|Eye Surgery Center
The Eye Surgery Center at Atlantic General Hospital offers specialized treatment for multiple eye conditions. Our board-certified ophthalmologists specialize in the prevention, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of eye problems, diseases and injuries. Our doctors provide patients the exceptional care they need to improve their vision and overall quality of life. Just ask one of our patients.
Our focus on medical/surgical skills and technology enables Atlantic General to provide state-of-the-art cataract surgery with advanced intraocular lens options to eliminate or reduce dependency on glasses. Our eye team, which includes specialists from Chesapeake Eye Center and Retina Consultants of Delmarva, also provides diagnosis and surgical treatment of glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration and corneal disease conditions.
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Contact a member of our eye surgery team at Chesapeake Eye Center or Retina Consultants of Delmarva to request a consultation.
Chesapeake Eye Center - 410-641-1744
Retina Consultants - 410-546-8037
Cataracts are part of the normal aging process, but they can also develop because of medications, injury to the eye … toxins such as tobacco use … or exposure to radiation or ultraviolet light.
A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens within your eye that results in blurred or distorted vision. Left untreated, cataracts will eventually cause loss of vision. The good news is that surgery can help restore your vision long before a cataract interferes with your daily activities. Once the cataract is removed and a new lens is in place, light can once again travel unimpeded to the back of the eye for clearer, more vibrant vision.
Three lens options are available in cataract surgery:
• The basic monofocal lens implant, which is typically covered by Medicare and private insurance carriers, provides good distance vision and usually requires glasses for near-vision activities.
• Multifocal lens implants provide a full range of vision (near, far and in between). With these implants, most cataract patients never use glasses again.
• Toric implants are helpful for patients who have a significant degree of astigmatism. These lenses significantly improve uncorrected distance vision by correcting the astigmatism.
The typical cataract surgical procedure is quick – lasting less than 20 minutes. Most patients don’t require stitches because the surgery at AGH is done through a micro incision, only 2.4 millimeters. Even better, recovery is usually very quick, with little interruption to your activities. Your AGH surgeon will help you choose the lens which best meets your lifestyle needs.
Read one young mother's words regarding her cataract and the struggle to find a surgeon she could trust.
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness. Often, it’s caused by increased pressure in the eye resulting from improper drainage of fluid. Those suffering from glaucoma begin by noticing a loss of peripheral vision. If untreated, there is a risk of losing all eyesight as pressure is placed on the optic nerve.
Early-stage glaucoma is often treatable with medication and laser treatments. Atlantic General Hospital’s Eye Surgery Center offers canaloplasty procedures for glaucoma that are more effective than older surgical procedures (trabeculectomies) in that they enable faster healing with less risk of infection, along with no scarring.
This path-breaking yet medically proven procedure is being offered in our geographic region only by members of AGH Eye Surgery Center’s medical team.
Vitreous and Retinal Disease
The retina is the nerve layer along the back wall of the eye and acts like the film of the camera, while the vitreous gel is the clear substance in the cavity of the eye. Many diseases can affect the vitreous or retina in turn affecting your vision. These diseases include macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, macular holes, macular wrinkling or retinal detachment. The Eye Surgery Center at AGH offers the most advanced medical and surgical techniques for addressing disorders of the vitreous and retina.
Our Medical Staff
Catherine Smoot-Haselnus, M.D.
Medical Director – Founder of Chesapeake Eye Center
Dr. Smoot-Haselnus provides comprehensive medical and surgical eye care. She is past president of the Maryland State Medical Society as well as the Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. She is former delegate to the AMA from Maryland. Her residency training was at Albany Medical Center in NY. Medical Degree: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Zaaira Ahmad, M.D.
Joining Retina Consultants of Delmarva from Michigan, Dr. Ahmad specializes in vitreous and retinal surgeries. She is a peer-reviewed published author. She completed her residency at George Washington University in Washington, DC and a fellowship at the Kresge Eye Institute of Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Medical Degree: George Washington University School of Medicine
Todd M. Bescak, D.O.
Joining Chesapeake Eye Center from Ohio, Dr. Bescak specializes in cataract and refractive surgery. He completed his residency at Doctors Hospital, Columbus, OH (affiliated with Ohio State University). Medical Degree: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
John W. Butler, M.D.
Cofounder of Retina Consultants of Delmarva, Dr. Butler specializes in vitreous and retinal surgeries. He is a peer-reviewed published author and also serves as a clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the Scheie Eye Institute of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Medical Degree: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Jason M. Yonker, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Joining Chesapeake Eye Center from Michigan, Dr. Yonker is the only fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Dr. Yonker also provides comprehensive medical and surgical services including cataract and refractive surgery. He is a peer-reviewed published author and has been a professor of ophthalmology at the Kresge Eye Institute at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI where he taught the latest cataract and glaucoma surgical techniques. Medical Degree: West Virginia University School of Medicine
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