Top Ophthalmologists In Naples, Florida
Do you have difficulty seeing clearly? Is your vision blurred at times? Do your eyes ever ache or itch? You may need to consider seeing an ophthalmologist, a physician who specializes in the care and healing of the eye and vision. Naples, Florida is especially fortunate to have several talented, caring ophthalmologists who are entirely knowledgeable and experienced in all of the latest technologies and procedures available.
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Naples Ophthalmologists are eye specialists. They aren’t just diagnosticians; they are also physicians who perform a variety of specialty procedures that can aid in the treatment and healing of a variety of ocular conditions.
Laser Vision Correction
There are several forms of laser vision correction that can be performed for better vision. Some of these procedures are PRK, laser lens replacement (ICL), LASEK, Epi-LASIK and Bladeless, Blade-free, All-Laser and Wavefront LASIK. In the United States the most popular form of vision correction currently is LASIK, followed by PRK.
LASIK is an acronym which stands for ‘laser assisted in situ keratomileusis. Wow – sounds complicated, doesn’t it? The surgery is the simplest, most commonly performed routine eye surgery for nearsightedness, farsightedness and for treating astigmatisms. It is generally pain-free and takes approximately ten to fifteen minutes to complete for both eyes! Patients report amazing results in as little as twenty-four hours. Some who have worn glasses for their entire life can undergo this simple, painless procedure and actually see again without the aid of glasses in many cases.
The procedure simply reshapes the cornea of the eye, allowing proper focus and clear vision.
Your eye doctor will perform a complete physical examination of your eyes, making certain that you are a viable candidate for the surgery. Once he has determined that this procedure is the correct one for you, ask all of the questions that you may have and your procedure will be scheduled.
On the day of the surgery, a topical anesthetic will be placed in your eyes and your doctor may choose to administer medication for you to ease your anxiety. Like other types of refractive surgery, the LASIK procedure reshapes the cornea to enable light entering the eye to be properly focused onto the retina for clearer vision. The ophthalmologist uses a highly specialized type of laser with ultraviolet light to remove tissue in the eye that is causing the vision impairment. Recovery doesn’t require stitches or patches; only topical anesthetic eye drops are used afterwards. Patients experience an extremely high success rate. Be sure to discuss all steps of the surgery with your doctor.
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Glaucoma is an eye disease which involves structural injury inside of the optic nerve in the eye. This structural damage results in functional damage that is demonstrated in the patient’s vision. Once a patient has been diagnosed with glaucoma, this confirms irreversible damage to the eye. Once vision has been lost, it can’t be restored so the goal is to catch glaucoma and treat it head-on.
There are different types of glaucoma, with each requiring different treatments. The main cause of glaucoma demonstrates diagnostic findings that suggest their IOP (pressure inside the eyeball) is higher than average. The higher-than-average pressure will damage the optic nerve, possibly causing irreversible damage.
Your ophthalmologist will thoroughly assess your eye and then discuss risk factors and possible pro-active measures to insure that your eye doesn’t suffer any irreversible damage. Whether you’re old or young, treatment is clearly the best option. Treatments can involve either surgery or laser treatment. Laser surgery will greatly reduce the pressure in your eye, alleviating damage to the optic nerve that can’t be repaired. Your doctor will describe clearly for you what your options are, what the surgeries entail from start to finish, and what results you can expect short and long term.