Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Congenital Polar Cataract


This is an image of a posterior polar cataract, taken with a slit lamp camera. This cataract is a rare form of a congenital cataract. Because of its location, which is on the posterior capsule of the lens, it is a complicated procedure to remove, much more so than a standard cataract surgery. It is also in the center of the patient's vision, so it is definitely visually significant.

If you or someone you know has questions about cataract surgery please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.


Monday, March 10, 2014

What is the Eyelid Lump Hordeolum?

Hordeolum is a common, painful inflammation of the eyelid that is usually caused by a bacterial infection that affects the oil glands in the eyelid and results in a lump. Often, the infected lump drains and heals by itself with no treatment but sometimes it can spread to other glands in the eyes and can become long lasting. It can also turn into a cyst which is called a chalazion. Hordeolum can be internal, on the inside of the eyelid, or external, on the outside of the eyelid near the eyelashes. Hordeolum on the outside of the eyelid is known as a stye. Hordeolum also can be acute and appear suddenly and heal in a short time, or chronic and long lasting and occurring over time. Common treatments for hordeolum include warm compresses applied at home, prescription and non prescription lid scrubs, antibiotics, steroids, lid massages and others types of treatment.

If you or someone you know has questions about eyelid lumps and bumps such as hordeolum, stye or chalazion please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.


Monday, March 3, 2014

Vascular Disease Can Make Glaucoma Treatment Difficult

Normal Tension Glaucoma is a less frequently found-but important type of glaucoma-that is characterized by patients having “normal” intraocular pressure but still experiencing eye damage such as loss of their visual field or “side vision” and optic nerve damage.

Researchers at the World Glaucoma Congress reported that certain patients who suffer from Normal Tension Glaucoma who also have vascular disease or even a predisposition to vascular disease such as a family history of stroke, the presence of cardiovascular disease or migraine may not be as easy to treat in avoiding the progression of Normal Tension Glaucoma. In fact, these factors related to vascular disease may indicate less effectiveness of eye pressure (IOP) treatment putting patients at greater risk. The the Collaborative Normal Tension Glaucoma Study is the landmark study for guiding treatment-in which 65% of patients in the untreated group of that study never showed any progression during 7 years of follow-up. But, for those at greater risk due to some other vascular disease we have to be diligent in our examinations and testing to help preserve eye health and vision.

If you or someone you know has vascular disease or is concerned about their risk of glaucoma please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.