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LASIK Vision Correction

LASIK Vision Correction Bronx 10475

LASIK is a surgical procedure intended to reduce a person's dependency on glasses or contact lenses. It is FDA approved for the treatment of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis and is a procedure that changes the shape of the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye, using an excimer laser. An instrument, called a microkeratome, is used to create a flap in the cornea. Pulses from a computer-controlled laser custom reshape the cornea to achieve a desired refraction. By trusting your vision to one of finest trained eye specialists, Vision Institute of New York's patients reap the benefits of new advances in this exciting field.

PRK

PRK Bronx New York 10475PRK (Photorefractive keratectomy) is a refractive laser procedure similar to LASIK. PRK involves using the same excimer laser as in LASIK to reshape corneal surface. PRK does not involve creation of a corneal flap, and the laser treatment is applied on the surface. PRK is a highly accurate, thoroughly investigated, FDA approved method for correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Our doctor will work with you to determine the best procedure for your eyes.

Cataract Surgery

Cataract Surgery Bronx 10475A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens, the part of the eye responsible for focusing light and producing clear, sharp images. When the lens becomes cloudy, light rays cannot pass through it easily, and vision is blurred.

For most people, cataracts are a natural result of aging. In fact, they are the leading cause of visual loss among adults 55 and older. Eye injuries, certain medications, and diseases such as diabetes and alcoholism have also been known to cause cataracts.

Most people will have problems driving at night due to glare from headlights and blurred vision. Others may have more problems reading. You can only tell for sure that the vision change is due to a cataract by having a complete eye examination.

Cataract Surgery

Currently, the only option to improve vision in patients with significant cataracts is surgery. There are no drops, pills, exercises or glasses that can reverse cataract development. Fortunately, modern cataract surgery is a relatively quick and painless way to improve vision that has deteriorated from cataracts.

Cataract surgery is an outpatient surgery that can be done at a hospital, or more commonly in an ambulatory surgery center. There is no overnight stay involved. Mild sedation is given and the eye is numbed either with eye drops alone or with an injection around the eye. In either case, the patient does not feel the surgery. A small incision is made in the cornea, the clear part of the eye, and an ultrasound probe is placed in the eye. The cataract is then broken up by ultrasound waves, and the small pieces are removed from the eye using the probe. A lens implant, or intraocular lens is then placed into the space formerly occupied by the cataract. Most times the wound is closed without sutures. The surgery usually takes only 15 to 30 minutes. The patient is then discharged home with an eye shield.

Refractive Cataract Surgery

As we perform daily activities such as reading, watching television or working at the computer, our eyes constantly focus on objects at varying distances – up close, far away and everything in-between. The ability to quickly change focus throughout this range of vision is called accommodation. Unfortunately, our eyes' ability to accommodate is lost with age.

Traditional lens implants used in cataract surgery offer clear vision at one point, typically distance. Glasses are usually required for near and intermediate work. New FDA-approved multifocal lenses (ReStor® and Rezoom®) have become available recently. Patients now have options . These exciting new lenses offer improved vision at near, intermediate, and distant points without glasses. Multifocal lenses accomplish this by incorporating several 'rings' that focus at different distances. These new lenses reduce or eliminate dependence on bifocals and reading glasses for everyday activities allowing patients to experience a fuller range of vision.

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Glaucoma

Glaucoma Bronx New York 10475Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States . Glaucoma is a progressive disease of the optic nerve characterized by a specific pattern of optic nerve head and visual field damage. Vision loss is caused by damage to the optic nerve. This nerve acts like an electric cable with over a million wires. It is responsible for carrying images from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma represents a final common pathway resulting from a number of different conditions that can affect the eye, many of which are associated with elevated eye pressure. Although pressure is clearly a risk factor, we now know other factors must also be involved. Even people with “normal” pressure can experience vision loss from glaucoma. People at the greatest risk include those who are over the age of 40, diabetic, near-sighted, African-American, or who have a family history of glaucoma.

Vision loss from glaucoma is usually gradual and without warning. Elevated intraocular pressure is often not sensed by patients. In the early stages of the disease, there may be no symptoms at all. Experts estimate that half of the people affected by glaucoma may not know they have it.

There is no cure for glaucoma yet. However, prescription eye drops, laser procedures, or eye surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. The appropriate treatment depends upon the type of glaucoma among other factors. Early detection is vital to stopping the progress of the disease. Your doctor will work with you to evaluate for glaucoma and determine the best treatment plan for your eyes.

Macular Degeneration

Macular DegenerationMacular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness for those aged 55 and older in the United States , affecting more than 10 million Americans.

AMD is caused by hardening of the arteries that nourish the retina, the light-sensing layer of the eye.  This deprives the sensitive retinal tissue of oxygen and nutrients needed to function and thrive leading to vision loss. Macular degeneration varies widely in severity.  In the worst cases, it causes a complete loss of central vision, making reading or driving impossible.  For others, it may only cause slight distortion.  

Macular degeneration may be aggravated by factors such as smoking, cardiovascular disease, exposure to sunlight, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or poor diet. Heredity may also influence the development of macular degeneration.

Treatments for macular degeneration include laser treatments and medication injections.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy Bronx Ny Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of systemic diabetes disease and is characterized by weakening of the blood vessels that supply nourishment to the retina, the light-sensing layer of the eye. When these weak vessels leak, swell or develop new branches, vision loss occurs.

Diabetic patients require routine eye examinations so related eye problems can be detected and treated as early as possible. The diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy is made following a detailed examination of the retina.

Diabetic retinopathy is treated in many ways depending on the stage of the disease and the specific problem that requires attention.  Ophthalmologists rely on several tests to monitor the progression of the disease and to make decisions for the appropriate treatment.  These tests include indirect ophthalmoscopy, fluorescein angiography, and retinal photography.

Laser treatment may be needed for patients with clinically significant macular edema, or swelling of the central retina. The laser coagulates and occludes leaky vessels. Pan-retinal photocoagulation (PRP) is another laser procedure that destroys abnormal blood vessels and prevents diabetic complications. Other treatments may also be available to patients depending on their condition.

Fortunately, diabetic retinopathy is preventable. Diabetic patients who are able to maintain appropriate blood sugar levels have fewer eye problems than those with poor control.  Regular evaluations with your internist or endocrinologist are critical. Diet and exercise play important roles in the overall health of those with diabetes and may reduce your risk of diabetic retinopathy. 

Diabetics can also greatly reduce the possibilities of eye complications by scheduling routine examinations with an ophthalmologist.  Many problems can be treated with much greater success when caught early. Your doctor will work with you to develop the appropriate plan of treatment.

Dry Eyes

Dry Eyes Bronx 10475Dry Eye Disease is a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture in the eye. Its consequences range from subtle but constant irritation to ocular inflammation of the anterior (front) tissues of the eye.

Persistent dryness, scratching and burning in your eyes are signs of dry eye syndrome. Some people also experience a "foreign body sensation," the feeling of something in the eye.

There are a number of causes for dry eye, including but not limited to:

  • Contact lens wear
  • Underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes
  • Environment
  • Side effect of certain medications
  • Aging

Many non-surgical and surgical treatments are available for Dry Eye Disease.

If you believe that you or a loved one may have Dry Eye Disease, we suggest you schedule an appointment to talk with our doctor about a new breakthrough approach to treating chronic Dry Eye.

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