Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in people ages 50 and older. It occurs when the macula is damaged, which is typically the result of the body’s natural aging process.
If you’re experiencing eye problems or you’ve realized it’s been awhile since you’ve had your eyes checked, you might have recently asked Google to locate eye doctors in your area. While Google and other search engines are great tools for pulling up relevant information, it’s important to take a step beyond accepting first page results as the best results.
If your eye doctor is recommending surgery to treat an eye disorder or correct your vision, it’s important to understand your options and the reasoning behind their recommendation.
Below we’ve listed 10 questions to ask before and after your eye appointment to make sure you’re informed and at ease before you set a date for surgery.
Since the FDA approved LASIK in 1996, LASIK eye surgery has become one of the most popular elective procedure ophthalmologists perform today. LASIK (or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) corrects the vision of nearsighted and farsighted patients, as well as patients with astigmatism. While results may vary, most patients report 20/20 vision after the procedure is complete.
You’ve probably seen a commercial for chronic dry eyes at least once in your life and if you remember Bill Stein from the 1990’s you’ll know exactly what we mean. While his eye drop commercials were quite humorous, anyone living with chronic dry eyes knows the opposite is true.
Glaucoma is an eye disorder that commonly arises when pressure inside the eye is above normal (ocular hypertension) and the optic nerve is damaged. The optic nerve is a very important part of your eye, because it is what your body uses to “tell” your brain what you’re seeing. If your optic nerve is compromised, you could lose your peripheral vision and even go blind.
When we diagnose patients with an eye disorder where significant vision loss is a primary symptom, eye surgery is frequently the most practical solution. Below are three of the most common eye surgery procedures we perform to help our patients see better:
Your eyelids protect your eyes from debris, bright light, and foreign objects that could irritate or damage your eye. When you blink, your eyelids spread tears over the surface of your eyes to keep them hydrated and healthy.
Your eyelids are essentially a thin piece of skin full of nerves and blood vessels, so the slightest irritation can cause extreme itching. When your eyes are inflamed or infected, your eyelids will itch even more.
Your eyes are two of the most important organs in your body, so when surgery is necessary, we understand feeling a little nervous when scheduling your operation. Eye surgery is a delicate combination of medicine and art, but it’s a surgical practice’s implementation of standard procedures that prevent the majority of eye surgery mishaps.