Siems LASIK and Eyecare Center
At Siems Eye Center we believe patient education is paramount when it comes to complete eye care. Please be sure to visit our Education Center to learn the intricacies of each service we provide. For brevity’s sake, below is a brief synopsis of the services provided at the Siems Eye Center. As always should you need anything further or have questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 948-2010 or click on the LIVE CHAT button at the top of the page.
IntraLase Custom LASIK Surgery
Lasik surgery uses a laser to alter the curvature of the eye’s cornea to reduce or even eliminate the eye’s refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. With recent technological advances, Lasik surgery may be able to significantly reduce what’s known as higher-order distortions. These distortions, which generally account for 15-20% of total visual distortions, can cause glare, halos, and shadows. Treatment of these distortions with custom lasik can greatly enhance the overall quality of your vision.At Siems Eye Center, we utilize IntraLase technology, the only 100% bladeless Lasik surgery available today. This enhances not only the safety of the procedure, but also the end-results for our patients. Also, with this technology, more and more people are candidates for Lasik surgery. Even if you’ve been turned down before, you may now be a viable candidate.
LASIK Keratome Surgery
Surgery performed with keratome is a more mechanical approach to lasik surgery. Before one’s vision can be treated a thin layer of tissue needs to be reflected away from the surface of the eye to expose the underlying tissue to be treated. This thin layer of tissue is known as the flap. The keratome creates this flap by using a strong suction device that lifts the appropriate amount of tissue away from the eye. An oscillating head then goes across the surface of the eye that creates a flap no thicker than a contact lens. Once the flap is folded out of the way the vision can be treated.
A cataract is the clouding of the natural lens. Cataracts are natural with age. In fact, 90% of all cataracts occur as part of the normal aging process. The only treatment for cataracts is surgery. This surgery is simple, lasting approximately 10 minutes. The cloudy cataract will be vacuumed out and a new artificial lens will be inserted.
Siems Eye Center is proud to offer our patients the latest in replacement lens technology that allows patients to see at distance and at near without the use of glasses.
Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)
If unfortunately you are not a candidate for Lasik surgery because of thin corneas or a high prescription, you may still be able to become free of optical aides such as glasses and external contacts. Unlike traditional contact lenses, an implantable contact lens is surgically placed in front of the eye’s natural lens and works with the natural lens to correct your vision. This surgical technique takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes and the contact lens is permanent alleviating the hassle of daily contacts and glasses. Dr. Siems successfully implanted ICLs in his own nephew.
Intacs are synthetic crescent shaped corneal implants that are currently authorized in the U.S. for treatment of nearsightedness and astigmatism associated with keratoconus. The Intacs procedure is intended to improve the functional vision of the keratoconic patient with, or in many cases, without contact lenses or glasses. Intacs may delay or even prevent the need for a corneal transplantation.
Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
As we age, the skin above and below the eyelid tends to stretch and often the fat that resides behind the eye may progress forward causing puffiness or bags of the eyes. These conditions can be eliminated via surgery for either cosmetic or functional reasons. Sometimes the excess skin overhangs the eyelid and eyelashes thereby obstructing your vision, or causing the eye to feel increasingly tired or strain. This surgical procedure removes the excess skin and reapportions the skin for a natural, more youthful look.
A pterygium is a vascularized growth on the surface of the sclera (white part of the eye). It generally begins in the nasal quadrant (nose-side) of the eye and results from long-term unprotected sun exposure. Signs and symptoms of pterygia include irritation and redness, changing vision due to growth onto the cornea, and anxiety due to undesirable appearance. Although lubrication and protection from the sun may help early on, advanced pterygia generally require surgical removal. This procedure generally lasts just a few minutes. The recurrence rate of simple excision is close to 50%. To reduce the recurrence rate, a graft consisting of conjunctiva or amnion is sutured or glued into the affected area. The grafted area will appear red for several weeks following surgery.
General Eye Exam
General eye exams are available at Siems Eye Center. A general eye exam assesses the overall health of the eyes. The external appearance of the eyes, the eyelids, lashes, tear ducts, and the skin surrounding the eye will be inspected. The ability of the eyes to move normally and in coordination with each other will also be examined. The health of the eyes will be carefully accessed. A full exam, with the use of a microscope, will be conducted to ensure that all visible structures of the eyes are healthy.
Siems LASIK and Eyecare Center