We have 20 surgeons covering the spectrum of eye care including, cataract, glaucoma, oculofacial plastic surgery, cornea, and retina surgical care.
The purpose of your lens is to bend (refract) light rays that come into the eye to help you see. Your own lens should be clear, but with a cataract it is cloudy. Having a cataract can be like looking through a foggy or dusty car windshield. Things may look blurry, hazy or less colorful. The only way to remove a cataract is with surgery. Your ophthalmologist will recommend removing a cataract when it keeps you from doing things you want or need to do. During cataract surgery, your cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens. That lens is called an intraocular lens (IOL). Your ophthalmologist will talk with you about IOLs and how they work.
The cornea is the clear, front window of the eye. It helps focus light into the eye so that you can see. The cornea is made of layers of cells. These layers work together to protect your eye and provide clear vision.Your cornea must be clear, smooth and healthy for good vision. If it is scarred, swollen, or damaged, light is not focused properly into the eye. As a result, your vision is blurry or you see glare. If your cornea cannot be healed or repaired, your ophthalmologist may recommend a corneal transplant. There are different types of corneal transplants. In some cases, only the front and middle layers of the cornea are replaced. In others, only the inner layer is removed. Sometimes, the entire cornea needs to be replaced.
Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness for people over 60 years old. But blindness from glaucoma can often be prevented with early treatment.
Your eye constantly makes aqueous humor. As new aqueous flows into your eye, the same amount should drain out. The fluid drains out through an area called the drainage angle. This process keeps pressure in the eye (called intraocular pressure or IOP) stable. But if the drainage angle is not working properly, fluid builds up. Pressure inside the eye rises, damaging the optic nerve. The optic nerve is made of more than a million tiny nerve fibers. It is like an electric cable made up of many small wires. As these nerve fibers die, you will develop blind spots in your vision. You may not notice these blind spots until most of your optic nerve fibers have died. If all of the fibers die, you will become blind.
Oculofacial plastic surgery is surgery with relation to the eye and its surrounding structures, correcting disorders of the eyelids, orbits, eyeballs and lacrimal (tear) system. Oculofacial plastic surgery may be performed to improve function, comfort and the appearance of the following conditions: tears, drainage problems, eyelid malposition or skin cancers of the eyelid.
Pterygium is a growth on your eye’s conjunctiva, or the clear covering over the white part of the eye. This growth of fleshy tissue has blood vessels that may start as a pinguecula. It can remain small or grow large enough to cover part of the cornea. When this happens, it can affect your vision. Pterygium is believed to be caused by a combination of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun, wind and dust, and may need to be surgically corrected.
Retina surgical doctors specialize in all retina surgeries including retinal detachment, epiretinal membrane (macula pucker), macula hole, diabetic retinopathy, vitreous hemorrhage and floater removal.
Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty, or SLT, is a form of laser surgery that is used to lower intraocular pressure in glaucoma. It is used when eye drop medications are not lowering the eye pressure enough or are causing significant side effects. It can also be used as initial treatment in glaucoma.
YAG laser capsulotomy is surgery to help you see clearly after cataract surgery. You may need this surgery because months or years after cataract surgery, your vision may get fuzzy again. This happens when a membrane in your eye, called the posterior capsule, becomes cloudy. This is sometimes called a "secondary cataract."