Eye Care & Surgery Center NJ Bladeless LASIK Laser Cataract Surgeon Blog

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Choosing Cataract Lens Implants in NJ

NJ patients contemplating Cataract Surgery should understand that choosing a Lens Implant for Cataracts is an important decision. “The decision on exactly how to correct your vision after Cataract Surgery used to be a decision that was the sole responsibility of your Cataract Surgeon”, said New Jersey Cataract Surgeon Ivan Jacobs, M.D. of The Eye Care & Surgery Center. “As more advanced types of lens implant technology became available that could do some extra things for patients, we were able to offer our Cataract patients some options for their vision correction”, said Dr. Jacobs. Beginning in around 2005 it became necessary for Cataract Surgeons to discuss Lens Implant options with patients so together they could choose the most appropriate lens implant for the lifestyle needs of the patient.

Only after the Cataract evaluation can we make a firm recommendation for each patient because the choice of Lens Implant really depends on several factors including the patient’s prescription, the overall health of their eyes, whether they have any other health problems such as diabetes and most importantly how they use their eyes throughout their daily routine. A type of lens implant called an aspheric lens implant seems to give the sharpest, most crisp vision-but only corrects distance vision and requires you to wear reading glasses or bifocals after cataract surgery. This might be fine for a truck driver who needs cataract surgery, but might not be the best choice for a sales clerk who uses his or her eyes at many distances all day. A type of lens implant called a toric lens implant is often selected for Cataract patients who have correction their eyeglasses.

If you have a toric lens implant to correct your vision after Cataract Surgery you will still need to correct you near vision to see up close with reading glasses of some sort. For those patients who do a number of things throughout the day that require seeing far away, at arm’s length-say for the computer and also to see up close, if you are a good candidate we can offer you a multifocal lens implant that corrects near vision and presbyopia and so it will help you see at a range of distances without being totally dependent on eyeglasses. Choosing a Lens Implant is a joint effort between you and your eye surgeon. It is not your decision alone. It’s not like buying a pair of shoes or a car where you can ask your friends for a good “brand” or you can read a brochure or see a TV commercial and then you can choose. It requires the careful evaluation and recommendation of skilled and experienced cataract surgeon to help you make the best choice. If you or someone you know has Cataracts and needs help with Cataract Surgery and Lens Implant information please feel free to call The Eye Care & Surgery Center-908-789-8999.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

NJ Cornea Specialist on Infections

“As a cornea specialist I am acutely aware of the potential seriousness of corneal infections or Keratitis”, commented Joel Confino, M.D. of The Eye Care & Surgery Center in New Jersey. “It is important for patients to understand that the normal healthy cornea is quite resistant to infection, but if the outermost layer of the cornea, called the Epithelium, is damaged in any way this can be a problem,” said Dr. Confino. Accidents or trauma of any type, such as from getting a poke in the eye from a branch or a finger, a foreign body, such as metal or even from a dirty or damaged contact lens, can present the opportunity for bacteria, viruses or fungi to penetrate the cornea and cause an infection. Generally, events such as these can result in painful inflammation and corneal infections called Keratitis. “The typical signs and symptoms of corneal infections or Keratitis might include redness of the eye, pain, light sensitivity or photophobia, excessive eye watering and even the appearance of a white spot where the actual focus of the infection is located in the cornea,” further explained Dr. Confino. If not recognized and treated promptly, corneal infections can lead to erosion, ulceration and even scarring, which can impair vision and may require a Corneal Transplant. Quick diagnosis and treatment are the best way to avoid the potential for damage and vision loss from a corneal infection. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing any of these signs or symptoms-especially if they have had any trauma to their eyes-please called The Eye Care & Surgery Center-908-789-8999 and request an immediate appointment with NJ Corneal Specialist Joel Confino, M.D.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Help for Bulging Eyes in NJ

“As a matter of course we are always careful to observe and question the appearance of bulging eyes when NJ patients present at The Eye Care & Surgery Center,” remarked NJ Ophthalmologist Joel Confino, M.D. “Bulging Eyes is the common term patients use to describe eye conditions known medically as exophthalmos or proptosis’, commented NJ Oculoplastic Surgery Specialist Baljeet Purewal, M.D. Besides possibly being a bit odd looking, bulging eye conditions can also cause a number of problems such as not being able to completely close your eyes during sleep or even during normal blinking which can lead to dry eye symptoms, discomfort and ultimately damage the eye’s surface as a result of scarring. Sometimes eye bulging can restrict or interfere with normal eye movements.

“We need to be able to properly diagnose the difference between eyes that are simply “prominent” as compared to eyes that actually “bulging”, said Dr. Purewal. “In instances of true bulging eyes, we need to carefully determine the cause so that we can offer an appropriate treatment as necessary,” Dr. Purewal further explained. Causes of bulging eyes can include Graves Disease that results in hyperthyroidism and too much thyroid hormone, inflammation of the tissue around the eye and inside the bony orbit of the eye called Cellulitis, certain tumors behind, inside or around the eye, hemorrhages behind the eye and injury to the eye.

If you or someone you know suffers from bulging eyes please feel free to schedule an examination at The Eye Care & Surgery Center-908-789-8999.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

NJ Longer Fuller Eyelashes & LATISSE™

NJ patients interested in longer fuller eyelashes to enhance their appearance will be pleased to learn about LATISSE™ at The Eye Care & Surgery Center with offices in Westfield, Warren and Iselin, New Jersey. LATISSE™ is an FDA approved treatment that can help you grow fuller, longer lashes. Most people who are interested in their appearance know the value of having big, bright, beautiful eyes. While eye makeup alone may be able to help you achieve a fuller and longer look for your eyelashes, LATISSE™ can actually help you grow fuller, longer eyelashes on your own! Your lashes are a big part of making your eyes more visible and adding that bright beautiful look to your appearance.

Lash enhancers have been used since ancient times to brighten the look of eyes. Today there are numerous eyelash cosmetics and treatments available to help you look your best. An option, for those who want to fully benefit from these treatments, is to make the most of their own natural lashes by enhancing their growth so that they are actually longer, fuller and darker.

LATISSE™ is a solution intended for use on the upper eyelid margins or the base of the eyelashes. It is a solution we can prescribe after an initial examination and consultation, so that it can be determined if LATISSE™ is a good choice for you. It is important to follow your physician's instructions for LATISSE™ use. You should make your physician aware of any side effects that may occur, in a small number of patients, so that they can be addressed. These can include itching and redness of the eye itself, eye irritation, darkening of the skin around the eye, and bdryness or redness of the skin around the eye. Make sure that you keep the appointments for follow-up visits with your physician, so that they can be sure you are getting the results you desire and not experiencing any of the side effects mentioned.

LATISSE™ is available from many physicians. As a Board Certified NJ Ophthalmologist and Cosmetic Eye Plastic Surgeon, Baljeet Purewall, M.D. is a NJ eye physician and surgeon who is a specialist in understanding your eyes and the delicate tissue around your eyes, including your lashes, eyelid margins, and eyelids. She are specifically trained and experienced in the examination and treatment of these areas for your eye health and cosmetic appearance-and we are here to help you look your best!