Dr. Barad and Dr. Cecchini perform medical eye exams on patients to monitor eye health conditions and to treat diseases of the eye. This is different than a vision exam for glasses or contact lenses. Some common reasons for a medical eye exam are:
- Yearly examination and monitoring of cataracts
- Dilated diabetic eye exam
- Glaucoma or monitoring of a glaucoma suspect
- Recent development of eye pain, redness, or discomfort in either eye
- Sudden onset of floaters or flashing lights in vision
- Age related macular degeneration or a family history of the disease
Dr. Barad performs the following surgical procedures:
- Blephoroplasty A surgical procedure that repairs drooping eyelids by removing excess skin, muscle and fat. As you age, your eyelids can stretch, and the muscles supporting them weaken. As a result, excess fat may gather above and below your eyelids, causing sagging eyebrows, drooping upper lids and bags under your eyes. Besides making you look older, severely sagging skin around your eyes can impair your peripheral or side vision. Blepharoplasty can reduce or eliminate such impaired vision and tighten the lids to give you a younger look.
- Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) Glaucoma patients require medical treatment to decrease the intraocular pressure in their eyes to prevent progression of the disease. Not all patients are good candidates for eye drop medications because of the monthly cost and issues with compliance. Many of our patients elect to have an SLT procedure to lower their pressure without the use of eye drops. SLT uses a laser that treats specific cells “selectively,” leaving untreated portions of the trabecular meshwork intact. SLT can be repeated and can be used with medications.
- Eye Lid Surgery Dr. Barad performs specific eyelid surgery to correct entropion and ectropion, conditions where the eyelids turn toward the eye or flop away from the eye. Both conditions can cause redness and irritation of the affected eye.
- Laser Peripheral Iridectomy (LPI) Narrow-angle glaucoma can develop when the “angle” between the iris and the cornea in the eye is too small, or closed. This causes the iris to block fluid circulation, increasing pressure inside the eye. LPI makes a small hole in the iris, allowing the fluid to circulate properly around the eye. This procedure is done on patients suffering from closed angle glaucoma or in patients at very high risk of developing such glaucoma.
- YAG Laser Capsulotomy The most common occurrence after cataract surgery is clouding of the membrane (capsule) that remains after surgery, called posterior capsule opacification. If the cloudiness affects your vision, you may need to have this type of laser surgery.