At Lakewood Eye Center, we offer comprehensive services from routine eye care, to glasses and contacts, to Botox injections, plus much, much more! Click on the “ + ” symbol to view service descriptions for that category. Then click on the “ – ” symbol to close that section and move on to the next.
An optometrist is not a medical doctor. An optometrist receives a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree after completing four years of optometry school, preceded by three years or more of college. They are licensed to practice optometry, which primarily involves performing eye exams and vision tests, prescribing and dispensing corrective lenses, detecting certain eye abnormalities, and prescribing medications for certain eye diseases.
- Routine vision exams. Write prescriptions for lenses or contacts.
- Medical evaluations of the retina for diabetes/hypertension/rheumatoid arthritis/lupus/MS or other medical screenings.
- Glaucoma evaluations.
- Contact lens service (fitting, follow-up, therapeutic, post-op, 'color for fun').
- Co-management for cataract, refractive or other surgeries (done here or elsewhere).
- Diagnosis, treatment and management of ocular disease or injuries including keratoconus.
- Cross-linking optical dispensary with over 500+ frames in stock.
- Outside prescriptions filled.
Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine and surgery that deals with the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eyeball and orbit. An ophthalmologist is a specialist in medical and surgical eye disease.
Their credentials include a doctorate degree in medicine, followed by an additional four years of ophthalmology residency training. They may or may not receive residency training in internal medicine, pediatrics, or general surgery before the ophthalmology residency. An ophthalmologist can perform all the duties that and optometrist can, but the duties also expand more into surgery and serious medical conditions.
Cataract surgery is the removal of the natural lens of the eye that has developed an opacification. Your surgeon will implant a new, clear intra-ocular lens to compensate for your prescription. You may still need a slight prescription lens for your vision after cataract removal.
Metabolic changes of the crystalline lens fibers over time lead to the development of the cataract and loss of transparency, causing impairment or loss of vision. In addition to these age-related changes, infants may be born with congenital cataracts. Direct ocular trauma and some medications, specifically the long term use of steroids, may also result in cataract formation. Long term exposure to infrared light and microwave radiation may also lead to cataract formation. Many peoples' first symptoms are strong glare from lights and small light sources at night, along with reduced acuity at low light levels. During cataract surgery, a patient's cloudy natural cataract lens is removed and replaced with a synthetic lens to restore the lens's transparency.
Cataract surgery is usually performed by an ophthalmologist in an ambulatory setting rather than in an inpatient setting, in a surgical center or hospital. Either topical, peribulbar, or retrobulbar local anesthesia is used, usually causing little or no discomfort to the patient. Well over 90% of operations are successful in restoring useful vision, with a low complication rate. Day care, high volume, minimally invasive, small incision phacoemulsification with quick post-op recovery has become the standard of care in cataract surgery all over the world.
Clear lens exchange is a vision correction surgery that replaces your natural lens. Once the natural lens is removed, the surgeon will replace it with a type of intraocular lens (IOL). There are different types of intraocular lenses, including: Multifocal IOL implant, Phakic IOL, and Accommodating IOL. The type of intraocular lens you receive depends on the vision issue you have. The lens used will increase the focusing power of the eye, which means the procedure will limit the need for contact lenses or glasses.
Similar to LASIK and other vision correction surgeries, Clear Lens Exchange may also correct presbyopia, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. This is often a great option for candidates that are over the age of 40 who want reduced spectacle dependence for both distance and reading. Other advantages of Clear Lens Exchange include: Fast recovery, outcomes are easy to predict, and excellent improvement of focus and vision problems. Clear Lens Exchange's technique is frequently compared to cataract surgery, so patients can trust the results and feel comfortable with the overall procedure.
Candidates for Clear Lens Exchanges are often those who are not good candidates for the LASIK procedure. This vision correction surgery is also a great option for people with presbyopia (inability to focus) or extreme farsightedness. You may also be a good candidate if you've decided that you no longer want to depend on contact lenses or glasses.
LASIK works by reshaping the cornea with a laser, which allows light to be correctly focused onto the retina. A laser is used to create a small flap in the cornea, which is peeled back so another laser can reshape the cornea. The flap is then placed back and the surgery is complete.
