Types of Eye Surgery Lisa Bunin, M.D. Performs
Eye surgery can correct problems like cataracts and glaucoma. Eye surgery can also be for cosmetic reasons such a eye-lift or blepharoplasty surgery. Dr. Lisa Bunin is a board certified Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic surgeon specializing in in both medical condition eye surgery and cosmetic eye procedures.
List of Common Eye Procedures
Cataract Surgery –
Cataracts develop over the lens of your eye, making it cloudy. This makes your vision blurry and dull. Cataracts are common as people age. Surgery can correct the problem, usually in less than an hour. Dr. Bunin replaces your cloudy lens with an artificial one.
This operation is also an outpatient procedure. Your vision will be blurry at first but improve in a couple of days. Your eyes may feel uncomfortable and itchy while they heal.
Glaucoma Surgery –
Glaucoma results from damage to the optic nerve in your eye. A buildup of pressure in the eye is the usual cause. Glaucoma can cause blindness. Two types of surgery can treat glaucoma. Both aim to reduce pressure in your eye.
Laser surgery for glaucoma is an outpatient procedure so you can go home once it’s done. You might feel some discomfort or notice blurry vision afterwards. But, you can go back to your regular activities the next day.
The other option is conventional glaucoma surgery. You might need this if the laser procedure is not effective. This is also an outpatient procedure. But, your eyes may water or look red afterwards. And, it will be about a week before you can return to your regular activities.
Diabetic Retinopathy –
Diabetic retinopathy can develop if you have diabetes and your blood sugar is not under control. High blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels, including the ones in your eyes. This causes the blood vessels to leak fluid and blood into the retina. Your vision can change. You may see “floaters,” which are spots that seem to float through your vision.
One procedure for this is done in your doctor’s office. Dr. Bunin may use a laser to reduce swelling in your eye and encourage new blood vessel growth. The surgery also helps prevent future blood vessel leaks. However, you may still have blurry vision and need more laser surgery in the future.
Vitrectomy is another type of surgery for diabetic retinopathy. It aims to get rid of leaked blood and scar tissue in your eye. It also helps prevent blood vessels from leaking again. Dr. Bunin might do this procedure in a hospital. You may need to stay in the hospital for a short while after the surgery.
Macular Degeneration –
The macula is the area of your eye that helps you see greater detail. As you age, the macula tends to break down. That’s called age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). The more severe type is wet ARMD. Leaky blood vessels cause you to see dark spots in the center of your vision. Sometimes, laser surgery can help with wet ARMD. Dr. Bunin uses a laser to burn away unwanted blood vessels. This prevents bleeding. It also stops the growth of more blood vessels.
This is an outpatient procedure. Vision is usually blurrier right afterwards. You should have improved vision in a few weeks. However, people often need more laser treatments within a few years.
- Pterygium Surgery –
Pterygium is a noncancerous growth that usually grows on the surface of the eye. Blood vessels become slightly raised and are visible on the surface of the eye. While the lesions cause no particular problems, because they are visible, the person may feel self-conscious. The condition may become uncomfortable and has been described as the feeling of a foreign object in the eye, like a piece of grit. Inflammation and redness can occur. Vision can become blurred if the lesion grows over the cornea, the outer layer of the eye.
- Eye-lift, Upper & Lower, Blepharoplasty – With her combined training in ophthalmic plastic surgery and ophthalmology, Dr. Bunin has an enhanced ability to perform delicate procedures around the eyes such as eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty. Dr. Bunin’s extensive experience and specialized training in the tissues of the face, eyelids, eyes and skin, set her apart from other doctors. With her unique expertise, Dr. Bunin can perform eyelid surgery Allentown, PA to repair a number of functional problems or address cosmetic issues.