Intraocular injections are commonly used to treat retinal diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and retinal vein occlusion. These diseases often cause blindness and should be treated as early and as thoroughly as possible. FDA-approved medications such as Lucentis, Avastin or Macugen are injected directly into the eye to help patients maintain their baseline vision and keep vision loss at a minimum. Many patients often see an improvement in their vision from these injections as well.
Intraocular injections are especially effective in treating wet age-related macular degeneration, which, although less common than the dry form, accounts for more than 90% of blindness caused by the disease.
This procedure is performed in your doctor's office and requires only a local anesthetic. Before the medication is injected, the eye is numbed with anesthetic eye drops to help minimize discomfort. The eye is then cleaned with an antiseptic solution and held open with a wire speculum. The medication is then injected directly into the eye. Intraocular injections are usually administered once a month to maintain eye health in patients with degenerative eye diseases.
Patients may experience some pain or scratchy sensations after the injection. Although rare, side effects may include eye pain, conjunctival hemorrhage, floaters, increased eye pressure and inflammation of the eye. Patients can minimize the risk of these side effects by choosing a skilled and experienced doctor to treat all of their eye conditions. If you are interested in learning more about intraocular injections, please call us today to schedule an appointment.
Laser vision correction refers to a group of minimally invasive procedures that reshape the cornea with laser energy to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, leaving patients with better vision after treatment. These procedures are customized to provide the best possible results for each individual, and allow the surgeon to correct the very specific refractive errors that obscure your vision.
Laser vision correction procedures help patients eliminate the need for eyeglasses and contact lenses, a costly and bothersome hassle that millions of people deal with everyday. By reshaping the cornea, these procedures change the way that the eye focuses light, allowing you to enjoy clear vision.
There are several different laser vision correction procedures available to help patients achieve clear vision without glasses or contacts. Please call us today to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors to figure out which procedure is best for you.
Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) is a safe, reliable and painless way to improve vision by changing the way light is bent, or refracted, as it passes through the cornea, so that it properly focuses on the retina and allows objects to be seen clearly.
During the blade-free LASIK procedure, the surgeon creates a thin flap on the surface of the cornea with a device called a femtosecond laser. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia so that pain is minimized. The corneal flap is then lifted and an excimer laser beam reshapes the cornea's curvature to improve vision. Finally, the flap is replaced. The entire procedure takes about 15 to 30 minutes per eye.
The ideal LASIK candidate includes someone who is over 18 years old, has stable vision and has a healthy cornea that is thick enough for a flap. After undergoing the procedure, patients experience immediate vision improvement and can often return to work the very next day.
Artificial lenses (IOLs) are implanted in the eye to replace natural lenses for patients with cataracts, presbyopia or severe refractive errors. Until recently, IOLs were only available to correct distance vision. These monofocal lenses helped improve distance vision after cataract surgery, but patients still needed glasses or contact lenses for near vision activities like reading and playing cards. Now, advancements in technology have produced multifocal IOLs that allow patients to see clearly at all distances -- near, far and many distances in between. Multifocal IOLs such as ReSTOR®, ReZoom™ and Crystalens™ preserve distance vision and correct presbyopia so cataract surgery patients -- and patients seeking treatment for presbyopia alone -- can enjoy clear sight without relying on glasses.
The procedure to replace a patient's natural lens with a multifocal IOL is the same as that used in cataract surgery.
The time has never been better if you’re considering vision correction surgery. We believe in providing our patients with the very best and latest technology available and we consider our practice a FULL SERVICE VISION CORRECTION FACILITY. Are you aware there is an incredible alternative to Lasik and PRK? The Visian Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL) was FDA approved in 2005 and over 250,000 lenses have been implanted worldwide. Many happy patients have been fortunate to learn about and ultimately have Visian ICL surgery and are now enjoying high definition vision without the hassle of contacts or glasses, a dream they never thought would come true.
The Visian ICL is an implantable Collamer lens that works with the eye to correct vision and blocks harmful UVA and UVB rays. Unlike Lasik or PRK, there is no tissue removed from the cornea (eye surface). The Visian ICL is implanted through a tiny incision that takes only minutes to complete and remains between the iris and natural lens of the eye . The lens is undetectable with the naked eye so nobody can see it after implantation and you cannot feel it in your eye. Although designed to last a lifetime, another advantage is that the lens is removable should your vision change significantly over the years. Made with Collamer, a technologically advanced material that is exclusive to STAAR Surgical, it is highly biocompatible.
The product is indicated for use in patients who are between 21-45 years of age who are nearsighted and demand the highest quality of vision for their active lifestyles. In fact, the US Military has embraced this technology and the Visian ICL has been improving the vision of the bravest people in our nation under the harshest conditions imaginable. The results are nothing short of heroic.
Your surgeon will determine if you are a good candidate for the Visian ICL and customize a vision correction plan based on your specific prescription, the health of your eyes and your lifestyle needs. To learn more about the many advantages of the Visian ICL visit www.visianinfo.com