From dry eyes to cor­rect­ing cataracts, Com­plete Eye Care of­fers so­lu­tions

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - PAID ADVERTISING - BY BRANDI DIXON

When it comes to find­ing the right team to trust with your ev­ery eye care and op­ti­cal need, look no fur­ther than the doc­tors and staff at Com­plete Eye Care. If your child needs cer­tain frames de­signed for play­ing sports or you find your­self suf­fer­ing from chronic dry eye, the group treats it all.

Kids who play sports can ben­e­fit greatly from the se­lec­tion of kids Flexon frames avail­able in the Com­plete Eye Care Op­ti­cal Shop.

“They are made of ti­ta­nium me­tal and bend and twist re­ally well,” Rachel Ridge said. “That helps pre­vent lots of breaks and ac­ci­dents, and we have a line of them for adults too.”

Ridge added that all the Flexon frames come with a two-year war­ranty that every­one can take ad­van­tage of. Com­plete Eye Care also of­fers a special of 50 per­cent off a sec­ond set of lenses, so now is a great time to get glasses for the whole fam­ily! Dry Eyes?

“Dry eye is a com­mon pa­tient prob­lem, and it’s one that shouldn’t be ig­nored. We are pleased to of­fer Lip­iFlow to help those with Mei­bo­mian Gland Dys­func­tion. We know that many ther­a­pies pro­vide lim­ited re­lief. How­ever, Lip­iFlow ad­dresses the un­der­ly­ing cause for those with Mei­bo­mian Gland Dys­func­tion so they can have sus­tained im­prove­ment,” Dr. J.D. Bon­ner said.

Pa­tients who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing eye dry­ness, ir­ri­ta­tion, light sen­si­tiv­ity, vi­sion fluc­tu­a­tions, con­tact lens in­tol­er­ance and eye fa­tigue, may be can­di­dates for Lip­iFlow. Dr. Bon­ner added that of the mil­lions of peo­ple in the U.S. that suf­fer from dry eye, a ma­jor­ity have evap­o­ra­tive dry eye, which stems from a de­fi­ciency in the oily lipid layer of the eye’s tear film. The lipid de­fi­ciency is due to block­ages in the Mei­bo­mian glands lo­cated in the eye­lids.

“The lipids serve to pro­tect the wa­ter (aque­ous) layer of tears so that the tears do not evap­o­rate too quickly,” he ex­plained.

Lip­iFlow is in­tended for the ap­pli­ca­tion of lo­cal­ized heat and pres­sure in adult pa­tients with Mei­bo­mian Gland Dys­func­tion (MGD), also known as evap­o­ra­tive dry eye or lipid de­fi­cient dry eye. Un­like tra­di­tional treat­ments (e.g., warm com­presses, wet­ting drops and oint­ments) that ad­dress dry eye symp­toms, Lip­iFlow treats the root cause, the ob­structed Mei­bo­mian glands, Dr. Bon­ner noted. How Lip­iFlow Works:

Lip­iFlow uses a dis­pos­able eye piece to ap­ply con­trolled heat to the in­ner eye­lids and in­ter­mit­tent gen­tle pres­sure to the outer eyelid.

Lip­iFlow fa­cil­i­tates the re­lease of lipids from the blocked Mei­bo­mian glands al­low­ing the nat­u­ral flow of lipids to re­sume.

Lip­iFlow is an in-of­fice pro­ce­dure that takes ap­prox­i­mately 20 min­utes. Both eyes can be treated si­mul­ta­ne­ously. Cataract Surgery –

For those strug­gling with cataracts, Dr. Bon­ner shared that there are many treat­ments avail­able and Com­plete Eye Care is ready to help.

“While the main pur­pose of cataract surgery is to re­move the cloudy lens ob­scur­ing one’s vi­sion, new tech­nol­ogy en­ables pa­tients un­der­go­ing cataract surgery to have many op­tions to im­prove their vi­sion bet­ter than it may have been in the past or to re­duce the need for glasses,” he noted.

