Glaucoma Treatment | Contact Lenses | Eye Examinations

By: Dr Galanis  09-12-2011
Keywords: glaucoma, vision correction, laser vision correction

We provide comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages. Our services include not only laser vision correction and small-incision cataract surgery but also treatments for a range of conditions such as glaucoma, the diabetic eye, dry eye and macular degeneration.

Regular eye exams are an invaluable tool in maintaining your eyes' health by detecting and preventing disease. Some diseases develop slowly without causing pain or vision loss. Early detection of any problems can reduce the risk of further harm, permanent vision loss, and allow for a choice of treatment options.


Glaucoma is the term for when the pressure inside the eye rises dangerously high, damaging the optic nerve and causing vision loss. The condition often develops over many years without causing pain - so you may not experience vision loss until the disease has progressed. Glaucoma cannot be prevented, and vision lost to it cannot be restored. Left untreated, glaucoma can cause blindness. For these reasons, regular eye exams and early detection are critical.

People at the greatest risk include those who are over the age of 40, diabetic, near-sighted, African-American, or who have a family history of glaucoma.


Dry eye can make a person's eyes dry, red, or irritated. In addition to being uncomfortable, it can damage the eye's tissues and impair vision.

People usually begin experiencing dry eye symptoms as they age, but the condition can also result from eyelid or blinking problems, certain medications, environment, injury, and various health problems. The eyes may become dry and irritated because the lacrimal glands don't produce enough tears, or because the tears themselves have a chemical imbalance.


The macula is a part of the retina in the back of the eye that ensures that our central vision is clear and sharp. Macular degeneration causes a progressive loss of vision. It is the number-one cause of blindness in the U.S.

There are two kinds of macular degeneration: "wet" and “dry.” The “wet” form can be treated in its early stages. Regular eye exams are highly recommended to detect macular degeneration early and prevent permanent vision loss.

Symptoms often associated with macular degeneration include:

SLT (Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty) is an advanced laser system that improves the flow of fluid in the eye, lowering eye pressure for patients with glaucoma.

Using a focused, narrow wavelength, SLT targets specific cells of the eye -- those containing melanin, a natural pigment -- leaving surrounding cells intact. The procedure is painless and has no side effects, although patients are given anti-inflammatory eye drops before and after treatment.


Over 30 million Americans wear contact lenses, according to the American Optometric Association. There are many different kinds of "contacts," including rigid and flexible, extended wear, disposable and planned replacement lenses, and some can be made as bifocals or in different colors. After a thorough eye exam and consultation with an experienced physician, patients who qualify for contact lenses can discuss which type is right for them. All contact lenses require special care and cleaning and regular follow-up visits to ensure that the eyes remain healthy.

Keywords: cataract surgery, dry eye, glaucoma, laser vision correction, Macular Degeneration, vision correction, Vision Loss

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