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Cataracts eye care in Las Vegas

Vegas Co-Management of Cataract Surgery

When is the right time to opt for cataract surgery? Do you know if you are a suitable can

Cataracts eye care in Las Vegas

Cataracts eye care in Las Vegas

didate? What is the process, or procedure? What can you expect? These are just a few of the questions that you may have, and that you need to have answered before deciding to undergo Las Vegas cataract surgery. Dr. Chandler is pleased to offer co-management of cataract surgery as a service to you, our valued patient. Co-management involves providing advice, guidance, recommendations, and referrals, and any other information regarding the surgery and recovery.

Cataracts, which are the result of a buildup of protein in the lenses of the eyes, is a progressive condition, meaning it worsens with the progression of time. In the early stages, it is possible to counteract the effects on the eyesight with a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, as cataracts progress and vision becomes more hindered, blurrier and cloudier, vision may be so limited that daily life is significantly affected. This can include driving, reading, watching TV, using the computer, working, playing golf, even enjoying an afternoon at the museum. Undergoing cataract surgery can restore one’s vision significantly, enabling one to resume these, and other activities in daily life.

Everyone will develop cataracts with age; however, there are certain risk factors that can cause cataract development at an accelerated rate, such as:

Diabetes
High blood pressure
Obesity
Family history/genetics
Smoking
Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
Previous ocular injury or inflammation
Previous eye surgery
Prolonged use of corticosteroid medications
Exposure to Ultraviolet radiation from the sunlight and/or other sources
Exposure to radiation, such as X-rays and cancer treatment

Cataract surgery is a simple and relatively painless procedure, and is done on an outpatient basis. A local anesthetic eye drop is used to numb the eye, but the patient is typically awake during the procedure. Cataract surgery involves removing the internal portion of the clouded lens, leaving the outer capsule intact, and inserting a new intraocular lens implant. Intraocular lens implants can be designed to address or correct certain aspects of vision, such as distance, astigmatism, monovision, and multifocal vision correction. With this procedure, it is possible to refine or customize one’s vision.  After Las Vegas cataract surgery, one will be less dependent on glasses or contacts, and may not need them at all. Dr. Chandler will work closely with you and your selected eye surgeon to coordinate the surgery, and to provide all the necessary pre-op and post-op help required.

Shannon Chandler, O.D. and Lesa Davis, O.D.
3962 Blue Diamond Road Suite 105
Las Vegas, NV 89139
702-791-6860

Vegas Eye Doctor

89139 Eye Care

Safely worn by millions of people every day, contact lenses continue to be a popular alternative to eyeglasses. However, they do carry a risk of eye infection, if handled improperly or not regularly cleaned. Symptoms of infections related to contact lens usage can be eye pain, unusual redness of the eye, excessive tearing, blurry vision, eye discharge, the constant feeling that you have something in your eye, and an increased sensitivity to light. Our Vegas eye doctor Shannon Chandler, O.D., makes sure that our contact lens-wearing patients are aware that proper cleansing of their lenses is crucial, and that some contact lens-related eye infections can cause serious vision loss. With this in mind, it’s very important to be examined, diagnosed, and treated as soon as you experience any of the above symptoms.

Keratitis Las Vegas

Keratitis Las Vegas

The most common complication related to infections in contact lens wearers is keratitis. This is an inflammation of the cornea, and its various causes include infection from bacteria, fungus, herpes, and microbes. Keratitis is the most serious complication of contact lens wear and, in the most severe cases, may lead to corneal scarring. This scarring can impair your vision and can lead to the need for a corneal transplant. Our Vegas eye doctor treats and educates our patients, explaining that some common causes leading to contact lens-related complications and infections include sleeping in your contact lenses, use of extended-wear lenses, reduced tear exchange under your lens, and environmental issues. Another common cause of infection is poor hygiene, including inadequate maintenance of contact lens cases or reusing contact lens solution. Proper storage, safe handling, and thorough cleansing of your lenses are important steps to reduce your risk of complications like keratitis or infection.

Although the facts about keratitis, other contact lens-related conditions, and infections can be scary, statistics show that contact lens-related complications and infections are rare and affect only about 4 in 10,000 contact lens wearers per year. Vision loss due to contact lens-related infection is even more uncommon and affects only 6 in 100,000 wearers annually. For those individuals considering contact lenses, our Vegas eye doctor will discuss all the pros and cons of contact lens usage, particularly about how daily disposable lenses have a very low rate of serious infection. We encourage our patients to visit Dr. Chandler to receive a complete contact lens exam and fitting, as well as to learn about proper insertion and removal techniques and cleansing routines.

Vegas Contact Lens Related Infections
3962 Blue Diamond Road Suite 105
Las Vegas, NV 89139
702-791-6860

Las Vegas Optometry

89139 Eye Doctor

If it is diagnosed and addressed, glaucoma is a disease that is treatable. When left untreated, glaucoma can cause irreversible damage to your optic nerves, vision loss, and even blindness. Our Las Vegas eye doctor, Shannon Chandler, O.D., wants you to be aware of the causes, symptoms, and diagnostic methods so that you can be prepared. As with most health problems, early detection is associated with the best outcomes. This is just another good reason to come in once every year for a comprehensive eye exam. In addition to screening you for glaucoma, Dr. Chandler will also examine your eyes for other common eye diseases and conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. Many times, these eye problems – including glaucoma – can be present without any obvious symptoms.

Glaucoma Eye Care 89139

Glaucoma Eye Care 89139

The cause of glaucoma is an imbalance between the production of fluid in your eyes and the level of drainage of that fluid. Under normal circumstances, your eyes produce fluid that circulates and then drains. If that drainage is slowed or blocked, the fluid can build up and cause a dangerous increase in your internal eye pressure. It is that excessive pressure that usually causes glaucoma. While most cases of glaucoma typically evolve due to increases in intraocular pressure, even people with normal eye pressure can develop glaucoma. Glaucoma generally affects both eyes, though not necessarily equally. It is possible for one eye to have a greater degree of pressure or damage to the vision than the other. Although you may have no symptoms, particularly early on, our Las Vegas eye doctor wants you to be aware of how important it is to be screened for glaucoma.

Tonometry, which measures your internal eye pressure, is the first diagnostic procedure used to test for glaucoma. A visual field test to check peripheral sight, a visual acuity test, and an slit lamp examination are also used when testing for glaucoma. To learn more about glaucoma, be sure to visit our website or contact Dr. Chandler for an appointment. Call us today to schedule an eye exam with our Las Vegas eye doctor.

Glaucoma Testing Las Vegas
3962 Blue Diamond Road Suite 105
Las Vegas, NV 89139
702-791-6860