Op­tions in­clude: In­traoc­u­lar lens (IOL) types

Mono­fo­cal Lens (IOL) - If you choose to treat your cataracts but don’t need or want to cor­rect other vi­sion prob­lems, such as pres­by­opia and astig­ma­tism, then a mono­fo­cal lens could be a good fit for you. Mono­fo­cal lenses are de­signed to sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove vis­ual clar­ity and qual­ity, though you’ll still have to wear glasses or con­tact lenses.

Mul­ti­fo­cal Lens (IOL) – Free­dom of vi­son at all dis­tances. Imag­ine driv­ing with more con­fi­dence. Or golf­ing with­out los­ing sight of the ball. From read­ing to play­ing ten­nis to play­ing bridge, you can ex­pe­ri­ence clear vi­sion at near, in­ter­me­di­ate and far dis­tances with the help of mul­ti­fo­cal lenses.

When you opt for cataract surgery with mul­ti­fo­cal lenses, you’re opt­ing for the op­por­tu­nity for free­dom from both cataracts and the pres­by­opia con­di­tion that makes it dif­fi­cult to fo­cus on ob­jects that are close to you as the lenses in your eyes lose flex­i­bil­ity.

Mul­ti­fo­cal lenses can help you re­duce your de­pen­dency on glasses.

Toric Lens (IOL) - Do you have cataracts and astig­ma­tism? Astig­ma­tism is a com­mon

con­di­tion that usu­ally oc­curs when the nat­u­ral sur­face of your eye is mis­shapen. If you have astig­ma­tism, chances are you’ve worn glasses or con­tact lenses for much of your life.

Today’s tech­nol­ogy means you can treat both cataracts and astig­ma­tism at once dur­ing cataract surgery. Dur­ing surgery, your sur­geon re­places the catarac­tous lens in your eye with a new lens, known as an in­traoc­u­lar lens (IOL). You can choose an IOL that can treat astig­ma­tism as well as cataracts, al­low­ing you to en­joy more ac­tiv­i­ties with re­duced de­pen­dency on glasses, in­clud­ing play­ing golf and driv­ing a car.

Laser-As­sisted Cataract Surgery

Just as you have op­tions when it comes to choos­ing the lens that you re­ceive dur­ing cataract surgery, you also have the op­tion of choos­ing the tech­nol­ogy that’s used to per­form the pro­ce­dure. That means you have the choice be­tween surgery per­formed by hand or with the as­sis­tance of laser tech­nol­ogy.

Ei­ther type of pro­ce­dure can be ef­fec­tive when per­formed by a skilled sur­geon, but laser-as­sisted cataract surgery pro­ce­dures are gen­er­ally more pre­dictable and pre­cise. Laser-as­sisted cataract surgery tech­nol­ogy can au­to­mate cer­tain steps dur­ing the pro­ce­dure with laser pre­ci­sion.

Cus­tomized Pre­ci­sion with Laser-As­sisted Cataract Surgery

If you opt for laser cataract surgery, Dr. Bon­ner op­er­ates us­ing a laser, which of­fers a level of ac­cu­racy ex­ceed­ing that of man­ual surgery meth­ods. The laser first images your eye to plan a pro­ce­dure that’s unique to you. A blade­less, com­puter-con­trolled laser then as­sists in per­form­ing your surgery with ex­act­ing, in­di­vid­u­al­ized pre­ci­sion not at­tain­able with tra­di­tional sur­gi­cal meth­ods.

The pro­fes­sion­als at Com­plete Eye Care are avail­able Mon­day – Fri­day to as­sist you with all your eye care needs. The op­ti­cal shop is open to the pub­lic, you don’t need an ap­point­ment to stop by and you can bring in your out­side pre­scrip­tion for glasses and/ or con­tact lenses.

Com­plete Eye Care is lo­cated at 9453 Day­ton Pike in Soddy-Daisy. For more in­for­ma­tion about their ser­vices, the im­por­tance of rou­tine eye ex­ams or to sched­ule an ap­point­ment, call 423-332-8222 or visit com­ple­teeye­care.org.

Com­plete Eye Care has many op­tions and treat­ments for pa­tients deal­ing with cataracts and dry eyes.

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