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Procedures & Services

Below are brief descriptions of procedures and diagnostic testing we conduct at Eye Surgical-Medical Associates. For more detailed information, please click on the name of each condition to download a printable document. You will need Adobe Reader to view these documents. Click here to download your free copy of Adobe Reader.

To read more about these topics, visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology website at www.aao.org.


PROCEDURES

Comprehensive Eye Exams
Botox Injection, Blepharospasm
Cataract Surgery
Chalazion Removal
Entropion/Ectropion Repair
Eyelid Plastic Surgery
Laser Treatment for Diabetes
Laser Treatment for Glaucoma
Ptosis Surgery
Punctal Occlusion
Retinal Laser
Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty

Comprehensive Eye Examinations

Eye Surgical-Medical Associates offers comprehensive eye health examinations and full scope medical eye care at our state-of-the-art facility. We also have a full-scale optical shop with highly qualified opticians on staff to help with your every eye care need. We recommend visiting us every one or two years for a full eye exam to maintain optimal eyesight. By visiting us regularly, we can also detect any irregular findings and start the best treatment at an early stage.

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Botox Injection for Blepharospasm

Botox has been proven effective for temporarily treating blepharospasm. Botox injections help relax the muscles in the eyelids where they will not contract, or twitch. After the injection, the results may last up to six months. Temporary side effects may include slight bruising and redness around the injection area. Safely used for over 20 years, Botox is a popular treatment for many ophthalmologic disorders.

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Cataract Surgery

While there are no procedures to completely prevent or reverse cataracts, we can successfully treat patients with cataracts with cataract surgery at Eye Surgical-Medical Associates. Cataract surgery has become so advanced over the years that over one million procedures are performed each year.  Patients are sent home shortly after the surgery, and we recommend taking it easy the rest of the day. Many patients may begin seeing improvement as early as the next day; however, everyone heals at a different rate.

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Chalazion Removal

A chalazion refers to a swelling in the eyelid caused by inflammation of one of the small oil-producing glands (meibomian glands) located in the upper and lower eyelids. A chalazion is an inflammatory reaction to trapped oil secretions. It is not caused by bacteria, although the site can become infected by bacteria. Large chalazions which do not respond to other treatments can be surgically opened after the early inflammation is reduced.

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Entropion/Ectropion Repair

Ectropion is a defect in which the area where the lashes are located (the eyelid margin) turns out, and this can occur on the upper or lower eyelid. Entropion, on the other hand, is when the eyelid margin turns in. Both defects can cause irritation, red eye and infection, although the symptoms are more severe with entropion since the eyelashes are touching the eye and can rub against the eye’s surface. Surgery can normally correct this problem, and scarring is minimal as the incisions follow the eyelid margin.

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Eyelid Plastic Surgery

Blepharoplasty can correct drooping eyelids and puffiness around the eyes. For those from Asian descent, this procedure can also add an upper eyelid crease. Those with realistic expectations for results and people who are physically and emotionally healthy are the best candidates. Local anesthesia is used for the procedure and can take from one to three hours to complete. Swelling, bruising and discomfort are common post-surgery, but these will subside as you begin to heal.

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Laser Treatment for Diabetes

Those with diabetes are at risk of developing a disease known as diabetes retinopathy. There are two different types of laser treatments that can be performed, depending on how advanced the disease is. Focal laser treatment is recommended for those whose diabetes affects the macula portion of the eye. Your eye is anesthetized and the laser is applied in a procedure lasting around 25 minutes. When the disease is more advanced, panretinal laser treatment may be used. In this procedure, the laser concentrates on the outer retinal area. Multiple treatments may be necessary in either case.

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Laser Treatment for Glaucoma

Laser iridotomy is a laser procedure that makes a small opening in the iris (the colored part of the eye) to relieve increased eye pressure due to a type of glaucoma called angle-closure glaucoma. Laser iridotomy is usually performed as an outpatient procedure and is a safe and effective procedure with few risks. In general, there are no activity restrictions following the laser treatment, although you should have someone drive you home after the procedure.

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Ptosis Surgery

Ptosis surgery is also referred to as an “eyelid lift.” Ptosis is when the eyelid margin on the upper eyelid sags to the point where vision may be blocked. The muscle is stretched and many may complain of fatigue due to the excess stress of trying to keep their eyelids raised. Ptosis can be hereditary or can simply occur due to age. Surgery can reattach the muscle in its original location to raise the eyelid again.

