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For those suffering from vision problems, eye surgery often offers a promising means of improving their sight, their health, and their overall quality of life. Eye surgeons can use their skills to treat a variety of major eye disorders that inhibit vision and create discomfort. Here is a look at some of the most common retinal disorders, all of which should be professionally evaluated as soon as symptoms develop:
Macular degeneration is an age-related eye disease characterized by vision loss in the center of the line of sight, within an area of the retina known as the “macula.” Although the cause of this common retinal disorder is not exactly known, those who are obese, smoke, or have a history of macular degeneration in their family are at a higher risk of developing this condition.
Retinal Artery Occlusion
Just like other organs in the body, the eyeballs are supplied with blood via a major artery known as the retinal artery. When this artery becomes blocked, the health of the eye’s cells is compromised and a person’s vision can begin to rapidly decline. An eye surgeon and general physician can assess risk factors that could lead to this condition, which include cardiovascular disease and ocular problems.
Retinal detachment is the physical disconnection of the retina from its surrounding tissue. Early signs of retinal detachment include blurred peripheral vision, floaters, and perceived flashes of light. The retina may detach due to injury or changes to the eye’s inner vitreous; patients with severe nearsightedness are especially prone to retinal detachment.
If you’re experiencing problems with your vision, be sure to speak with your specialist here at Boston Laser. Our surgeons are experienced in assessing and treating a variety of common and even rare retinal disorders. To learn more about our services, be sure to visit us online or call (617) 566-0062 today.
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To understand many bothersome, and potentially threatening, eye conditions such as floaters, flashes, and retinal detachment, it helps to have a basic understanding of the eye’s anatomy. Watch this helpful video that illustrates how the eye is structured and why floaters and flashes occur.
The retina is the light-sensitive tissue of the inner eye that perceives an image based on light focused from the cornea and lens. The gel that lies between the retina and lens is called the vitreous. When this gel thickens or shrinks over time, it can cause tears and bleeding in the eye, which result in floaters appearing. Another cause for floaters and light flashes include trauma, migraines, and retinal detachment. Detachment of the retina is a serious cause for concern and should be immediately addressed by your doctor.
To learn more about these and other treatable eye conditions, be sure to contact Boston Laser at (617) 566-0062. Let us be your choice for today’s state-of-the-art LASIK procedures.
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Over the last decade, millions of Americans have discovered the benefits that laser eye surgery can bring to their vision. Using advanced FDA-approved devices such as the CustomVue, LASIK surgeons can offer precise and accurate results for patients with vision problems, including refractive errors. Here is a complete overview of the CustomVue LASIK procedure:
Analyze the Condition of the Eye
The first step in treating the eye with CustomVue technology is to scan the eye to determine the extent of its imperfections. CustomVue is able to perform this analysis 25 times more accurately than standard LASIK technology, which means the patient will receive more precise treatment and better results.
Create an Effective Treatment Plan
After a laser vision correction surgeon has used the CustomVue device to scan the eye, he or she will transfer the results to another component of the system that will guide tailored treatment of the individual’s eye. This data is paired with the VISX Star S4 IR Excimer Laser, the surgeon’s main tool during the procedure.
Reshape the Cornea to Treat Refractive Errors
Using the VISX Star S4 IR, the eye surgeon will then begin the process of reshaping the cornea in order to correct such refractive errors as myopia and astigmatism. Because of its precise measurements, CustomVue LASIK is able to correct even the most severely misshapen corneas.
Guide Patient through Successful Recovery
After the CustomVue LASIK procedure is completed, the medical team will help ensure a smooth recovery for patients. Those recovering can expect to see halos or ghost images and have itchy or dry eyes. Once these possible side effects subside, patients will enjoy improved sight and a reduced dependency on glasses.
If you’d like to find out if you’re a candidate for the CustomVue LASIK procedure, contact Boston Laser. Each of our skilled surgeons is experienced in using the most advanced technology to help clients achieve more perfect vision. Call us at (617) 566-0062 to set up your LASIK consultation today.
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Cataracts are the clouding of the eye’s lens, and they drastically affect vision. Cataracts are common in older adults and can occur in one or both eyes. Thankfully, there are several types of eye surgery designed to remove cataracts. To learn more about cataract surgery at Boston Laser, read on.
The Basics of Cataract Surgery
Cataract surgery is a relatively simple form of eye surgery, taking only 15 minutes to perform, and is the most common surgical procedure in the United States. The cataract and the natural lens are broken into several pieces and easily extracted from the eye. An implant is then gently placed in the eye to act as a replacement lens and decrease dependency on glasses in the future. This implant is either accommodative or multifocal, depending on your vision needs. Dr. Melki of Boston Laser performs state-of-the-art cataract surgery using a revolutionary no-stich, no-needle technique.
Phacoemulsification is the process of removing cataracts from the eye. During phacoemulsification, an ultrasonic oscillating probe is inserted into the eye, breaking the natural lens into pieces. Because cataracts cannot be removed from the lens, the lens itself must be replaced. The emulsified sections of the lens are then suctioned from the eye, effectively removing the cataract and correcting vision. Finally, the implant is placed in the eye to help focus light onto the retina. Vision should return quickly after the eye surgery, and recovery will be brief.
Occasionally, a posterior capsulotomy is necessary following traditional cataract surgery. During initial eye surgery, the anterior lens capsule is removed via phacoemulsification to destroy the cataract, and the posterior capsule remains intact. However, for a small percentage of patients, the posterior lens capsule clouds following eye surgery. A posterior capsulotomy is a five-minute laser eye surgery that restores vision to the affected eyes. Recovery is minimal, and any side effects should dissipate in a few days.
The surgeons at Boston Laser are pioneers in the field of cataract surgery. We also perform state-of-the-art, custom LASIK procedures, cosmetic surgery, and regular eye exams. For more information on our vision correction procedures or our Boston practice, call (617) 566-0062 or visit our website.