Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology Tucson AZ

Cataract Surgery with Toric & Premium IOLs

Dr. Lynn Polonski has been performing cataract surgery since 1997 and have performed perhaps close to 8,000 of these surgeries with excellent results.

Cataract surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that is typically performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia. Cataract surgery replaces the cloudy natural lens of the eye with a clear artificial lens, known as an intraocular lens (IOL).

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Oculoplastic Surgery and Orbital Trauma

Ophthalmic plastic surgery, or oculoplastics, is a subspecialty of ophthalmology that deals with disorders of the eyelids, orbits (bones around the eyes), eyeball and lacrimal (tear) system.

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Eyelid Lesions and Reconstruction

Tumors are abnormal growths of tissue that can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Tumors on the eyelid or orbit (eye socket) should be evaluated and treated as soon as possible. Cancers require immediate medical attention. Even a benign tumor can cause pain or damage to the eye, such as blocking the tear ducts or preventing the eyelids from closing. A biopsy will usually determine whether the eyelid or orbital tumor is benign or malignant.

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Lacrimal Diseases and Tearing

Tears are necessary to lubricate the eyes and wash away foreign bodies and other particles. Excessive tearing, also known as epiphora, occurs when too many tears are produced or when the eyes are unable to drain properly.

Tearing of the eyes can be caused by several different factors, including: allergies, blepharitis, blocked tear duct, ingrown eyelashes, conjunctivitis, stye or chalazion, dry eye, environmental irritants, foreign bodies, infection, irritation, and trauma.

Symptoms of excessive tearing include: constant tearing, redness and swelling, and pain.

After a thorough medical examination of the eye, treatment of watery eyes will depend on the underlying cause of the condition. Some of the methods of treatment may include: antibiotic or corticosteroid eye drops, surgical removal of the blockage, or surgical implantation of an artificial tear duct. Artificial tears or antihistamines may be recommended to treat dry eye and to relieve symptoms.

Retinal Diseases

The retina is a thin sheet of nerve tissue in the back of the eye where light rays are focused and transmitted to the brain. The vitreous is a gel-like substance that fills the eye and is connected to the retina, optic nerve and many blood vessels.

Conditions of the the retina and vitreous can lead to loss of vision and blindness. Some of these conditions include; retinal tear, retinal detachment, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, infection, and trauma.

Early detection and treatment is essential before vision is lost and to prevent further deterioration.

Glaucoma Management

Glaucoma is a group of related diseases that damage the optic nerve, resulting in vision loss and possible blindness. Although people with early-stage glaucoma may not experience symptoms, prompt treatment is required to preserve their vision. There is no cure for glaucoma, so treatments, including medication and surgery, focus on relieving symptoms and preventing further damage. Although people with early-stage glaucoma may not experience symptoms, prompt treatment is required to preserve their vision.

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