Annapolis Doctor’s Vision Brings New Light To Cataract Patients Across The Region

| November 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Imagine walking into cataract surgery … and walking out two hours later. Just a few years ago, it was a procedure that required multi-day hospital stays and long recovery periods. Today, thanks to medical advancements and breakthroughs in cataract treatments, the outpatient experience is now the norm – not the exception. Under the watchful eye of Dr. Maria Scott, the founder and medical director of the Chesapeake Cataract Center in Annapolis, the future for cataract patients looks brighter every day.

While it is estimated that 19 million cataract surgeries will be performed around the world this year, having access to a state-of-the-art facility like the Chesapeake Cataract Center and its highly skilled surgeons is a distinct advantage for those across the region.

The newly expanded cataract facility, which is part of the prestigious Chesapeake Eye Care and Laser Center, is the culmination of many years of planning and strategic practice expansion by Dr. Scott. Its location in the Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Sajak Pavilion in Annapolis positions it in the core of the area’s rapidly growing medical complex.

According to Dr. Scott, the expansion of the Center’s cataract care capabilities comes at a perfect time. “In the next decade, more and more baby boomers will require cataract surgery. Having a world-class facility in the region is critical to serving their needs now and in the years to come.” she said.

Statistics show that about half of those who are 65 years or older begin to develop some clouding of the eye. By the age of 75, seven out of 10 people will develop cataracts that require treatment. “Getting the right diagnosis, the most appropriate treatment, and the very best doctors for your individual situation is critical,” advises Dr. Scott. “It’s important to find a practice that specializes in the latest procedures, takes the time to answer all your questions, and closely monitors your progress – before and after surgery.”

One of the nation’s most respected cataract surgeons, Dr. Scott has a long list of “firsts” in her professional background. The number of cataract surgeries she has performed ranks her as one of the top cataract surgeons in the mid-Atlantic region and places her in the top 10 percent of cataract surgeons in the country.

Since the founding of the Chesapeake Eye Care and Laser Center 18 years ago, her practice has grown to include a team of specialized doctors, surgeons and medical professionals who perform a full range of vision care procedures as well as oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Along with Dr. Scott, the newly expanded Chesapeake Cataract Center is home to Dr. Heather Nesti, a noted board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in glaucoma and cataract surgery. The team addresses complicated cases through integrated surgery, including cataract, glaucoma and refractive (LASIK) procedures.

In September 2011, the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors voted to approve Dr. Scott as a member of the board. She is also a member of the prestigious Society for Excellence in Eyecare, an organization of eye care specialists personally selected and recognized for their leadership and innovation.

Among area physicians and eye care specialists, Dr. Scott and her practice are consistently recognized as a top choice for patient referrals, especially when their patients have medical conditions or complex eye care needs that demand a high level of expertise. A former hospital administrator, who once managed 30,000 patient visits per year, raves about the Center. “I’m usually quite critical, but this facility is the best. Everything is perfect.”

Even with a long list of patient accolades to her credit, Dr. Scott never allows the practice’s reputation for excellence to rest on its laurels. “The patient experience is one we take seriously. We are hands-on doctors who, along with every one of our staff, are always here to answer questions, explain the risks and rewards, and closely monitor each patient’s progress to ensure a smooth, fast recovery,” she says.

With feedback ranging from “the service was beyond excellent” to “the overall experience and results were outstanding,” word-of-mouth referrals are bringing new patients from all over the region. “We see patients today coming from points far beyond Washington and Baltimore,” Dr. Scott reports. “That’s a trust we cherish and one we’ll always strive to maintain.”

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