Desert Vista Eye Services offer diagnosis and treatment for many vision related issues. Their extensive knowledge and experience are the cornerstones for providing the most comprehensive vision care in the valley.
Surgery for a cataract involves removing the natural lens of the eye that contains the cataract. The lens can then be replaced with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens implant (IOL), or it can be left out and contact lenses, or rarely eyeglasses, can compensate for its absence.
- The cataract procedure takes about 5-10 minutes under eye drop anesthesia and light intravenous sedation. Blood thinners do not need to be stopped prior to surgery.
- Since cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure, you may go home within an hour after the surgery. Most patients return to work or school after resting 1-2 days.
- Avoid rubbing your eye for one month. Avoid sand, hot tubs, saunas, swimming, and gardening for one week. Otherwise, in most cases, you may resume full normal activity the day after surgery. You may bend, stoop and lift. Please ask about any specific activities.
- A scratchy sensation is usually relieved with artificial teardrops while the incision heals. A slightly red eye and mild lid swelling may occur and resolve after a week. Tylenol or Motrim may be used to relieve a mild dull ache for the first few days. 3-4 weeks after surgery the eye has mostly healed at which time the glasses prescription may be changed. Therefore, your vision may be blurry during this recovery period until the new glasses are prescribed. You may remove the lens from your glasses until you obtain your final prescription. Ask us if you are interested in the exciting option of Refractive Cataract Surgery. If you are a candidate, you may reduce or eliminte your need for glasses after surgery. Approximately 80-90% of our patients who choose Refractive Cataract Surgery never wear glasses!
It may be necessary to dilate your eyes during your examination or treatment. Dilation results in light sensitivity and an inability to see clearly for a few hours. We provide free disposable sunglasses or sunglass inserts. Patients should wear sunglasses outdoors and be cautious when walking and going up and down stairs. We recomment that you not drive or operate dangerous machinery immediately after dilation. We also recommend that someone accompany you to your appointment to drive you home, or that you wait until your eyes return to normal so that you can drive safely.
Glaucoma Surgery and Treatment
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases in which a specific pattern of damage to the optic nerve results in loss of eyesight. At first, the person loses their peripheral vision. If glaucoma is not treated, vision loss may continue, leading to total blindness over time. Glaucoma is usually treated with medications, though laser treatment or surgery is often needed.
Refractive surgery attempts to correct nearsightedness by changing the shape of the cornea. The goal of refractive surgery is to allow people who are nearsighted to see clearly without corrective lenses or to be less dependent on corrective lenses.
LASIK - Laser in-Situ Keratomileusis
The goal of LASIK is to reduce your dependence on corrective lenses. Using the Excimer laser, the cornea is reshaped to conform to your glasses or contact lens presciption, thereby reduing or even eliminating a lifetime of dependence on corrective lenses. It cannot correct a condition known as presbyopia, or aging of the eye. This normally occurs around age 40 and may require the use of reading glasses. In fact, people over 40 who have their distance visions improved with LASIK, may fine they need reading glasses after the procedure.
The ideal candidate for LASIK is over 21 years of age and has healthy corneas. Candidates must not have had a significant increase in their prescription in the last 12 months.
It takes only seconds to treat a lifetime of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Find out if you are a candidte for this life changing procedure by calling 480-507-0600 and scheduling a FREE LASIK consult with Dr. Lawrence Kahn.
Your eye care begins with a comprehensive vision examination. In this examination, Dr. Kahn and Dr. Eason look for evidence of eye diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts, vision conditions such as nearsightedness and farsightedness and health problems such as diabetes and hypertension. It may be necessary to dilate your eyes during this examination.
Full Service Optical
We offer a large selection of fashionable eyewear. We carry frames such as Vogue, Kate Spade, Maui Jim, Rudy Project, Cazal, and Ray Ban as well as many others.
Medical Diseases of the Eye
Diseases fo the eye can be caused by allergies, bacteria and/or viruses and can range in severity Early detection and professional care is very important to maintain helthy eyesight.
Early detection and treatment of diabetic retinopathy can help prevent vision loss. Screening for retinopathy is therefore extremely important. If you suffer from any form of diabetes, your vision is at risk. Dr. Eason and Dr. Kahn recommends annual exams for all diabetics.
Ocular hypertension means your intraocular pressure (IOP) is elevated above normal levels. Elevated IOP is also associated with glaucoma, which is a more serious condition, with associated vision loss and optic nerve damage. Ocular hypertension by itself doesn't damage your vision or eye, but people with ocular hypertension are at increased risk for developing glaucoma.
The refraction is the part of the eye exam that determines your best corrected vision and if you need corrective eyeglasses. It is an essential part of an eye examination and is necessary to write a prescription for glasses.
Refraction may NOT be covered by your insurance plans, including MEDICARE. These plans consider refraction a "vision" rather than a "medical" service.
This fee is collected at the time of service in addition to any co-payment or co-insuance your insurance plan may require. Should your insurance plan pay us for the refraction, we will reimburse you accordingly.
We DO NOT perform Contact Lens examinations or write prescriptions for contacts.