We treat a variety of optical conditions however the most common conditions and procedures are listed below.
A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. It can be compared to a window that is frosted or yellowed.
Common symptoms of cataracts include:
- Blurring of vision
- Glare, or light sensitivity
- Poor night vision
- Double vision in one eye
- Needing brighter light to read
- Fading or yellowing of colors
In cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is removed from the eye through a surgical incision. In most cases, the natural lens is replaced with a permanent intraocular lens (IOL) implant. Specialty IOL's include multifocal (to eliminate wearing bifocals) and toric IOL's to correct astigmatism.
Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve, which is the part of the eye that carries the images we see to the brain. The optic nerve is made up of many nerve fibers, like an electrical cable containing numerous wires. When damage to the optic nerve fibers occurs, blind spots develop. These blind spots usually go undetected until the optic nerve is significantly damaged.
LASIK or "laser in situ keratomileusis", is an outpatient surgical procedure used to treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. With LASIK, Dr. Roe uses a laser to reshape the cornea (the clear covering of the eye) to improve the way the eye focuses light rays onto the retina.