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Cataracts are areas of cloudiness that appear on the lens of the eye as a result of the natural aging process. Every person will develop cataracts in his lifetime, but not all cataracts cause visual disruption that require treatment.
This video discusses today’s treatment options for cataracts. Advanced surgical techniques allow for treatment of cataracts that may take as little as 5 minutes. The results of cataract surgery are detectable immediately and can vastly improve your visual abilities following the lens replacement procedure.
If you’d like more information about cataract surgery and how it can improve your vision, call Newsom Eye at (813) 448-1420. We specialize in cataract and LASIK surgery to restore and enhance the vision of each patient we treat. Click through our website to learn more about the health of your eyes.
Your eyeball contains vitreous fluid, through which light rays pass. This vitreous fluid is a clear, gel-like substance. As a result of age or physical trauma to the eye area, floaters can form. These floaters are caused by the development of small clumps of cells within the vitreous fluid. They may look like small dots or cobwebs across your field of vision. Flashes, which are bursts of light across your vision, may be caused by the rubbing of the vitreous gel against the retina.
If you experience floaters or flashes, see an eye doctor promptly. Watch this video to learn more about the warning signs of these conditions and the connection to retinal detachment. Retinal detachment is a serious eye condition that typically requires eye surgery.
The eye care team at Newsom Eye can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for your condition. To schedule an appointment, please contact our Tampa office at (813) 908-2020.
Many people choose LASIK surgery because they can enjoy a speedy recovery and rapid vision improvements. If you decide on LASIK surgery, you’re likely to notice substantial improvements within just a couple of days, with continued vision stabilization for the next few months. During your consultation with the eye surgeon, talk about what you can expect for your recovery following LASIK surgery.
Immediately after LASIK surgery, you should have someone else drive you home. Ask your eye surgeon when you may resume driving. It’s best to take a few days to rest. Additionally, plan to refrain from playing contact sports, such as boxing and martial arts, for a period of time. Although every patient is different, you’ll likely need to refrain from mild forms of exercise for one to three days after your surgery.
Patients often report experiencing itching in the eyes right after surgery. You might feel as though a foreign body is in your eyes. It’s important to refrain from scratching or rubbing your eyes, as doing so can move the corneal flap. Rest assured these sensations are temporary and should subside within a few days. Wear your eye shields at night for at least a week following surgery, or as long as your eye surgeon recommends. Avoid wearing eye makeup or applying creams to the area for at least one to two weeks following surgery, and avoid coloring or perming your hair for at least 10 days. You can also help prevent an eye infection by avoiding dusty environments and protecting your eyes with dark sunglasses.
It’s a good idea to take a shower prior to your LASIK surgery. Otherwise, you’ll need to delay showering after your eye surgery until the following day. While bathing, take precautions to avoid getting soap and other personal care products in your eyes. Eye surgeons also warn against getting tap water in the eyes for at least a week. For the next two weeks after surgery, avoid using saunas, swimming pools, and hot tubs.
If you have any questions about self-care following your LASIK surgery, please contact Newsom Eye of Tampa. You can reach us at (813) 908-2020 or visit our website to learn more about LASIK care. We offer free initial consultations for patients considering LASIK surgery.
The retina is located at the back of your eye. Retinal detachment refers to a condition in which the tissue detaches from the blood vessels. If you experience potential symptoms of retinal detachment, including flashes of light or a darkened area in your vision field, see an eye surgeon immediately for treatment. If performed promptly, retinal detachment repair surgery may successfully restore your vision.
Methods of Repair
The method of repair your eye surgeon will recommend depends on your unique condition. The eye surgeon might perform a pneumatic retinopexy, during which a gas bubble is injected. The bubble gently flattens the retina, which allows the vitreous fluid to reabsorb. Then, the tear in the retina is sealed with either a laser beam or a freezing technique. Another method of repair your eye surgeon could use is a vitrectomy. During a vitrectomy, the vitreous gel and scar tissue are removed. Then, the eye surgeon can fix holes and flatten the retina. There are other approaches to retinal detachment repair your eye surgeon might recommend, such as the scleral buckle technique. Talk to your eye surgeon about the approach that best suits your needs.
Prognosis for Vision
Most eye surgery patients enjoy a promising prognosis. Retinal detachment repair surgery is successful at restoring vision in more than 90 percent of cases, according to Medline Plus. However, your outlook depends upon the presence of scar tissue, the number of holes in the retina, and the size of those holes. Your prognosis is particularly good if the macula, or the center of your vision, is not affected by the retinal detachment.
Recovery from Surgery
After your eye surgery, expect to limit your activities. Get plenty of rest for at least the first week and avoid strenuous activities for at least a month. Limit activities that may strain your eyes, such as reading or watching TV. Talk to your eye surgeon about when you may resume driving. You may need to use antibiotic eye drops or other medications for a while following surgery.
If you suffer a retinal detachment, the experienced eye care team at Newsom Eye can treat you promptly. Please call our Tampa location at (813) 908-2020 to schedule an appointment. In addition to retinal detachment repair surgery, we offer LASIK eye surgery.