Posted on: Monday, July 23, 2018
Posted on: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
By: Paul Johnson, MD
As an oculoplastic surgeon, I perform many different types of eyelid surgery for my patients. I receive many questions centered around the recovery process and what patients can expect after the procedure. Read on to discover more about eyelid surgery recovery at Matossian Eye Associates.
Day Of Surgery
In most cases, the procedure is done in the surgery center under sedation. These are outpatient procedures, which means you would arrive and leave the surgery on the same day without staying overnight.
Days After Surgery
After surgery, you will be out of commission for 2 to 4 days depending on how extensive the procedure is. Patients typically experience very little pain, but I write a prescription for a pain medication just in case.
Bruising and swelling tends to last between 10-14 days and can be covered with sunglasses or over-the-counter concealers such as Dermablend®. After the first few days of rest and recovery, you can resume most daily activities. We do ask that you avoid heavy lifting and exercise for one week after the procedure.
I usually see my patients in the office twice during the first two weeks after surgery, in order to to remove stitches and to make sure they are healing appropriately. Throughout the recovery process, I am very much in contact with each individual patient to answer any questions they might have and to make sure they are progressing through the recovery.
Thanks to advances in technology and surgical technique, our eyelid surgery patients can now enjoy a fast recovery and the desired result.
At Matossian Eye Associates, we do everything we can to make sure that your surgery goes smoothly and that you have the best results possible. Call our office today to schedule your consultation so that we can answer any questions specific to your unique condition!
Posted on: Monday, July 16, 2018
By: Christine Worrell, COA, Head Technician
Just over three million Americans are currently living with glaucoma, and that number will continue to climb in the coming years. When left untreated, this condition can permanently damage the optic nerves near the back of your eyes, which are responsible for sending nerve signals to the brain to create images.
In the initial stages of glaucoma, patients usually notice a decline in their peripheral vision, which could eventually result in total blindness. Here are a few of the most effective treatment options for this degenerative disease.
Prescription eye drops can’t reverse glaucoma, but they can minimize the side effects and prevent further damage to the optic nerves. Most glaucoma drops decrease the amount of fluid that the eyes produce or improve drainage around the eyes.
When developing a treatment plan, patients often have to try at least a few different eye drops before they find the right product. Your eye doctor will also need to test you for specific allergies before prescribing eye drops.
Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) is a good option for patients who have open-angle glaucoma. The goal of this procedure is to widen the drainage tubes within the eyes to reduce inflammation.
These procedures only take five to ten minutes to complete, and the side effects are usually extremely mild. The biggest drawback of these treatments is the fact that they aren’t permanent. You will most likely need to schedule follow-up procedures once every few years.
Combination Non-Invasive Treatments
As glaucoma progresses, patients generally need to mix and match their treatments to address the worsening side effects. These treatment plans almost always include scheduled laser procedures, oral medications, and prescription eye drops. The side effects can usually be delayed for years as long as patients closely follow the instructions given to them by the eye doctor.
Before any major surgeries are carried out on the eyes, patients should first consider minimally invasive procedures. For example, implanting tiny, stainless steel shunts or stents in the anterior of the eyes drastically slows the progression of glaucoma, and the results often last for years. A relatively high percentage of patients who have glaucoma also have cataracts, and these shunts can be installed during cataract surgery.
A major surgical procedure typically won’t be considered until all other treatment options have been exhausted. The most common surgical procedure for glaucoma is a trabeculectomy. During a trabeculectomy, the surgical team will manually bypass the blocked channels in the eyes so that the fluids can properly drain. Unlike many of these other treatments, a trabeculectomy must be carried out at an inpatient surgical center.
Those who catch glaucoma in its earliest stages can delay some of the worst side effects for years, and that is one of the reasons why you should schedule a comprehensive eye exam every 12 months. We invite you to contact Matossian Eye Associates today to schedule your next eye appointment.
Posted on: Thursday, July 12, 2018
Constantly exposing your eyes to direct sunlight might be more harmful than you think.
Studies from around the world are now showing us that long-term exposure to sunlight is one of the biggest risk factors for many different vision problems, ranging from cataracts to macular degeneration.
Wearing the right sunglasses when you go outside will reduce your risk of those issues and improve your overall comfort. Let’s take a quick look at a few more reasons why you should invest in high-quality sunglasses this summer.
Eyesight and Sunlight
Standing in direct sunlight for a few minutes every day is one of the best ways to produce vitamin D. That being said, UV rays can eventually damage your eyes.
Over time, those rays might create a clouding of the eyes known as cataracts. They will also deteriorate the retinas and burn the corneas.
The most effective way to protect your eyes from UV rays is to invest in sunglasses that offer 99 percent or 100 percent UV protection. If you have a child who spends quite a bit of time outdoors, buy a pair of sunglasses for them as well. When combined with wide-brimmed hats, the right sunglasses can prevent significant eye damage from UVA and UVB rays.
Even When It’s Cloudy
“I really only need sunglasses when it’s sunny, right?” While this seems logical, the truth is that even on cloudy days, UV rays can pass through clouds and damage your eyes.
Most people like to wear lighter tinted sunglasses on cloudy days, so just be sure the lenses have UV protection. Remember, it’s not how light or dark the sunglasses are, it’s whether or not they have the UV protection.
Sunglasses are much more than a popular accessory. Investing in a good pair will protect your eyes this summer and in the long run as well.
Posted on: Tuesday, July 10, 2018
By: Jessica Kube, Director of Front Desk Services
Few situations are as frustrating as walking into the doctor’s office only to find a busy receptionist or empty receptionist's desk. That is one of the reasons many office are now turning to self-service stations that allow patients to check-in or register on their own. When used correctly, this technology can improve the patient experience by adding convenience and saving time.
Making Office Visits as Efficient as Possible
Even the most experienced receptionists will find it difficult to juggle multiple responsibilities at once. With a line of visitors and the phones ringing, it is easy to get pulled in many directions. The workplace computer can also create a bottleneck - as patient information is saved to various databases or sent to different practices, multiple minutes could be wasted every hour. It is also important that the patient double-checks the information themselves to avoid data errors and discrepancies.
The Benefits of Self-Service Registration
When a patient is able to enter their own data, they will have plenty of time to look over every single piece of information. Simple requests such as changing primary care physicians or sending prescriptions to different pharmacies won’t require multiple parties. This could free hours of time for the receptionist and make the situation much less stressful for the patient.
Some of the check-in devices can also be used to access financial information. A patient can quickly check on their deductible or figure out how much they are going to owe during their next visit.
Studies continue to show us that processing information in a medical office takes much less time when patients input their own data. This reduction in processing time also reduces the amount of time that each patient must spend in the office. This means less time is going to be spent in the waiting room and more time will be spent fulfilling the patient’s needs.
Recent studies have shown us that these systems can improve patient feedback and communication as well. Within a short period of time, this might drastically improve patient retention and general satisfaction.
Technology That Everyone Is Going to Enjoy
Having one or more full-time receptionists can eat into a practice’s resources and reduce efficiency around the office. This technology allows practices to limit their number of receptionists or cross-train those professionals to fill other roles around the office. Self-service kiosks will allow healthcare professionals to interact with their patients on a much more personal level as other key roles are filled in the office.
At Matossian Eye Associates, we want to ensure that every visit to our office is a world-class experience. Please call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our eye care specialists or learn more about all of the treatments and services that we offer.