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Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who diagnose and treat problems of the eye.
Whether you are experiencing an age-related disease, eye trauma or changes in your vision, highly skilled ophthalmologists know that sight is a valued sense. Our physicians and optometrists work to properly diagnose patients' eye conditions and create comprehensive care plans to preserve patients’ eyesight.
IU Health offers treatments for a wide range of eye conditions and diseases. In addition to the many specialized treatments, IU Health locations also offer adult, adolescent and children’s eye exams in an effort to recognize and diagnose both common and uncommon eye problems.
Glaucoma, a disease that damages the optic nerve when pressure builds in the eye, is often treated with eye drops or surgery. IU Health physicians are highly skilled and experienced in performing many kinds of glaucoma surgeries. Our physicians create individualized comprehensive care plans for patients with glaucoma in order to best treat the disease.
While cataracts may not impede a person’s day-to-day life in their early stages, they often cause impairment because they cause cloudy or blurry vision. A person with cataracts may choose to have cataract surgery at that point to obtain clearer vision. During cataract surgery a person’s natural eye lense that is clouded (the cataract is the “cloud”) is replaced with a new, artificial one.
At IU Health, we know that diabetes can have a drastic impact on many parts of the body, including the eyes. Diabetic retinopathy, caused by diabetes, is the abnormal change or growth of blood vessels in the eyes. Vision loss associated with diabetic retinopathy is irreversible and ophthalmologists suggest an annual eye exam for diabetics. Treatments including laser surgery and microscopic surgery are available.
Often an age-related disease, macular degeneration is the breakdown of the eye’s macula. The macula is the part of the retina that is most sensitive to detail, allowing a person to read small print or do needlework. Depending on the type and severity of a patient’s macular degeneration, supplements, injections of medicines, laser treatments or other therapy could be used to treat the disease. Our physicians are highly skilled and experienced in diagnosing and choosing the proper treatment for macular degeneration.
Ptosis, or a drooping of the eyelid, can restrict or even block vision in patients and does not improve without treatment. Caused by the weakening of the levator muscle, which lifts the eyelid, IU Health offers treatment in the form of surgery. Depending on the severity of the ptosis, the IU Health physicians could recommend part of the excess eyelid skin be removed or the reattachment of the levator muscle.
Children and Adolescent Eye Diseases
Pediatric ophthalmologists treat a wide range of children’s and adolescent’s eye diseases. Our pediatric ophthalmologists treat strabismus (eye misalignment), amblyopia (lazy eye), tear duct obstructions and ptosis (drooping eyelid) along with more serious conditions such as retinoblastoma (childhood eye cancer), pediatric glaucoma and pediatric cataracts.
Corneal Disease and Injuries
Corneal disease and injury can cause swelling or scarring, which cause the cornea to distort light and impair vision. Treatment for injuries and cornea transplants are available from highly skilled ophthalmologists.
Our physicians are skilled and experienced in both the prevention and treatment of common and uncommon eye conditions. Ophthalmologists diagnose and treat diseases of the eye and perform appropriate surgical procedures when necessary. Our board certified physicians provide extensive ophthalmology services to better patients’ vision and quality of life.