Eye Surgery in Auburn, AL
Regular eye examinations can diagnose serious eye diseases long before they pose a danger to your eyesight, but even with the best treatment, sometimes you may need to undergo a surgical eye procedure. At Medical Arts Eye Clinic & Optical, Dr. Anz and Dr. Mock are board-certified ophthalmologists, experienced in treating a range of eye health issues. While not every case of eye disease ends in eye surgery, our doctors always treat surgery as the last resort in your eye care.
Diabetic Eye Disease Surgery
Patients with chronic high blood sugar can suffer from diabetic retinopathy. This happens when tiny blood vessels in the eye's retina begin to leak or bleed. This can cause blurring of vision in the mildest cases and can progress to the worst cases that can lead to permanent vision loss if left untreated. It progresses through four stages, ending with proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR). Diabetic eye disease treatment is non-surgical until you reach the PDR stage. In this stage, new blood vessels start to grow inside the eye along the inside wall and into the vitreous gel in the center. This can cause scarring and retinal detachment, so surgery is needed at this point. Laser surgery is often done for PDR, but the worst cases are treated with a vitrectomy.
- A surgical removal of the eye's vitreous gel.
- Performed under local or general anesthesia.
- May be an inpatient or outpatient procedure. If inpatient, it requires an overnight stay only.
Cataract Surgery in Auburn
Your eye has a clear lens through which light passes before focusing on the retina. This lens is made up of water and protein. This protein sometimes begins to clump together in a way that clouds the access to the lens. You may not even notice any symptoms when our doctor gives you a diagnosis of cataracts. In the beginning, the effect on your eyesight is barely noticeable. Some people never progress past that point, but many patients begin to develop eyesight problems within months or years of their diagnosis. Your eyesight can get cloudy, like looking through a fog, or colors can dim as if you're seeing everything through a brown filter. Cataracts treatment in the early stages mostly consists of having you protect your eyesight with sunglasses and UV protectant lenses. When you reach the point where you have difficulty driving, reading, or living a normal life, it's time to have cataract surgery.
- The most commonly performed surgical procedure in the country
- Done under local anesthesia -- a series of eye drops numb and immobilize your eye
- A small slit is cut into the surface of your eye, and the old lens is removed and the new one inserted
- Lenses that correct poor vision can even be used, reducing the need for eyeglasses
Glaucoma Surgery in Auburn
Your optic nerve carries the images from your retina to your brain, allowing you to see. Patients who suffer from glaucoma have increased eye pressure that can damage the nerve fibers in the optic nerve. As the disease progresses, blind spots can appear in vision, and total blindness can happen if glaucoma treatment isn't in place. In the most advanced cases, surgery is called for.
- Laser surgery can improve the drain function in the eyeball
- Operative surgery can drain fluid from the eye, relieving the pressure
- Surgery is used when medication and other treatments are unsuccessful
For more information about eye surgery in Auburn and the surrounding areas, call Medical Arts Eye Clinic & Optical at 334-821-3838. Our doctors will be happy to address any concerns you may have about your eye health.