Maryland Vision Institute
220 Champion Drive, Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Gus Stern, MD, is a fellowship-trained, board-certified eye surgeon, serving patients seeking refractive surgery and cataract surgery in Hagerstown, Md. The highly experienced eye surgeon has performed over 5,000 cataract surgeries. He performs a range of vision correction treatments, including cataract, cornea and refractive surgery, including LASIK. After his ophthalmology residency, Dr. Stern completed a cornea fellowship. This is an additional and optional year of training during which surgeons operate on the most difficult and complex cataracts. Dr. Stern is the only eye surgeon in the Hagerstown area to have completed a cornea fellowship. In addition, Dr. Stern regularly travels to third world countries and operates on the most difficult cataracts. Dr. Stern is able to deliver optimum vision correction results to patients by combining a caring bedside manner with finely tuned surgical skills.
Dr. Stern and the medical staff at Maryland Vision Institute offer "micro-incision" cataract surgery with premium intraocular lens implants (IOLs). To start the cataract removal procedure, Dr. Stern creates a self-sealing incision in the eye. He uses this incision to access the cataractous (cloudy) eye lens. The eye surgeon will either use phacoemulsification or laser energy to break up the cloudy lens before easily removing the pieces. Dr. Stern completes cataract surgery by replacing the natural crystalline lens with an IOL to provide patients with clear vision following surgery.
Now, most steps of cataract surgery can be completed with a laser. Dr. Stern is always at the forefront of technology. Dr. Stern was one of the first surgeons in the country certified on the use of a femtosecond laser to remove cataracts. He is the only surgeon in the state of Maryland certified on both the AMO Catalys laser and Alcon's LenSx™ laser. He is the first and only surgeon in the Hagerstown region to offer laser-assisted cataract surgery. Dr. Stern is the most experienced laser-assisted cataract surgeon in the region and has been performing laser-assisted cataract surgery longer than any surgeon in Maryland.
Maryland Vision Institute offers a range of premium IOLs that can be inserted at the time of cataract surgery. They are the only eye care center in the region to offer the Crystalens. This is a lens that flexes while inside the eye to allow far and near vision. They also utilize multifocal lenses (Restor) which allow patients to see at different distances. Finally, they offer toric lenses to correct astigmatism.
Cataract surgery is performed under topical anesthesia, so patients remain comfortable and do not experience any pain during the procedure. Dr. Stern's cataract patients who elect to have premium lenses achieve better vision at multiple distances after the procedure. In many cases, they are able to see well without the use of daily eyewear.
Dr. Stern also provides blade-free LASIK, glaucoma treatment, treatment of corneal disease and general eye care services in addition to cataract surgery.
To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Stern and learn more about your vision correction treatment options, please contact Maryland Vision Institute by calling (866) 939-3747 today.Email the Surgeon
"My mother was reluctant to undergo cataract surgery even as her vision worsened.
A friend of mine suggested Maryland Vision Institute where she had undergone a Lasik procedure. I finally convinced my mother to let me take her there for an exam and consultation. The staff at Maryland Vision Institute could not have been more friendly and accommodating. My mother's fears quickly disappeared. After determining what needed to be done and patiently answering all of our questions we scheduled the surgery dates. Although mom was nervous, the first laser surgery went without a hitch. After two weeks she had had laser surgery on her other eye. Dr. Stern and his staff at the Maryland Vision Institute could not have been more professional and caring both during the surgeries and the follow-up exams. My mother's vision is vastly improved and her only regret is that she did not get this procedure done sooner. I would unequivocally recommend the Maryland Vision Institute to anyone with vision problems in the Maryland /Pennsylvania region." Bob N.
"My mother had excellent results with cataract surgery with Dr. Stern. She says that nothing could have been any better. She would recommend it very highly." Sarah M.
"This is THE place to go for eye care. Their office is immaculate and everyone was very friendly to me. I had an amazing experience undergoing LASIK here and I know a bunch of my family friends who had their cataract surgery done here with great results.
"I'm glad that we finally have some eye expertise in the Hagerstown area. I don't have to drive East anymore for my eye care, which is great for my car :-) I recommend this place to all of my family and friends." Jessica B.
Gus Stern, MD, graduated magna cum laude from Johns Hopkins University, where he earned his bachelor's degree. He graduated with honors from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree. Next, Dr. Stern pursued an internal medicine internship at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore. He then fulfilled an ophthalmology residency at Tulane University, where he was elected chief resident and was awarded the Clinical Research Award. Dr. Stern fulfilled a subsequent anterior segment fellowship in cornea and glaucoma at Tulane University.
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