At SFRI, we utilize the latest in-office procedures,
technology, lasers, and surgical techniques.
Many eye diseases today are treated with administration of medication directly into the eye via injections with tiny needles. These injections are often the only treatments available to prevent blindness in conditions such as wet macular degeneration, vein occlusions, and diabetic retinopathy. At SFRI, we use the safest techniques to deliver these medications and also prioritize patient comfort during these procedures.
Lasers are commonly used to treat retina conditions like retina tears, retinal detachments, diabetic retinopathy, proliferative vascular eye disease and macular edema. The newest lasers are designed to maximize safety and patient comfort.
Micropulse, or subthreshold laser is a newer technique utilizing laser energy delivered in precise, micro-exposures to help the eye reabsorb fluid in the macula in conditions such as diabetes, vein occlusions, and central serous retinopathy. In the appropriate patient, this technique can help improve vision as a primary or concurrent treatment option.
Vitrectomy (removal of the vitreous) is the most common way to repair diseases of the retina and vitreous. It involves removing the sticky gel-like substance inside the eye. Using the newest instrumentation and techniques, Dr. Smith repairs retinal problems like retinal detachments, macular puckers, full-thickness macular holes, diabetic tractional detachments, vitreous hemorrhage, infection, and retained lens material after cataract surgery.
Oftentimes, retinal detachments can be repaired with a scleral buckle with or without vitrectomy. The silicone band encircles around the outside of the eye and supports the vitreous base to relieve traction and fix retinal detachments. This technique has been used for many decades and is an important technique in the repair of vision-threatening retinal detachments.
After some cases of complicated cataract surgery, the implanted lens can shift, or completely fall into the back of the eye. Sometimes this occurs decades after the initial surgery. There are many techniques that are utilized to repair these issues. Dr. Smith is well-versed in the latest in surgical techniques, including sutured lenses, scleral fixation, anterior chamber lenses and other ways to safely and effectively repair dislocated lenses.