When it comes to precision, comfort, and minimal procedure and recovery time, the latest cataract surgery techniques are second to none. Allowing physicians to work with a smaller incision site and smaller instruments than in the past, surgical modalities have updated a vast number of procedures and turned arduous methods to minimally invasive. At Sylvester Eye Care and Aesthetics, we prioritize staying informed of recent advances in surgery to better serve our Oklahoma City patients. You can expect knowledge of the latest developments, years of experience, and a friendly manner designed to make patients comfortable from each ophthalmologist at Sylvester Eye Care and Aesthetics.
Types of Surgery Offered
A cataract sufferer’s vision is adversely affected by protein deposits clouding their eyes' natural lenses. In cataract surgery, the natural lenses are removed and replaced by new, clear lenses. This minimally invasive procedure only lasts about 10 minutes and is described as painless. An added benefit is that patients can tailor their new vision to their lifestyle, choosing amongst several lens implant options that can minimize or erase their need for glasses at near or distance, or both.
Every eye surgeon gets asked repeatedly about Lasik, the corneal surgery that can end a patient’s dependence on glasses. Sylvester Eye Care and Aesthetics performs state-of-the-art “all-laser LASIK” using two lasers to alter the curvature of the cornea and better direct light into the eye thereby alleviating the need for glasses. Lasik surgery is an efficient procedure, lasting only 10 minutes and recovery is short, typically resulting in good vision within the first 24 hours.
Photo refractive keratectomy, or PRK surgery, also corrects nearsightedness and farsightedness for clearer vision by altering the shape of the cornea via laser. Clear contact lenses are temporarily worn during the healing process to help minimize any discomfort. PRK takes a mere few minutes to perform, and is a great corneal surgery option for patients with corneas too thin to undergo LASIK surgery.
The most common symptom of glaucoma is elevated intraocular pressure. As with cataracts, your ophthalmologist will need to monitor the progression of your glaucoma to decide when surgery is required. Sylvester Eye Care and Aesthetics uses two different laser treatments to address glaucoma: 1) Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT), which is a quick and painless in-office treatment that helps the eye’s aqueous fluid flow better through the drainage canals of the eye and thereby lowering the eye pressure. 2) Laser Peripheral Iridotomy (LPI), where a laser creates a detour in the iris to allow the aqueous humor to move and clear away pupillary blockage in a specific type of glaucoma called “Narrow angle glaucoma”.
Additionally, there are two minimally invasive procedures, the iStent implant and laser EndoCycloPhotocoagulation (ECP), which your eye surgeon can perform at the same time as cataract surgery to lower eye pressure and help treat glaucoma.
If your eyelid shape is inhibiting your vision or if you just don’t like the appearance, look into our services including upper lid blepharoplasty, ectropion repair, and entropion repair. These procedures may help fix puffy skin or protrusive eyelid tissue.