Surgeries

Droopy Eyelids (Ptosis Repair)
Ptosis (occasionally called blepharoptosis) is the paralysis of the muscles of the eyelid. It is commonly called droopy eyelids. The paralysis can be caused in various ways, including congenitally or from a stroke. One of the surgical procedures that can partially correct ptosis is called a frontalis lift, where the eyelids are connected by fascia ties to the frontalis muscles (muscles in the forehead).

Glaucoma Surgery
Glaucoma is a group of diseases affecting the optic nerve that results in vision loss and is frequently characterized by raised intraocular pressure (IOP). There are many glaucoma surgeries, and variations or combinations of those surgeries, that facilitate the escape of excess aqueous humor from the eye to lower intraocular pressure, and a few that lower IOP by decreasing the production of aqueous (clear, watery fluid that nourishes the cornea, iris and lens and maintains intraocular pressure).

Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is the removal of the lens of the eye that has developed a cataract. The natural lens is then replaced with an artificial intraocular lens.

There are two types of surgery that can be used to remove cataracts, extracapsular and intracapsular surgery. Extracapsular surgery consists of removing the lens but leaving the majority of the lens capsule intact. High-frequency sound waves (phacoemulsification) are sometimes used to break up the lens before extraction. Intracapsular surgery involves removing the entire lens of the eye, including the lens capsule, but it is rarely performed in modern practice. The lens is then replaced with a plastic lens (an intraocular lens implant) which remains permanently in the eye.

Advances have brought about the use of silicone acrylate which is a soft material. This allows the lens to be folded and inserted into the eye through a smaller incision.

Cataract operations are mostly performed under local anesthesia and the patient will be allowed to go home the same day. It is one of the safest and most successful procedures in all of medicine.

Baggy Eyes (Blepharoplasty)
Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic plastic surgical procedure intended to reshape the upper eyelid or lower eyelid by the removal and/or repositioning of excess tissue as well as by reinforcement of surrounding muscles and tendons. The procedure is used to improve the appearance of sagging upper eyelids and puffy lower "bags." When upper eyelid changes are severe in the elderly, blepharoplasty may sometimes be undertaken to open up the field of vision impaired by overhanging skin.

Depending on the scope of the procedure, the operation takes one to three hours to complete. Initial swelling and bruising take one to two weeks to resolve, but at least several months are needed until the final result becomes stable.

Corneal Transplant
A corneal transplant, also known as a corneal graft or penetrating keratoplasty, is a surgical procedure where a damaged or diseased cornea is replaced by donated corneal tissue which has been removed from a recently deceased individual having no known diseases which might affect the viability of the donated tissue.

When the primary purpose of a cornea transplant is to improve visual acuity, the prognosis is dependent upon whether the rest of the patient's eye is healthy. If the rest of the eye is healthy, then it should be possible to recover normal vision.

 

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Our Value: To emulate Christ's example of compassion, humility, and integrity in all relationships.

Our Mission: To preserve and restore eyesight, both in our community and around the world.

Our Operating Philosophy: To provide the highest quality of care to every patient, using the best available technology, research and continuing education for our doctors and staff, both now and in the future.

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