Q: Do you use Lasers for cataract surgery?
A: This is probably the most often asked question about cataract surgery. Currently, ultrasound is used to break up the cataract and suction it out. However they have developed a Femtosecond laser to help with cataract surgery that may be used in the future, but ultimately we still need to enter the eye to suction the cataract and to insert the intraocular implant.
Q: If I have dry eyes, why do they tear so much?
A: Good question. For some dry eyes, it seems paradoxical until you understand WHY you tear. As your cornea dries out, it sends a message to the brain that it's dry--requesting more tears to be sent. However, the tears being abnormal do not moisturize the eyes, so more tears are sent.
Q: Is there a cure for Glaucoma?
A: : At this time there is no cure. We can usually control it with medication or laser, so it slows down the progression.
Q: What are floaters?
A: They can be from many things, but usually it's a piece of tissue from the back of the eye that was torn off. Normally it's safe, however rarely it is associated with retinal detachment. Therefore, a full dilated exam is necessary to rule out retinal detachment.
Q: I just turned 40 few months ago. Why do I have a hard time reading now?
A: As we age, the lens in our eye, is less flexible and is unable to focus as well. Sometimes the distance vision changes also, however, it's usually near vision that is affected first.