The recent wildfires that besieged Sevier County have taken an immeasurable toll in terms of lives lost, property damaged or destroyed and people displaced from their homes. Fortunately, the people of East Tennessee are coming together in impressive numbers to assist locals and visitors who were impacted by the fire’s destruction with their contributions of essential goods and services, finances and volunteer hours.
It was once thought that high eye pressure was the main cause of this optic nerve damage. Although eye pressure is clearly a risk factor, we now know that other factors must also be involved because even people with “normal” IOP (intraocular pressure) can experience vision loss from glaucoma. [Read more…]
Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun offer a variety of services that support ophthalmology, including treatments that stop twitching, correct eyelid issues, restore eyelashes, and even reduce wrinkles.
One treatment we offer is BOTOX®. Though you’d think this would primarily be offered by cosmetic surgeons, BOTOX also has value for treating eye conditions. [Read more…]
It Depends On How Old–Or How Young–You Are.
Regular eye examinations are important for a number of reasons. The most obvious, of course, is making sure that you’re able to see to do the things you want to do. Your eyes are continually changing, and regular exams help you and your doctor make corrections to your vision (via glasses, contacts, LASIK or other procedures) to keep your sight the best it can be. [Read more…]
During cataract surgery, the physician replaces the cloudy natural lens in the eye with an artificial one. Cataract surgery is very common and has a high success rate. And new lens technologies are helping to make outcomes better for many cataract patients.
Initially, replacement lenses, or intraocular implants (IOLs) were monofocal–they were only capable of focusing at either near or far distance. Patients would use corrective lenses to compensate. [Read more…]
Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures performed in the United States, and it has one of the highest success rates of any surgery. However, there are cases after cataract surgery where the patient is still experiencing cloudy vision. This may develop weeks or even months after successful surgery.
This cloudiness is not uncommon, and it can be corrected using a procedure called Posterior Capsulotomy.
The lens of your eye has a cellophane-like outer lining called the capsule. During cataract surgery, the natural lens in the eye is removed, but great care is taken to keep the capsule in place to hold the replacement artificial (intraocular) lens.
Sometimes after surgery, the posterior capsule (located behind the implanted intraocular lens) can become cloudy, causing some loss of vision. When this happens, your ophthalmologist performs a Posterior Capsulotomy to reduce the obstruction.
The procedure is often called a YAG Laser Treatment, after the name of the instrument used to perform it. In the YAG treatment, a carefully aimed beam of light creates a tiny opening in the capsule, allowing light to enter the eye. This treatment usually results in an immediate and dramatic change in vision.
If you have cataract surgery, your physician will ask you to report any cloudiness or changes in vision that may occur afterwards. This is done because if a Posterior Capsulotomy becomes necessary later, the earlier you determine if the treatment will benefit you, the better your chances of restoring vision clarity.
And keep in mind that Posterior Capsulotomies are not uncommon; the cloudiness can be part of the body’s normal healing process.
Need to know more about cataracts and cataract surgery? Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun have performed thousands of cataract procedures, and offer the latest in premium cataract intraocular replacement lenses. To schedule an appointment, call 865-584-0905 or contact us here.
You may be suffering from a Retinal Vein Occlusion. This is a blockage in one of the small vessels that transports blood away from the retina. If one of the veins gets blocked, the blockage can create an immediate change in vision. [Read more…]
Uveitis is a type of eye inflammation. It is an irritation of the uvea, or center part of the eye, which includes the iris and surrounding tissue. Uveitis can be a serious condition which can lead to permanent vision loss if not identified and properly treated. [Read more…]
East Tennessee in the Spring and Fall is beautiful—unless you suffer from allergies. Then it can be torture. Pollen from scores of different plants can trigger allergic reactions that lead to sneezing, itching, burning eyes, and other uncomfortable symptoms.
And if you suffer from allergies—you’re not alone. It’s estimated that between one quarter and one third of all Americans are affected by allergic conjunctivitis, or allergy-inflamed eyes. [Read more…]
Everyone’s eyes itch from time to time. But if you find that your eyes are frequently itchy and irritated, especially if you notice any crusting around your eyelids or lashes, you might have a condition called blepharitis.
Blepharitis is a chronic inflammation of the eyelids, which can cause irritation, itching, crusting of the eyelashes and, occasionally, a red eye. Blepharitis can occur any time during your life, and it may happen once or many times.
Blepharitis is sometimes called “granulated eyelids.”
Symptoms include redness of the eyelid margin and crusty scales, along with itching, burning, and flaking. Loss or eyelashes or distortion of the margins of the eyelids may also occur. Blepharitis takes two forms. The first, an immune reaction to the overgrowth of bacteria, is the more common form of blepharitis. Seborrheic blepharitis, a less common form, is characterized by oily or greasy flakes or crust. It may also be in conjunction with dandruff or other skin reactions.
If left untreated, blepharitis can become severe and even lead to the ulceration or erosion of the eyelid or cornea, which can cause great discomfort.
Hygiene is the key to combatting blepharitis, and patients need to be consistent to get blepharitis under control. When the patient wakes up, he/she should use eye scrub pads to clean the eyelid margins to remove any crusting or scales. If scrub pads aren’t available or are too expensive, another approach is to use a cotton swab and a solution of 50/50 water/baby shampoo, cleaning along the eyelid margin for at least a minute. Your eyecare professional may also prescribe an ointment to use while sleeping, and hot compresses can be useful, too.
Strict lid hygiene is very important when it comes to the treatment of blepharitis. The following regimen may be useful:
For seborrheic blepharitis, oily scalp treatments or dandruff shampoos may be used. And once blepharitis is under control, antibiotics may be used occasionally to keep it that way. For severe cases, antibiotics and steroid preparations may be prescribed.
Learn more about blepharitis here.