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Punctal Occlusion

Punctal occlusion can effectively manage and treat dry eye. The puncta are the tiny openings in the corner of each eyelid that allow tears to drain into the nose. The doctor will insert a small silicone plug into these openings. This helps to lessen drainage and increase the tear volume. With less drainage of the tears into the nose, the eyes are able to stay better lubricated. The procedure takes only a few minutes, and the plugs can easily be removed if the patient cannot tolerate them.

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Retinal Laser

Laser surgery can now correct a variety of retinal diseases. The laser can focus solely on the retina to allow for treatment on the affected area and not damaging the surrounding tissue. The laser energy can repair damaged tissue and destroy lesions. Retinal laser surgery can treat conditions and diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, branch retinal vein occlusion, wet macular degeneration and retinal tears/detachment. Although it cannot eliminate dry macular degeneration, it can slow or even cease the development of this disorder.

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Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty

Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) is a procedure used to lower intraocular pressure in the eye to inevitably reduce the need for pressure-reducing eye drops in people with glaucoma. Approved by the FDA in 2001, SLT can lower pressure by up to 30% and has nearly an 80% success rate. SLT is perfomed in an office setting in less than two minutes and only targets the pigmented cells that clog the drain. Safe and effective in glaucoma patients, the procedure is completely painless.

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DIAGNOSTIC TESTING

Fluorescein Angiography
Heidelberg Retinal Tomography (HRT)
Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT)
Corneal Topography
Visual Field Testing

Fluorescein Angiography

Fluorescein angiography is used to evaluate certain retinal conditions and to view the blood vessels at the back of the eye. Eye dilation is required for this test. The doctor will inject a special fluorescein dye into a vein in your arm and a series of photos will be taken of the back of the eye to better see the blood vessels. The results from the photographs are available within 48 hours. Some patients may have some nausea following the test. Occasionally, allergic reaction to the dye may occur, and we will have a trained doctor available for any medical side effects resulting from the test.

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Heidelberg Retinal Tomography (HRT)

The Heidelberg Retinal Tomograph can help diagnose glaucoma in patients. The test allows the doctor to examine the retinal nerve fiber layer. Changes or flaws in this layer may be an indicator of glaucoma. The procedure is painless and takes less than 15 minutes to complete. For those at risk of developing glaucoma, it is important to have this test performed annually to check for any new changes.

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Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT)

Ocular coherence tomography is another test used to diagnose and monitor retinal conditions. This test helps the doctor attain cross-sectional images of the retina. This non-invasive procedure uses a non-thermal laser to scan the retina and create images of the various layers of the retina. The procedure is completely painless and offers unparalleled precision in the mapping of the retina to help doctors more accurately manage retinal diseases.

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Corneal Topography

Corneal topography is one of the most accurate tests to determine the shape and curvature of the cornea. With the latest computer technology, the test can produce thousands of images and precise color mapping of the cornea to give the doctor a 3-D model to aid in the diagnosis. This testing is effective in evaluating astigmatism, corneal disease and other corneal irregularities.

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Visual Field Testing

The visual field is everything you see including your side and central (straight ahead) vision. Since you probably use both your eyes at all times, you may not notice any changes in one eye’s visual field unless you close the other eye. The visual field examination is important to detect many diseases that affect the eye, the optic nerve or the brain. Visual fields can help diagnose brain tumors, strokes and other conditions. Glaucoma can produce a defect in the visual field. Your ophthalmologist can determine extensive disease and the effectiveness of treatment by repeated visual field examinations.

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SERVICES

Optical Shop Contact Lenses

Optical Shop

The Optical Shoppe at Eye Surgical-Medical Associates is a full service optical shop equipped to meet and exceed all of your eyewear needs. With a wide selection of frames, you’re sure to find the right look that you want. Our highly skilled opticians are ready to help fit you for your perfect pair of eyeglasses. We carry designer frames and specialty glasses and a variety of accessories to choose from. Come visit our opticians to help you look great and see clearly again!

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Contact Lenses

In addition to a full optical shop, Eye Surgical-Medical Associates offers contact lens fittings and replacements. We will decide which type of contact lenses are best for your situation and fit you for your prescription.

There are two types of contact lenses:  daily wear and extended wear. Daily wear contact lenses are removed before going to bed each night and are discarded after a set period of time and replaced with a fresh pair. Your doctor will determine how long you should wear your daily wear lenses before discarding them. Extended wear contact lenses can be worn overnight until the end of the allotted time set by your doctor and replaced with a fresh pair. With either type, it’s important to care for your lenses exactly as your doctor prescribes to maintain proper eye health.

We carry all of the top of the line brands and even have contact lenses for those with dry eyes or astigmatism. If you’re ready to step out from behind your eyeglasses, schedule an appointment with us at Eye Surgical-Medical Associates to decide which contact lenses are best for you!

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