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We provide comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages. Our services include small incision cataract surgery and also treatments for a range of conditions such as glaucoma, the diabetic eye, dry eye and macular degeneration.
Regular eye exams are an invaluable tool in maintaining your eyes' health by detecting and preventing disease. Some diseases develop slowly without causing pain or vision loss. Early detection of any problems can reduce the risk of further harm and allow for a choice of treatment options. We offer state-of-the-art equipment to evaluate the ocular health of your entire family.
Blepharitis is a chronic inflammation - a long-term swelling - of the eyelids and eyelash follicles. It may be caused by seborrheic dermatitis, acne, bacterial infection, allergic reaction or poor eyelid hygiene. They eyes may become red, blurry or tear frequently. The eyelids crust, flake, scale or redden, and the smooth inside lining of the lids may become rough. In more serious cases, sores can form when the crusting skin is removed, the eyelashes may fall out, the eyelids can deform, the infection can spread to the cornea, and patients often suffer from excessive tearing. Blepharitis can also cause styes, chalazions and problems with the tear film.
Treatment and preventative care for blepharitis involves thorough but gentle cleaning of the eyelids, face and scalp. Warm compresses can be applied to loosen crust. This may be combined with antibiotics if a bacterial infection is causing or contributing to the problems.
Patients with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing eye diseases that can cause vision loss and blindness, such as diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma. These and other serious conditions often develop without vision loss or pain, so significant damage may be done to the eyes by the time the patient notices any symptoms. For this reason it is very important for diabetic patients to have their eyes examined at least yearly. Diagnosing and treating eye disease early can prevent vision loss. It is also important to maintain a steady blood-sugar level, take prescribed medications, follow a healthy diet, exercise regularly and avoid smoking.
Dry eye occurs when the eyes aren't sufficiently moisturized, leading to itching, redness and pain from dry spots on the surface of the eye. The eyes may become dry and irritated because the tear ducts don't produce enough tears, or because the tears themselves have a chemical imbalance.
People usually begin experiencing dry eye symptoms as they age, but the condition can also result from certain medications, conditions or injuries.
Dry eye is not only painful, it can also damage the eye's tissues and impair vision. Fortunately, many treatment options are available.
Non-surgical treatments for dry eye include increasing humidity at home or work, and use of artificial tears or moisturizing ointment. If these methods fail, small punctal plugs may be inserted in the corners of the eyes to limit tear drainage, or the drainage tubes in the eyes may be surgically closed. Eyelid surgery is also a solution if an eyelid condition is causing your dry eyes.
ECP is a new technique that reduces the amount of fluid (aqueous humor) produced in the eye and thus lowers pressure within the eye (intraocular pressure or IOP). This can help patients suffering from glaucoma, a disease where excess fluid puts pressure on the optic nerve and damages vision.
During an ECP procedure, the ophthalmologist inserts a tiny probe with a fiberoptic light at the tip into the part of the eye that produces fluid, known as the ciliary body or ciliary process. Laser energy is applied to these cells so they stop producing fluid. The result is a lower, healthier pressure within the eye. Patients who undergo ECP no longer need eyedrops or other glaucoma medications after treatment.
ECP may be performed at the same time as cataract surgery for patients who suffer from both cataracts and glaucoma. Recent studies show that patients who undergo the combined treatment need fewer glaucoma medications over the long term.
Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is designed to remove excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. The procedure can correct drooping upper lids that tend to sag with time and the puffy bags below the eyes. The procedure usually takes about 45 minutes and can be performed using local anesthesia. Stitches can be removed within a week.
Although most flashes and floaters occur in people with healthy or merely nearsighted eyes, they can be symptoms of serious problems, including injury and retinal and posterior vitreous detachments. Flashes in vision are caused by pressure on the retina, the bundle of nerves in the back of the eye where images are detected and transmitted to the brain. Patients complain of flashing lights or lightning streaks.
Floaters are often seen when fibers move within the vitreous humor, the gelatinous substance made of water and protein fibers that fills the eye. Patients complain of small specks or dots that can be seen against clear backgrounds. Serious vision loss can occur if the retina or vitreous detaches from the eye wall. Patients experiencing flashes and floaters should contact their doctor immediately so an examination can be performed.