Regular eye exams are an invaluable tool in maintaining healthy eyes by detecting and preventing disease in both adults and children. 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. Part of your exam includes the following procedures: slit lamp examination, dilated eye exam, refraction for glasses & contact lenses and Glaucoma pressure testing as well as a series of other computerized tests to determine the health of your eyes.
Glaucoma, the leading cause of blindness and visual impairment in the United States, is an eye disease that can lead to a permanent loss of vision. We provide all diagnostic and treatment options for glaucoma care. Glaucoma generally provides no warning signs or symptoms of disease, making testing an important part of a full vision exam. We utilize the latest and most advanced computerized tests to diagnose glaucoma. For those who require surgery, laser treatment can be utilized for precise treatment and quick healing.
A cataract is caused by the clouding of the lens in the eye. As the cataracts progress, eyeglasses prescriptions change frequently and, daily visual function becomes impaired. Cataract surgery involves the removal of the cloudy lens and the implantation of an artificial lens. The current technique for cataract surgery is called phacoemulsification through a small incision. Since a self-sealing small incision is used, it does not require suture closure, thus the term "no stitch cataract surgery." The entire process is completed in less than ½ hour and is performed under local anesthesia. Should be changed to; Our doctor is fellowship trained in treatment of retinal disease and is also specifically skilled in removing cataracts and experienced in the recognition and treatment complications of cataracts surgery. After surgery with traditional monofocal lenses, most patients experience very good distance vision. However, most people receiving these standard lenses still require reading glasses or bifocals to have a full range of vision.
Advanced technology lenses (multi-focal and accommodating lenses), which reduce your need for glasses following cataract surgery, are an exciting new option!
Problems with the macula, retina and vitreous can all cause serious vision problems. Some of these issues include: retinal detachment, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. All these conditions can lead to vision loss and eventual blindness. In eye care, early detection is critical so that treatments can be applied before vision is lost, or the eye is permanently damaged.
Diabetic retinopathy is a serious condition that occurs when the retinal blood vessels leak into the center of the retina. Abnormal parts of the retina may grow, leading to retinal detachments or hemorrhages within the eye. These conditions are more common in diabetics; for that reason diabetics should have dilated eye exams yearly. Macular degeneration is common in older adults. It occurs either when abnormal blood vessels behind the retina begin to leak fluid, or when the macula begins to degenerate. It is the most common cause of vision loss over 65. It too can be detected when the eye is dilated in the ophthalmologist’s office. Retina tears or detachments can happen when the vitreous pulls away from the retina. Liquid settles under the retina and separates the retina from the back of the eye. This serious condition can be detected by an ophthalmologist with the use of an opthalmoscope.
Anterior Segment evaluation by Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is becoming an important tool in managing glaucoma for some patients. It helps doctors view cross-sections of parts of the eye that can help distinguish patients with open-angle glaucoma from those with angle-closure glaucoma. This is an important distinction to make because treatment options are very different for the two diseases. Closed, or acute, angle glaucoma is an ophthalmologic emergency. There is great fluid buildup in the eye, the patient is in pain, and vision is quickly lost. Open angle glaucoma is the more common form of glaucoma. The latter is treated with medication, the former is treated with a laser iridotomy.
There are now several different types of OCT devices available in the United States that will be able to provide a good image of the cornea in the dark. This reduces the time for this type of glaucoma testing from about one hour to just a couple of minutes. Although it does not provide certain types of information, it does allow the doctor to determine whether a laser iridectomy is needed to be performed on the patient. Anterior segment OCT is more accurate that slit-lamp testing, in which some errors can occur. With this technology, patients can also see images of their own eye.
If you suffer from seasonal or chronic dry eye syndrome, then you know how uncomfortable it can be. You also know what it’s like to feel self-conscious about your eyes being bloodshot all the time. What you might not know, however, is some of the science behind dry eye syndrome.
Dry eye syndrome is the result of one of two issues. The first is eyes that don’t produce enough tears to keep up with evaporation. (This, as you might expect, can be easily exacerbated by windy, sunny or otherwise dry conditions.) The other cause of dry eye syndrome is eyes that produce low quality tears that fail to adequately lubricate the eyes. Old age, being female, having rheumatoid arthritis and a history of LASIK eye surgery all make a person more likely to suffer from both of these problems. And while you may focus on the discomforts and aesthetics of dry eyes, there are significant eye health risks that also accompany the condition, including corneal damage. What are your treatment options exactly? First, at-home remedies like avoiding exposure to potential allergens and using over-the-counter eye drops. If this doesn’t work, prescription drops and pills may be necessary. Finally, if these fail, surgery or specially-designed tear duct plugs may be the answer. Are you ready to take control of your dry eye symptoms? Why wait another day to seek professional advice? All you have to do is pick up with phone or use our online scheduler to set up an eye exam.
LASIK is one of the most popular eye surgery choices for treating low-to-high levels of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) on the other hand, is a lens that is permanently implanted in the eye behind the iris and in front of the natural lens. The lens is intended to correct moderate to severe nearsightedness (myopia) for those patients who do not qualify for LASIK.
Thomas Weiss M.D., P.A.
4302 Alton Road, Suite 1000
Miami Beach, FL, 33140
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