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The Best Eye Diseases Treatment in Tucson and Nearby Areas

If you’re suffering from an eye disease, then you’re probably looking for the best treatment options. From the latest laser surgeries to traditional remedies, there’s a lot to consider.

At Fishkind Bakewell, Maltzman, Hunter & Associates, we can help. Our experienced doctors will guide you through the process and provide you with all the information needed to help and provide you with what the next steps will be.

To ensure that you have the greatest chance of success, trust a qualified team to care for your eye health.

  • Specializing in Refractive Cataract Surgery

  • Customized LASIK, PRK, and ICL Surgery

  • Fellowship Trained and Board Certified Cornea and Glaucoma Specialists

  • 8 Highly Qualified Doctors and over 30 years serving patients in Southern Arizona

  • Two Convenient Offices and a State-of-the-Art Surgery Center

If you’re in the Tucson and Oro Valley area, you will find an experienced eye surgeon at Fishkind, Bakewell, Maltzman & Hunter Eye Care and Surgery Center.

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A general overview

Determining What Will Be Your Eye Disease Treatment In Tucson

When it comes to diagnosing and testing for eye diseases, the specialists at our eye care and surgery center will take a unique approach. They understand that each individual’s condition is unique, and so they treat it as such. They view each patient as a work of art, and use a combination of diagnostic tests and specialized treatments to create a masterpiece of eye health.

Step One: Medical History and Eye Examination

Your physician will perform a complete medical history and eye examination in order to determine your risk factors and search for signs of disease. The entire eye will be carefully evaluated, with special attention paid to the optic nerve. The optic nerve will be viewed through your dilated pupil using a special lens and an ophthalmic microscope. Gonioscopy may also be performed, in which a special mirrored lens in placed on your eye in order to directly examine the drainage angle and trabecular meshwork. The thickness of your cornea may also be measured, as an abnormally thick or thin cornea can affect the accuracy of intraocular pressure measurement. After your exam, if an eye disease is suspected, additional tests may be recommended.

Step Two: Stereoscopic Optic Nerve Photographs

Stereoscopic optic nerve photographs are taken with a specialized camera system, providing true, three-dimensional images of the optic nerves. These photos can be repeated over time and examined for signs of progressive nerve damage. In order to obtain clear photos, pupillary dilation is required. This examination usually takes about 45 minutes, including the time required for dilation.

Step Three: Visual Field Testing

Visual field testing is conducted to evaluate the function of the optic nerve. As glaucoma damage progresses vision is lost, typically beginning in the periphery and moving toward the center. Computerized visual field devices flash a series of lights in your peripheral vision in order to map out any areas of visual loss. Again, by repeating this test over a period of time, stability or progression of the disease can be ascertained and treatment adjusted as necessary. Completion of this test can take anywhere between 20 and 45 minutes, depending upon the exact type of examination your doctor orders. Your eyes will not be dilated for a visual field.

Step Four: Ocular Coherence Tomography

Ocular Coherence Tomography, or OCT, uses a laser to create a three-dimensional image of the optic nerve and surrounding retina, which is then analyzed by a computer. This allows your physician to better evaluate the structure of the fibers of the optic nerve, which are altered by some eye diseases. Changes in the structure of the optic nerve occur early in some eye diseases, often preceding any visual changes, and identification of these changes may be the best way to diagnose the disease. By repeating this exam over time, the success of glaucoma treatment can be monitored. The performance of this test usually does not require dilation and takes about 15 to 20 minutes.

Step Five: Treatment

Treatment for eye diseases is individualized for each patient’s specific condition. When required, three basic options are available, all of which serve to lower the intraocular pressure. Initial therapy has traditionally been medications, applied topically as eye drops. Medications lower pressure by either decreasing the production of fluid within the eye or by opening the drainage system to allow more fluid out. There are numerous classes of medications available, each with its own set of side effects. Your doctor will suggest medications for you based upon their safety and efficacy, taking your general health and use of other medications into account. When medications or laser procedures fail to adequately control intraocular pressure (IOP), or if side effects prevent the continued use of medications, surgery becomes necessary to achieve the desired level of IOP. Surgery for glaucoma lowers IOP by either increasing the flow of fluid out of the eye or by decreasing the production of intraocular fluid.

What Types of Treatments are Available?

Treatment for an eye disease is individualized for each patient’s specific condition. There are three basic options available, all of which serve to lower the intraocular pressure. After medication, Laser Surgery and Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery, or MIGS procedure, are options to treat your some eye diseases.

  • Medications

    Medications lower pressure by either decreasing the production of fluid within the eye or by opening the drainage system to allow more fluid out. There are numerous classes of medications available, each with its own set of side effects. Your doctor will suggest medications for you based upon their safety and efficacy, taking your general health and use of other medications into account.

  • Micro-bypass stents

    This is a Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery, or MIGS procedure, attempting to reestablish good flow through the eye’s normal drainage system. Currently, there are two types of stents available for implantation in the United States, the Glaukos® iStent®, which is now in its third generation is known as the iStent Inject®, and the Ivantis® Hydrus® microstent.

  • Ab-Interno Canaloplasty (AbIC)

    This MIGS procedure dilates and cleans out Schlemm’s canal. A tiny catheter, or hollow tube, is inserted into the canal through the trabecular meshwork and passed 360 degrees around the entire eye, breaking adhesions and scar tissue that have formed over time.

  • Goniotomy

    This MIGS procedure involves either cutting into or removing a variably sized section of the trabecular meshwork, allowing aqueous humor a more direct pathway into Schlemm’s canal. Overall, efficacy is similar to that of AbIC, though depends upon the extent of meshwork treated.

  • Trans-scleral Stents

    This procedure bridges the gap between MIGS procedures and traditional filtering surgery. Like filtering surgeries, aqueous humor is diverted from inside to outside the eye via a bypass through the sclera, forming what is known as a “filtering bleb.” However, much less cutting and manipulation of tissues is required when implanting these devices, with considerably shorter operative and recovery times.

  • Laser Trabeculoplasty

    This laser treatment relieves intraocular pressure by stimulating the internal drainage system allowing adequate outflow of fluid from the eye. There are two types of laser trabeculoplasty procedures: argon laser trabeculoplasty (ALT) and selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT)

  • Laser Peripheral Iridotomy (LPI)

    This laser treatment makes a small opening in the peripheral iris (the colored part of the eye). This changes the fluid dynamics in the eye and “opens” the angle. If a patient already has acute angle closure glaucoma, the small opening that is made in the peripheral iris allows fluid to drain more normally and also lowers the eye pressure.

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Why Our Facility Is a Great For Eye Disease Treatment in Tucson

We know that you have a choice of teams and locations for your care. Our team of experts look forward to providing the highest quality care. Our experienced team, high-tech equipment, and personalized care provide you with the best outcomes for your vision. 

FAQ

Eye Disease Treatment Questions & Answers

What is the most common eye disease that is treated?

There are many eye disease that require treatment from an eye doctor. The most common is related to aging. Many eye treatment centers will help people dealing with macular degeneration. 

Who Helps Treat Eye Diseases?

When someone is dealing with an eye disease you’ll want to see an Ophthalmologists or an optometrists. They specialize in issues with vision and the eyes in general. At our Eye Care & Surgery Center we’ll have every specialist you’ll need to help treat your eye diseases. 

Can all eye diseases be cured?

Well some eye disease can be cured, there are some that can not. However, with the right treatment they can also be managed. Whether that means medication or surgery. Schedule to see one of our specialist today and see what the next step may be. It’s best to catch these issues early for the best results. 

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