Though doctors treat many eye-related conditions with conservative or outpatient care, sometimes, eye surgery is the best way to resolve an eye problem. But when does eye surgery become necessary and how do you know if you need one? Find out more about eye surgery and what it could mean for you with Brandon Eye Associates at their locations in Brandon, Plant City and Sun City, FL.
When is eye surgery necessary?
There are many types of eye surgery to correct vision impairments and treat conditions, such as glaucoma or cataracts. Procedures which correct vision, such as PRK or LASIK, reshape the surface of the eye. These treatments correct vision issues such as short-sightedness (myopia), long-sightedness (hypermetropia), or an uneven curve of the eye (astigmatism). Doctors use a laser to reshape the eye during the procedure, which takes only a few minutes.
Do I need eye surgery?
If you suffer from vision impairment and need to wear glasses to see correctly, you may benefit from eye surgery. However, conditions such as glaucoma or cataracts can cause these impairments or even eventual blindness. Certain eye surgeries to treat these issues may benefit patients who suffer from them better than treatments like LASIK. Consulting with your ophthalmologist is the best way to determine if eye surgery is the best treatment for you.
Eye Surgery in Brandon, FL, and Plant City, FL
A laser eye surgery may seem like something out of a science fiction movie, but these treatments are safe, FDA-approved, and normally only require short recovery periods free from bandages or stitches. Doctors use an anesthetic to numb the eye so that the patient does not feel any pain. Results are immediate and improve over the course of a few days after surgery.
For more information on eye surgery, please contact Brandon Eye Associates with locations in Brandon, FL, and Plant City, FL. Call (813) 684-2211 to schedule your appointment at either Brandon, Plant City and Sun City, FL locations!
Has your physician said you need retinal eye treatment? At Brandon Eye Associates, your team of eight board-certified Ophthalmologists perform state of the art retinal surgeries right in the office in Brandon, Plant City and Sun City, FL. Your eye doctor knows eye anatomy well and has the diagnostic and surgical skill to return your eye to complete health and function. Learn more here about the retina, retinal conditions and how your sight can be preserved.
No small thing
After all, it's your eyesight, and if diabetes, injury or advanced age has threatened it, you need to act immediately. Your eye doctor urges you to report any vision changes immediately, particularly if you are diabetic or if you have sustained an injury to the face or head.
While the eye is a small sensory organ, its structure is amazingly complex, with each part being indispensable to clear vision that lasts a lifetime. At the back of the eye, the highly vascularized retina receives the countless images which flood your eyes each and every day. It helps transmit those images through the optic nerve to the brain which interprets or makes sense, of them.
Without a healthy retina, what you see changes dramatically, with the primary symptom being flashes of light and floaters, says the National Eye Institute. Floaters resemble thin black threads or specks, and they randomly move across the field of vision. These symptoms of retinal detachment can run in families and also plague people who are very nearsighted, particularly as age advances.
Besides retinal detachment, something else can happen to the retina if you are diabetic. Called diabetic retinopathy, this common condition causes extra blood vessels to grow within the eye, or existing blood vessels may become distorted and blocked, seriously damaging eye structure and the ability to see.
Treatment for your retina
If you are diagnosed with retinal detachment or diabetic retinopathy, Brandon Eye Associates offers customized treatment plans to address these issues and resolve them successfully. Your eye surgeons offer:
- Schlera buckle surgery to support the back of the eye
- Cryosurgery (freezing to put the retina back in place)
- Pneumatic retinopexy in which a gas bubble helps to reattach the retina
- Photocoagulation, to seal the retina to surrounding tissue
- Grid and focal laser surgery
We can help you with your retina issues. Brandon Eye Associates has three locations: Brandon, Plant City and Sun City, FL. Call us at (813) 684-2211.
How the ophthalmologists in Brandon, Plant City and Sun City, FL, can help with cataracts
If you are experiencing cloudy vision, you might have cataracts. They are a common eye condition, especially as you age, and they can be corrected with state-of-the-art treatments like surgery. The ophthalmologists at Brandon Eye Associates in Brandon, Plant City and Sun City, FL can help you and your eyes.
Cataracts are caused by clumping of the protein in the lens of your eye, causing cloudiness and affecting your vision. You may be at higher risk of cataracts if you smoke, have diabetes, or if you spend a lot of time in bright sunlight.
You can do a lot to prevent cataracts by not smoking, and making sure you eat a healthy diet rich in antioxidants from fruits and leafy green vegetables. When you spend time out in bright sunlight, always wear sunglasses.
There are common, recognizable signs and symptoms to look for to determine if you have cataracts. According to the Mayo Clinic, you should pay attention to:
- Clouded or blurred vision
- Problems seeing at night
- Light or glare sensitivity
- Needing brighter light for reading
- Seeing a halo around a light source
- Color fading or yellowing
- Double vision in one eye
If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, you should visit the experts—the ophthalmologists at Brandon Eye Associates can determine if cataract surgery is right for you! Surgery typically involves taking out the clouded lens and replacing it with a clear artificial substitute known as an intraocular lens.
