Cataracts are the clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which often leads to gradual vision loss. Cataracts can be treated with a widely-performed surgery that replaces the eye’s clouded lens with a new, clear artificial lens. Our expert cataract surgeons at MidAmerica Surgery Center in Chesterfield, MO provide state-of-the-art cataract care, getting you back to enjoying your best vision.
During cataract surgery, the eye’s natural clouded lens is replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). This surgery can significantly improve vision that is threatened by cataracts. Our professional ophthalmologists in Chesterfield, MO routinely perform this common surgery to help patients achieve their best vision and improve their overall quality of life.
Premium Cataract Upgrades & IOLs
Premium Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) offer cataract patients the opportunity to further improve their vision after surgery. MidAmerica Surgery Center in Chesterfield, MO provides the latest in implantable technology and surgical equipment. Speak to one of our skilled ophthalmologists about our Premium IOL options, and we can help you select a lens that fits your needs, lifestyle, and budget.
Laser Cataract Surgery
Laser-assisted cataract surgery is performed utilizing a femtosecond laser. The use of the laser allows for precise incisions and bladeless cataract removal, which leads to less chance of complication and a shorter recovery period. If you are looking for an advanced option for your cataract surgery, speak to our expert ophthalmologists in Chesterfield, MO about laser cataract surgery.
Refractive Cataract Surgery
Patients who are interested in reducing their dependence on glasses or contacts following cataract surgery can choose to undergo Refractive Cataract Surgery and have their natural lens replaced with a Premium Intraocular Lens. Refractive Cataract Surgery can correct issues like nearsightedness or farsightedness. Our ophthalmologists in Chesterfield, MO can discuss options for vision improvement with you.
Astigmatism Management Procedure (LRI)
Following cataract removal, minor astigmatism can be treated with Limbal Relaxing Incisions or LRIs. Small incisions are made around the iris to encourage the cornea to reshape itself into a more ideal curvature. Recovery from an LRI procedure is relatively quick and patients should notice an improvement in vision as they recover. Our ophthalmologists in Chesterfield, MO may recommend LRIs to help attain optimal vision after cataract surgery.
The retina is the light-sensitive tissue in the back of your eye that transmits information to your brain so that you can have clear and bright central vision. Our retina specialists in Chesterfield, MO provide comprehensive care for all manner of diseases and disorders of the retina. Contact MidAmerica Surgery Center to schedule a consultation with a skilled ophthalmologist who can diagnose and treat your retina condition.
Macular degeneration causes loss of central vision and is a major cause of vision loss in patients over 50. There are two types of macular degeneration, wet and dry. In order to diagnose your condition and apply the appropriate treatment to manage your macular degeneration, consult with our expert ophthalmologists in Chesterfield, MO at MidAmerica Surgery Center.
Central Serous Retinopathy
Central serous retinopathy (CSR) is where fluid builds up beneath the retina, leading to distortion in vision. While the exact cause is unknown, patients in their 30s and 40s who are male are more likely to develop the condition. If you are experiencing dim spots in your central vision or blurred vision, talk to our skilled ophthalmologists in Chesterfield, MO who specialize in this and other conditions affecting the retina.
Diabetic Macular Edema
Diabetic macular edema is a complication of diabetic retinopathy where fluid leaks into the retina and causes swelling in the macula. Diabetic macular edema can occur at any stage of diabetic retinopathy and can lead to vision loss. If you have diabetes in Chesterfield, MO it’s important to have a regular checkup with an opthalmologist. Contact MidAmerica Surgery Center to be evaluated by a member of our team.
High blood sugar can cause damage to the blood vessels that nourish the retina, which means that if you have diabetes, regular checkups with an opthalmologist are vital to preserving and maintaining your vision health. Complications of diabetic retinopathy include retinal detachment, glaucoma, and blindness.
Floaters and Flashes
You may occasionally see dark splotches, specks, or lines in your field of vision. Floaters are small clumps of cells or gel that float in the vitreous humor of your eyes and cast shadows on your retina. Flashes are bright spots or streaks of light in your vision. The majority of people will experience floaters and flashes during their lifetime, but they can become a cause for concern if they have greatly increased in frequency as this may be a sign of retina tear or detachment.
