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Mankato, MN 56001
Opthamology Associates Eye Services
Routine eye Care
At Ophthalmology Associates, we believe one of the most critical and important services we provide are routine comprehensive eye exams. We welcome, and encourage, patients of all ages to schedule a routine eye exam with one of our highly trained doctors. Not only will we check your eyes to determine if glasses or contact lenses will be beneficial, we will also perform a thorough comprehensive exam of your eyes. Doing this allows us to detect any potential problems, many times even before they become symptomatic. Early detection of eye problems by a highly trained specialist can be the key to preventing vision loss. Please use the guideline below and if you have not had a routine checkup in the suggested time frame, call us at: 507-345-6151, toll free 888-605-5189.
Eye Exam Guidelines
- 0-3 years old (If recommended by pediatrician).
- 4-7 years old 1st comprehensive exam (if not done earlier).
- 8-40 years old every 2-3 years
- 41-60 years old every 2 years
- 61 years and older every 1-2 years
Lose the Cataract and Lose the Glasses - Multifocal Lenses
Multifocal lenses refer to artificial lenses that, when implanted inside the eye, restore both distance and near vision without the need for glasses. Historically, when someone developed a cataract (clouding of the lens inside the eye), it was removed and replaced with a clear, monofocal lens that allowed for focus at one distance. This meant that glasses were often necessary for distance and/or near vision. Newer technologies and cataract surgery techniques have allowed for more precision and greater options in correcting vision to reduce the dependence on glasses. Premium multifocal lenses are a type of intraocular lens. Ophthalmology Associates of Mankato is pleased to offer mulitfocal lenses to the community. Multifocal lenses, like traditional IOLs, are implanted in the eye, producing lasting vision correction. While typical intraocular lenses are monofocal, having a single viewing distance, premium multifocal lenses have different distance zones built into the lens, allowing for both near and distance viewing. While multifocal lenses do tend to take more time to adapt to, the results are obvious once the patient's eyes adjust.
Candidates for Multifocal Lenses
Anyone undergoing cataract surgery could potentially benefit from multifocal options. This is the optimal time to implant the new, man-made lens because the cataract has to be removed regardless. This generally occurs sometime after the age of fifty. Given the success of multifocal technologies, it has also become possible to elect implantation prior to the need for cataract surgery.
Implantation of Multifocal Lenses
Your physician at Ophthalmology Associates will make a small, stitch-less, incision in the front of the eye. Through that small incision, the cloudy cataract will be removed. Then the multifocal implant will carefully be positioned inside the eye to replace the old lens. As there are multiple options for allowing clear vision, your surgeon will select the best technology as it relates to your prescription and visual demands. Depending on the type of technology selected, your surgeon can target good distance and near vision (traditional book reading distance) or good distance and intermediate vision (computer distance). It is important that you work together with your doctor to allow the best result to meet your personal visual demands. A small percentage of patients will notice a glare or halo around lights at night.
Remove the Cloud and Regain Your Vision - Intraocular Lens (IOL)
An intraocular lens (IOL) is an implantable artificial lens, designed to replace the natural lens of the eye. A typical intraocular lens is monofocal, meaning that it has a fixed, single viewing distance. Therefore, individuals with an intraocular lens may still require corrective lenses in order to read or drive following treatment. However, some patients may be candidates for premium multifocal lenses, which greatly reduce dependence on corrective lenses.One of our physicians will be able to evaluate your case and determine if implantation of an intraocular lens (IOL) at our or one of our satellite locations meets your individual needs.
Intraocular Lens Candidates
Anyone who is a candidate for cataract surgery is also a potential candidate for an intraocular lens. Insertion of an intraocular lens for the treatment of cataracts is one of the most commonly performed eye surgical procedures. Once the clouded cataract is removed, the intraocular lens will be implanted to replace the natural lens of the eye. With the cataract removed and the new IOL in place, almost all patients regain good if not superior vision. And there is no chance of the cataract returning, since the natural lens has been removed.
While the use of IOLs in cataract surgery is quite common, intraocular lenses also serve another purpose. For patients looking to correct severe refractive errors, the implantation of intraocular lenses can permanently correct their vision. Individuals with serious vision problems will not be viable candidates for LASIK, or Intralase; fortunately, the implantation of an intraocular lens can correct dramatic refractive errors that these other procedures cannot.
See the Difference We Can Make - Corneal Treatments
A damaged or diseased cornea can cause enormous vision problems and even blindness. Ophthalmology Associates of Mankato offers a multitude of procedures and techniques to meet the needs of most any patient with a variety of approaches. During a personal consultation, one of our doctors will evaluate your case and determine the proper course of treatment.
- Pterygium Removal - Pterygium is benign thickening of the outer coating of the eye that grows onto the cornea. While there is no cure, laser surgery can be used to alleviate symptoms.
