To provide our patients with quality care in all areas of ophthalmology the Eye Institute of Essex offers Board Certified eye specialists with fellowship training in the following specialties:
Our well qualified front office staff is ready to supply you with any non-medical information you may need. They will take care of your appointments, insurance and bookkeeping matters. The nursing and technical staff at the Eye Institute of Essex are board certified in ophthalmic nursing and trained and certified in ophthalmic technology and actively participate in patient care and education. They assist both physicians and patients in providing expert skills and information with a personal, caring touch. Our nursing, technical and front office staff are readily available to meet your needs. Our first concern at the Eye Institute of Essex is the patient's medical and personal well-being and all our personnel work together to achieve this goal.
Cataracts & Microsurgery
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye causing a decrease in vision, problems while driving because of headlight glare and difficulty seeing in sunlight. Cataracts can be safely and easily removed by our cataract specialists, utilizing the most advanced techniques in phacoemulsification and small incision "no stitch" surgery. Intraocular lens implantation surgery can be performed at the time of cataract extraction using traditional monofocal lens implants or multifocal refractive intraocular lens implants.
Retina and Vitreous Disease & Surgery
Diseases of the retina and vitreous include retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. These diseases can be diagnosed and treated by our retinal specialist with the use of on site diagnostic services include OCT (optical coherence tomography) and digital retinal imaging. Treatment options include on site laser treatment, use of intraocular pharmaceutical agents, including Avastin, Lucentis and Kenalog for the treatment of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy and the most advanced surgical treatments for retinal detachment, epiretinal membrane and diabetic retinopathy.
Lasik and Refractive Surgery
LASIK (Laser Assisted in-Situ Keratomileusis) is a procedure which changes the shape of the cornea, so that images focus more clearly on the retina. LASIK can correct vision problems due to Myopia (near sightedness), Hyperopia (far sightedness) and Astigmatism (irregular corneal curvature).
LASER REFRACTIVE SURGERY combines the use of refractice surgical techniques and a multifocal intraocular lens to eliminate the need to glasses following cataract surgery. Refractive surgical techniques using the ALLEGRETTO WAVE LASER and the Restor Intraocular lens implant can correct vision following cataract extraction at distance, intermediate and near range. Refractive surgery is a multistepped surgical procedure which involved creating corneal flaps in both eyes. This is an in-office procedure which prepares the eyes for the LASIK fine tuning of vision. One week later, cataract surgery ith inplanttion of a multifocal intraocular lens is performed on the first eye. Two weeks later cataract surgery with a multifocal intraocular lens is performed on the second eye. One month later LASIK is performed on both eyes during an in office visit. LACL (Lasik-assisted clear lensectomy) is a refractive procedure which can be done on patients in their mid 40ís and older, wear bifocals and do not have cataracts and want to reduce or eliminate their dependence on glasses or contact lenses. LACL is a purely refractive procedure in which the clear, natural lens of the eye is removed and replaced with the IOL lens. Vision is then fine-tuned with LASIK one month following the lensectomy. The procedure is identical to refractive cataract surgery, except the patient does not have a cataract. LACL can be performed for most level of nearsightedness or farsightedness. It can also be used to correct most levels of astigmatism.
How LASIK reshapes your cornea:
An ophthalmologist changes the curve of the cornea by removing some of the underlying corneal layer. A flap is created on the front of your cornea with a surgical instrument called a "microkeratome". This corneal flap stays attached to the rest of the cornea on one side.
The laser delivers a computer controlled, preset, programmed number of pulses of ultraviolet light to the exposed part of the cornea. Each laser pulse removes a microscopic layer of cornea.
After the laser procedure is complete, the corneal flap is then repositioned over the exposed layer of the cornea. Pressure holds the flap in place as it heals, so no stitches are required.
Two instruments are used to perform LASIK. The microkeratome is an instrument which can make an extremely thin and precise cut to separate the surface layers of the cornea. This instrument creates the "corneal flap". The excimer laser produces a concentrated beam of ultraviolet light that can be precisely focused on the underlying layers of cornea. The laser generates almost no heat so surrounding tissue damage is rare. Use of the ALLEGRETTO WAVE laser with PerfectPulse Technology, the only FDA approved LASIK technology specifically built to address certain optical distortions that are the chief cause of poor nighttime vision and glare. This technology automatically determines each individualís unique preoperative corneal curnature and provides a treatment that not only corrects nearsightedness and farsightedness, but also maintains the corneaís natural shape following treatment.
Oculoplastics & Cosmetic Surgery
Oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery is a specialized area of ophthalmology which involves both functional and cosmetic correction of diseases and abnormalities of the eyelids, eye orbits, tear duct system and surrounding facial structures. Surgery to repair blocked tear ducts, in both children and adults, procedures to correct "droopy" or "baggy" eyelids, removal and reconstruction of malignant eyelid or facial lesions and surgical treatment of thyroid eye disease are just several of the procedures performed by our oculoplastic surgeon. The most advanced laser treatment for cosmetic facial resurfacing and cosmetic eyelid repair are also available.
A disease of the optic nerve which can lead to blindness if not detected and treated in the early stages of disease. Glaucoma treatment includes the latest computerized technology, OCT (optical coherence tomography) in detecting glaucoma, on-site laser treatment using both SLT (selective laser trabeculoplasty) and Yag Laser iridotomy. Medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma can be provided by our board certified physicians.