For people with 20/20 vision, light focuses perfectly on the retina to provide clear vision. Light must first pass through the cornea and pupil and then be precisely focused by the lens onto the retina.
Hyperopia, or farsightedness, is when you can see distant objects clearly but things that are closer to you are blurry. Hyperopia occurs when the eye is smaller and has a shorter depth than an average eye. When light enters an eye with hyperopia, the light is focused behind the retina rather than directly on the retina.
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is when you can clearly see objects that are close to you but distant objects are blurry. Myopia occurs when the eye is larger and has a longer depth than an average eye. The light that is focused in the eye now lands in front of the retina rather than directly on it.
Eye allergies, or allergic conjunctivitis, can cause symptoms such as itchy eyes or red eyes. Allergies develop when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized to pollen, dust, pet dander, or mold — also known as allergens. There are 2 main types of eye allergies: seasonal eye allergies and perennial eye allergies. While ocular allergies may be ongoing condition, the right treatment can help reduce symptoms.
Causes of Dry Eye
Dry eye symptoms can be caused by various external influences or changes in the body’s nervous, hormonal, or immune systems. Inflammatory changes in the tear producing glands can interfere with the normal production of tears, which leads to less moisture and protection in the eye’s surface.
Tear Osmolarity & Dry Eye
One possible cause of dry eye is poor quality tears, which fail to lubricate the eye adequately. Tear osmolarity is one means by which the quality of these tears can be assessed. Learn more about how tear osmolarity affects the tear film and causes dry eye.
What are Meibomian Glands?
Learn more about Meibomian Glands – these small glands in the upper and lower lids secrete oils onto the ocular surface. This oil has two main functions: 1) lubricate the eye and 2) prevent the aqueous component of the tear from evaporating away.
In some cases, the eye does not produce enough tears to lubricate itself. To keep more of your own tears in your eye, your doctor may suggest the use of a punctal plug. Learn more about punctal plugs and how they can help your dry eye.
HydroEye Dry Eye Relief
Learn more about what causes dry eyes and how HydroEye Softgels, the only clinically proven dry eye supplement, can help relieve dryness and discomfort. For more information, please see the HydroEye Brochure.
Enhanced Corneal Healing with PROKERA
Learn more about how individuals who have severe dry eye, damage to the cornea due to trauma, or certain eye diseases, can benefit from PROKERA, a biological tissue that accelerates and enhances corneal healing.
A cataract is a cloudiness in the natural lens of the eye that can develop with age. If allowed to develop long enough, it can blur your vision or cause night glare and halos that interfere with everyday activities such as reading and driving. There are surgical options that involve removing the original lens and replacing it with an artificial lens.
Astigmatism is an eye condition that may cause objects to appear blurry from any distance. It may be corrected with Lasik or at the time of cataract surgery to possibly provide you with clear vision. Advancements in eye surgery allow you to correct astigmatism and cataracts at the same time.
Presbyopia is an eye condition that makes it difficult to see objects up close and occurs naturally with age. This is why many people need reading glasses as they get older. Advancements in eye surgery allow you to correct presbyopia and cataracts at the same time.
Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery
Learn more about femtosecond assisted laser cataract surgery and the benefits it can have to your surgical outcome.
Real Time Refractive Surgery with ORA
Learn about how using real-time wavefront technology in the operating room allows your surgeon to fine turn your cataract surgery outcome for superior results. Highly recommended for patients who have had previous refractive eye surgery, such as LASIK, PRK, or RK, have pre-existing corneal pathologies.
Monofocal (Basic) Lens Implant
Learn more about the monofocal (basic) lens implants.
AcrySof IQ Toric IOL
Learn more about how astigmatism can affect the outcome of your cataract surgery and how the AcrySof IQ Toric IOL, designed specifically for patients with astigmatism, can provide clear distance vision.
TECNIS Multifocal IOL
Learn more about the TECNIS Multifocal, a lens design that allows you to see up-close and far away with little if any dependence on glasses.
ActiveFocus Multifocal IOL
Learn more about the AcrySof IQ Restore ActiveFocus Multifocal, an extended depth of focus multifocal lens design that maximizes distance vision and enhances intermediate vision.
Crystalens Accomodative IOL
Learn more about the Crystalens Posterior Chamber Intraocular Lens. This len’s design, which mimics the movements the natural lens of the human eye, allows you to see up-close and far away with little if any dependence on glasses.
Trulign Toric Accomodative Lens
Learn more about the Trulign Posterior Chamber Intraocular Lens and how it can solve your cataract and astigmatism.
Learn more about common treatments and procedures for glaucoma.
Ocular Hypertension (Glaucoma Suspect)
Ocular hypertension refers to any situation in which the pressure inside of the eye is considered higher than normal. Ocular hypertension is a risk factor for glaucoma. Ocular hypertension must be monitored carefully by your eye doctor.
Causes of Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease where high intraocular pressure is often present and is one of several risk factors for glaucoma. High eye pressure can damage the optic nerve, which can result in vision loss or blindness. However, patients with glaucoma may not have high IOP — which is why a comprehensive eye exam, including an examination of the optic nerve, is important for early diagnosis.
Narrow Angle Glaucoma
A small percentage of people with glaucoma have a condition known as narrow-angle glaucoma. This can only be detected through a comprehensive eye exam and usually occurs in people of Asian heritage and people who are farsighted. Intraocular pressure begins to rise with narrow-angle glaucoma, and in some cases could eventually lead to angle-closure glaucoma.
Open Angle Glaucoma
Open-angle glaucoma is one of the most common forms of adult glaucoma. It can only be detected by your eye doctor through a routine eye examination. If not diagnosed, open-angle glaucoma can cause a gradual loss of vision, so it is important to have regular comprehensive eye exams.
Closed Angle Glaucoma
With closed-angle glaucoma, the reduced space for fluid to flow through becomes compromised, blocking the eye’s drainage canals. This does not allow any fluid to drain from the eye and can lead to eye pain. Closed-angle glaucoma is a medical emergency — it is important to immediately seek medical treatment if you experience this symptom.
Learn more about the iStent Implant, a device that is less invasive than traditional procedures, designed to help lower inter-ocular pressure and reduce or eliminate your dependence on pressure lowering eye drops.
Learn more about Trabeculotomy, a type of glaucoma filtering surgery designed to reduce pressure in the eye.
For patients who are not a candidate for either LASIK or PRK, implantable collamer lens, or ICLs, present as a possible alternative. Learn more about how ICLs may provide you with the visual solution you are looking for.