An ophthalmologist is an osteopathic or medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating eye disorders. They differ from opticians and optometrists in the extent and breadth of their education and training. They can prescribe medications and are the only eye specialists who can perform surgery. Some ophthalmologists are subspecialists who concentrate on areas like pediatrics, glaucoma, cornea, or plastic surgery. Dr. Reena Patel founded Wichita Vision Institute (WVI) in 2004, the same year that she earned her board certification from the American Board of Ophthalmology. WVI proudly offers a variety of surgical, medical and cosmetic services.
What is Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration is a type of vision loss caused by the gradual erosion of the macula, which is the central part of the retina. It affects over ten million people in the US – more than the number of people affected by glaucoma and cataracts put together. As such, it is the most common cause of vision loss, especially in Caucasians who are over 65.
There are two types of macular degeneration: wet and dry. The dry form is the most common type and affects about 90 percent of patients. In the dry form, light-sensitive cells in the macula start to break down and gradually cause vision loss. In the wet form, which can develop far more rapidly, abnormal new blood vessels develop under the macula and leak fluids that kill the retinal cells.
While there is no cure for either type of macular degeneration, there are treatments that can slow it down, and there are many diagnostic procedures that can detect it and determine the extent of the vision loss.
What are Intraocular Lenses?
Intraocular lenses or IOLs are flexible artificial lenses that an ophthalmologist uses to replace lenses damaged by cataracts. There are several different types of IOLs to accommodate the patient’s needs. In some cases, the lenses can reduce the patient’s dependence on contact lenses or glasses.
If you’ve been looking for an experienced and reputable ophthalmologist in the area, look no further! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Patel at Wichita Vision Institute in Wichita. Contact us today to book an appointment.