- Cataract surgery
- Diabetic eye care
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Dry Eye Treatment
- Lens implants
- Macular Degeneration
- Medical glaucoma care
- Surgery of eyelids
- Surgical glaucoma care
Restored vision for LeeLee contacted Northwestern Ophthalmology for help after suffering considerable eye pressure and pain. Dr. Brophey performed emergency cataract surgery on Lee’s eye to fully replace his lens, which had liquefied. To Lee’s delight, his vision and depth-perception are now back, four decades after that fateful night. “I couldn’t have asked for better care, no question about that.”
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Guide to healthy eyes
Protect your eyes: From skiing to woodworking, it is important to wear the protective eyewear certain activities call for. Eyes that are not properly shielded are subject to dryness, irritation and redness. It is also important to be weary of damaging UVA and UVB rays in the summer and winter months. Wearing sunglasses with polarized lenses will help deflect harmful sun rays and protect your eyesight. Take a break: Like the rest of your body, your eyes can tire and need regular breaks. If your job requires you to view a computer monitor for multiple hours, you will want to give your eyes a rest if they become dry or your vision becomes blurry. If you have trouble focusing on elements on the screen, try improving your immediate environment by increasing text size or adding additional light – avoid squinting.
Diet: Maintaining a healthy diet and weight are essential to good eye health. Foods containing rich amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids (such as fish and leafy greens) support vision and help thwart diabetes. Weight issues such as obesity have been associated with the development of age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy – all of which can lead to blindness.
Smoking: Smoking is harmful to all areas of the body, especially your eyes! If you are a smoker looking for help quitting, look for our next smoking cessation workshop in our hospital calendar.
Hygiene: Avoid the transfer of bacteria to your eyes by keeping hands clean and away from your face. If you have contact lenses, always make sure to properly clean your hands and lenses prior to inserting them into your eyes. Proper sanitation can prevent eye infections such as pink eye or eyelid inflammation.
Eye exams: Conditions such as macular degeneration have no warning signs, so it is important to have routine eye exams. Have your eyesight reviewed by an eye care specialist, such as a local optometrist, to address issues before they become serious. In most cases, an eye exam will simply result in prescription glasses or contact lenses for vision correction.