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GlaucomaSome diseases such as glaucoma and optic nerve problems can lead to loss of peripheral or side vision. Visual Field analysis consists of "mapping" a patient's visual field. Using a special instrument called a visual field analyser, the patient stares at a central point and is presented with small points of light at various locations throughout the peripheral areas of vision. The patient depresses a handheld button when the light is seen. The lights vary in intensity and the instrument frequently checks to make sure the patient is fixating properly.
OphthalmologyKeith A. Bourgeois, M.D. (b. 1957) grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology (1979) from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and a Doctor of Medicine (1983) from Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans. Following an internship in Lafayette, Louisiana he completed his residency in ophthalmology in 1987 at the University of Texas Medical School â€“ Hermann Eye Center in Houston, Texas. This was followed by a fellowship in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous. He further advanced his training by studying abroad in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and continues to attend meetings throughout the United States and Europe.
Macular DegenerationAge-related macular degeneration (AMD or ARMD) is the leading cause of central vision loss in people over fifty-five years of age. The macula is the central part of the retina that is responsible for detail vision and reading. Aging changes can occur in the macula, resulting in thin areas of retina. This is known as the "dry" type of AMD. Dry AMD is the most common type of macular degeneration, gradually causing slow vision loss over many years.
Diabetic RetinopathyIf any of the aforementioned conditions exist in or near the center retina, called the macula (responsible for detail vision) patients will experience blurred vision that is not correctible with glasses. Reports of "missing areas" in the vision are also common in patients with diabetic retinopathy and macular edema, or swelling in the macula.
CryotherapyScleral buckling is performed to repair some retinal detachments. A silicone and plastic band is placed around the eye, and tightened like a belt. This brings the wall of the eye inward, toward the detached retina. The fluid behind the retina is then drained. The surgeon then uses cryotherapy or freezing treatment to seal any retinal tears. The scleral buckle acts as a support structure for the retina and usually remains in place for the patient's lifetime. The buckle is not visible from an observer's standpoint.
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