LASIK is popular because it is a quick procedure with a high success rate. The surgery takes about 10 minutes and only requires local anesthesia in the form of eye drops. LASIK does not typically involve much pain and does not require stitches or bandages. The results are often immediate and adjustments can be made in the future to correct vision if there are any changes.
While rare, there are downsides and potential side effects to LASIK, which is why you should consult with your optometrist to see if the procedure is right for you. At Lakewood Eye Center, we will discuss what to expect before and after LASIK.
The Visian ICL, also known as the Implantable Collamer® Lens, is a type of refractive procedure to help correct the most common visual problem, myopia. Simply put, Visian ICL is a removable lens implant that is an attractive alternative to LASIK and other refractive procedures.
Visian ICL is the FDA approved new generation in vision correction. Think of it as an implantable lens that works with your natural eye to correct your vision. Our procedure creates options for a much wider range of prescriptions that can free you from glasses and contacts. Visian ICL offers benefits which people suffering from nearsightedness should consider.
The procedure can be described as additive vision correction. Unlike other procedures, the Visian ICL procedure does not remove corneal tissue, but works in harmony with your natural eye. The lens gently unfolds in your eye, rests behind your iris, and is biocompatible with your body chemistry.
The Visian ICL Collamer material enables our insertion method to be minimally invasive. With only a 3.5 mm insert, we can optimize the procedure and recovery time dramatically. Additionally, the procedure is also painless because of the numbing medication. Patients can usually expect a 20-30 minute procedure or less and most people are able to resume daily activities in just a few short days with clearer vision.
By gently inserting our ICL into the eye we're able to create a barrier of UV protection. The Collamer material that makes up our ICLs has unique properties that provide UV protection while letting natural visible light pass through unaltered.
Visian ICL gives a corrective procedure option to those with moderate to severe myopic vision problems. Many patients don't meet the requirements for Lasik candidacy because their prescription is too high or they have thin corneas. ICLs provide them a safe and effective treatment.
When it comes to your vision, Lakewood Eye Center does not cut corners. Our eyesight is one of those things we sometimes take for granted. Think about the amount of time you spend using your eyes, And then think about what your life would be like without them.
We make custom designed lenses for your eyes. In doing so, we take all of your activities into consideration. Whether you are a patient of our's or have an outside prescription, we will be more than happy to put our experience to work for you!
- Laser Hair Removal
Blepharoplasty is the plastic surgery operation for correcting defects and deformities of the eyelids. It is also for aesthetically modifying the eye region of the face. Functional and cosmetic problems of the periorbita - the area from the eyebrow to the upper portion of the cheek - can be made with the removal or repositioning (or both) of excess tissues.
The blepharoplasty procedure also reinforces the corresponding muscle and tendon tissues. In an eye surgery procedure, the usual correction or modification (or both) is of the upper and the lower eyelids and of the surrounding tissues of the eyebrows, the upper nasal-bridge area, and the upper portions of the cheeks.
The operative goal of a blepharoplastic procedure is to restore the correct functioning of the eyelid(s). The procedure also restores the aesthetics of the eye-region of the face which is achieved by eliminating excess skin from the eyelid(s), smoothing the underlying eye muscles, tightening the supporting structures, and resecting and re-draping the excess fat of the retroseptal area of the eye.
At Lakewood Eye Center, we use Botox for injection of the facial regions in strategic areas to get rid of crow's feet, frown lines, and brow furrows. The result is often a more youthful, softening appearance in facial features.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is the #1 selling treatment of its kind*: It's the first and only treatment FDA-approved to temporarily make moderate to severe frown lines, crow's feet and forehead lines look better in adults We offer a quick 10-minute treatment with minimal downtime You may begin to notice results within 24 to 48 hours for moderate to severe frown lines. It delivers predictable, subtle results, so you look like you, only with less noticeable facial lines.
Dysport is a prescription injection proven to help smooth the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows without changing the look or movement of the rest of your face. Untreated muscles still work normally, so you can continue to express feelings naturally. It's the lines that are minimized, not your expressions.
