Hecker Ophthalmology, P.A. offers a broad range of comprehensive eye care. We can meet all of your eye care needs! The following list highlights some of our many services. If you are new to Hecker Ophthalmology, P.A., the best place to begin is with a comprehensive eye exam. To schedule one, contact us today!
Cataract surgery and specialty intraocular lens implants
New technology lens implants which can reduce the need for reading glasses or reduce astigmatism are now available.
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye. Cataract development is a natural aging process, though sometimes cataract progression is accelerated by various factors. If cataract development begins to significantly affect your vision, sometimes a change in your glasses prescription can improve your vision enough that surgery could be delayed. In most cases, it is also fine to "just live with" the visual symptoms from cataracts. Surgery may be considered when a change in your glasses prescription will not likely improve your vision, and you feel debilitated with your present level of visual function.
Cataract surgery involves removing the natural lens of the eye. In order to restore the focusing properties of the eye, an intraocular lens implant (IOL) is placed in the eye after the cataract is removed. lOLs are available in varying powers, and the power that is placed in your eye is based on your eye's specific measurements. For some patients, cataract surgery can reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses for distance vision, near vision, or a range in between the two.
lOLs are available in a variety of styles. The monofocal type provides good distance, intermediate, or near vision, but not all three. With this type of lens implant, most often a power is selected that will provide your individual eye with good distance vision without glasses, but in order to see for reading you would need to wear reading glasses.
Advanced technology lOLs can decrease your dependency on glasses by providing a fuller range of vision than monofocal lOLs, and are called multifocal or accommodating lOLs. Specific examples of these lOLs available at Hecker Ophthalmology are the AcrySof ReSTOR IQ and ReZoom multifocal lOLs, and Crystalens accommodating IOL. These lOLs can reduce your need for glasses for near, distance, and ranges in between.
Not everyone is a candidate for multifocal or accommodating lOLs. Some eyes have a condition called astigmatism, which is common and involves the presence of varying amounts of curvature on the cornea. It is normal for a person with astigmatism to be dependent on glasses or contact lenses in order to have their best vision. Astigmatism can sometimes be reduced at the time of cataract surgery with a procedure called limbal relaxing incisions. However, limbal relaxing incisions are not always the best choice. Another option for eyes with certain amounts of astigmatism is the AcrySof Toric IOL. This is an IOL which provides astigmatism correction incorporated into the IOL, thus reducing one's need for glasses post-operatively.
As you can see, now there are many considerations and choices when it comes to meeting your visual needs with cataract surgery. It is important to know that there is never a 100% guarantee you will not have to wear glasses any longer after cataract surgery. Even with the newer technology lOLs described above, one may still need to wear eyeglasses for certain activities, such as extended reading or driving at night. However, many patients now enjoy excellent results with all of the above described lOLs.
Cataract surgery itself has an excellent safety record, but is a decision that should be entered into with proper counseling from Dr. Hecker about your potential risks and benefits. In learning your options for improved vision, it is best to begin with a comprehensive eye exam and consultation with Dr. Hecker. All of the above options are available at Hecker Ophthalmology. Based on the results of your individual eye exam and visual needs, your eye surgeon will provide you with the information and appropriate recommendations that you need in order to see the world more clearly.
Comprehensive eye examination
Many eye diseases have no symptoms. That is why regular eye exams are so important. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends a baseline eye examination at age 40, even if you have no symptoms or family history of eye disease. Many eye diseases can be diagnosed years before symptoms occur, making regular eye exams important for detecting and treating problems early on. Preventive eye care is important for people of every age.
The following list includes the areas of your eyes and visual system that will be checked as part of your comprehensive eye exam:
- Medical history, current medications, past history of medical and ocular conditions, allergies, family history of eye diseases
- Current eye conditions, problems, medications
- Vision, degree of astigmatism, near- or far-sightedness, refraction to determine your best-corrected visual acuity and whether or not there is a need for glasses, or whether your present glasses indicate a change in the prescription
- Muscle function test: evaluates for any deficits in eye muscle function (strabismus), evaluates for double vision
- Peripheral vision: this can be affected by glaucoma and neurological diseases
- Eye pressure test: this test helps to determine susceptibility to glaucoma
- Examination of the eye anatomy, this is performed using a combination of instruments, lights and lenses. Special eye drops will be used to dilate your pupils for this. A dilated eye examination will leave your vision blurry for a few hours. Therefore, it is best to arrange for transportation to and from your eye exam.
- At the completion of your eye examination, your doctor will review all findings with you and make any necessary recommendations. All of the doctors at Hecker Opthamology are committed to providing you with exceptional eye care, individualized to your needs.
