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Cataracts are a common eye condition related to aging that causes clouding of the natural, clear lens of the eye. More than half of Americans over the age of 80 have developed cataracts at some point in their life. Cataract surgery removes the clouded lens and replaces it with an artificial lens to restore clear vision.
Do I Need Cataract Surgery Now?
Unlike many other diseases, early treatment for cataracts is often not necessary. In most cases, surgery is not recommended until the vision loss associated with a cataract actively interferes with your vision and quality of life. Delaying surgery for a cataract does not complicate your eye health or require a more intensive surgical procedure later on. However, in some cases a cataract may hinder your eye doctor’s ability to examine your eye or treat another condition, such as macular degeneration or eye disease related to diabetes. Your eye doctor will make a recommendation regarding when you should have cataract surgery based upon your eye health.
What Type of Lens Replacement Is Best for Me?
There are a number of lens replacement options available for those suffering from cataracts. Monofocal lenses are the most commonly implanted artificial lens, delivering equal power at all distances. You may need reading glasses to view nearby objects or text. Multifocal lenses are a newer option that is quickly growing in popularity. These artificial lenses are flexible and deliver clear sight at multiple distances. Depending upon your vision needs, multifocal lenses may reduce or eliminate the need for corrective lenses after surgery. If you suffer from certain vision problems, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, your doctor may be able to improve your vision during cataract surgery as well.
Are you interested in learning more about your surgical options to correct cataracts in Thorndale and West Chester? Contact Levin Luminais Chronister Eye Associates by calling (610) 400-1348 to speak with a qualified eye specialist today. You can learn more about cataracts and other common eye conditions on our website.
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Drooping of the upper eyelids can reduce your field of vision and affect the appearance of your face. Surgery is a common and effective solution to remove excess tissue for a younger appearance and improved visual clarity. Eyelid surgery is performed in your eye doctor’s office with the use of a local anesthetic. After surgery, you will return home to rest and recover. The recovery process takes approximately ten days, after which you can return to work and most normal activities. You should avoid the use of contacts for at least two weeks. Following surgery, your eyes may feel sensitive to light and wind or become easily irritated. Eye drops and cold compresses can reduce discomfort. If stitches were used to close any incisions, you will return to your doctor’s office within three to four days to have them removed.
Levin Luminais Chronister Eye Associates offers eyelid surgery to improve vision for patients of all ages. If you have questions or would like to schedule a personalized consultation, please call (610) 400-1348. You can find more information about our surgical and non-surgical eye care options by clicking through our website.
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Contacts are a common type of corrective lens that improves vision without the need for glasses. These types of lenses sit directly on the eye and must be put in and removed each day.
Put in your contact lenses in a well-lit room with a mirror. Always wash your hands with unscented soap first to prevent contamination of your lenses with dirt or oils. Wet the contact with solution and use your index finger to place it in your eye. You can watch this short video for a demonstration of how to put in and remove contact lenses.
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Glaucoma is a progressive disease that causes an increase of pressure inside the eye. Excessive pressure damages the components of the eye and eventually leads to vision loss. Your eye doctor will test for signs of glaucoma during your routine eye exams.
Causes of Glaucoma
Glaucoma is associated with the buildup of fluid inside the eye, causing increased pressure that damages the optic nerve and degrades sight. Glaucoma is caused when the natural drainage mechanism of the eye does not function properly. This drainage system may be naturally narrow or become blocked over time, preventing fluid from leaving the eye at its normal rate and causing increased pressure. In some cases, the cause of glaucoma is unknown. Glaucoma may also be present at birth.
Risk Factors for Glaucoma
There are a number of risk factors associated with the development of glaucoma. Being obese or suffering from diabetes increases the likelihood of developing glaucoma. Adults over the age of 60 are also more likely to suffer from glaucoma. Injuries to the eyes and medical conditions that affect the health of the eyes or require the long-term use of steroids are also associated with an increased glaucoma risk.
Treatments for Glaucoma
Treatment options for glaucoma depend upon the type of glaucoma you have as well as your current eye health and clarity of vision. Mild cases of glaucoma are controlled using medicated eye drops. Oral medications may also be prescribed to reduce the pressure inside the eyes. If these treatments are not successful in controlling glaucoma, surgical treatment may be recommended. Laser light can be used to remove blockages in the eye’s drainage system and reduce pressure inside the eye. Other surgical procedures include creating a second drainage channel or implanting a tiny tube to promote fluid drainage.
At Levin Luminais Chronister Eye Associates, we offer comprehensive eye care for glaucoma, cataracts, retinal disease, and more. Call us today at (610) 384-9100 to find out more about our eye care services in Thorndale, PA. Visit us on the web to learn more about the health of your eyes.