Ophthalmology at Summit Medical Group diagnoses and treats diseases of the eye in people of all ages.
During an eye examination, your ophthalmologist will check for ophthalmology diseases such as glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye that leads to vision loss), macular degeneration (deterioration of the retina), and cataracts (clouding of the lens).
Eye Care Guidelines
The frequency of your ophthalmology examinations depends on your age, health, and family history:
- If you are aged 50 years or younger and have good vision, you should have an eye examination every 3 to 5 years
- If you wear corrective lenses or are aged 50 years or more, you should have an eye examination every 2 years
- Men and women with diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of vision problems should be examined at least once a year
Our ophthalmologists are uniquely qualified to treat many common and uncommon eye diseases. In-office laser treatments for ophthalmology diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy as well as state-of-the-art Lasik surgery are among the procedures our board-certified ophthalmologists perform. In addition to serious eye conditions, our physicians perform general eye examinations, prescribe corrective lenses, and dispense contact lenses.
LASIK is a type of eye surgery to reduce nearsightedness and sometimes astigmatism and farsightedness. LASIK is the abbreviation for laser in situ keratomileusis.
Nearsightedness is when you have trouble seeing distant objects clearly. If you are farsighted, it is difficult to see nearby objects clearly. Astigmatism is a blurry vision that occurs when the cornea is uneven. The cornea is the clear outer layer on the front of the eye.
During LASIK surgery, the surgeon uses a laser or surgical tool to remove the top layer of the cornea (the epithelium) as a flap. The removal of tissue changes the shape of the cornea so that light rays can focus on or closer to the retina, which can improve your vision. At the end of the procedure, the surgeon replaces the flap of epithelium.
LASIK corrects only focusing problems that also can be corrected with glasses and contact lenses.