In most cases cataract surgery is performed with only topical eye drops, and IV sedation. It is done in an ambulatory surgery center, and the procedure usually takes approximately 15-20 minutes. The entire procedure is done under a microscope through a micro-incision only 3 millimeters in length. An ultrasound tip is placed into the cataract to break it up and aspirate it. This technique is called phacoemulsification , and is the state of the art procedure for cataract surgery.
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Diabetes may affect the eyes in several ways. If blood sugar levels fluctuate, transient fluctuation of the vision may occur. This condition is usually remedied with blood sugar control. Diabetics are also more at risk for cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.
At the Northwest Eye Center, we offer state of the art technology to diagnose and treat diabetic eye disease.
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If glaucoma is detected it can usually be treated by eye drops, once or twice daily. There are a multitude of prescription eye drops available for the treatment of glaucoma. Laser treatment is also available in the treatment of glaucoma for the patient who does not want to use eye drops or whose glaucoma is not responding to eye drops. Learn More >>
LASIK treats a broad range of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism in people at least twenty years of age, who are in good health, and have no eye diseases. To understand Laser Vision Correction, it’s necessary to understand the underlying conditions. Learn More >>
There are many exciting and promising new therapies under investigation at this time, and hopefully in the future we will have more effective treatments for macular degeneration. At the Northwest Eye Center , Dr. O'Rourke can detect macular degeneration. She can determine if you are a candidate for treatment. As always, early detection is the key to a better prognosis. Learn More >>
Dry Eyes is very common in Colorado due to the dry environment, and is often the result of a number of underlying issues. It can be caused by a decrease in tear production, and/or an increase in tear evaporation, and can also be associated with systemic conditions. Treatments include artificial tears, punctal plugs, Restasis, increased hydration, hot compresses, lid cleansing, and oral supplements. Northwest Eye Center is proud to offer a revolutionary new treatment for dry eyes called IPL (intense pulsed light). Contact us now to find out more http://www.essencelaser.com/skin-treatments/laser-surgical/dry-eye-treatment. Learn More >>
At the Northwest Eye Center Optical, we provide the best in quality products and services. Our certified Opticians provide professional advice in your search for the perfect pair of eyeglasses for your individual needs. There is a wide spectrum of quality in the Optical industry, and we offer the latest technology in lenses, including Essilor Vairlux S Design progressive lenses, and Crizal Anti-Reflective materials.
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For first-time contact lens wearers, the Northwest Eye Center offers teaching sessions and trial contact lenses to be sure that contact lenses are right for you, prior to purchasing the lenses.
The Northwest Eye Center specializes in helping patients who have had previous problems with contact lens intolerance. We offer a complete line of contact lens brands from which to choose, and will diagnose and treat any underlying causes of contact lens intolerance.
Would you like to make your brown eyes blue ? The Northwest Eye Center offers cosmetic-colored contact lenses to enhance or change the color of your eyes, and even Wild Eyes or Crazy Eyes for those who want a more exotic look.
“I have been seeing the opticians at Northwest Eye Center for over eleven years. They are top notch and very easy to work with. They provide prescriptions with the patients and help them select suitable glasses and contacts. When the lenses come back from the lab, they conscientiously check the lenses prior to calling in their patients for their fitting. If anything incorrect is found in the fitting, or even later on, they bear the cost of getting corrected lenses.
Dr O'Rourke is a very thorough ophthalmologist and eye surgeon. She performed cataract surgery on both of my eyes and inserted accommodative intraocular lenses. I went from -11 diopters to 20/20 vision. I had vision issues dating back to childhood. The lenses insertions have been a life changing event for me.
I have chronic dry eye syndrome she is always researching ways to relieve the problems with dry eyes. Examples are amniotic membrane application and a laser treatment called IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) that is used to stimulate the eyes' oil glands. She has been instrumental in refining the technique and ran a clinical trial with fantastic results. There are less than five ophthalmologists in the US that do this procedure.”