And because Dysport delivers the natural-looking results people want, 97% of users say they'd do it again. Additionally, Dysport is approved in 69 countries and has 25 years of clinical experience worldwide.
Wrinkles are caused by repeated movements and muscle contractions, which means they can even develop in younger adults. One injection into each of 5 points between and above the eyebrows temporarily prevents muscle contractions that cause frown lines, leaving the rest of your face to move naturally. In other words, no frozen look, just natural-looking results. You can control your look instead of your look controlling you.
Dysport is a medically tested and approved skin treatment that brings a difference to your skin. This skin treatment is mainly composed of an active element called botulinum toxin type A that is injected into the skin especially the wrinkle-forming muscles. The end result of this injection is reduction of wrinkles and creation of a smoother and better skin. This sub-unit of botulinum toxin weakens the wrinkle-forming muscles. Weakening these muscles reduces the pressure that they inflict on the skin create flat and smooth skin.
This is an effective skin treatment due to the fast manner in which it works once injected. The results will begin to show as early as twenty four hours. The treatment will fully transform your skin within a maximum of ten days or earlier depending on your skin. The effect of this treatment lasts more than five months. It is important to note that Dysport treatment is similar to Botox in a number of ways.
Many people go to extreme measures to combat the signs of aging. One such sign of aging is nasolabial folds, also known as parentheses lines. As your skin starts to lose collagen, it can sag, which forms lines in the shape of parentheses from the nose to the mouth. Skin care products can be useful in reducing the appearance of lines or rough skin texture. However, they will not get rid of the parentheses lines on your face. Juvederm is the most effective measure to take in the battle against parentesis lines..
Juvederm is the name used to refer to an injectable gel that is normally used to increase the volume of the skin and do away with wrinkles, especially on the face. It is a great way of smoothing wrinkles, especially those visible ones that form around the mouth, nose and temples.
There are two types of Juvederm treatments. Juvederm ultra is applied to try and smooth out moderately deep wrinkles in the face and increase the fullness of the lips.
Juvederm XC is the treatment to go for when you have much deeper and defined facial folds.
The active ingredient in this gel is a sugar that occurs naturally in skin and is known as hyaluronic acid. As you age, you lose fatty tissue in your skin. UV light also leads to the loss of this fatty tissue.Hyaluronic acid works by replacing this tissue and therefore making your skin look youthful once again.
Like all other dermal fillers, Juvederm is normally administered through injections using a fine needle. Even without anesthesia; the injection isn't really painful or uncomfortable.
This means that the age groups that will need this treatment are mainly people over the age of 40. This is the time when the skin starts losing its elasticity and forming fine wrinkles. The treatment can also be administered to any other person having a problem with wrinkles.
Normally, the effects of a Juvederm injection last between nine to twelve months. It is a very effective way of dealing with wrinkles. It is the only FDA approved HA (hyaluronic acid) filler.
At Lakewood eye center we utilize volumizing solution for the eye lashes, to increase the appearance of of your lashes for those thick, long, luxurious lashes "made for the movies". The only FDA-approved treatment for hypotrichosis (inadequate or not enough eyelashes). This is an innovation for lashes, a gradual increase, real growth, real results with thicker, fuller, longer eyelashes.
Do not use LATISSE® if you are allergic to one of its ingredients. If you use/used prescription products for eye pressure problems, use LATISSE® under doctor care. May cause brown darkening of the colored part of the eye which is likely permanent. LATISSE® may cause eyelid skin darkening which may be reversible. Only apply at base of upper lashes. DO NOT APPLY to lower lid. Hair may grow outside the treatment area. If you have eye problems/surgery, consult your doctor. Common side effects include itchy and red eyes. If discontinued, lashes gradually return to previous appearance.
Traditional hair removal routines can be tedious, painful and expensive. Laser hair removal uses a laser beam to target and remove unwanted hair. The laser travels through the skin to hit the hair follicle to permanently destroy it.
The laser works by actually penetrating into the hair follicle, reducing the hair's ability to grow, with diminishing hair growth to the point of no growth after several treatments over the area. You may need an occasional maintenance treatment depending on hair density and volume.
