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1855 West City Dr. Elizabeth City, NC 27909 Monday - Thursday 8:00-5:00 Friday - 8:00-12:00 Phone: 252-338-3909 Fax:     252-331-1213
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  At Coastal Eye Center we offer FREE LASIK eye surgery consultations. Our staff and eye doctors are ready to examine your eyes to see if you are a candidate for this type of eye surgery. The great news is that Coastal Eye Center offers vision correction procedures for all types of eye care patients so if LASIK is not right for you we have alternative procedures ranging from PRK to premium lens implants. Call us today! 252-338-3909 LASIK If you have a refractive error, such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism or presbyopia, refractive surgery is a method for correcting or improving your vision. This surgical procedure is used to adjust your eye's focusing ability by reshaping the cornea, or clear, round dome at the front of your eye. Other procedures involve implanting a lens inside your eye. The most widely performed type of refractive surgery is LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis), where a laser is used to reshape the cornea. For people who are nearsighted, certain refractive surgery techniques will reduce the curvature of a cornea that is too steep so that the eye's focusing power is lessened. Images that are focused in front of the retina, due to a longer eye or steep corneal curve, are pushed closer to or directly onto the retina following surgery. Farsighted people will have refractive surgery procedures that achieve a steeper cornea to increase the eye's focusing power. Images that are focused beyond the retina, due to a short eye or flat cornea, will be pulled closer to or directly onto the retina after surgery. Astigmatism can be corrected with refractive surgery techniques that selectively reshape portions of an irregular cornea to make it smooth and symmetrical. The result is that images focus clearly on the retina rather than being distorted due to light scattering through an irregularly shaped cornea. Refractive surgery might be a good option for you if you: Want to decrease your dependence on glasses or contact lenses Are free of eye disease Accept the inherent risks and potential side effects of the procedure Understand that you could still need glasses or contacts after the procedure to achieve your best corrected vision Have an appropriate refractive error Cataract patients now have an option to see at both near and far distances after cataract surgery! Individuals suffering from cataracts previously had only a mono-focal lens implant option after surgery. NEW multi-focal IOL technology can now decrease dependence on glasses after surgery Retina The retina is the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of our eye. Light rays are focused onto the retina through our cornea, pupil and lens. The retina converts the light rays into impulses that travel through the optic nerve to our brain, where they are interpreted as the images we see. The doctors at Coastal Eye Center take great care in diagnosing and treating problems and disease of the retina including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal detachment. Corneal Transplant Corneal transplants are also referred to as Penetrating Keratoplasty (PKP) and corneal grafting.  This sight saving surgery involves replacing an eye's scarred, diseased or damaged cornea with clear corneal donor tissue. This procedure can improve visual acuity as it is replacing the cloudy cornea with clear donor tissue. Corneal transplant or DSAEK is suitable for those with corneal decomposition, corneal dystrophies (other than keratoconus) including Fuch’s Dystrophy, and corneal trauma/corneal scarring. The donor cornea is prepared to create the corneal"button". The corneal button will become the transplanted cornea. The diseased, or scarred, cornea is then removed, creating a"bed" for the transplant cornea. Finally, the donor cornea is gently sewn into place with ultra-fine sutures (approx. one-third the thickness of human hair, or less). Stitches are typically removed at one year. Postoperatively, patients should expect very gradual recovery of vision. In fact, the best vision may not be obtained for six to 12 months or more following surgery, even though vision may be improved from the first day after surgery in some cases. Cornea Center Corneal Transplant DSAEK Keratoconus Fuchs′ Dystrophy Fuchs' dystrophy is a rare disorder that affects the cornea — the transparent front surface of your eye. Although the cause of Fuchs' dystrophy is unknown, it is often an inherited disorder. Normally, the cells that line the back surface of the cornea prevent excess fluid from accumulating in the cornea. This helps the cornea maintain its transparency. But with Fuchs' dystrophy, those cells slowly deteriorate and die off. As a result, fluid builds up in the cornea. This may cause swelling, cloudy vision, pain and loss of corneal transparency. Fuchs' dystrophy causes a variety of vision problems and can eventually lead to blindness. Early signs of Fuchs' dystrophy may be detected in people who are in their 30s and 40s. But most people don't experience symptoms or problems until they're in their 50s and 60s. Signs and symptoms usually affect both eyes and include: Blurred vision on awakening that may gradually clear up as the day goes on Painful, tiny blisters (epithelial blisters) on the surface of your cornea — caused by excess fluid within the cornea                                   Visual impairment, distorted vision and changes in vision Difficulty seeing at night Blindness Sensitivity to light Seeing halos around lights (astigmatism) A cornea that is cloudy or hazy in appearance Contact our office if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, especially if they seem to worsen over time. If you experience sudden changes in your vision contact our office immediately or go to your nearest E.R. There are other threatening vision eye conditions that have many of the same symptoms as Fuchs’ dystrophy.
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Vision Correction Services: LASIK Laser Vision Correction PRK Glaucoma Services: Glaucoma Diagnostics Laser Treatments Retinal Services: Diabetic Retinopathy Retinal Detachment/Tear Macular Degeneration Flashes and Floaters Corneal Services: DSAEK Corneal Transplants Keratoconus Fuchs' Dystrophy Punctum Plugs Plastic Surgery: Eyelid Surgery Cataract Services: Cataract Surgery Multifocal IOL Implants (ReSTOR) TORIC Lens Implants Contact Lens Services: Contact Lenses Medical Contact Lenses
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