When fluid builds up in the macula, the central area of the retina, it is called macular edema. This fluid buildup is typically caused by damaged blood vessels in the retina. The symptoms of macular edema can include blurry vision and faded colors. Some of the primary causes of macular edema include diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, eye surgery, or inflammatory eye disease. If you have symptoms affecting your quality of vision, contact our ophthalmologists in Chesterfield, MO to have your condition evaluated.
If there is a break in the macula, the center of the light-sensitive retina tissue at the back of the eye, then it is called a macular hole. Typically related to aging and occurring in people over 60 years of age, a macular hole can cause distortions in the central field of vision. Some macular holes can seal themselves without intervention, but others will require surgery in order to improve vision. A vitrectomy performed by a skilled ophthalmologist can help the macular hole heal.
As the eye ages, the vitreous humor inside the eye starts to shrink away from the retina, which can cause macular pucker. This is where the vitreous humor sticks to the retina and scar tissue forms, causing the macula to wrinkle. With macular pucker, your vision may appear distorted or wavy. If symptoms are mild, they might be managed with a change of refractive lens prescription, but serious vision problems may require a vitrectomy performed by an ophthalmologist to improve.
Retinal Tear and Detachment
A retinal tear or detachment is a serious eye condition that can result in vision loss if not treated right away. Retinal detachment is when the vitreous gel within the eye shrinks to the point it pulls the retina out of its position. A retinal tear can lead to retinal detachment. The primary symptoms of retinal tear or detachment are a sudden increase in floaters and flashes, sudden blurry vision, or a decrease in peripheral vision. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact our ophthalmologists in Chesterfield, MO immediately.
If you have problems like a macular hole, macular pucker, or perhaps certain types of retinal detachment, a vitrectomy might be able to help restore your vision. During a vitrectomy, the surgeon removes the gel-like vitreous that fills the eye and replaces it with another solution like silicone oil or saline. As your eye heals, your body produces natural fluid to replace the artificial solution. Our ophthalmologists in Chesterfield, MO can perform a vitrectomy to preserve your best vision if you have a problem with your retina or vitreous fluid.
Inside the eye, the gel-like vitreous has tiny fibers that connect it to the retina. As the eye ages, the vitreous begins to shrink back from the retina, resulting in vitreous detachment. Vitreous detachment most commonly occurs in patients over the age of 50. Symptoms of vitreous detachment include an increase in floaters and flashes. If you are experiencing these symptoms, contact our ophthalmologists in Chesterfield, MO to discuss how to maintain and preserve your vision health.
Uncontrolled eye pressure causes damage to the optic nerve, which results in the vision condition glaucoma. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of vision loss in persons over 60, and as it initially presents no symptoms, it is important to have routine checkups with your ophthalmologist. Our Chesterfield, MO ophthalmologists offer many effective surgical options for lowering eye pressure and preserving your vision.
SLT Laser Treatments
A selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) is an advanced procedure to treat the rising intraocular pressure that causes glaucoma. During SLT, laser energy is used on the trabecular meshwork, stimulating more fluid to drain from the eye, which helps to lower intraocular pressure. SLT is ideal for patients with open-angle glaucoma. Talk to our ophthalmologists in Chesterfield, MO about how SLT can help your glaucoma.
Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery encompasses a number of procedures designed to treat glaucoma while using the most advanced techniques and minimally invasive tools. The goal of MIGS is to reduce eye pressure while also minimizing the chance of complication and shortening the recovery timeframe. Our ophthalmologists in Chesterfield, MO proudly perform several different types of procedures that are classified as MIGS.
LPI (Laser Peripheral Iridotomy)
A laser peripheral iridotomy is a treatment for closed-angle glaucoma. During the procedure, a laser is used to create a hole in the outer edge of the iris, which opens the angle and allows fluid to escape through a new channel. The laser peripheral iridotomy carries a very low risk of complication and is effective in lowering intraocular pressure. Consult with one of our ophthalmologists in Chesterfield, MO at MidAmerica Surgery Center to learn if this procedure could help control your glaucoma.
