Comprehensive Eye Care
We provide comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages. Our doctors are fully trained and experienced to diagnose, treat and prevent conditions from myopia and hyperopia to glaucoma, cataracts and everything in between.
We strive to provide our patients with safe, minimally invasive treatments to effectively relieve symptoms and preserve vision and overall eye health. As a comprehensive ophthalmology practice, our services include not only laser vision correction and small-incision cataract surgery but also treatments for a range of conditions such as glaucoma, the diabetic eye, dry eye and macular degeneration.
Cataract surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that involves numbing the eyes with anesthesia and then making a tiny incision into which an ultrasonic probe is inserted. The probe breaks up, or emulsifies, the cloudy lens into tiny pieces and then suctions them out of the eye. Once the cloudy lens has been removed, a new artificial lens is implanted into the eye. This lens is known as an intraocular lens (IOL), and can often be inserted through the same incision that the old lens was removed from.
Surgery usually takes only a few minutes to perform and is painless for most patients. After the procedure, a patch may be placed over the eye and you will be asked to rest for a while. Patients can return home the very same day, but will need someone to drive them home. For the next few days, you may experience itching, mild discomfort, fluid discharge and sensitivity to light and touch. Your doctor may prescribe eye drops to help the healing process and to reduce the risk of infection.
There are several different IOLs available to help each patient achieve the best possible results from his/her cataract surgery. Multifocal IOLs allow for full vision correction at near, intermediate and far distances, completely eliminating the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses in most patients. Some IOLs can also correct astigmatism.
These choices were not always available for cataract patients. In the past, cataract surgery only involved monofocal lenses, which could only focus on objects near or far, but could not adjust to accommodate varying distances. These patients still had to rely on glasses or contact lenses after surgery in order to see clearly at all distances, especially in older patients suffering from presbyopia.
Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA)
Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA) is a relatively new laser procedure that effectively corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism without the use of the blade used in the traditional LASIK procedure. Instead of a blade, the ASA procedure involves loosening and then removing the cells of epithelium with a diluted alcohol solution. The laser then corrects vision by reshaping the cornea. A bandage contact lens is then placed over the eye to facilitate proper healing.
This procedure offers patients many benefits over LASIK, including an elimination of flap complications and reduced risk of dry eye after surgery. ASA is ideal for patients with wide pupils or those whose cornea is too thin for LASIK, as well as patients who may not be LASIK candidates because of problems with eye pressure or corneal dystrophy. As with traditional LASIK, patients should also be at least 18 years old and have realistic expectations for surgery.
ASA takes about 30 minutes to perform and is done on an outpatient basis. Patients will notice an improvement to vision within the first few days after surgery, with full results gradually developing over the course of six months. Vitamin supplements may be recommended to help the eyes heal more quickly and comfortably.
Over 30 million Americans wear contact lenses, according to the American Optometric Association. Unlike glasses, contact lenses move with your eyes so you can enjoy a larger field of vision with fewer distortions. You also don’t have to deal with frames hovering in your peripheral vision or external lenses that fog up on cold days or get wet in the rain.
There are many different kinds of contacts, including rigid and flexible, extended wear, disposable and planned replacement lenses. Some can be made as bifocals or in different colors. After a thorough eye exam and consultation with an experienced physician, patients who qualify for contact lenses can discuss which type is right for them. All contact lenses require special care and cleaning. You’ll need to make regular follow-up visits to ensure your eyes remain healthy.
To learn more about these and any other Eye Services, please call 732-607-0555 today to schedule a consultation.