Treatment for a Full Range of Eye Diseases


Cataracts

Cataracts are one of the most common eye diseases that we treat. More than half of all Americans over the age of 65 suffer from cataracts. This condition occurs when the crystalline lens of your eye becomes clouded by protein clusters. As the clusters get larger, vision becomes blurred. Through cataract surgery, we can remove the clouded lens and replace it with an artificial intraocular lens. We perform both traditional and laser cataract surgeries.

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Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a serious condition that occurs when pressure in the eye builds, damaging the optic nerve. Although there is no cure for glaucoma, and your doctor cannot restore vision that has already been lost, early detection and careful monitoring can help protect your eyesight. We urge our patients to undergo regular eye exams and screenings so that glaucoma can be detected in its earliest stages. Treatment options vary depending on the severity of your condition. We often treat mild cases with eye drops, and more severe cases may require laser surgery to open up drainage channels and reduce internal pressure.

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Diabetic Retinopathy

Elevated blood sugar from diabetes can damage the blood vessels in the retina, leading to impaired eyesight or even total vision loss. Fortunately, diabetic retinopathy can be controlled through a variety of treatments. Your ophthalmologist may use lasers to stop blood leakage and shrink enlarged blood vessels. During a vitrectomy, your doctor can also remove blood and scar tissue from the middle of the eye. Early diagnosis and treatment, as well as ongoing monitoring, can prevent further damage to your vision. If you have been diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you should schedule regular eye exams to screen for this condition.

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Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a common condition among older adults, affecting the macula, the central part of the retina that allows you to see fine details. Wet macular degeneration is characterized by irregular blood vessels developing under the macula. Dry macular degeneration causes the cells in the macula to break down. Symptoms of macular degeneration include blurred vision, blind spots, haziness, and difficulties distinguishing color. Although the condition does not cause total blindness, it can significantly impact your quality of life. Dr. Mark Montag often prescribes ranibizumab injections to treat macular degeneration. Although there is no cure for macular degeneration, these injections can impede blood vessel growth and blood leakage.

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Other Retinal Disorders

As you age, it is normal for the vitreous fluid in the inner eye to thicken and shrink. This can cause the vitreous fluid to pull away from retina, tearing it in one or more places. This can cause flashes and floaters, which are shadowed or flashing specks in your vision. Torn retinas also greatly increase your risk for complete retinal detachment. This serious condition can have many consequences, including total vision loss. We can repair torn retinas with a quick, painless procedure, using a laser to reattach the retina to the back of the eye.

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