Cataract surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, so there is no hospital stay. Healing is usually complete at about eight weeks. If you have developed cataracts in both eyes, cataract surgery will be performed on one eye, and after that eye has healed, the other eye will be surgically treated.
Contact Us Today!
Having clear vision is important to your quality of life. Cataracts can make vision blurry, but help is available with just a simple phone call! You can say goodbye to cataracts by calling the ophthalmologists at Brandon Eye Associates in Brandon, Plant City and Sun City, FL today at (813) 684-2211.
The retina is the thin layer of nerves that lines the back of the eye. The lens in the eye allows images to pass through, and the retina focuses them. It then sends impulses to the brain that communicate the message that the retina has received. Retinal disorders can affect your vision, and some can be serious enough to cause blindness. Brandon Eye Associates, which has offices in Brandon, Plant City and Sun City, FL, offers a range of eye care services to their patients. Here's everything you need to know about the retina.
Light, Lens, Action
Doctors use special microscopes to look at the inner parts of the eye, such as the lens. After light passes through the pupil, it hits the lens. The lens, which is behind the iris, is transparent and colorless. The lens focuses light rays on the back of the eye— the retina. The retina holds millions of cells that are sensitive to light. The retina takes the light the eye receives and changes it into signals so the brain can understand what the eye is seeing.
Rods and Cones Process Light
The retina uses specialized cells called rods and cones to process light. There are about 120 million rods and 7 million cones in each eye. Rods see in white, gray, and black and tell us the shape or form that something has. Rods cannot tell the difference between colors, but they are very sensitive, allowing us to see when it's dark.
Cones are used to see color and require more light than rods to work well. The retina has three different types of receptor cones. Each cone type is sensitive to one of three different colors — blue, green, or red — to help you see different ranges of color. Together, these cones can sense combinations of light waves that enable your eyes to see millions of colors.
Symptoms of Retinal Diseases
Many retinal disorders share some common symptoms and signs. These may include seeing floating specks or cobwebs, distorted or blurred vision, defects in the side vision, seeing flashes of light and lost vision. Seek immediate medical attention if you're experiencing any of these symptoms. Retinal disorders are diagnosed and treated by ophthalmologists. Ophthalmologists are doctors who specialize in the evaluation and treatment of all types of eye disorders.
Treatment of Retinal Diseases
Ophthalmologists specialize in the treatment (nonsurgical and surgical) of all types of eye disorders. The main goals of treatment are to slow or stop disease progression and restore or improve your vision. Treatment of retinal diseases may include laser surgery, pneumatic retinopexy, scatter laser photocoagulation, scleral buckling, vitrectomy, or injecting medicine into the eye. Your doctor will work with you to determine the best treatment.
An eye disorder can affect your day-to-day activities and make life frustrating and miserable. Improve your vision and your life today. Call Brandon Eye Associates at 813-684-2211 today to schedule an appointment in Brandon, FL. Call 813-684-2211 to schedule an appointment in Plant City, FL. Call 813-213-0020 to schedule an appointment in Sun City, FL. We want you to live your best life!
Could you benefit from a visit to the eye doctor? Blurred vision, eye pain, sudden changes in vision, and other symptoms all warrant an eye appointment. The eye doctors at Brandon Eye Associates offer comprehensive eye care for the entire family in their convenient Brandon and Plant City, FL, offices.
When should I make an appointment?
It's a good idea to schedule an appointment with the eye doctor if you notice any of these signs:
- Blurry Vision: Blurred vision may mean it's time to update your eyeglass or contact lens prescription or might be a symptom of another problem. A number of diseases and conditions can cause the symptom, including diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, glaucoma, pregnancy, migraines, multiple sclerosis, and age-related macular degeneration. If blurred vision occurs suddenly or only affects one eye, call your Brandon or Plant City eye doctor immediately.
- Your Arms Aren't Long Enough: Do you need to hold books and papers farther and farther away from your face to see the print clearly? You may be suffering from presbyopia, a condition that occurs when the lenses in your eyes become less flexible due to aging. A pair of reading glasses or a switch to bifocals, trifocals, or progressive lenses will restore your ability to read the fine print.
- Eye Pain: Pain is never normal and should be investigated if it continues for longer than a day or two. Pain can occur if you have sinusitis, eye strain, dry eye, pink eye, a scratch on your cornea, glaucoma, an infection, optic nerve inflammation or contact lens irritation. Although eye pain isn't caused by a serious condition in many cases, it's important to schedule an appointment if you experience this symptom.
- Floaters or Sudden Loss of Vision: Floaters, flashing lights or the sudden appearance of a black spot in your visual field can be a sign of retinal detachment or a tear in your retina. Retinal detachment requires emergency treatment to prevent permanent vision loss.
- Headaches: Frequent headaches can occur if your vision begins to worsen. Although you may not notice any blurriness initially, headaches can be the first symptom that it's time to update your prescription.
Has it been a while since you've seen the eye doctor? Call eye doctors at Brandon Eye Associates at (813) 684-2211 to schedule an appointment in the Brandon or Plant City, FL, office.
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