|661 Goodlette Road North, Suite 105, Naples, Florida 34102 Phone: 239-262-6288 Fax: 239-262-5434|
Naples Eye Physicians is equipped with the latest technology in diagnostic and examination equipment, allowing us to provide our patients with the most thorough, comprehensive eye examinations available.
We thoroughly check the internal and external health of your eyes including tests for cataracts and glaucoma. Our physicians also check for the presence of corneal disorders and will examine the retina to ensure proper health and continued good vision.
A cataract is a cloudy area in the lens of the eye. A normal lens is clear and light passes through it to the back of the eye. Cataracts are a normal part of aging and developing progressively. They block some of the light coming into the eye making it increasingly difficulty to see. Cataracts can be cleared up with surgery.
Many people with cataracts may experience symptoms such as:
Most people do not need to stay overnight in a hospital to have cataract surgery. You may go to an outpatient center or hospital, have your cataract removed, and leave when the doctor says you are fit to leave. However, you will need a friend or family member to take you home. You also will need someone to stay with you for at least a day to help you follow your doctor's instructions. It usually takes a few months for the eye to heal from cataract surgery, although good vision usually returns within days.
- Cloudy, fuzzy, foggy vision
- Difficulty in seeing to drive, especially at night
- Trouble seeing to do close work
- Double vision
- Poor vision in bright light
- Seeing halos around lights
- Frequent changes and a stronger glasses prescription
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness and visual impairment in the United States. A simple painless eye exam can detect the disease. With early detection and treatment, glaucoma can usually be controlled and blindness prevented.
Glaucoma can affect anyone from newborn infants to the elderly. It has been estimated that up to 3 million Americans have glaucoma. At least half of those people do not know they have it because glaucoma usually has no symptoms. People who are at a greater risk for glaucoma include:
To detect glaucoma, your physician will test your visual acuity, visual field, dilate your pupils and test the pressure in your eye. Regular and complete eye exams help to monitor the changes in your eyesight and will help to determine whether you may develop glaucoma.
- Over 45 years old without regular eye exams
- A family history of Glaucoma
- High eye pressure
- African descent
- Previous eye injury
- Regular, long-term use of cortisone/steroid products
Treatments to control glaucoma include medications in the form of either eye drops or pills, laser surgery and conventional surgery.
Macular degeneration is the physical disturbance of the center of the retina known as the macula. The macula is the part of the retina which enables acute and detailed vision. The macula is used for reading, driving, recognizing faces, and watching television. There is a dry form and a wet form of the disease. Recently, there have been numerous developments in treatment options for macular degeneration including lasers and injections.
Long-term, uncontrolled diabetes can cause progressive damage to the eye's retina, resulting in vision loss.
In its early stages, diabetic retinopathy is painless and often produces no symptoms. If this non-proliferative or background retinopathy leads to macular edema, you may notice a gradual blurring of your vision. Reading and other close work may become more difficult. If the abnormal blood vessels bleed, vision may become spotty, hazy, or disappear completely.
However, diabetic retinopathy often causes no symptoms even in advanced cases, so it is very important to have a yearly dilated eye exam. The disease can be treated and vision loss prevented, if diagnosed early enough.
Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is designed to remove excess skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids. The procedure can correct drooping upper lids that tend to sag with time and the puffy bags below the eyes.
LASIK or Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis reshapes the cornea by removing tissue beneath the surface of the cornea. First, a thin layer of the cornea is lifted and folded back. Then, a laser beam is focused on the eye which gently reshapes the outer surface of the cornea. Lastly, the flap is replaced in its original position.
LASIK is performed on an outpatient basis and takes only a few minutes. You will remain awake during the procedure and the only anesthetic you will need is eye drops. Most patients experience improved vision the same day and are able to return to work the very next day.
Our doctors seek the very best outcomes from excellent candidates only, and at least 30% of patients will be advised that they should not have laser vision correction. When you meet with us for your consultation, after a thorough examination and discussion, we will be able to tell you if you are a suitable candidate.
BOTOX Cosmetic® (Botulinum toxin A) injections are used to diminish fine wrinkles between the eyebrows, as well as to lessen the appearance of crow's feet. BOTOX®, an FDA-approved agent, inhibits the function of the muscles that cause the wrinkles, causing a smoothing of the skin, and elimination of wrinkles in many patients. The injections are not permanent. They usually last about 3 to 4 months, although with repeated treatments, they can sometimes last for 6 months. BOTOX® treatments can be combined with other modalities such as chemical peels or laser resurfacing to improve results in the region between the eyebrows. For patients with fine wrinkles, results can be seen soon after injection.
Fine lines and wrinkles, thin lips and a drooping corner of the mouth are all areas that can be aided with injectable fillers such as collagen. Care is individualized to provide a safe and effective treatment option.
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