Cataract is a common eye condition where the natural lens of the eye becomes progressively cloudy, causing visual symptoms. These can include blurred reading or distance vision, glare symptoms, and night vision problems. While cataract surgery is performed by most ophthalmologists, the Cataract / Implant Specialists at Richmond Eye Associates use state-of-the-art techniques and surgical facilities to perform cataract surgery. These techniques lead an improved speed of recovery from the surgery with less interference with the lifestyle of the patient.
Some new advances in cataract surgery include the use of more specialized lens implants that can help to correct pre-existing astigmatism, and lens implants that can help to restore near vision as well as distance vision after surgery. With cataract surgery performed by Richmond Eye Associates not only is the cataract removed, but the need for glasses after surgery may be reduced as well. See the section on Advanced Technology Lens Implants for more information.
The Cataract / Implant Specialists of Richmond Eye Associates use "phacoemulsification" as their primary technique to remove cataract. This technique uses ultrasound to dissolve the cataract through a tiny opening in the eye, rather than an opening requiring many sutures to close. In some cases, this surgery can be done with only eye drop anesthesia. The physicians of Richmond Eye Associates perform Cataract / Implant procedures at various locations around the Richmond area, including Stony Point Surgery Center and Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center.
Advanced Technology Lens Implants
Glaucoma, also referred to as "the sneak thief of sight," is an increasingly common disorder where the vision is gradually lost, often at first without symptoms, over time. While all of the physicians of Richmond Eye Associates diagnose and treat glaucoma, Harold A. Bernstein, M.D. is a Glaucoma Specialist.
Diagnosing and treating glaucoma requires state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, up to date knowledge of techniques to medically control the disease, and having the option to utilize effective surgical procedures when appropriate.
Richmond Eye Associates offers all of these, as well as advanced surgical procedures performed only by glaucoma specialists for difficult cases of glaucoma. We also have in-office lasers that can be used for some types of glaucoma, eliminating the need to travel to a separate surgical facility.
Laser Vision Correction
Lasik and PRK are offered at Richmond Eye Associates by Dr. Bryan Brooks. He is fully trained to use the latest technology available to give you freedom from glasses or contact lenses. Using state-of-the-art laser technology, which includes CustomVue™ Lasik to improve vision, many patients may see better than they ever could before surgery, even with their glasses or contact lenses.
Dr. Brooks offers complimentary eye examinations to evaluate whether or not you may be a candidate for Laser Vision Correction. If you are interested in having Laser Vision Correction to free yourself from dependence on glasses or contact lenses, call 804-270-0330 for an evaluation. For Detailed information about surgical correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, go to Laser Vision Correction.
Cornea and External Disease
The sub-specialty of Cornea and External Disease refers to the medical and surgical management of the full range of routine, complex and high-risk corneal and external eye diseases. The cornea is the clear, dome-like structure on the front of the eye through which we see. Corneas can be damaged through inflammation, degeneration, allergies, infections, injuries and inherited dystrophies. External disease refers to conditions of the conjunctiva and eyelids that affect the function of the eyes themselves.
Dr. Malcolm Magovern is a specialist in Cornea and External Disease, as well as a specialist in cataract / lens implant surgery and complex surgical procedures involving the anterior segment of the eye.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Diabetic Eye Disease
Diagnosis of Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Contact Lens Fitting and Diagnosis and Treatment of Contact Lens Related Problems
Contact lenses provide an alternative to glasses to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and the need for reading glasses. Contact lens technology continues to improve, and newer lenses are available which are often more comfortable to wear, are safer, and may provide clearer vision.
However, contact lens use is not without risk, and it is important to be appropriately fitted for the lenses, with detailed instruction on how to handle and care for the lenses. Donald Lumpkin, O.D. and Dr. Cindy Koza, O.D. are optometrists of Richmond Eye Associates who specialize in the fitting and care of contact lenses. They perform fittings for individuals of all ages, from teenage to older adults. Both Dr. Lumpkin and Dr. Koza use a wide variety of contact lenses to provide correction for even more challenging cases, such as high levels of astigmatism and the need for bifocal contact lenses.
Dr. Lumpkin and Dr. Koza accept many vision plans and insurances, and they see patients at all of the Richmond Eye Associates offices, including Innsbrook, Midlothian, and Mechanicsville.