Lacrimal treatment and surgery
Lacrimal meaning related to tears. Occasionally the tear ducts may become blocked causing the eyes to water.
The eyes may need to be either irrigated, probed or surgery may be needed to reopen blocked ducts.
Western Eye Specialists perform several different types of laser treatment in our rooms they are:
• Laser Panretinal Photocoagulation (PRP) – is used on patients with diabetic retinopathy, the laser improves oxygenation of the eye and reduces growth of new blood vessels.
• Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) – is a form of laser surgery that is used to lower the intra-ocular pressure in glaucoma. SLT laser maybe be suggested by your ophthalmologist when your eye drop medications are not lowering the eye pressure enough or when your eye drops are causing significant side effects.
• Capsulotomy – is sometimes performed following cataract surgery to clear any opacification.
• Iridotomy – Laser Peripheral Iridotomy (Yag PI) is a preventative treatment to decrease the risk of narrow angle glaucoma.
Dr John McKenzie has his own B Scanner which he uses in both the Fitzroy and Maribyrnong clinics. Dr McKenzie specialises in the field of Intra ocular melanoma, tumours of ocular adnexae and eye lids.
A squint is a condition where the eyes do not look in the same direction. One eye may look straight and the other may turn in (converge) or turn out (diverge) or occasionally up or down.
The main forms of squint treatment are:
Glasses – to correct any refractive problem
Patching or Occluding – this is where the good eye is patched to encourage the weaker eye to be used
Surgery – is usually used to correct the appearance and it may restore binocular vision in some cases, this usually done by shortening or lengthening the eye muscles.
Visual field testing
A visual field test is the entire area that you can see when looking straight ahead at a single point and not moving your eyes or your head. It indicates where your peripheral (side vision) begins and ends. This test may be performed for glaucoma, stroke or neurological problems.
Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT)
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is imaging that uses light waves to take cross-section pictures of your retina. This is important for diagnosing and/or monitoring retinal disease, glaucoma and in the management of macular degeneration.
Orthoptists are clinicians that are university trained in the assessment and management of eye disorders. An orthoptist will conduct and perform any required tests before you see your ophthalmologist.
Fluorescein Angiography is a test, which allows doctors to assess the blood circulation in the back of the eye. A yellow dye, called fluorescein is injected into the vein of your arm. Once the dye is injected, we then take photos of the vessels behind your eyes.
Blepharitis is a common condition that causes inflammation of the eyelids. It may cause red swollen eyelids, itchiness and burning. Keeping the eyelids clean and placing warm compresses may be of assistance.