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At the Eye Care Center of Napa Valley, we provide comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages. Our doctors are fully trained and experienced to diagnose, treat and prevent conditions from myopia and hyperopia to glaucoma, cataracts and everything in between.
We strive to provide our patients with safe, minimally invasive treatments to effectively relieve symptoms and preserve vision and overall eye health. As a comprehensive ophthalmology practice, our services include not only laser vision correction and small-incision cataract surgery but also treatments for a range of conditions such as glaucoma, the diabetic eye, dry eye and macular degeneration.
Regular eye exams are an invaluable tool in maintaining your eyes' health by detecting and preventing disease. Some diseases develop slowly without causing pain or vision loss. Early detection of any problems can reduce the risk of further harm and allow for a choice of treatment options. We regularly screen for diseases such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, which can develop without any noticeable symptoms.
Patients should see their doctor for a comprehensive eye exam every one to three years, depending on their age, risk of disease and overall physical condition. Children should have regular tests to ensure the proper development of their vision and prevent any interference with their academic achievements. Older adults are often at a higher risk for eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts. Even if your eyes are healthy, you should still have a regular eye exam to detect any problems as soon as possible and begin necessary treatment.
Within our comprehensive practice, we treat vision conditions such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism through visual aids and surgical procedures if desired, as well as conditions affecting the cornea, iris, lens, vitreous, retina, eyelid and surrounding areas. Some of the most common eye conditions include:
Certain advanced eye conditions may require surgery in order to restore or maintain vision and prevent serious complications. Surgery for cataracts, glaucoma, corneal disease and other serious conditions are an effective means of correcting these diseases and returning the eyes to a more optimal state of health.
Our doctors perform surgery only when needed to reduce the invasiveness of treatment and any associated trauma or downtime, and after less invasive treatment such as medications, eye drops and laser procedures have failed. Most patients experience effective results from these procedures. We also perform laser vision correction procedures to improve vision and eliminate or reduce the dependence on contact lenses and glasses.
Ophthalmic plastic surgery, also known as oculoplastic surgery or oculoplastics, is a subspecialty of ophthalmology that corrects disorders of the eyelids, orbits, eyeballs and lacrimal (tear) system. These procedures of the eyelids and brow can help patients see more clearly, as well as look younger and rejuvenated.
Patients may seek oculoplastic surgery for cosmetic and/or medical purposes. Many of these procedures offer both types of benefits, allowing patients to restore eye function and a more youthful appearance after treatment. At the Eye Care Center of Napa Valley, our doctors are fully trained and experienced to performed oculoplastic surgery with the utmost quality of care. Our featured oculoplastic procedures include Botox injections for muscle spasms and wrinkle reduction, blepharoplasty to treat drooping eyelids, tear duct surgery and trauma care.
Although most commonly known for its cosmetic application, Botox injections have been used for many years to block nerve signals for treatment of a wide range of conditions, including eye conditions such as blepharospasm, strabismus and others. These conditions involve chronic dysfunction of the muscles around the eyes, resulting in involuntary contraction, twitching and other unwanted symptoms. Botox can be injected directly into the affected muscle with no need for anesthesia to effectively block nerve signals sent to the muscle and prevent it from contracting.
Ptosis is a common condition that can affect the upper eyelid of one or both eyes as a result of aging, congenital defects, muscle deformity or a neurological disorder. Treatment for ptosis can be sought for medical and/or cosmetic purposes, and usually involves a procedure known as blepharoplasty to lift the eyelid and restore its original appearance. The blepharoplasty procedure involves making a small incision in the crease of the eyelid, through which excess skin is removed. The muscle is then lifted and reattached to its original position with sutures.
To learn more about the comprehensive eye care services provided at the Eye Care Center of Napa Valley, please call us today to schedule an appointment.