Our office provides patients with glasses prescriptions which can be filled at any optical dispensary. We also provide complete care related to soft and hard contact lenses, including fitting, dispensing, and treating any lens-related complications.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends healthy adults receive a comprehensive eye exam every two years to screen for ocular disease. Patients with a family history of eye disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and many other chronic medical conditions need annual monitoring due to higher risk of developing problems. Many ocular conditions can be successfully treated to prevent vision loss if caught early. A comprehensive eye exam by an MD includes a refraction to find the best correctable vision, pupil dilation and microscopic examination of the eyes, as well as any ancillary testing that may be necessary if a concern arises.
It is important for a child to receive regular exams as their eyes and visual processing system develops. Children rarely complain of poor vision, thus it imperative to pay attention to cues of problems such as squinting or a wandering eye. A concern from a pediatrician or failed school vision screening should prompt an immediate evaluation by a pediatric ophthalmologist. Our office creates a comfortable environment for children so they do not feel scared or intimidated during their exam.
Our office has the flexibility to fit in and treat any eye and vision emergency including:
Delay in treatment often results in a worse final outcome, so please let us know as soon as a problem develops.
A cataract refers to the natural clouding of the crystalline lens inside the eye due to age or disease. When this clouding begins to interfere with light rays as they focus at the back of the eye, a patient’s vision begins to decline. Patients are usually aware of blurriness, dimming vision, and worsening glare. Cataract surgery can correct this problem by removing your natural crystalline lens and replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens, or IOL. This process is one of the safest procedures performed on the human body, with close to 5 million procedures performed each year in the U.S alone. It is associated with quick visual recovery and highly satisfied patients. The procedure can often be performed in 10 minute in an outpatient setting with mild sedation. Due to the highly sophisticated nature of today’s technology, we are able to minimize risk and maximize your potential vision.
University Ophthalmology Associates, Inc. offers the latest in cataract surgery techniques. We utilize the Haag-Streit Lenstar and T-Cone Platform measurement tools , which studies have shown produce more precise and predictable results compared to older methods.
Patients who have always relied on glasses or contact lenses to see can become completely free of needing corrective lenses after surgery. There are many lens options available when considering cataract surgery. We offer a wide variety of monofocal, multifocal, and astigmatism correcting toric lenses to accommodate every person’s needs and lifestyles. Our physician-led team will guide you through the process of scheduling and choosing the appropriate lens for your needs.
Our experienced surgeons are highly qualified and successful, having performed nearly 50,000 surgeries combined, with lower complication rates than the nationwide average. Our philosophy of direct doctor-patient care means that you will plan, proceed, and recover with your doctor directly. You will choose the IOL that best suits your needs without any aggressive sales techniques. We will answer all your questions in a kind and comfortable manner.
Glaucoma is an eye disease that is often associated with high eye pressure that gradually damages the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain. This disease is rarely symptomatic, especially in its early stages, and is thus often called ‘the silent thief of vision’. Three million Americans, or roughly 1% of the population are treated for glaucoma, and it is estimated that an additional two million Americans have this disease but are not aware of it. The damage that occurs is permanent, it is thus important to start treating early before symptomatic vision loss occurs.
Our office has the most advanced technologies for screening, diagnosing, and managing glaucoma including Humphrey automated perimetry and Zeiss spectral domain optical coherence tomography.
There are three ways in which glaucoma can be treated – eye drops, lasers, or surgery. If your physician determines that the eye drops are not effective enough, or your particular form of glaucoma requires a different approach, we are prepared with a full suite of laser and surgical options.
The newest innovation in glaucoma surgery is called the istent. This technology can treat many forms of glaucoma at the same time as cataract surgery, and dramatically improves the safety profile and healing time compared to more traditional surgical techniques. Due to the novelty of this approach, few other surgeons in the region have experience with this surgical technique.
Diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. An estimated 40% of diabetic patients have some ocular damage from this disease. Alarmingly, since early forms of diabetic damage rarely cause symptoms, up to half of these patients are not aware of these changes. Diabetic eye disease can often be successfully managed in its early stages to prevent vision loss. It is thus imperative for patients with diabetes to receive annual eye exams to screen for and treat early forms of disease.
Patients who have complex medical problems with eye manifestations are often frustrated with the difficulty in communicating and coordinating care between multiple health care providers. Our office strives to provide timely and effective communication with other doctors to deliver a holistic approach to patient care in order to achieve the best possible outcome.