Park Ophthalmology Helps Triangle Patients Understand Eye Surgery

man looking far awayWinter is approaching quickly in Raleigh-Durham. Triangle area residents are starting to enjoy ice skating at the Raleigh’s outdoor Winter Fest rink and visiting the area’s many light displays. Dr. Beth R. Friedland of Park Ophthalmology wants all of her patients to fully enjoy the holiday season with the best vision possible.

For patients considering a consult and possible surgery to help improve vision, we offer a quick guide to the procedures Beth R. Friedland M.D. performs at Park Ophthalmology:

  • Small Incision Cataract Surgery: Affecting more than half of all Americans older than 65 and with a growing number much younger, cataracts form on the lenses of the eyes and result in blurred or cloudy vision. Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed surgery in the nation and is normally conducted on an out-patient basis. The surgeon makes a tiny incision in the lens and removes the cloudy material. A new artificial lens is then implanted in the eye.
  • Glaucoma Surgery: Eyes need good blood flow to stay healthy. Glaucoma is a condition in which fluid pressures in the eyes are so high that blood flow is reduced or stopped, resulting in vision loss. Glaucoma surgery works to lower the eye pressure and reduces the chances for more vision loss. This is usually an outpatient procedure as well.
  • Refractive Surgery: Patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism can all benefit from refractive surgery. The goal of refractive surgery is to reshape the clear cornea at the front of the eye. This reshaping allows light to pass at the correct angel to the back of eye, the retina, improving vision enough for some people that glasses or contact lenses are no longer needed.
  • Laser Surgery: Because of their accuracy and precision, lasers are now the preferred tool for most eye surgeries. Procedures called LASIK, LASEK or PRK all use a laser to make the necessary corrections to vision. There is little to no discomfort during the surgery and healing is rapid.

Dr. Friedland gladly answers patient questions about when eye surgery could be the best option for improving vision. Contact Park Ophthalmology today to schedule an appointment for a thorough vision exam.

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Locations:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

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Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: jenny.brfeyecare@ncrrbiz.com.

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What is Laser Eye Surgery?

lasik patpitchayaNot everyone loves wearing glasses, especially when they think they have to because of the need for vision correction. Glasses often do not fit correctly. Sometimes they can get lost or broken. But there is a solution for many people. Laser eye surgery, performed by Dr. Beth Friedland – Park Ophthalmology, can correct a variety of vision problems and make glasses a memory. Many Triangle residents, especially those in our area of Raleigh and Durham, have worn glasses or contacts for many years.  Finding the idea of being free of those glasses is very appealing. Patients who have the procedure done might even achieve vision better than 20/20. There is however, a lot to know about LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) before making a decision. Here is a short course in laser eye surgery from the Triangle’s Eye Specialist.

LASIK is the most common type of refractive surgery, or surgery that changes the shape of the cornea. The surgery can correct:

  • Nearsightedness — Seeing objects clearly at close range with issues involving distance vision.
  • Farsightedness — Near vision is blurry; more clarity with distance.
  • Astigmatism —  Disruption of focus for near and distance vision.
  • Presbyopia — Age-related eye change that results in the gradual loss of the ability to actively change focus on nearby objects.

It is important to note that at Park Ophthalmology, we recommend trying glasses or contacts for most vision correction before trying surgery. But LASIK can be a great benefit for a lot of people.

However, every benefit has some risk and with LASIK surgery those risks can include:

  • Under correction: This sometimes occurs in individuals who are nearsighted. The surgery may not give perfect 20/20 vision, which means the possibility of corrective lenses or additional surgery.
  • Over correction: If the laser removes too much tissue from your eye, the result is an over correction, which can be somewhat challenging to repair.
  • Astigmatism: This occurs when the eye tissue is removed unevenly and the situation can require additional surgery.
  • Glare, halos and double vision: Any of these problems may occur. Some can be treated with eye drops, but others might require surgery.
  • Dry eyes: Some people may notice a temporary decrease in tear production after LASIK, resulting in dry eyes. Eye drops usually will help this issue during the first few months, but you may need another procedure if the problem is considered severe.

Please note that some patients are not good candidates for this procedure. As with any surgery, it’s important to talk to Dr. Beth at Park Ophthalmology about the pros and cons. Make sure to mention any health conditions, and be prepared to talk to her about any questions or concerns.

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the benefits of eye care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Photo Credit:Patpitchaya, freedigitalphotos.net

Locations in the Triangle NC:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

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Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: jenny.brfeyecare@ncrrbiz.com

Follow us https://twitter.com/ParkOphthNC

Like us: https://www.facebook.com/ParkOphthalmology

What to Expect from Glaucoma Surgery

Do you have glaucoma and live in the Triangle NC? The fear of losing your eyesight can be very scary. And going into surgery to fix it can be disconcerting. Let’s look at what Glaucoma is and what to expect.

Glaucoma is a disease that damages the optic nerve and this can lead to irreversible vision loss.

It is not uncommon and is the second leading cause of blindness. Sometimes, glaucoma is associated with elevated pressure in the eye. Although surgery cannot reverse vision loss, it can reduce that pressure.

Here’s what to expect from your glaucoma surgery:

Type

Dr. Friedland or Dr. Daluvoy will recommend either laser surgery or conventional surgery, depending on the type and severity of your glaucoma. In both cases, the goal is to allow intraocular fluid to escape the clogged drainage canals.

Laser Surgery – In this procedure, doctors focus a laser to make a small opening in the eye’s drainage system, called the trabecular meshwork.

Conventional Surgery – In this method, called trabeculectomy, doctors create a drainage hole using a small tool. This may be done if laser surgery is not effective. This surgery can be done multiple times without harm.

Expectations

You don’t have to stay in the hospital after most glaucoma surgeries. Our Park Ophthalmology doctors perform most of the surgeries in the office. In more critical cases, surgeries can be performed in an area Triangle hospital.

When you are finished, we’ll apply antibiotics to the eye and cover the eye. You’ll also come home with a hard covering, or eye shield, to protect the eye.

You’ll need to wear this eye shield each night for up to a month. For the next several weeks, you’ll also need to avoid any activity that jars the eye, such as bending, lifting or straining.

Follow Up

The day after surgery, you’ll come in for a checkup. Otherwise, it will take a little time for get back to normal; we’ll be sure to let you know when you can stop wearing the eye shield.

Most people experience some mild discomfort after a trabeculectomy, but severe pain may be a sign of complications. If you have severe pain, call us immediately.

Surgery can almost feel as scary as losing your eyesight, but don’t be afraid to ask any questions. With preparation and a little knowledge, the process will feel much easier. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation (http://www.glaucoma.org), it is estimated that over 2.2 million Americans have glaucoma but only half of those know they have it. Come see us for a checkup and that sense of assurance that comes with knowing. We are here to help.

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This article about the benefits of eye care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Photo Credit: photo by graur codrin courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

Locations:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

**

Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: parkeyemd@gmail.com

Follow us https://twitter.com/ParkOphthNC

Like us: https://www.facebook.com/ParkOphthalmology