Restasis® Ophthalmic Emulsion is the only prescription eye drop available for patients, who have chronic dry eye, that helps increase the eye’s ability to produce more tears.
Used according to prescription, patients who use RESTASIS® report a noticeable increase in tear production, as opposed to those using steroid drops or tear duct (punctal) plugs.
ReSTOR® Lens Implant for Cataract Surgery
The AcrySof® IQ ReSTOR® IOL is an intraocular lens that provides good near, intermediate and distance vision for patients who want to significantly decrease their dependence on glasses or contacts after undergoing cataract surgery.
The ReSTOR IOL replaces the natural lens of the eye that was removed due to cataracts. The apodized diffractive optic design gives it the ability to distribute light correctly on the retina for images at various distances without the mechanical movement of the lens.
Refraction involves the redirection of light passing through the lens to focus on the retina. The refractive region of the ReSTOR lens bends light to a focal point on the retina. This outer region – surrounding the apodized diffraction center – focuses light for distant vision.
Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)
Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT), an FDA approved laser procedure for the treatment of open-angle glaucoma, is an advanced treatment option for glaucoma patients that lowers eye pressure and increases fluid drainage. SLT is a minimally invasive laser procedure which uses very low levels of energy to selectively pinpoint the areas of the trabecular meshwork, relieving the symptoms of glaucoma. If needed, the SLT procedure can be repeated several times without causing damage to surrounding tissue.
Performed as an in-office procedure, SLT takes just a few minutes yet provides long-term results.
SLT controls glaucoma symptoms for up to 5 years with no need for additional medication, and relieves symptoms by promoting the body’s natural healing response. There are no major risks or complications associated with SLT and the procedure is covered by most insurance companies.
Toric Lens Implant for Cataract Surgery
Intraocular lenses are used during cataract surgery to replace the damaged lens with an implant that clears up and corrects vision, often leaving patients with little to no dependence on glasses.
Up until now, patients with astigmatism did not have the same opportunities that other cataract patients have had in correcting their condition with the IOL lenses that are available. Typically, the astigmatic patient would need an additional surgical procedure, such as refractive surgery or LASIK, to correct their vision after the procedure. If the patient did not want to undergo another surgical procedure, the only option for correction would be the use of either contact lenses or glasses to address their astigmatism.
Toric IOLs are able to accommodate for the condition of astigmatism. Toric IOLs are specially designed to correct astigmatism along with overall vision during cataract surgery, offering complete vision correction.
YAG Laser Treatments
YAG lasers are the most up-to-date form of treatment for several eye conditions, including certain issues relating to glaucoma and cataracts. Safe and painless, the precision these lasers provide make the procedures for which they are used efficient and highly successful.
YAG Laser Surgery for Glaucoma
Laser surgery for glaucoma aims to increase the outflow of fluid from the eye or eliminate fluid blockages. Some of the YAG Laser procedures used in the treatment of glaucoma include:
- Laser Peripheral Iridotomy (LPI) is used to treat patients with angle-closure glaucoma. Using a laser, a small hole is made in the iris, increasing the angle between the iris and cornea to allow fluid from the eye to drain. » Click here to learn more about LPI
- Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) is a low energy laser that targets certain areas of the trabecula without causing damage to surrounding tissue. » Click here to learn more about SLT
- Laser Cyclophotocoagulation (YAG CP) is used to treat patients with severe glaucoma damage who have not responded to other treatments.
YAG Laser Surgery for Cataracts
Posterior capsular opacification (PCO), the clouding of the covering of the new lens, is the most frequent complication of cataract surgery. This condition affects 1 out of 4 patients within 5 years of undergoing cataract surgery. A posterior capsular opacification is also known as a secondary cataract.
If the clouded capsule prevents the patient from functioning, then a posterior capsulotomy may be recommended. This procedure uses a YAG laser to open a window in the back of the lens capsule to let light pass through to the retina, restoring clear vision. The posterior capsulotomy is a painless outpatient procedure that takes less than 15 minutes and can be performed in your doctor’s office. Clearer vision is restored quickly. The improvement of vision depends upon the extent of the clouding experienced and the patients eye health. The patient should be able to resume normal activities immediately.