Laser surgery for secondary cataracts
Sometimes after cataract surgery, a film can develop behind the intraocular lens implant. After cataract surgery, it is normal for residual cells to be left behind. These cells are located on a capsule that surrounds the lens implant. Sometimes these cells grow and thicken to the point where they can make the vision seem filmy or hazy. The symptoms can often be similar to the symptoms of a cataract, which is probably where the name "secondary cataract" came from. This process can occur anywhere from months to years after cataract surgery.
If the vision becomes significantly affected by a "secondary cataract," a quick, painless laser treatment can be performed. The laser makes a small opening in the cloudy capsule behind the lens implant. This procedure is associated with a very low risk for complications, and can restore the vision back to the level it was after the cataract was removed.Dr. Hecker has performed thousands of these procedures. For evaluation, we recommend that you schedule a comprehensive eye exam at Hecker Ophthalmology.
Conveniently located on site at Hecker Ophthalmology, PA
Our goal is to provide you with quality eye wear and service!
- Over 30 years of experience fitting & filling virtually any type of prescription
- Emphasis on excellent service & quality products
- We listen to your needs!
- Wide range of products to accommodate most any budget
- Specialty lenses available
- Latest technology digital surfacing of eyeglass lenses now available!
We focus on the latest technology in lenses and frames, from Transitions lenses to titanium frames. We provide high-quality eye wear with excellent service and a wide range of prices.
Other Important Features and Services:
- We bill Medicare and participating insurance companies directly for you.
- All prescriptive eye wear is checked for accuracy prior to you receiving it. Any prescription that does not meet our standards or is made incorrectly is sent back to the manufacturer for correction.
- We support full manufacturer warranties.
Why should I get my glasses from your office?
Glasses prescriptions are available in a wide variety of designs and materials. At Hecker Optical Designs, we take great pride in providing our patients with high-quality materials. Getting your glasses made at the same practice that provided you with the prescription allows us to provide you with continuity of care. It also helps you to avoid being caught in the middle between your eye doctor and an outside optician, if there are any issues with the prescription.
By having all of your background information, we can quickly research and pinpoint any problems that may occur with the prescription, which can save you from frustration if dealing with an outside optician. Our opticians and technicians are skilled, caring, and committed to providing you with the best glasses prescription possible. At Hecker Ophthalmology and Hecker Optical Designs, you will find that the doctors, technicians and opticians all work together as a team in order to make sure you are satisfied with our products and service.
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Diabetic eye care
Diabetes can affect the eyes long before symptoms occur. Sometimes, diabetic changes can be seen in the eyes before diabetes is diagnosed in other parts of the body. If vision is lost due to diabetic eye disease, it can be irreversible. That is why it is so important for anyone with diabetes to get a dilated eye exam on a regular basis.
Having diabetes can increase your chance for other eye diseases, such as glaucoma and cataracts. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when diabetes damages the blood vessels in the back of the eye. The longer you have diabetes, the more likely you are to develop diabetic eye disease.
If you are diagnosed with diabetes, schedule a dilated eye exam at least once a year. The doctors at Hecker Ophthalmology will review your exam results with you, make the proper recommendations, and send a report of your exam to the physician who monitors your diabetes.
Age related macular degeneration
Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness. Though it is an inherited condition, it can be seen in patients with no reported family history. AMD can be diagnosed in its early stages, before it has a chance to affect the vision. Often, appropriate therapies can be recommended, which could slow its progression.
In order to detect for AMD and other eye diseases, which can affect the vision before it is noticeable to the patient, a comprehensive, dilated eye examination is recommended.
Medical and surgical services are provided using the newest technologies to diagnose and manage glaucoma.
A person can have glaucoma and not even know it. That is because glaucoma often gives no symptoms in its early stages. Worldwide and in the United States, glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness. Loss of sight from glaucoma can often be prevented with early treatment.
Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve. This is the nerve tissue in the back of the eye, which supplies vision. The damage often occurs in the peripheral or "side-vision," which may not be noticeable at first. There are many types of glaucoma. Early detection and treatment through a comprehensive, dilated eye examination is the key to preventing optic nerve damage and permanent vision loss from glaucoma.
At Hecker Ophthalmology, eyelid lesions can be evaluated and treated. Many types of eyelid lesions are benign, and require no surgical removal. If an eyelid lesion requires removal, in many cases this can be accomplished in the office under local anesthesia. If you have an eyelid lesion that you are concerned about, we recommend that you schedule an appointment for evaluation. The doctors at Hecker Ophthalmology will explain to you the nature of the lesion and will review with you all options for treatment.