A trabeculectomy is a glaucoma surgery that helps drain fluid from the eye and control intraocular pressure. During a trabeculectomy, your ophthalmologist creates a flap in the white part of the eye, the sclera. A channel for fluid to drain from the eye is created beneath the flap. Escaping fluid forms a bleb, or small bubble, under the upper eyelid and then is safely reabsorbed into the surrounding blood vessels. If medication alone has not controlled your eye pressure, you may be a candidate for the trabeculectomy. Contact our ophthalmologists in Chesterfield, MO to learn more.
Advanced Glaucoma Procedures
Certain types of glaucoma, including malignant glaucoma, may be highly resistant to medications and previous surgery. In order to control intraocular pressure and preserve vision, our skilled ophthalmologists can perform advanced glaucoma treatments that include shunts and valves. During one of these procedures, a small medical device is implanted in the eye to help fluid safely drain. If previous surgery has not effectively controlled your glaucoma, contact our team to learn more about these advanced options.
The cornea is the clear front window of the eye. It protects the eye from dirt and germs while also playing a key role in vision. As light enters the eye, the cornea’s curved dome refracts it, allowing you to focus. If the cornea is diseased, damaged, or misshapen then it can negatively impact vision. Our expert ophthalmologists at MidAmerica Surgery Center in Chesterfield, MO can effectively treat diseases and conditions of the cornea, allowing for ideal vision in our patients.
Treatment of Keratoconus
Keratoconus is a progressive condition of the cornea where the cornea begins to thin and gradually changes into a more cone-like shape. Patients with keratoconus may experience blurred vision and increased sensitivity to light. Our ophthalmologists at MidAmerica Surgery Center can help treat and manage keratoconus with special lenses, or in advanced cases, a corneal transplant.
If the cornea has been significantly scarred or damaged from illness or injury, then a corneal transplant may be recommended in order to achieve optimal vision. In a corneal transplant, healthy corneal tissue from a human donor is used to replace the damaged cornea. Our ophthalmologists at MidAmerica Surgery Center can perform partial or full corneal transplants depending on where the damage is located.
Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) is a type of partial corneal transplant where only the innermost endothelial layer of the cornea is replaced. Our ophthalmologists in Chesterfield, MO recommend this type of corneal transplant for patients who have diseases that cause swelling in the innermost layer of the cornea. DMEK is highly effective at helping patients attain better vision and carries a low risk of complications.
Descemet’s stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK) is a type of partial corneal transplant that replaces the damaged or diseased posterior portion of a patient’s cornea with healthy cornea tissue from a human donor. DSEK is performed with small surgical incisions and no corneal sutures, which allows for less chance of complication. DSEK can help restore vision for patients who have experienced damage to the endothelial layer of the cornea due to disease or trauma.
Deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) is a type of partial corneal transplant where the innermost layer of the cornea (the endothelium) is left intact, and the outermost layers of the cornea are replaced with healthy cornea tissue from a human donor. The donor tissue is sutured into place over the patient’s endothelium. DALK has a shorter recovery timeframe and less chance of complication or rejection than a full corneal transplant.
Our ophthalmologists at MidAmerica Surgery Center proudly perform laser eye surgeries in Chesterfield, MO to correct many common refractive errors that cause problems with vision. If you are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism, laser eye surgery may help reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses or contacts. Laser eye surgery reshapes the curvature of the cornea to help refract light for more perfect vision.
Implantable Contact Lenses
An alternative to laser eye surgery, the ophthalmologists at MidAmerica Surgery Center proudly offer implantable contact lenses in Chesterfield, MO to help reduce or eliminate a patient’s dependence on glasses or contacts. To correct vision, a small lens is implanted in the eye behind the iris and in front of the eye’s natural lens. Once in place, the lens can remain in the eye indefinitely or be removed in case of vision change or complication.