Cataracts are the age related changes that occur in the lens of the eye. The crystalline lens is the normally transparent part of the eye that is located behind the iris and, together with the cornea, is responsible for focusing light in order for one to see the world clearly.
The lens is normally transparent at birth and very gradually starts to lose its transparency with age due to prolonged exposure to sunlight. This loss of transparency is what we call “cataract”
Symptoms usually start to appear between the age of 50-60 years old and at first the patient complains of light scatter and haloes at night time. As the cataract progresses vision starts to deteriorate.
The only cure for cataract is removal through a minimally invasive surgery called “Phaco”. This breakthrough in cataract removal is a highly sophisticated and highly efficient way of removal of cataract through a 1mm incision. Through this tiny incision we are able to liquify and suck the cataract out. This procedure is performed under topical anaesthesia, without pain and with no sutures, allowing for very rapid and very smooth visual rehabilitation.
Once the cataract is removed an artificial lens (IOL) must be implanted in its place. Without that lens vision would be very poor. Recent advances in artificial lenses allow for easy implantation insuring excellent vision.
Toric IOL: high quality, state of the art lens that treats astigmatism and allows for total spectacle independence postoperatively.
Multifocal IOL: the latest in IOL technology that allows you to get rid of both your distance and reading glasses.
Monovision: highly regarded technique through which we are able to rid you of both distance and reading glasses. We calculate our lens powers as to allow you to use your right eye to see distant objects, while using your left eye to see near objects without ever having to need to wear your glasses again.
Diabetic Retinopathy and Retinal Injections
People suffering from this chronic condition are at risk of losing their vision. Early detection and supervised treatment is necessary to protect the eye from diabetic complications.
Diabetes is a common condition characterized by abnormal blood sugar levels. People suffering from this chronic condition usually have elevated blood sugar levels that need to be consistently controlled by medication.
The eye, and more specifically the retina, is one part of the body that could be severely affected by diabetes. The retina is the very sensitive part of the eye which is responsible for appreciation of light. Without the retina the world would be a very dark place.
Diabetes affects the fine blood vessels in the retina, and with time these vessels stop working properly and the macula (central part of the retina) swells up causing vision to deteriorate.
Patients with diabetic retinopathy usually complain of a very gradual and progressive drop in vision, usually first noticed while reading. With time the patient starts to complain of dark spots affecting his central vision.
The key for maintaining excellent vision is for you to collaborate with both your ophthalmologist and internist for tight control and early recognition and treatment of diabetic changes. If you comply with your follow up schedule and control your blood sugar level, at Barrada Eye Center, we can insure you great vision throughout your long and healthy life.
In the last 10 years the international medical community spent billions of dollars on research for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy. What the found was a breakthrough in retinal treatment.
Retinal Injections or “AntiVEGF” Injections are highly complex molecules that when injected into the eye help treat and preserve the retina from the effects of diabetes.
The needles used for injections are so small that they are thinner than a human hair, making the procedure PAIN FREE.
The key to successful treatment and the prevention of blindness due to diabetes is regularly visit us at Barrada Eye Center to get your retinal scans done and get your injections as needed.
Latest in Retinal Injections:
Lucentis: manufactured in Switzerland this molecule is highly effective in treatment of diabetic retinopathy.
Eyelea: the latest in retinal injections insuring rapid visual gains.
Fovista: the game changer. This molecule from the United States is yet to be available on the market.
The cornea is the transparent front part of the eye. Here, at Barrada Eye Center, we liken the cornea to the glass casing on a prestigious Swiss watch. In order to be able to see the dials, that glass casing must remain transparent and crystal clear.
If the cornea loses its transparency for any reason, light will not be able to enter the eye and vision will drop. Corneal opacification could result from a large number of diseases, and fortunately all these diseases could be cured through corneal transplantation.
In comparison to traditional corneal transplantation techniques that require the entire cornea to be replaced.
Modern corneal transplantation techniques involve the replacement of the specific diseased layer in the cornea.
These highly sophisticated surgeries are at the frontier of corneal surgery and require highly trained surgeons to perform. Luckily, here at Barrada Eye Center, we can easily provide tailored surgeries to our corneal patients to insure the very best results.
DALK: this highly technical procedure requires fine skills to remove the front part of the diseased cornea. The surgery of choice for keratoconus, DALK, insures fast visual recovery and reduces the chances of the body to refuse the transplant.
DALK/DMEK: the latest and most advanced corneal surgery to date. This state of the art procedure involves removal and transplantation if the very deepest of layers of the cornea. It is limited to a very few cases, but, this sutureless surgery results in record breaking visual outcomes.
LASIK & FEMTO-LASIK
LASIK is a non-surgical procedure through which the surface of the eye is reshaped using a highly sophisticated and very precise laser. This laser is able to treat all the imperfections in the optical system of the eye at a molecular level treating all sort of visual problems guaranteeing complete independence from eye glasses.
Approximately 80% of people need to wear glasses to see things clearly.
Common sight problems:
Myopia (shortsightedness): many people suffer from myopia where they are able to to see close things clearly but cannot see things from afar. Common complaints is that they have to squeeze their eyes to see far things more clearly.
Hyperopia (farsightedness): hyperopia is less common than shortsightedness but a little more tricky to treat. At first people with hyperopia see far objects clearly but have trouble focusing on near things such as prolonged work on the computer. Later on these people lose their ability to see clearly for both far and near objects.
Astigmatism: with astigmatism, the cornea, which is the transparent tissue found at the front end of the eye and a s responsible for focusing light rays in order for us the see clearly is elliptical in shape instead of its usual rounded shape. This elliptical shape doesn’t allow the cornea to focus light rays into a single spot of light causing blurriness. Astigmatic patients classically complain of haloes around light and a second image adjacent to the original one.
Presbyopia: around the age 40 the eye gradually loses its ability to focus on near objects. The classic complaint of presbyopia patients is that they need to bring whatever they are reading a little bit backwards in order to see the print clearly. At Barrada Eye Center we provide our patients with a variety of ways to treat presbyopia allowing for complete independence from glasses.
At Barrada Eye Center we offer the latest pre-LASIK scanning technology (the Pentacam) to guarantee nothing but the best results to our patients.
LASIK: with LASIK a very thin flap is s created using a very precise automated micro-blade, once this flap is created and temporarily lifted, the laser is programmed to interact with the surface of the eye reshaping it to get rid of your glasses. This fifteen minute procedure is painless and is performed using anaesthetic eye drops. Vision improves to 6/6 in 3-24 hours.
Custom (Ultra) LASIK: this variation in the already highly effective technique dies not only treat shortsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. But also treats any other visual imperfections in the eyes optical system leading to what here at Barrada Eye Center like to call “super vision”.
Femto-LASIK: tributed to the late Dr Ahmed Zuweil, noble prize winning Egyptian chemist, is the latest in LASIK technology. We substituted the electronic micro-blade with a laser machine that can create the flap at sub-atomic levels of precision. This technology allows for full customization of treatment to our patients insuring unprecedented levels of quality.
PRK: this time honored variation of LASIK is a procedure where the laser is directly beaned at the surface of the without having to create a flap. This flapless procedure is most suited for athletes and people planning on getting into the military/police services.