During 2016, Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan ophthalmologists performed 2,320 laser procedures with no complications.
Blepharitis is a condition that may be very uncomfortable. The eyelids become irritated and red. Soreness is accompanied by crusty debris gathered at the base of eyelashes. It’s not appealing to see and causes discomfort in the patient.
Why do I have blepharitis?
Every human being has bacteria living on their skin. Some individuals have a higher quantity of bacteria that live along the eyelashes and produce dandruff-like flakes. Others have issues with oil glands on the eyelids that may become clogged. Blepharitis can also be caused by other diseases or health conditions. It’s often chronic and can be a challenge to treat. The good news is that it is not contagious and does not cause any permanent damage to the eyesight.
How do I cure blepharitis?
While treatments for blepharitis are available, they may not be a permanent solution. It’s not uncommon for the condition to return. Most cases are treated with self-care methods like applying warm compresses and washing eyes. Some ophthalmologists may recommend additional treatment, including:
Antibiotics that are applied directly to the eyelid can reduce bacterial infection. These are usually available as creams, ointments, or eye drops. An oral antibiotic may be prescribed if the topical treatment does not work.
Steroid ointment or eye drops may be used to reduce inflammation. This treatment may be used along with antibiotics to manage symptoms while getting rid of the problem.
Topical cyclosporine, a calcineurin inhibitor, has proven to provide some relief in patients with blepharitis.
Diseases like rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis can also cause blepharitis. Your doctor may look for additional treatments for any underlying conditions to help stop the problem. Contact Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan today to schedule an appointment!
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During 2016, Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan ophthalmologists performed 3,418 cataract surgeries with excellent overall results, a very low complication rate and no infections. Of this total Dr. Kleinfeldt performed 2,784 cataract surgeries, more than any other cataract surgeon in Southeast Michigan. Data from the American Academy of Ophthalmology show that OSM eye surgeons have a much lower complication rate and better results than the national average for cataract surgeries. We are very proud of our achievements and continue to advocate for our patients and strive for optimal results.
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A good year to all our friends, family and patients who celebrate Rosh Hashanah!
Ptosis is a condition that affects appearance and vision. The term refers to a drooping upper eyelid. The severity will vary, with some patients experiencing only minor drooping while others have an entirely covered pupil.
Symptoms of Ptosis
The most obvious sign of ptosis is the difference in position of the eyelids. The drooping effect can cause the patient to tilt their head back to compensate for the blocked field of view. In children, the condition can also cause amblyopia.
What Causes Ptosis?
When the nerves that control your eyelid are damaged or weakened due to injury or disease, ptosis can appear.
Ptosis treatment may vary based on age and severity of the condition. Surgery can be done to correct the problem. This is an outpatient procedure that uses local anesthesia. In some cases, the surgeon may only need to lift muscle in the eyelid. Others may require excess skin to be removed.
If you notice the signs of ptosis, contact your ophthalmologist. They can evaluate your eyelid and make a diagnosis. If surgery is required, make sure you tell your doctor about any medications, supplements, or vitamins you currently take. Make an appointment with Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan to find out if ptosis surgery will benefit you.
Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan is welcoming a new physician to our practice!
NEIL DELEDDA, O.D.
Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan pays tribute and celebrates the economic and social accomplishments of all American workers. We hope you are able to enjoy this long weekend with quality time with friends and family.
As a reminder, our Livonia office hours are now extended. Standard hours of operation will continue to be Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-4:30 pm. We will be extending hours of operation every Wednesday (only at our Livonia office location) from 8:00 am-8:00 pm. The Livonia office will be open one Saturday morning each month (8:00 am-12:00 pm). This Saturday varies from month to month depending on surgical schedules, so please call to ask one of our medical receptionists for additional details.
Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan wish you the warmest Eid greetings and best wishes throughout the year!
Summer brings more people outdoors and into the sunlight. While it’s a wonderful experience that can invigorate your mind and body, it’s also important to remember that bright light can damage eyes. The sun produces UV radiation that can cause serious health problems like increased risk of cataracts, cancer, and growths in eyes.
Choosing the right sunglasses should be about more than just style. Look for a pair that also provides UV protection. You should see a label or sticker that says “100% UV Protection” or “UV400.”
You can bring your own eye shade by wearing a wide-brimmed hat. The hat will provide a shield for your eyes and your face. It’s best to have both a hat and sunglasses so you’re covered when moving your head or walking around.
There is a misconception that clouds will block UV rays. This is not true. You are still at risk, even if the sun is covered by clouds. The rays penetrate cloud cover and still reach the Earth.
If you take prescription medications, check the label for possible UV-related side effects. Some medications make eyes even more vulnerable to UV light. The list includes birth control pills, estrogen pills, antibiotics, and psoriasis medications that contain psoralen.
This may be the most obvious tip on the list, but it’s important to reiterate: never stare into the sun. Doing so can burn holes in your retinas and cause an irreversible condition known as solar retinopathy.
If you have questions about UV rays and your eyesight or are concerned you may have experienced damage, contact Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan to schedule a comprehensive, dilated eye exam.
Diabetes is a condition that effects an estimated 29.1 million people in the United States. Approximately, 1.4 million new cases are diagnosed each year. That means one in every 10 adults over the age of 20 has diabetes. The American Diabetes Association has created an event that brings people together to work towards a future without diabetes.
What Is Step Out: Detroit, Michigan?
This exciting event will be held on August 26th, 2017. Thousands of participants register to join the walk, including individuals from all over the country. Caring people come together to provide support and encouragement to those whose lives are affected by diabetes.
Participants can join a 1 mile or 2.4 mile walk inside and around Detroit’s Comerica Park. We also celebrate the Red Striders, who are participants who have been diagnosed with Type 1, Type 2, or gestational diabetes. Check-in begins at 8:30 am with the walk starting at 10:00 am.
The event also includes other fun activities: sponsor booths, giveaways, and music to enjoy before and after the walk.
For more details on the activities, parking & routes, please visit: www.diabetes.org/detroitstepout
How would walking help others with diabetes?
August 26th will be a day of celebration, but the positive impact goes far beyond the event. By participating, you will support life-saving research while raising awareness of this growing epidemic in America. You will also help those who have experienced discrimination because of their health condition. Make a difference in the lives of those living with this disease by supporting the 2017 Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes!
Diabetes increases the risk of eye disease among other health problems. If you have a form of diabetes and have not been evaluated by a retina specialist, or are experiencing changes in vision call Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan today to schedule your diabetic eye exam!