- Photo-therapeutic Keratectomy (PTK) - Designed to treat corneal surface disease. Removal of the outer layer of the cornea, and subsequent smoothing of the cornea using a laser.
- Superficial Keratectomy (SK) - Used to remove corneal haze or blurry vision. Removal of the outermost layer of the cornea and the anterior stroma.
- Corneal Laceration Repair - Either a partial or full laceration resulting from a scratch to the cornea. Irrigation, patching, and suturing may be used to correct the laceration; in some cases laser surgery can also be used.
Beat Potential Glaucoma Blindness
Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions in which increased fluid pressure inside the eye causes irreversible damage to the optic nerve. The optic nerve is responsible for carrying visual information from the eye to the brain. If left untreated, glaucoma will eventually lead to blindness. Glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness in the United States, and first worldwide. Glaucoma can affect anyone at any age.
The four major types of glaucoma are:
- Open-angle glaucoma - This is a chronic condition found primarily in adults, which slowly and painlessly manifests over time. It is the most common form of the affliction.
- Angle-closure glaucoma - This is an acute condition found primarily in adults, which requires emergency treatment.
- Congenital glaucoma - This is a hereditary condition that is present at birth, causing abnormal development of the fluid channels in the eye.
- Secondary glaucoma - This is a systemic condition caused by other contributing factors such as drugs and other diseases.
While there is still no actual cure for glaucoma, Ophthalmology Associates of Mankato does offer treatment options to slow, stop, and in some cases reverse the effects of the disease. The goal of any glaucoma treatment is to reduce eye pressure, as this is the inevitable cause of vision impairment. Depending on the type of glaucoma, medication and surgery are currently the only viable options. The most common treatment method prescribed is medicated eye drops, which reduce pressure and in some cases protect the optic nerve from further damage. Eye drops are usually prescribed to patients with open-angle and secondary glaucoma, and in some cases angle-closure. For those suffering from angle-closure glaucoma, the pain caused by an attack will dictate emergency medical attention. If left untreated, angle-closure glaucoma can result in blindness in a matter of days. Medicated eye drops or pills may be prescribed, but in all likelihood laser surgery will be necessary. Laser surgery for both angle-closure and congenital glaucoma reopens or creates new channels for fluid in the eye in order to reduce swelling.
Learn More about Glaucoma
While there may be no permanent cure for any type of glaucoma, there is no reason to forgo treatment in lieu of vision impairment and eventual blindness. The Ophthalmology Associates offers a variety of treatments for all types of the eye condition. Please contact us today to schedule your personal consultation with one of our physicians; the sooner your glaucoma is diagnosed, the better chance there is of improving, and ultimately saving, your vision.
Lid Surgery / Blepharoplasty
Lid surgery or Blepharoplasty is surgical modification of the eyelid. Excess tissue such as skin and fat are removed or repositioned, and surrounding muscles and tendons may be reinforced. It can be both a functional and cosmetic surgery.
Blepharoplasty is often done as an elective surgery for cosmetic reasons. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is almost always done for cosmetic reasons, to improve puffy lower eyelid "bags" and reduce the wrinkling of skin.
Blepharoplasty is sometimes needed for functional reasons. When an advanced amount of upper eyelid skin is present, the skin may protrude over the eyelashes and causes a loss of peripheral vision. The outer and upper parts of the visual field are most commonly affected and the condition may cause difficulty with activities such as driving or reading. In this circumstance, upper eyelid blepharoplasty is performed to improve peripheral vision.
Blepharoplasty is usually performed through external incisions made along the natural skin lines of the eyelids, such as the creases of the upper lids and below the lashes of the lower lids. The operation typically takes one to three hours to complete. Initial swelling and bruising resolve in one to two weeks but at least several months are needed until the final result becomes stable. Blepharoplasty's effects are best appreciated by comparing before and after photos of surgical patients.
The anatomy of the eyelids, skin quality, age, and the adjacent tissue all affect the cosmetic and functional outcomes. During the first few weeks after a blepharoplasty, patients normally experience excessive tearing, light sensitivity and sometimes double or even blurred vision. The whites of the patient's eyes can turn red or have red splotches. These symptoms usually disappear on their own within two or three weeks after the operation.
Let Us Help Save Your Sight
At Ophthalmology Associates of Mankato, we have vast experience treating a variety of retinal conditions. We have the technology and knowledge to diagnose and discuss with you how to proceed with your treatment
Treatments for Retinal Conditions
- Treatment of Wet Macular Degeneration - Abnormal blood vessel growth causes leakage in the eye, leading to rapid vision loss if left untreated. Injections as well as PDT can help treat the degeneration.
- Treatment of Dry Macular Degeneration - Atrophy of the epithelial layer below the retina causes vision loss in the central part of the eye. Injections and vitamin supplements have been shown to slow the degeneration.
- Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy - Excess glucose in the bloodstream causes the capillaries in the back of the eye to swell and leak fluid, eventually causing blindness. Laser surgery has been shown to slow the progression of the disease.
