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Cataract Surgery

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the eye's naturally clear lens.  The lens focuses light rays on the retina (the layer of light-sensing cells lining the back of the eye) to produce a sharp image of what we see.  When the lens becomes cloudy, light rays cannot pass through it easily and vision is blurred.

Macular Degeneration

What is macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration is a deterioration or breakdown of the macula.  The macula is a small area in the retina at the back of the eye that allows you to see fine details clearly and perform activities such as reading and driving.  When the macula does not function correctly, your central vision can be affected by blurriness, dark areas or distortion.  Macular degeneration affects your ability to see near and far, and can make some activities - like threading a needle or reading - difficult or impossible.

Diabetic Retinopathy

If you have diabetes mellitus, your body does not use and store sugar properly.  High blood-sugar levels can damage blood vessels in the retina, the nerve layer at the back of the eye that senses light and helps to send images to the brain.  The damage to retinal vessels is referred to as diabetic retinopathy.

Laser Treatment

Laser surgery in opthalmology can successfully treat many types of eye diseases.

 

Which eye diseases can be treated with laser surgery?

Diseases of the Retina

Retinal tears or holes: The retina is the inner layer of the eye that senses light and helps you to see.  If the retina tears, it can separate from the back wall of the eye. This is called a detached retina, and it can cause you to lose sight.  Symptoms of retinal tears include:

Dry Eyes

What is dry eye?

Normally, the eye constantly bathes itself in tears.  By producing tears at a slow and steady rate, the eye stays moist and comfortable.  

Sometimes people do not produce enough tears or the appropriate quality of tears to keep their eyes healthy and comfortable.  This condition is known as dry eye.

Glaucoma A Closer Look

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve - the part of the eye that carries the images we see to the brain.  The optic nerve is made up of many nerve fibers, like an electric cable containing numerous wires.  When damage to the opitc nerve fibers occurs, blind spots develop.  These blind spots usually go undetected until the optic nerve is significantly damaged.  If the entire nerve is destroyed, blindness results.

Early detection and treatment by your ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) are the keys to preventing optic nerve damage and blindness from glaucoma.