A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s naturally clear lens. Vision through eyes with cataracts is like looking through a foggy window or piece of wax paper. Cataracts are very common, affecting roughly 60% of people over the age of 60.
Modern cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that takes a half-hour or less and lets you get back to your normal activity level within a few days. During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens of your eye is removed and replaced with a clear lens implant.
Our staff will handle your referral and surgical scheduling. You will be seen by Dr. Thomas for your post-operative appointments.
The retina is a layer of tissue in the back of your eye that senses light and sends images to your brain. In the center of this nerve tissue is the macula, which provides the sharp, central vision needed for reading, driving, and seeing fine detail. Retinal disorders affect the macula, and in turn can affect your vision, with some being serious enough to cause blindness.
Retina services include treatments for diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, vitreous detachment, and retinal tears and detachment. Please remember, if you are diabetic, it is important to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam every year to look for changes in the blood vessels of the retina. Our staff will handle your referral to a retinal specialist if you should need further treatment.
Ocular Surface Disease
Ocular surface diseases are those which affect the surface of the cornea. These diseases include dry eye syndrome, meibomian gland dysfunction, blepharitis, allergies, chemical and thermal burns, and certain immunological conditions. They can severely affect eyesight and quality of life. Symptoms may include blurry vision, discomfort or pain, redness, itching, and in severe cases, blindness due to corneal scarring.
Glaucoma is an eye disease that slowly and painlessly steals away your sight. Glaucoma is called the “silent” or “sneak thief” of sight because it has no symptoms. However, it is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States, and half of the people who have glaucoma don’t know that they have the disease.
While there is no cure for glaucoma, there are effective treatments that can save your sight. If you have glaucoma, it is necessary to have regular follow-up visits to your eye doctor. It is important to have at least two or three visits every year.
A refractive error means that the shape of your eye does not bend light correctly, resulting in a blurred image. Some of these include myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism and presbyopia.
Refractive errors are diagnosed with a comprehensive dilated eye exam and are treated with eyeglasses, contact lenses, and refractive surgery.
LASIK (Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) uses precise and controlled removal of corneal tissue to reshape the cornea, changing its’ focusing power.
Benefits to LASIK include fast visual recovery, limited post-operative discomfort, and a lowered incidence of glare and halos than some other refractive surgical procedures. It is very versatile and can treat both nearsightedness and farsightedness with or without astigmatism. Over 98% of people who have LASIK achieve somewhere between 20/20 and 20/40 vision without glasses or contact lenses. Our staff will handle your referral and surgical scheduling. You will be seen by Dr. Thomas for your post-operative appointments.