- Treatment for Retinal Tears and Detachment - When the retina is torn or peeled away from the supporting tissues, it can become detached without rapid treatment. Several treatment options are available, including laser surgery and injections.
- Retinal Injections - We proudly utilize Lucentis® and Avastin®, for our patients with retinal conditions.
Learn More about Retinal Conditions
Early diagnosis and treatment of retinal conditions are crucial to preventing permanent vision damage or loss. Routine eye exams are critical as people age, especially if there are other potential risk factors involved, such as diabetes. Please contact us today to schedule a personal consultation with one of our expert physicians to be evaluated for potential retinal conditions.
Laser Vision Correction - LASIK
LASIK is a surgical procedure in which the corneal curvature is modified reduce a patient's dependence on glasses and contact lenses. LASIK surgery was first performed in 1990 and has since grown to become one of the most popular elective procedures performed throughout the world due to its effectiveness, safety, and remarkable results.
The LASIK procedure at the Ophthalmology Associates, involves the creation of a flap in the corneal tissue. In order to create the corneal flap, small incisions must be made using a mechanical microkeratome, a surgical implement with a small oscillating blade.
LASIK versus INTRALASE
Eligible candidates for any eye surgery, including LASIK or INTRALASE must be 18 years of age, have a stable prescription, and have sufficient corneal tissue to allow for treatment. However, other factors may cause INTRALASE not to be recommended, such as uncontrolled systemic diseases like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. A thorough examination is the best way to determine whether you are a viable candidate.
Unlike LASIK, the INTRALASE procedure is entirely bladeless, utilizing only our advanced laser technology. Guided by a highly precise wavefront map of the surface of the eye, the laser is then used to reshape the cornea. The entire surgery typically lasts between 10 and 15 minutes, with total laser time usually lasting between 30 and 45 seconds per eye.
With the use of INTRALASE technologies, 95 percent of patients achieve 20/20 or better vision after the initial treatment. One-hundred percent have achieved 20/40 or better vision (legal driving vision without glasses or contacts). While patients who undergo traditional LASIK have to wait for their blade-created corneal flap to heal, most patients who undergo IntraLase® are able to return to work the next day.
Learn More about LASIK
Our doctors and staff have vast experience performing a range of eye treatments and surgeries, and we would be more than happy to provide further education on LASIK and its alternatives. Please contact us to schedule your personal consultation with one of our physicians.
INTRALASE LASIK SURGERY
INTRALASE LASIK Laser Eye Surgery
Introduction INTRALASE LASIK Laser Eye Surgery
INTRALASE is one of the most advanced laser eye surgery procedures available on the market today. It is also known as 'Bladeless LASIK' or 'All -Laser LASIK.
In normal LASIK surgery, a hand-held blade or microkeratome is used to create a flap on the cornea so that the eximer laser can be used to work on the layer below. With the INTRALASE procedure, a laser is also used for cutting the flap.
In place of the microkeratome blade, a femtosecond laser is used. With the use of this special laser, the flap that is cut can be more precise than the comparable manual methods.
By using the femtosecond laser any distortion and complications that arise from cutting the flap are significantly less than using traditional methods.
How is the INTRALASE procedure performed?
Sophisticated computer software is used to guide the femtosecond laser beam as it creates tiny bubbles, less than three microns in diameter, on the outer layer of the cornea.
The flap in the cornea is created to the exact size and depth as planned by the surgeon. As with using a microkeratome to create the flap there is a small section of tissue that is not cut and retains contact with the cornea.
The advantages of INTRALASE over traditional LASIK.
There are a number of significant advantages that can be derived from using Intra Lase over traditional LASIK.
- You will tend to heal quicker and your recovery from surgery will be speedier.
- The surgery itself will be more accurate which makes for better results.
- More patients have reported achieving twenty-twenty vision and less patients have reported deterioration in vision.
- You will have better cornea flap cuts which will be cleaner and less prone to infections and inflammations.
- Patients with thin corneas were not suitable candidates for the LASIK surgery procedure but they can take advantage of the INTRALASE procedure.
- There are fewer complications with the LASIK procedure when it is used in conjunction with the INTRALASE method.
- When the INTRALASE method is used, the curve of the cornea is followed.
- The flap that is produced has vertical edges that are much easier for the surgeon to manage.
- Since the INTRALASE lasers are much more sterile than blades, the chances of infection and inflammation are virtually eliminated.
- During the INTRALASE procedure a low vacuum suction ring is used to hold the eye in place instead of the much stronger vacuum used in blade surgery.
- With the reduced tension on the eye from the low vacuum suction, there may be slightly more chances of superficial bleeding.
- This type of bleeding does not affect your vision and it resolves by itself quite quickly.
Latest developments in INTRALASE technology.
Femtosecond treatment procedures are being combined with INTRALASE and Wavefront technology to create what is being called. 'All Laser LASIK'.