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Glaucoma. You’ve probably heard of it, but how much do you really know about this condition? Many people are surprised to learn that glaucoma isn’t a single eye disease, but rather the name was given to a group of eye conditions that cause damage to the optic nerve, which is responsible for sending messages between the eyes and brain. One of the key defining characteristics of glaucoma is excessive intraocular pressure, which is usually responsible for the damage to the optic nerve.
Macular degeneration, which is sometimes called age-related macular degeneration or AMD, is one of the most common eye conditions affecting adults, affecting an estimated 11 million people. It is also one of the leading causes of vision loss in Americans over the age of 60 and any vision loss as a result of macular degeneration is unfortunately irreversible.
The cornea is the clear, domed layer that covers the front part of the eye. Along with the sclera, which is the white part of your eye, the cornea forms a protective barrier against dirt, bacteria, and other foreign bodies which could cause damage to your eyes. It even blocks out some of the natural UV light produced by the sun, but not enough to mean that we shouldn’t wear sunglasses with 100% UV-blocking ability when we go outside.
Unsurprisingly, retinal disorders require an expert ophthalmologist to identify and treat them. At Fier Eye Care & Surgery Center, we are fortunate to have Dr. Kevin Kelly, a fellowship-trained Retina Specialist, who has the extensive training and experience needed to diagnose and treat these disorders.
Diabetic retinopathy is the name of the visual complication that can occur as a result of uncontrolled or poorly controlled diabetes. In diabetic retinopathy, persistently high blood sugar levels cause damage to the part of the eye called the retina. The retina is crucial for our vision, converting the light that passes into the eye into signals that are sent to and interpreted by our brains. When high blood sugar levels damage the vessels supplying blood to the retina, it can cause scarring and prevent the retina from working as efficiently as it could. This can impact the quality of your vision. Unfortunately, any vision loss as a result of diabetic retinopathy can’t be restored.
LASIK laser vision correction has changed the lives of millions of Americans. While there are several types, it is LASIK that is the most well-known. LASIK works by reshaping the front part of the eye, called the cornea so that light is refracted correctly by the eyes, leading to clear vision. It’s no surprise that the main reason why people choose to undergo LASIK is to be able to see clearly without needing to rely on glasses or contact lenses for their day-to-day vision. However, that’s far from the only advantage of getting laser eye surgery. In fact, there are lots of unexpected benefits associated with getting LASIK surgery. Let’s explore some of them.
When you undergo cataract surgery, you’ll have the option of choosing whether to have standard IOLs or to upgrade to a premium variety. Standard IOLs are typically covered by insurance, while premium lenses aren’t. Nevertheless, many patients decide to upgrade to premium lenses because of the range of benefits that they offer. Here’s why you should consider upgrading to premium lenses for cataract surgery.