your cataract options. 

Understanding Your Cataract Surgery Options in Hagerstown, Frederick and Surrounding Maryland 

Once a cataract has progressed, the only way to gain your full clear vision is to undergo cataract removal and lens implantation surgery. In cataract surgery, your natural lens where the cloudiness occurs will be removed and replaced with a new intraocular lens (IOL). Today, there are several different options when it comes to the technology used in cataract surgery. We will help you decide what technology and intraocular lens will be the best fit for restoring your vision to its full potential. In the 1960s, cataract surgery was considered somewhat risky, and it usually required a longer hospital stay. However, with advances in laser & lens implant technology, cataract surgery only takes a few minutes and it is an outpatient procedure. It is now one of the most common and successful medical procedures performed. Many patients even have better/clearer vision than before they had surgery.

What To Expect On The Day of Your Cataract Surgery Procedure

The day of surgery, you will arrive at Maryland Visions surgery center an hour prior to your procedure. Once you have been checked in by a member of our staff, you may be offered a sedative to help you relax. Then, you will be prepared for surgery. We will clean the area around your eyes, and a sterile drape may be applied around your eye. Eye drops or a local anesthetic will be used to numb your eyes. Once your eye is completely numb, an eyelid holder will be placed between your eyelids. Then, a small incision will be made on the cornea of your eye and the cataract will be broken up into microscopic particles and we will suction out microscopic particles. Next, a folded intraocular lens (IOL) will be inserted through the micro-incision, unfolded, and carefully placed into position. The cornea is a “self-sealing” part of your body and usually requires no stitches. Naturally, it remains tightly closed by the outward pressure within the eye. The small incision heals quickly and provides a much more comfortable recuperation. Following the surgery, you will go home and rest for the day. Everyone heals differently, but many patients notice improvement in their vision within hours. Most patients return to their normal activities within a couple days, with some limited restrictions for 1-2 weeks.


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