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eyesurgeryCataract Surgery

Cataract eye surgery involves the removal of the natural, clouded lens of the eye and its subsequent replacement with a clear, artificial lens. The cataract surgery procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. The entire cataract surgery usually takes less than an hour. There are several variations in both the removal and the replacement portions of the surgery. The technique used depends on the patient’s needs and the physician’s diagnosis, as well as the type of cataract involved.

Advanced Diagnostic Analysis

With Advanced Lifestyle Vision, there are three treatment options that will clear the distorted vision caused by your cataracts along with any nearsightedness or farsightedness that you may have: Basic Vision; HD Vision; and HD Progressive Vision. A number of advanced diagnostic tests are performed to ensure that you have the best possible outcome. The costs of these tests are not covered by Medicare, or other insurance plans, but are essential in determining if your eyes are capable of achieving the desired results.

Laser Surgery

lasik eye surgeryAn instrument called a microkeratome is used in LASIK eye surgery to create a thin, circular flap in the cornea. Another, newer way of making the flap is with a laser. The surgeon folds the hinged flap back out of the way, then removes some corneal tissue underneath using an excimer laser. The excimer laser uses a cool ultraviolet light beam to precisely remove (“ablate”) very tiny bits of tissue from the cornea to reshape it. When the cornea is reshaped in the right way, it works better to focus light into the eye and onto the retina, providing clearer vision than before. The flap is then laid back in place, covering the area where the corneal tissue was removed. Both nearsighted and farsighted people can benefit from the LASIK procedure. With nearsighted people, the goal is to flatten the too-steep cornea; with farsighted people, a steeper cornea is desired. Excimer lasers also can correct astigmatism by smoothing an irregular cornea into a more normal shape.

Strabismic Surgery

strabismus picturesAfter you are under general anesthesia, several eye muscles (usually on both eyes) are repositioned using microsurgery. The eye is rotated, using special instruments, so that the incision can be made in the thin covering over the white of the eye, but the eye is not taken out of the head. Very fine stitches are used to reposition the muscles. The surgery itself is precise and the new position of the muscles is based on the measurements obtained during office visits, and measurements obtained with your child asleep. No stitches have to be removed. When the eye muscle is healed the synthetic stitches will absorb on their own. Lasers cannot be used on the eye muscles because they would destroy the muscle tissue.

At the Eye Center Of Brookings, we offer eye surgery on a co-management basis in conjunction with highly trained, professional eye surgeons, ambulatory surgical centers and regional hospitals. Additionally, we have working arrangements established with other specialized eye care doctors to manage such things as retinal detachments, retinal tears and hemorrhages. We provide these services under a co-management program with affiliated doctors. You, the patient, benefit from the cooperative and combined efforts of doctors working together on your behalf.