Laser hair removal can remove between 80% and 100% of hair in a specific area. The most common treatment areas are the legs, bikini area, underarms and face for women, and back, chest, legs, arms and face for men. Safer and more permanent than waxing, plucking, shaving, electrolysis, and other methods, laser hair removal is so effective that most clients see hair gone forever after some three to five sessions.
A laser hair removal session can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours, depending on the size of the area treated. Before the session, you'll be given protective eye gear and, if you want it, a topical anesthetic. Once the session begins, you'll feel a stinging sensation. You'll know then that the laser is active. You may feel a prickling and burning sensation. But don't worry; it isn't bad at all.
After your laser hair removal session, you may see some swelling and redness. These are temporary and likely won't keep you from resuming your normal activities. However, you must avoid direct sun exposure. And you should also wear high-SPF sunblock for several weeks afterward. Rare complications include blisters, swelling, redness, and scarring. Even more rare complications are permanent scarring or changes in skin color.
You'll need multiple sessions to obtain maximum results, because only hair in the anagen — or active — stage of hair growth can be successfully treated. Laser hair removal is the only proven method available for easily and quickly removing hair from large areas of the body — the back, chest, legs, face.
Simply put, laser hair removal gets results.
*Results and patient experience may vary.
Microdermabrasion is laser-assisted epidermal smoothing of the outer most layer of skin to reduce the small, fine wrinkles, blemishes, discolorations and imperfections of natural skin tissue.
Microdermabrasion, also known as Microderm, is a cosmetic procedure used to remove the top layer of sun-damaged and dead skin cells and leave behind a healthier, younger-looking you. Whether you decide to go with the crystal or non–crystal method of exfoliating the outer-most layer of your skin, Microderm rejuvenates sun damaged skin and eases age spots.
Microdermabrasion is a fast technique with immediate results and little to no downtime. The beauty of this "lunchtime" facial is that it's perfect for almost anyone looking to freshen up their face. From erasing years from your appearance to reversing the damaging effects of tanning, check out the benefits of microdermabrasion.
Microderm makes other cosmetic procedures work better. It can be combined with other procedures (such as chemical peels) to rejuvenate your complexion. It also helps makes it a piece of cake for topical products to penetrate through the surface layer.
Plus, it helps makeup look smoother. By ridding your complexion of dead skin cells and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, microdermabrasion lets your makeup glide on for a flawless finish. Microderm gives acne treatment the advantage as it opens up clogged pores that lead to acne. It also opens the door for topical anti-acne treatments, making it easier for medication to penetrate the skin.
Microderm also improves acne scars and shrinks pores.
Pterygium is a growth that develops across the clear cornea of the eye. It is a fleshy, vascularized growth nasal/temporal on the white of the eye that is displeasing in appearance, irritating in comfort, and a nusiance in function. A pterygium is a noncancerous growth that starts in the clear, thin tissue (conjunctiva) of the eye.
This growth covers the white part of the eye (sclera) and extends onto the cornea. It is often slightly raised and contains visible blood vessels. The problem may occur on one or both eyes.
This growth is typically the result of UV light from the sun, high altitude, dry, dusty, windy environment. These conditions create a very elevated, inflammed, dry region on the eye. This in-office procedure, results in a more natural appearing eye without the extreme, irritated, red- looking eye.
The main symptom of a pterygium is a painless area of raised white tissue that has blood vessels on the inner or outer edge of the cornea. Sometimes the pterygium has no symptoms. However, it may become inflamed and cause burning, irritation, or a feeling like there's something foreign in the eye. Vision may be affected if the growth extends far enough onto the cornea.
In most cases, treatment involves only wearing sunglasses and using artificial tears. Using artificial tears to keep the eyes moist may help prevent a pterygium from becoming inflamed and getting bigger. Mild steroid eye drops can be used to calm inflammation if it occurs. Surgery can be used to remove the growth for cosmetic reasons or if it blocks vision.
Most pterygia cause no problems and do not need surgical treatment. If a pterygium affects the cornea, removing it can have good results. People with pterygium should be seen by an ophthalmologist each year. This will enable the condition to be treated before it affects vision.
