Ophthalmology is the field of medicine that deals with eye disease and disorders.
At United Medical, our ophthalmology team provides medical and surgical treatment of the eye, including laser treatment for eye problems.
Ophthalmologist In New Jersey
While our ophthalmologist and staff can meet your basic eye care needs, we also handle complex problems that your primary care physician doesn’t treat. Patients are often referred to our specialty team when they have signs of glaucoma, cataracts, eye injuries, tumors, and other serious vision problems.
Eye Conditions We Diagnose & Treat
In addition to conducting all the standard vision tests – including a visual acuity exam, which measures how well you see, and tests necessary to prescribe proper corrective lenses (eyeglasses and contacts) – we also conduct specialized eye tests.
For example, diagnosing conditions like glaucoma and cataracts requires special knowledge and equipment that only an eye doctor can provide. At United Medical, our specialty providers will look inside your eye and conduct a thorough evaluation before making a diagnosis. Only then can you count on the most appropriate treatment recommendations.
Eye conditions we treat include:
- Corneal abrasion or injury
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Eye injury
- Eye tumors
- Flashes and floaters
- Macular degeneration
- Ocular toxoplasmosis (eye infection)
- Retinal tear and detachment
- Retinal vascular diseases
- Uveitis (inner eye infection)
Common Eye Treatments
Outside of updating your corrective lens prescription, the most common eye condition treatments include:
An extremely popular and highly successful procedure, cataract surgery replaces the cloudy lens of your eye with a clear replacement lens – often even correcting refractive errors in the process, so that you may not even need glasses after your cataract surgery.
When poorly controlled diabetes affects the blood vessels in the retina of the eye, it is called diabetic retinopathy. It can cause dark spots or blurred vision – and ultimately, irreversible vision loss. Injecting medications into the eye can stop disease progression, as can certain laser treatments. At later stages, surgery may be necessary.
Keeping diabetes under control is the best way to prevent this eye condition from occurring in the first place.
In most cases, over-the-counter or prescription eye drops can relieve symptoms in patients with chronic dry eyes. Sometimes, a quick, in-office procedure can insert punctal plugs that help to keep in fluid naturally produced by your eyes, which bathes your eyes in moisture for longer periods of time.
There is no cure for the most common type of macular degeneration, but the problem can be stopped in its tracks – usually using special vitamins and minerals. You may also need low-vision devices and rehabilitation to learn to live with the extent of vision loss that’s already occurred.
Although this condition cannot be cured, it can be managed in a number of ways, depending on the condition of your eyes and the severity of your symptoms, if any. Prescription eye drops and oral medications are common. Laser or traditional surgery may be necessary at later stages to help drain fluid from the eye.
If you have an eye disease or condition that requires treatment, you may be able to avoid surgery with a less-invasive laser procedure or medication therapy. Ask your United Medical ophthalmology team what treatment or therapy may be best for you.