If you have diabetes it is very important to maintain a normal blood sugar level for many reasons. If your blood sugar is elevated for extended periods you may have multiple eye complications including the following:
Annual eye exams for those with Diabetes are usually covered by most insurances and can detect these problems before major damage can occur.
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Skin Cancers around the eyes (see figure 4) are always very serious and need immediate attention. We always refer suspicious skin lesions to a skilled Plastic Surgeon for biopsy and /or treatment.
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Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids usually in the area of the eyelashes. The symptoms are red, irritated eyelids with a scaly buildup around the lashes. It can be caused by bacteria, plugged glands in the lid or skin conditions, such as acne rosacia. Treatment will depend on the underlying cause.
Before Removal Basal Cell Carcinoma:
The normal tear has three layers, mucin, aqueous, and lipid layer. If any of these layers does not function properly then you will have a dry eye.
Some of the symptoms of dry eyes are:
Dry eyes are usually treated with drops to replace the damaged layer or in severe cases other treatments are used.
Seasonal Eye Allergies
If your eye are red, itchy and uncomfortable, you may be one of the millions who suffer from seasonal allergic conjunctivitis.
The signs and symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis are:
There are several risk factors that need to be checked on a regular basis and include the following:
If multiple risk factors are present, other more specific tests such as:
If glaucoma is diagnosed treatment can be either drops and/or surgery.
Conjunctivitis Is An Infection Or Inflammation Of The Conjunctiva Or Thin Film Over The White Of The Eye. It Can Be Classified As One Of The Following:
Depending On The Cause, Either Antihistamine, Antibiotic ,Anti-Inflammatory Or Anti Viral Drops Will Be Prescribed.
Eyelid After Plastic Surgery
Photo's courtesy of Jonathan S. Jacobs MD, DMD, FACS.
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If the drooping eyelid caused significant visual field obstruction then your insurance company may consider the need for corrective surgery a medical necessity and not a cosmetic procedure. We do specialized tests to help determine if your insurance will cover this procedure and help get you a skilled Plastic surgeon. (See figures 5, 6, and 7)
A Cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye or in its envelope or capsule. (See figure 1)
It may cause a slight decrease in vision early to almost a total blur later.
In early development a simple prescription change may help to improve vision.
As the cataract worsens or gets darker vision will worsen until the person cannot do normal tasks such as drive read or watch TV.
Both eyes are usually affected but usually one eye is affected earlier than the other.
At some point surgery is the only option.
If surgery is needed there are several things you need to know:
Good vision is restored almost immediately (see figure 2) although you may still may need glasses after surgery
Prior to surgery there are some decisions you have to make concerning the type of IOL you will have implanted:
After surgery your vision will be greatly improved but you may still need glasses for better distance and near.
Your insurance may cover one pair of glasses after cataract surgery.
Contact our Optical Department to determine your insurance coverage at