Radiesse® is a volumizing filler and natural collagen builder for long-lasting youthful results. Natural collagen is what gives your skin a smooth supple youthful appearance. As you age, natural collagen breaks down, resulting in wrinkles and loss of face volume, The best way to refresh your appearance is by replenishing the volume your skin has lost, diminishing wrinkle and providing the scaffolding for immediate volume correction as it also stimulates production of your own natural collagen.
Radiesse (formerly Radiance) is a biocompatible, non-toxic, non-allergenic filler that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and skin folds around the mouth and nose, and fills certain scars. Popular for its long-lasting results, Radiesse benefits should be evident for two years or more.
Radiesse candidates are typically between 35 and 60. Radiesse usually provides up to 80 percent improvement immediately after treatment. Since Radiesse is temporary, treatments must be repeated over the years to maintain the benefit. Alternative treatments or surgical procedures may be more appropriate in years to come, as your condition changes. Discuss expectations with your doctor at Lakewood Eye Center.
The Radiesse procedure is performed in the doctor's office. It is most often performed with local anesthesia. Patients may experience minimal discomfort from the needle injection. Depending upon the extent of treatment, the procedure can take up to 15 minutes. Patients return home within minutes after the procedure.
The procedure involves injecting a compound of calcium hydroxyl apatite microspheres that are suspended in a carboxymethylcellulose gel. Calcium and phosphate ions, naturally occurring in our bodies, primarily make up the calcium hydroxyl apatite particles. The gel contains an organic compound of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, as well as glycerin and sterile water. Thin connective tissue forms around the microspheres so that the microspheres act as a filler that remains permanently implanted at the site location.
There may be minimal swelling, which usually subsides in 24 to 36 hours. There may also be some discomfort and bruising. The discomfort can be managed with medications. Normal activities can be resumed immediately but patients are advised to stay out of the sun.
A rare complication might be the appearance of nodules which would require steroid treatment or surgical intervention. Unmanageable pain or any symptoms that are progressive or abnormal should be reported to the doctor immediately. Your doctor at Lakewood Eye Center can tell you more about possible complications and the remedies associated with each complication.
There may be alternative treatment options, depending on your condition. Other minimally invasive procedures include collagen injections, Restylane and Fat Fillers. For severe signs of aging, surgical procedures may be more appropriate, such as a facelift. Your doctor may recommend additional treatments in conjunction with Radiesse, such as chemical peel, laser skin resurfacing or microdermabrasion. Lakewood Eye Center will help ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatment for your condition.
Restylane®/Restylane-L® are used for smoothing wrinkles, sculpting lips, and improving other facial features. It will instantly smooth away facial wrinkle and add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds.
Restylane injections are administered in the doctor's office, typically for patients aged 35 to 60. It is most often performed with local anesthesia, especially if the lips are being treated. Since Restylane contains no lidocaine like collagen, patients may experience some pain and discomfort from the needle during injection. Depending upon the extent of the treatment, the procedure can take from a few minutes up to 30 minutes. Patients return home shortly after the procedure. Restylane is a clear liquid gel, a non-animal-based hyaluronic acid (a natural sugar compound).
Results are fully evident within one week. Restylane has a success rate for reducing or eliminating deep wrinkles that cannot be accomplished with other procedures such as chemical peels or microdermabrasion.
Swelling may be pronounced, lasting for two or three days. Normal activities can be resumed immediately, though patients are advised to stay out of the sun. Unmanageable pain, as well as symptoms that are progressive or abnormal, should be reported to the doctor immediately.
Restylane treatments reduce wrinkles by about 80 percent. Restylane is a temporary solution and follow-up treatments may be needed.
Complications and Risks of Restylane
The most common side effects of Restylane include headache, nausea, flu-like symptoms, redness, and pain at the injection points. Infrequently, patients experience muscle weakness, which resolves itself within days, or in some cases, months after the procedure. Your doctor should help you understand the possible complications and remedies during your initial consultation.
There may be alternative treatment options, depending on your condition. Other hyaluronic acid-based product alternatives to Restylane are Belotero, Juvederm and Perlane injections. Consult with your plastic surgeon as to which may be right for you.
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