How General Eye Examination Is Performed in Ophthalmology?
- Detection of refractive disorders,
- Evaluation of visual acuity,
- Measurement of intraocular pressure,
- Evaluation of cornea, iris, lens and fundus (optic nerve and retina) with biomicroscope
- Strabismus, eye muscles
This examination includes evaluation of above mentioned problems.
This disease is manifested by loss of transparency in the lens that is located behind the pupil. Cataract cannot be managed with eye drops or eyeglasses. Treatment option is a surgical procedure.
- Frequently changing number of correction glasses and dissatisfied eyesight despite eyeglasses
- Unclear vision despite eyeglasses
- Poor color vision, yellowness
- Decreased vision at night and dim light
If you have any one of these complaints, you may also have cataract.
Since cataract develops and matures over a time, patients may not recognize the slowly progressing loss of vision.
Cataract surgery is a specialized operation that requires use of microsurgical techniques and the devices and materials used for the operation should be very carefully selected.
The eye is usually numbed with local anesthesia and the opacified native lens is broken up and removed with phacoemulsification method and it is replaced by FDA-approved synthetic lenses. Depending on the choice of the patient, Trifocal – Smart Lenses can be used that are correcting both nearsightedness and farsightedness.
Patients are discharged on the same day after the cataract surgery is performed. Both eyes are not concomitantly operated on due to the risk of infection.
Strabismus is a condition that may develop in childhood and adulthood.
It is a wide-spectrum disease with following characteristics;
- It is surgical in nature.
- It can be corrected with eyeglasses alone.
- It can be associated with or without amblyopia (lazy eye).
- It is secondary to paralysis of eye muscles.
Strabismus may develop at any age.
While treatment of strabismus may completely eliminate the ambylopia and strabismus in the childhood, eyes can be restored to the necessary position and the cosmetic problem can be corrected even if the treatment delays and ambylopia has already developed in one eye.
Strabismus surgery is usually carried out under general anesthesia and the eye muscles that should be operated on are preoperatively planned. Patients can be discharged on the surgery day and they can engage in their social life within a short interval.
This part of the eye forms the innermost layer of the eye, includes the eyesight cells and provides the neural signal to the optic nerve. There are many eye diseases that involve retina, including but not limited to:
- Retinal hemorrhage secondary to diabetes mellitus.
- Retinal hemorrhage and edema secondary to retinal vascular occlusion and hypertension,
- Yellow spot disease,
- Macular edema,
- Retinal and uveal tumors,
- Retinal tears and detachment
Biomicroscopic examination and OCT (Optic Coherence Tomography) and/or FFA (Fundus Fluorescein Angiography) are employed for the diagnosis of retinal diseases. Principal treatment options include laser, intraocular injections and surgery.
These include congenital or acquired disorders of eyelids.
- Droopy eyelid (ptosis)
- Outward deviation of eyes (exotropia) or inward deviation of eyes (esotropia)
- Inward growth of eyelashes
- Eyelid tumors
- Hordeolum and eyelid cysts,
- Droopy eyelid and dysfunction secondary to facial paralysis,
- Involuntary contraction of eyelid; these are some examples of these diseases.
Droopy eyelids, especially the ones that develop in childhood, should be treated at younger ages, as they may impair eyesight and cause lazy eye in children. Treatment of eyelid diseases is mostly surgery. Patients are discharged on the surgery day; patients may engage in activities of daily life after several follow-up visits. Botox therapy can be considered for involuntary contraction of the eyelid.
GLAUCOMA (high intraocular pressure)
Optic nerve is damaged due to high intraocular pressure. It is an insidious disease, as it does not cause any symptom at early stages and it narrows the peripheral vision rather than the central zone. Unless extreme elevation of intraocular pressure causes glaucoma crisis, the disease is usually detected in a routine eye examination and therefore, routine eye exam is recommended for patients older than 40 and with family history of glaucoma.
Diagnosis of glaucoma cannot be made solely by measuring the intraocular pressure; the diagnosis should be supported by certain tests, such as OCT, visual field test and pachymetry. Although there are routinely accepted limits for intraocular pressure, interpersonal variations are likely.
Medical treatment, laser and surgical treatment are management options for the glaucoma. Treatment is modified according to the intraocular pressure readings, response to drugs and the damage to the eye caused by glaucoma.
Eyelids and skin of eyes sag and collapse and wrinkles and bags develop secondary to aging. Certain familial factors may also lead to similar problems even in younger individuals. Surgical treatments are planned according to personal needs of patients and satisfying results are obtained to correct the tired and unhappy look.
For the lower eyelid aesthetics, the skin can be incised or the incision is hidden to the interior lining of the eyelid. This surgery can help bags under eyes, saggy skin and droopy eyelids.
If the eyesight is lost secondary to a reason whatsoever, prosthetic eye surgery is performed to eliminate unpleasant look of the eye, alleviate pain and correct the collapse of the globe. There are two techniques, including enucleation (complete removal of the eye) or removal of the interior tissues, while the sclera, white part of the eye, is left untouched. A ball is implanted to help the volume loss, while the muscles are stitched to the ball to maintain the motions. After the convalescence, the prosthetic eye is implanted to gain a look that is very close to the natural look.
DISEASES OF LACRIMAL DUCTS:
- Congenital occlusion of lacrimal ducts,
- Acquired obstruction of lacrimal ducts,
- Dry eye
- Trauma to the lacrimal ducts; these are some examples of lacrimal duct diseases.
Obstruction of lacrimal ducts requires correct massage and follow-up with medical treatment until the child is one year old. If the obstruction persists, probing is required.
Surgery is the treatment option for the obstruction of lacrimal ducts in adults.
Eye drops usually help the dry eye, while another effective treatment option is to obstruct the lacrimal duct transiently or irreversibly in order to keep the tear on the ocular surface for a longer time.
- Eye diseases secondary to disorders of thyroid gland (anterior bulging of the eye, also called exophthalmos)
- Orbital tumors
- Optic nerve tumors
- Pseudotumor cerebri; orbital diseases cover a wide spectrum of disorders.
UNDER-EYE LIGHT FILLERS
Collapses and dark circles in and around the lower eyelid can be corrected with filler substances that contain hyaluronic acid specially manufactured for the periocular skin.
COSMETIC BOTOX THERAPY
Wrinkles that develop around the eye and between eyebrows lead to angry and old look. Botox therapy is employed to eliminate these problems; if it is planned in line with the needs of the person, it does not cause loss of facial expressions. On the other hand, it provides the person with happy, young and rested look. Botox therapy works by inhibiting contraction of muscles that cause wrinkles and it prevents development of irreversible lines and wrinkles. Side effects are very rare.
EYE EXAMINATION IN CHILDREN
Certain eye diseases develop in childhood, but they cannot be treated in the future, if they cannot be diagnosed at early stage. Therefore, regular eye exam is very important in children. Eye exam is a must for all children; especially the children aged 1, 3 to 4 years and at pre-school period.
Children with family history of amblyopia, strabismus and high-number correction glasses should present to an ophthalmologist in a timely manner.
- Droopy eyelid
- Chronic watering of eyes
- Sitting very close to the TV
- Squinting or need to close one eye