Eye Surgery

Your eyes are always at work – from the time you wake up in the morning to when you go to sleep at night. They are fragile organs that require diligent care. When you are in need of surgery to correct vision problems or eye disorders, or to be preventative or improve your appearance, you rely on your trusted surgeon to propose the most appropriate procedure; providing extreme and delicate care with your safety as a top priority at all stages of the operation.

Nebraska Medicine Advanced Eye Care Expertise

We specialize in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of eye-related diseases and conditions from the most common to the most complex. Few eye care centers have the technology and as many sub-specialists under one roof. Experienced general and subspecialty ophthalmologists are on staff, specializing in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of eye diseases. Our state-of-the-art facilities are designed to transform ophthalmology and LASIK surgery in Nebraska for generations to come.

Surgery to Correct Conditions and Disorders of the Eye

If you suffer from conditions that are affecting your eyesight, we can help. Advanced diagnostics, research, clinical care and surgical expertise create state-of-the-art patient care. Common surgical conditions include:

  • Cataracts
  • Cornea conditions
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Glaucoma 
  • Infections of the eye
  • Ocular plastic surgery
  • Retinal detachment or other retinal diseases
  • Severe injury to the eye, eye trauma
  • Wrinkling of the retina
  • Vision loss

Surgery to Correct Your Vision

When surgery is used to correct vision problems, this is called refractive surgery or laser eye surgery, which allows many patients to see the best they were ever able to. LASIK surgery is a well-known example of refractive surgery.

Some patients may suffer from cataracts, a clouding of the lens of the eye. Eventually the eye becomes so opaque that vision becomes blurry and cataract surgery is needed. Surgery for cataracts involves removing the clouded lens and replacing it with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens implant (IOL). In some cases, an IOL is not appropriate so contact lenses or, in rare cases, eyeglasses are used instead.

There are also many types of corneal surgeries, or surgery used to correct the cornea of the eye. Over time, the cornea has a tendency to cloud over, prohibiting vision. Its curve may also need to be corrected to combat farsightedness or nearsightedness. No matter the surgical method, the end result is to increase the function of the eye to lower the need for visual aids. 

Strabismus also known as “crossed eyes” and a cause of amblyopia or lazy eye can also be treated with surgery. While the most effective results are achieved during childhood, adults can have surgery for strabismus as well.

Surgery and Services to Prevent Blindness and to Adapt to Low Vision 

Many people with glaucoma do not feel any symptoms or pain at all so it is especially important that you see your eye doctor on a regular basis. Glaucoma is a buildup of pressure inside your eye that can lead to damage of the optic nerve and can eventually cause total blindness. It tends to be genetic and may not show up until later in life.

Glaucoma surgery typically involves either a laser treatment or an incision. Laser treatments are less invasive and use a focused beam of light to treat the eye’s drainage system. Likewise, a drainage hole is created during incisional surgery to allow drainage to flow through an artificial canal.   

Surgical Expertise to Treat Eye or Eye Lid Cancer

Although uncommon, intraocular cancer may be treated with surgery or with radiation therapy, freezing or heat therapy, or laser therapy depending on the stage and advancement of the cancer.

Oculoplastic Surgery to Enhance Your Appearance

Oculoplastic surgery is an inclusive term that encompasses both medically necessary and cosmetic procedures involving the orbit, eyelids, tear ducts and the face. This includes facial plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery. A surgeon trained in oculoplastic surgery has a unique background in both ophthalmic surgery and plastic surgery exclusive to the eyelid area.

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