Cataract Surgery & LASIK
Comprehensive Cataract Surgery and LASIK co-management
Having a primary care eye doctor to help them through a cataract or vision correction surgery gives patients extra peace of mind. Dr. O’Donnell provides consistent care, from the initial evaluation, or second opinion, through postoperative care. Dr. Brian O’Donnell has helped many patients make the right treatment decisions and select the right surgeon. He ensures your entire procedure goes smoothly and will deliver any needed follow-up care.
Training & experience you can depend on
Your first step in moving forward with your surgery is a comprehensive examination with Dr. O’Donnell. Dr. O’Donnell is a highly trained, experienced diagnostician and he uses several state-of-the-art tools to give you an exact assessment of your eye health and vision.
He can guide you through the treatment that is best for your vision and eye health. He will explain in detail the surgical procedure and educate you on your options.
Dr. O’Donnell has over two decades of experience and stays up-to-date on the most current cataract and refractive (vision correction) surgery technologies.
Vision Correction Surgery: Helping you decide
There are in fact many types of vision correction surgery, although LASIK surgery is the most common. Dr. O’Donnell explains the pros and cons of LASIK surgery for vision correction and reviews with you your options. He assesses patients for conditions like Dry Eye that could be a problem in surgery. He’ll even help you with which questions to ask a surgeon. Most importantly, he will make sure that LASIK surgery is the right procedure for you and that you are actually a candidate.
Co-managing your vision correction surgery
Once your examination is complete and if surgery is decided upon, Dr. O’Donnell refers you to an experienced and trusted eye surgeon.
A follow-up appointment is usually set for the second day after surgery. It’s important to manage the post-operative care correctly for best outcome. Follow-up includes managing your medicinal eye drops to taper them down correctly and checking your eye health and vision.
What is LASIK vision correction?
LASIK is a type of laser eye surgery. LASIK works by first creating a flap in the cornea, which is folded out of the way. A laser then corrects the refractive error by removing a microscopic layer of the cornea in a precise pattern. The laser then rounds your cornea if you have astigmatism, flattens your cornea if you’re short sighted or steepens your cornea if you’re farsighted. The flap is then smoothed down over the cornea, aligning back perfectly, and the procedure is completed.
Who are candidates for LASIK surgery?
Not everyone is a candidate for LASIK. The following are the more common requirements.
- You shouldn’t be nursing or pregnant
- You should be 18 years of age or older
- You can’t have severe refractive errors
- Your pupils must be of appropriate size
- You must be free of autoimmune disorders
- Your corneas can’t be abnormal or scarred
- You need to have sufficient corneal thickness
- You shouldn’t be taking medications that exacerbate complications
- You’ve been free of eye infections or injuries for a year or longer
Other types of refractive surgery
Most other types of refractive surgery (vision correction surgery) are also laser-based. Many of these procedures have been superseded by LASIK, but some can be better for certain types of eye conditions or can be used in conjunction with LASIK.
What are cataracts?
A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside your eye which leads to a decrease in vision. Cataracts become more common as people age. Blurring, glare, loss of contrast, ghost images and fading colors can be symptoms of cataract development. Early cataracts may not require surgery, since you might only need a new prescription for contacts or glasses. When cataracts greatly interfere with your vision, it might be time for surgery.
Surgically removing the cataract is the only way to restore vision and see the world clearly again. Cataract surgery isn’t just one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures in the U.S., but it’s also one of the safest, most successful surgeries you can have. Cataract surgery typically involves the replacement of your cloudy, natural eye lens with a permanent implant that will restore visual clarity. A comprehensive eye exam by Dr. O’Donnell will help him to advise you about your surgical and nonsurgical options.
Warning signs of cataracts
Over half of all people aged 65 or older have some degree of cataract development. Cataracts usually develop slowly, and they usually cause cloudy, blurred vision, but there are other symptoms that you may experience. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should see Dr. O’Donnell for a comprehensive eye exam so you can find out if you have cataracts.
Top warning signs of cataracts:
- Glare from lights: Cataracts distort the vision and can result in seeing glares and halos.
- Double vision: Having double vision in one eye is a cataract symptom that might improve as the cataract grows.
- Poor night vision: Poor night vision is often one of the earliest symptoms of cataracts. Night vision can worsen as cataracts progress.
- Clouded vision: A cataract is an area of cloudy tissue that forms inside the eye’s lens. This results in what many people describe as cloudy vision.
- Tinted vision: People with cataracts often complain of a brownish or yellowish tint in their vision. This becomes more noticeable as the lens continues to become discolored.
- Changes in vision: Discovering your prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses need frequent updating is another early warning sign of cataracts.