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Ophthalmology/Eye Health

Quality Eye Care for the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Memorial Hospital offers high-quality eye care to the people of South Mississippi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Our professionals stay updated on the latest technological advances in eye care through independent study, ongoing attendance at local and national meetings, and collaboration with their peers.

While we provide the most advanced medical and surgical ophthalmological treatments using state-of-the-art technology, it is just as important to us that we do so within a caring and compassionate environment.

Memorial offers complete services ranging from eye exams to complex thyroid eye disease surgery.

Eye Exams

During an eye exam, your eye doctor can perform a number of different tests such as a glaucoma test (this is a simple screening to measure inner eye pressure), a visual acuity test, and a refraction test.

During a regular visit, you can expect your optometrist to perform the following tests to determine your eye health:

  • Pre-Exam Tests
  • Pupillary Reactions
  • Slit Lamp Test
  • Visual Acuity and Refraction
  • Pupil Dilation

Eye Disease Screening

We examine your eyes and screen (or test) them for signs of eye diseases and conditions. Screening helps us detect problems early, so we can treat them with greater success.

Screening for eye problems typically involves an eye exam measuring how your eyes react to light, color and movement. We offer a comprehensive examination of your vision, which includes screenings for:

  • General eye health
  • Glaucoma, a condition where there is pressure on your optic nerve that can lead to vision loss
  • Cataracts, when the eyes become cloudy, affecting vision
  • Diabetic retinopathy, damage to blood vessels in the eye due to high sugar levels
  • Diabetic eye disease
  • Refractive glaucoma/glaucoma surgery
  • Laser and refractive cataract surgery
  • Blepharoplasty (eyelid lifts)
  • Eye straightening surgery and refractive surgery of the cornea.

Eye Treatments

Cataracts

We remove the clouded lens and replace it with a clear, artificial lens. The eyes are controlled by natural lenses. These lenses bend and relax to make sure that light is focused perfectly on the retina. The lens acts to refract light rays, allowing us to see. Sometimes, people can develop an issue with the lens called a cataract. Often, this is a disease of the elderly but it can impact children as well. If someone has a cataract in the eye, the lens is going to be cloudy. This is going to make it hard to see. Objects are going to start to appear blurry, hazy, or having less color. As a result, cataracts are a serious issue for many people across the world.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a common potentially blinding eye disease that damages the optic nerve and is treated by lowering eye pressure. Depending on the severity of the condition, we use either a laser or a small incision to relieve pressure in the eye.

Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachment describes an emergency situation in which a thin layer of tissue (the retina) at the back of the eye pulls away from its normal position. Retinal detachment separates the retinal cells from the layer of blood vessels that provides oxygen and nourishment. We have expertise in a variety of techniques to reattach the retina and restore your vision.

Macular Degeneration

We use a combination of anti-angiogenic medicine and laser surgery to stop excess blood vessels from clouding your vision.

LASIK Surgery

Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) can be an alternative to glasses or contact lenses. During LASIK surgery, a special type of cutting laser is used to precisely change the shape of the dome-shaped clear tissue at the front of your eye (cornea) to improve vision.

Benefits:

  • Corrective lenses are not needed after surgery
  • Low-risk, fast procedure
  • No stitches needed
  • Used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatisms, and presbyopia
  • Vision correction is extremely fast

Individuals who are over the age of 18 and are nearsighted, farsighted, have astigmatism, or who have presbyopia are all good candidates for LASIK eye surgery. In addition, the individual must not have had a significant change in their glasses or contacts prescription for the last year, and they have no signs of glaucoma or cataracts.

Risks:

Since LASIK is an eye surgery, some risks and side effects are possible. The most common side effect is temporary symptoms of dry eye, which usually resolve within a few months of your procedure.

  • Detachment of the corneal flap
  • Development of double vision
  • Development of glaucoma or retinal detachment
  • Eye infections or sores
  • May still need reading glasses
  • Temporary halos around lights
  • Vision may change over time

Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is commonly referred to as an eyelid lift, but it’s not actually a lift. The eyelid skin is not pulled up during the procedure. Instead, excess eyelid skin is removed in order to restore the appearance of the eyelids. Fat can also be added or subtracted to the eyelids in order to improve the look and function.

Make an Appointment to See an Ophthalmologist

The first step to take in order to see Memorial’s ophthalmologist is to receive a referral from your primary care provider.