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Patient  Education

Educate Yourself

We have put together a video library on common conditions that may affect your eye. If you have questions on any of these conditions or on something not covered here, please let us know and we would be happy to help you.

What is a Cataract?

A cataract is a cloudy lens inside the eye.  The natural human lens is clear, and serves as one of the crucial focusing elements of the eye.  This clear lens loses its transparency with time, leading to a reduction in vision, brightness, and color.  

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve.  There are different types of glaucoma but most cases are associated with increased eye pressure. If a diagnosis of glaucoma is made, your ophthalmologist may recommend a number of treatment options, including eye drops, laser treatment, and surgery. 

What is the Retina?

The retina is a thin layer of nerve tissue which lines the inside wall of the eye. Much like the film in a camera, the retina senses light which is focused by the eye’s cornea and lens, and converts the optical image to electrical and chemical signals which travel through the optic nerve to the vision center in the brain.

What is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration, also known as AMD (short for age-related macular degeneration), is the leading cause of blindness in the United States.  Symptoms of macular degeneration include blurry or distorted central vision.  Macular degeneration never causes complete blindness but can substantially limit your ability to read, drive or recognize faces.

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States.  If you have diabetes, you should have a dilated examination of your retina at least once yearly to detect the early signs of retinopathy which may be present even if you do not notice pain or changes in your vision.  Excellent control of blood sugar is also very important.

What are Intravitreal Injections?

Intravitreal injections are used to treat many common retinal diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vein occlusion with medications such as Avastin, Lucentis, and Eylea.  These medications stabilize the retinal blood vessels and are injected at an office appointment into the clear jelly which fills up the center of the eye called the vitreous.  

What Options are there for Lens Implants after Cataract Surgery?

There are several lens implant options after cataract surgery.

How Do I Put In
Eye Drops?

Learn a helpful technique for putting eye drops in the eye.

What Happens When I Get My Eyes Dilated?

Learn what to expect during your dilated eye exam.