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Cataract and Specialty Implants

A cataract is a clouding of the clear lens of the eye. It can be compared to a window that is frosted. The most common type of cataract is related to aging. How quickly a cataract develops varies among individuals and may be different between the two eyes. Surgery is the only way a cataract can be removed. However, if you're not bothered by your cataract, surgery may not be needed at this time.

Surgery should be considered when cataracts cause enough vision loss to interfere with your daily activities.

We now have Specialty Implants that can help with astigmatism, and allow you to not wear reading glasses. Multifocal Implants are like your multifocal glasses, only it's the implant that goes in your eye.

As with any surgery there are risks associated, and your doctor will go over those with you in the office.

Corneal Disorders

The human cornea is made up of three layers: the outer or epithelial layer, the middle or stromal layer (which is about 90% of the corneal thickness), and the inner or endothelial layer. The endothelial layer is composed of a single layer of thousands of small pump cells. These pump cells are responsible for pumping fluid out of the cornea so it can remain clear and provide good vision for the eye. If the pump cells stop working, the cornea fills with fluid and becomes swollen or cloudy, and can cause blurred vision.The endothelial cells can be lost due to aging, from inherited disease (such as Fuch's Corneal Dystrophy), from trauma, keratoconus, or prior eye surgery.

There are several options for corneal transplant Standard Full Thickness: Consists of removing the entire cloudy cornea and replacing it with a full thickness donor cornea.

As with any surgery there are risks associated, and your doctor will go over those in the office.

LASIK and Refractive Surgery

LASIK involves the use of a microkeratome, or laser to cut a flap of cornea (the surface covering the eye) which is then lifted. The laser is then used to change the corneal curvature by removing tissue beneath the surface of the cornea. The lifted flap is then put back in place.

Removal of small amounts of tissue may produce the results you need to correct your refractive error and reduce your dependency on glasses or contact lenses.

Some people choose monovision correction, or binocular vision. This is when one eye is corrected for near and the other eye is corrected for distance. This can reduce optimum depth perception. We recommend this option be tried with contact lenses prior to monovision correction There is also the option of Photo Refractive Keratectomy (PRK).

PRK involves scraping the epithelial cell layer (the outermost layer) and doing the laser treatment in the stromal bed (middle layer). This is as effective as LASIK, but the healing time is about three weeks for optimal vision. This procedure can also be painful. A bandage contact lens is placed over the cornea to help alleviate the pain.

As with any surgery there are risks associated, and your doctor will go over those in the office.

Collagen Cross Linking

While crosslinking is used in virtually every country around the world, it is still in the FDA approval process in the United States.

Crosslinking with riboflavin and UV-A light has proven to be a first line treatment for people with eye conditions such as keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, and corneal weakness (ectasia) after LASIK.

Corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL) has been shown in numerous clinical trials to strengthen the cornea (the clear surface) through the application of riboflavin, a form of vitamin B2, followed by treatment with ultraviolet A (UV-A) light.

There are two basic types of corneal crosslinking:

Epithelium off: which means the thin layer covering the eye's surface is removed, allowing for faster penetration with liquid riboflavin.

Transepithelial corneal crosslinking: Where the corneal epithelial surface is left intact, which requires a longer riboflavin loading time.

Corneal crosslinking can be used in combination with other technologies, with the goal of improving the results more rapidly.

As with any surgery there are risks associated, and your doctor will go over those in the office.

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Lasik Center of Virginia
Parham Professional Park
2821 Parham Road - Richmond, VA 23294

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