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In most cases cataract surgery is performed with only topical eye drops, and IV sedation. It is done in an ambulatory surgery center, and the procedure usually takes approximately 15-20 minutes. The entire procedure is done under a microscope through a micro-incision only 3 millimeters in length. An ultrasound tip is placed into the cataract to break it up and aspirate it. This technique is called phacoemulsification , and is the state of the art procedure for cataract surgery.
Diabetes may affect the eyes in several ways. If blood sugar levels fluctuate, transient fluctuation of the vision may occur. This condition is usually remedied with blood sugar control. Diabetics are also more at risk for cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.
At the Northwest Eye Center, we offer state of the art technology to diagnose and treat diabetic eye disease.
If glaucoma is detected it can usually be treated by eye drops, once or twice daily. There are a multitude of prescription eye drops available for the treatment of glaucoma. Laser treatment is also available in the treatment of glaucoma for the patient who does not want to use eye drops or whose glaucoma is not responding to eye drops.
There are many exciting and promising new therapies under investigation at this time, and hopefully in the future we will have more effective treatments for macular degeneration. At the Northwest Eye Center , Dr. O’Rourke can detect macular degeneration. She can determine if you are a candidate for treatment. As always, early detection is the key to a better prognosis.
Dry Eyes is very common in Colorado due to the dry environment, and is often the result of a number of underlying issues. It can be caused by a decrease in tear production, and/or an increase in tear evaporation, and can also be associated with systemic conditions. Treatments include artificial tears, punctal plugs, Restasis, increased hydration, hot compresses, lid cleansing, and oral supplements. Northwest Eye Center is proud to offer a revolutionary new treatment for dry eyes called IPL (intense pulsed light).