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  • Laser Photocoagulation and Cryopexy for Retinal Tears-Topic Overview

    Laser photocoagulation and cryopexy are used to fix tears in the retina and prevent a retinal detachment. These methods work well to treat certain retinal tears. But some people will need future treatment for a tear in another part of the retina. You can usually receive these treatments in a doctor’s office or an outpatient […]

  • Detached Retina

    Detached Retina The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is a layer of support cells that lines the back of the eye. It is normally attached to the sensory retina layer. In retinal detachment caused by a retinal tear, the sensory retina is pulled away from the RPE because fluid builds up between the two layers. Part […]

  • PRK, LASEK, and Epi-LASIK for Nearsightedness

    Surgery Overview PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis), and epi-LASIK (epithelial laser in-situ keratomileusis) use a laser to reshape the cornea . By reshaping the cornea, these surgeries allow light to focus on the retina and thereby correct a person’s vision. With PRK, the top layer on the surface of the cornea (epithelium) is […]

  • Glaucoma: Unproven Treatment Methods-Topic Overview

    Glaucoma can’t be cured, and treatment doesn’t always prevent further loss of vision, So you may be attracted to a treatment that some people claim is helpful, even though it has not been medically proved to work. Some alternative remedies can be harmful. Even when these treatments are not harmful, they can be expensive and […]

  • Glaucoma Screening-References

    Citations American Academy of Ophthalmology (2010). Comprehensive Adult Medical Eye Evaluation (Preferred Practice Pattern). San Francisco: American Academy of Ophthalmology. Available online: American Academy of Ophthalmology (2010). Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma Suspect (Preferred Practice Pattern). San Francisco. American Academy of Ophthalmology. Also available online: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2013). Screening for glaucoma. U.S. […]

  • Warm Compresses for Eye Problems-Topic Overview

    Warmth may relieve pain, relax muscle spasms, increase circulation, and help heal a wound or other problems that affect the eye. For an eye problem, use either of the following methods: Dry warmth. Place a protective layer of fabric between a warm compress and the skin. Heating pads and hot water bottles can be used […]

  • Dry Eye Syndrome-Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Eye Problems: Using Eyedrops and Eye Ointment

  • Types of Retinal Detachment-Topic Overview

    There are three types of retinal detachment . Rhegmatogenous retinal detachment is the most common type of detachment. It is caused by holes or breaks in the retina called retinal tears. A retinal tear allows fluid from the middle of the eye to pass through the tear and settle under the retina. As the fluid […]

  • Retinal Detachment-Topic Overview

    What is retinal detachment? The retina is a thin membrane of nerve tissue that lines the back of the eye. When part or all of the retina comes off (detaches from) the back of the eye, it is called retinal detachment . The nerve cells in the retina normally detect light entering the eye and […]

  • Types of Strabismus-Topic Overview

    There are three main types of strabismus. Esotropia. The most common form of childhood strabismus is “crossed eyes,” or esotropia, in which one eye turns inward, toward the nose, instead of looking straight ahead. Esotropia often appears early, in infants or very young children. Exotropia. Exotropia, commonly called walleye, is a form of strabismus in […]

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