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Diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of blindness in the world. If you or a loved one has diabetes, it is so important to have a yearly comprehensive eye exam. Call us today for your appointment!

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The one and ONLY  iDesign Advanced WaveScan Studio System in Lebanon from Abbott Medical Optics allows your physician to customize the procedure just for you, making possibilities realities. Start seeing life to the MAX!

 

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Multifocal IOLs are now used in up to 40% of cataract surgery in Europe and the US.  Dr. Pierre Mardelli was the first surgeon to have used it in Lebanon and the Middle East back in 2004. Come benefit from our years of experience and let us show you the difference.

BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) and around the eyelids for a short period of time (temporary). At ECC we aim for a more "natural look".

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness.  ECC acquired the latest Visual Field Analyzer from Haag Streit and OCT from Optovue. Both are vital for earlier diagnosis and follow-up of this blinding disease.

The newest generation excimer laser from AMO: The VISX S4 with the iDesign Advanced Wavescan Studio (TM). This is the first system of its kind in Lebanon and the Middle East. Go ahead and call us for more info.

Custom LASIK with the iDesign Wavescan Studio System combines two exciting technologies to reshape the cornea to reduce or eliminate visual distortions. This technology has the potential to improve how much and how well you can see as well as reduce the risks of post-LASIK complications.

LASIKis a refractive surgical procedure that corrects your vision, thus lessening your dependence on any corrective devices such as contact lenses or eyeglasses. At ECC we strive to offer you the latest technology such as Custom LASIK using the iDesign Wavescan.

With the new aquisition of the latest generation excimer laser, ECC is setting the bar ever higher. We strive to provide our patients with the best customer-care experience and quality of vision available today.

 
NEWS & ARTICLES
Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a disease in which the pressure inside the eye (not related to blood pressure), causes permanent, irreversible damage to the optic nerve. If adequate control of this pressure is not maintained, glaucoma gradually leads to complete blindness, and is the second leading cause of blindness in this country.

Clarity of vision is not affected by glaucoma. Glaucoma causes damage to our FIELD of vision (central vision and side vision). Visual loss begins in the periphery, where we are not aware of early changes. In most cases, glaucoma is painless. As a result, many cases of glaucoma go undetected until well into the disease process, unless suspected during a routine eye exam.

Glaucoma is sometimes hereditary (runs in families), but more often, may be found in only one family member. Increasing age for all people is the most important risk factor, though family history, diabetes, and those from African-American decent are important risk factors as well.

Though the normal range for eye pressure is between 10 and 21 mm of Mercury (the unit of pressure measurement), each person has a different range of pressure which his or her optic nerve can tolerate, such that a given pressure which is stable for one individual may be too high for another.

Some people will develop glaucoma even with eye pressure measuring well within the normal range.

Most people with glaucoma may be effectively treated with the use of different eye drops designed to either lower the pressure in the eye by decreasing the production of fluid inside (called aqueous humor), or by increasing the ability of this fluid to drain from the eye.

If the use of multiple eye drops is not sufficient in controlling the pressure, there are specific laser and surgical procedures designed to lower the eye pressure to an appropriate level.

Regular tests such as Visual Fields and optic nerve analyzers are used to help the doctor understand whether the glaucoma is stable, or progressing.

While there is no cure for glaucoma, severe visual loss is usually avoidable. The treatment of glaucoma represents an important, lifelong partnership between the doctor and the patient.

glaucoma eye anatomy

Glaucoma Treatment

Lowering eye pressure has been proven to slow or halt progression of glaucoma. Your doctor will determine an eye pressure target based on the initial eye pressure and the amount of damage present.

Eyedrops are typically used as a first approach to lower eye pressure. A healthy pressure is achieved when fluid production and drainage are balanced in the eye. Some drops decrease the amount of fluid that the eye produces while other drops improve drainage inside the eye. Often several eyedrops are necessary to achieve the eye pressure target.

Eyedrops are not without side effects. Mild burning or stinging, cosmetic changes, allergic reactions, and systemic side effects are possible.

When eyedrops do not lower the eye pressure enough, laser trabeculoplasty can be used to remodel the drain of the eye, resulting in lower eye pressure.

Lasers are also used to perform laser iridotomy for people who have narrow angles or angle closure glaucoma.

If both eyedrops and laser trabeculoplasty are not effective enough in lowering eye pressure, glaucoma surgery is usually recommended. Microincisional techniques are revolutionizing glaucoma surgery with faster healing and a lower risk of complications. Silverstein Eye Centers is at the leading edge of these new and improved glaucoma surgeries. Canaloplasty is like angioplasty for the eye. A catheter is threaded through the drainage canal of the eye and a stent is placed to increase drainage in the eye. Dr. Ohly also participates in studies for FDA approval of new minimally invasive glaucoma procedures.

While the new surgical techniques for glaucoma are promising, some patients are not candidates for these procedures and require trabeculectomy or glaucoma drainage devices to create a new drain for the eye. These procedures are some of the most effective in lowering eye pressure, but have a higher rate of complications.

What is a glaucoma screening exam?
A complete eye exam will detect glaucoma damage. Examination of the optic nerve for damage is the most important component. The optic nerve typically has healthy tissue extending to the blood vessels in the center of the nerve. As the optic nerve is damaged, the optic cup enlarges in the center of the optic nerve. In advanced glaucoma nearly all of the optic nerve has been lost and blindness is imminent.

The eye pressure, a balance between the fluid produced in the eye and the fluid drainage from the eye, is also measured. Most people have measurements between 12 and 21. Usually eye pressure is elevated in glaucoma, but sometimes glaucoma damage occurs at "normal" pressure. The corneal thickness is measured to determine the accuracy of the eye pressure measurement. Gonioscopy, direct examination of the drain of the eye, is performed to look for scar tissue obstructing the drain inside the eye.

If the optic nerve or eye pressure is abnormal more detailed tests for glaucoma are performed. These include a visual field test and computerized optic nerve scan. An abnormal test result confirms the presence of glaucoma damage.

Glaucoma Classification
An ocular hypertensive has an elevated eye pressure but no evidence of glaucoma damage on visual field testing and optic nerve scan. If the eye pressure is less than 30 and few risk factors for glaucoma are present, observation and repeat glaucoma testing every 6 months is recommended. If the eye pressure is less than 30 and significant risk factors for glaucoma are present, treatment is recommended. If the eye pressure is greater than 30, the risk of developing glaucoma is so high that treatment is recommended.

A glaucoma suspect has an abnormal optic nerve appearance but no evidence of glaucoma damage on visual field testing and optic nerve scan. Repeat glaucoma testing is recommended every 6 months to monitor for the development of glaucoma.

Open angle glaucoma or "normal" eye pressure, and glaucoma damage on visual field and/or optic nerve scan. Treatment is initiated and discussed below.

While there is no cure for glaucoma, severe visual loss is usually avoidable. The treatment of glaucoma represents an important, lifelong partnership between the doctor and the patient.

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