flashes of lightThis week’s topic covers flashes in the vision.  Patients will often notice momentary flashes of light.  Many times these flashes are in an arc pattern at the edge of their vision.  I will describe some of the common conditions that cause flashes.  Next week, I will cover to topic of floaters.

eyesurgeryexams. This year is my 13th year practicing ophthalmology in Helena.  I am still surprised when I meet people who say they didn’t realize that they could receive advanced eye care in Helena.  So, I will devote this week’s Vision of Health to describing the eye care that is available here in Helena. 

eyecolor. Eye Color

A patient once joking asked if I could change her eyes to green.  Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.  Well, I couldn’t change her eyes to green, but it is interesting to discuss eye color and how that color can change.

This week I’ll  discuss how the eye can be an indicator of disease elsewhere in the body  and focus on the eyelids and the position of the eye.

I have been asked to describe “no stitch, small incision” cataract surgery. First, it is important to understand that almost all cataract surgery is performed using the no stitch, small incision technique.  A brief history of cataract surgery is helpful to understand the advantages of this technique.

This week’s topic is eyelashes.  Why do we have them? Do we ever lose them?  Can you have too many?  Can they affect vision?  Can they harm the eyes? 

We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday season.  With all of the great feasts prepared for this time of year, it’s a good time to discuss ocular nutrition.

Lasers have many uses in the treatment of eye disease and vision correction.

Providing eye care requires a team approach.  This week I will describe the different parts of the eye care team - the people who care for your eyes.  

I have been asked if the eye can be transplanted.  The short answer is no.  However, parts of the eye can be transplanted.  This week we’ll explore cornea transplants.