Regular eye exams are an invaluable tool in maintaining healthy eyes by detecting and preventing disease. 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 Examinations, Dilated Eye Exams, Refraction for Glasses and Contact Lenses and Glaucoma Pressure Testing as well as a series of computerized tests to determine the health of your eyes.
Thanks to the advances in optical technology, almost everyone is a candidate for contact lens use. This includes patients with astigmatism and also those who prefer bifocal or multifocal lenses. We offer a comprehensive array of contact lenses to suit each individual patient's needs. We offer daily disposables, extended wear soft lenses and gas permeable contact lenses.
Glaucoma is a condition where here is damage to the the cable that goes from the eye to the brain. This cable is called the optic nerve and once it is damaged it cannot be repaired. The damage can occur in 2 different ways:
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside the eye. A cataract is a gradual thickening of the lens that causes the lens to become so clouded that light is either distorted or cannot reach the back of the eye (the retina) for transmission to the brain. When left untreated, cataracts will eventually cause blindness in most cases.
Fortunately, cataracts can be removed and replaced by a new clear lens to restore your vision. This procedure is called cataract surgery and today there are several options to perform this procedure and several type of lenses to choose from.
Advanced technology lenses (multi-focal and accommodating lenses), which reduce your need for glasses following cataract surgery, are an exciting new option!
Pterygium is growth over the surface of the eye involving the conjunctiva and the cornea. It's origin is unknown, but there may be a genetic component, since it tends to run in families.
Once the pterygium begins to form exposure to sunlight, wind and dust seem to promote inflammation and growth. A condition called "blepharitis", which is an inflammation of the eyelid margin due to bacteria, has being shown to worsen the pterygium.
As of today there is no known drop or medicine to make the pterygium disappear. The only effective treatment is surgery.
The most common reasons to perform surgery include:
Historically, surgery was reserved for very advanced cases because it had a high recurrence rate - up to 70% in some cases. That means that after the surgery it was very likely that the pterygium would come back. But there have been many advances in the surgical technique and the outlook for patients with pterygium is much better now. Using modern techniques the recurrence rate is now less than 5%, which means it has a 95% (or higher) success rate. That's quiet an improvement!
The number of people globally with refractive errors has been estimated from 800 million to 2.3 billion. These include:
All 3 conditions can be treated with laser refractive surgery. The patient satisfaction with LASIK has 95.4% making it one of the most successful surgeries. The goal of laser refractive surgery is to provide as much independence from glasses and contact lenses as possible.
Laser Refractive Surgery, including LASIK, is the most common, effective and safest way to decrease dependence on glasses and contact lenses. The main types of corneal refractive surgery are:
In both methods the surgery involves reshaping the cornea with a very accurate laser. Both procedures are very successful and you and your doctor will decide which one is better for you. Using the most modern technology, a scan of each individual eye is performed to deliver a personalized custom treatment for each person.
Keratoconus is an eye condition in which the shape of the cornea becomes distorted. The cornea is a clear structure that covers the front of the eye and does 85% of the focusing of the light as it passes through the eye. In a healthy eye, the cornea curves like a dome. In an eye with keratoconus, the center of the cornea slowly thins and bulges so that it sags and has a cone shape distorting vision.
Endothelial Corneal Transplant is one of the most modern and successful corneal procedures available. It is ideal for patients that have a condition called Fuch's Corneal Dystrophy, in which the cornea tends to swell due a problem with the endothelial cells (that are charged with keeping the cornea clear). It also ideal for cases where these cells have decreased due to surgery, glaucoma or trauma.
There are several techniques to replace the deficient endothelial cells with new ones, which are gathered from donated corneas:
For those patients needing glasses or contact lenses, we offer a complete optical boutique. We carry a wide selection of luxury eyewear and designer frames.