The surgeons at The Eye Institute perform state of the art surgery and offer outstanding Premium IOL (Intraocular Lens) choices for our patients with cataracts.
No one is exactly sure what causes cataracts, but they mostly affect the older population. They also can be caused by injuries, medications, certain diseases or long term exposure to sunlight. Genetics may also play a role in cataract development. Your eye has a clear lens through which light passes allowing you to see. When the lens loses its transparency, the cloudy tissue that develops is known as a cataract. The lens clouds naturally as we age and people will eventually see a gradual reduction in vision.
Although cataracts usually develop without apparent pain, some indications that a cataract may be forming are as follows:
- Blurred or hazy vision
- Double vision
- Poor vision in bright light
- Seeing halos around lights
- Yellowish tinged vision
- Night vision difficulty
If visual impairment interferes with your ability to read, work, or do the things you enjoy, then you may want to consider cataract surgery. Surgery is the only proven means of effectively treating cataracts. Cataract surgery is a relatively painless and is one of the most successful and frequently performed procedures in the US.
Cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and takes about 15 minutes to complete. When cataract surgery is performed, the natural lens is replaced with an artificial lens. Before surgery you will be given anesthetic drops and a mild sedative. A small incision will be made in the eye and the doctor will use an instrument to break up the cataract using ultrasound. Your IOL (Intraocular Lens) that has been predetermined will be inserted to replace the natural lens that was removed. Most patients are able to return home within an hour after surgery.
Following surgery, you will rest for a short time in the recovery area and your driver can take you home. Most people see better within a day or two after cataract surgery. As with any surgery, complications can occur, and you and your doctor will discuss these prior to surgery. Strenous activites for the next week are discouraged, but overall you may resume normal activities.
Patients who have elected Premium IOLs are most likely able to forgo wearing glasses after surgery. You can see the different types of intraocular lenses we offer at The Eye Institute here:
- Restor Multifocal Lens
- Acrysof Toric Lens
Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness and visual impairment in the United States. With early detection and treatment, glaucoma can usually be controlled and blindness prevented.
Glaucoma can affect anyone from newborn infants to the elderly. It has been estimated that up to 3 million Americans have glaucoma. At least half of those people do not know they have it because glaucoma usually has no symptoms. People who are at a greater risk for glaucoma usually have the following conditions:
- Family history of glaucoma
- Abnormally high eye pressure
- African descent
- Previous eye injury
- Regular, long-term use of cortisone/steroid products
To detect glaucoma, your physician will test your visual acuity, visual field, dilate your pupils and test the pressure in your eye. Vision that has been destroyed by glaucoma cannot be restored, therefore is is extremely important to have regular and complete eye exams help to monitor the changes in your eyesight.
The doctors at The Eye Institute use various treatments to control glaucoma including medications in the form of either eye drops or pills, laser surgery and conventional surgery.
Dry Eye occurs when the eye does not produce enough tears, or when the tears are not of the correct consistency and evaporate too quickly. Tears are normally produced at a steady rate, and the eye stays moist and comfortable. In addition, inflammation of the surface of the eye may occur along with dry eye, creating irritation and discomfort.
About 10 million Americans suffer from dry eye syndrome. Most of these cases result from normal aging of the glands in the eye, but dry eye can occur at any age. People suffering from allergies and those wearing contact lenses have greater risk of developing dry eye.
Dry eye cannot be cured, but eye sensitivity can be lessened and measures taken so your eyes remain healthy. The most frequent method of treatment is the use of artificial tears or tear substitutes. For more severe dry eye, ointment can be used, typically at bedtime. In some cases, small plugs may be inserted in the corner of the eyelids to slow drainage and loss of tears.
To keep dry eye symptoms in check, you and your doctor need to work together. Follow instructions carefully. If you have increased dryness or redness that is not relieved by the prescribed treatment, let your doctor know as soon as possible.
Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery comprises a wide variety of surgical procedures that deal with the orbit (eye socket), eyelids, tear ducts, and the face.Oculoplastic Surgery focuses on the area around the eyes instead of the structures of the eyeball. Ophthalmic surgeon James Kirszrot, M.D. is a board-certified ophthalmologist who has completed an additional several years of highly specialized training in plastic surgery.
Some of the reconstructive services and procedures that The Eye Institute performs include:
Trauma – Trauma to the eyelids and bony orbits often requires surgical repair by an Oculoplastic Surgeon for an optimal functional and aesthetic result.
Congenital Disorders – Congenital disorders can involve the eyelids, lacrimal system and orbits including congenital ptosis, dermoid cysts, nasolacrimal duct obstruction, craniofacial defects.and eyelid malformations.
Ptosis, Ectropion, Entropion (Eyelid malpositions) – Drooping eyelids (ptosis), lower eyelids that hang away from the eye (ectropion) and eyelids that turn in toward the eye (entropion) are conditions that are all treated with various surgical procedures to reposition the eyelid.
Lacrimal Duct Obstruction – Blockage of the tear duct can be surgically repaired to create a new tear drain (Dacryocystorhinostomy or DCR).
Rejuvenation and cosmetic treatments performed at The Eye Institute include:
Blepharoplasty(eyelid correction) – is a small-incision surgical procedure to correct excessive skin and fat pockets of the upper and lower eyelids.
Eyebrow and Forehead lifts – Surgical procedures designed to elevate and contour the eyebrows and help smooth the forehead.
Laser Skin Resurfacing – A laser is used to smooth facial wrinkles, acne scars, and other common signs of aging and sun-damage.
Botox® – Injections that are used to treat facial wrinkles, restoring a more youthful, restored appearance.
Facial Fillers (including Restylane ® and Juvederm®) – Non-surgical injectable products used to fill in or eliminate wrinkles and folds.