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Our physicians are Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and are proficient in several sub-specialties of ophthalmology. They are on staff at the following facilities:
- TruVista Surgery Center
- Waterford Ambulatory Surgical Center
- Michigan Outpatient Surgery Center
- Kellogg Eye Center
Many of our surgical procedures, including diabetic laser treatments, chalazion removal, and foreign body removals are performed in our office setting. Prior to any Outpatient surgical procedure such as cataract removal with lens implant, corneal transplant, glaucoma surgery, or cosmetic eyelid surgery, you may have pre-surgical testing. You will meet with our Surgical Coordinator to sign consent forms, choose a surgery date and answer all your questions. You may wish to bring a family member with you on this testing day, and you will need someone with you on the day of any Outpatient surgery performed at the hospital.
Surgical Eye Services
Every physician on our team at Wilkinson Eye Center is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and has extensive surgical experience and training. These are the surgical eye services we provide with a brief description of each.
Diabetic retinopathy is now the leading cause of blindness among working-age Americans. This correlates with the rate of diabetes, which has tripled since 1980. With diabetic retinopathy, blood vessels of the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, swell and leak fluid. Abnormal blood vessels also develop. This happens as a result of high sugar levels in the blood, which can lead to blockage of blood vessels nourishing the retina and the development of new, abnormal vessels to compensate. Leaking blood and fluid and the development of scar tissue leads to vision damage.
We use two laser treatments for diabetic retinopathy:
- Focal laser treatment — A laser is used to either stop or slow the leakage of blood and fluid in the eye. The laser energy closes the swollen or abnormal vessels.
- Scatter laser treatment — We use lasers to create scatter burns away from the center of vision, the macula. These burns cause new abnormal blood vessels to shrink and scar.
A chalazion is colloquially known as eyelid styes. They develop when one or more of the meibomian glands in the eyelids become blocked. As fluid that should normally drain builds up a chalazion form.
A chalazion usually resolve themselves by applying a warm compress, antibiotic ointment, or steroid injections. But some require surgical drainage. In these instances, your Wilkinson Eye Center surgeon usually enters from underneath the eyelid. An incision is made in the chalazion, the fluid is drained, and any material within the clogged gland is removed. In most cases, stitches are not required.
Foreign body removal
When a foreign body has penetrated the eye, it’s imperative that you don’t try and remove it at home. This can cause more damage than the initial impact has created. These objects are embedded in the cornea but have not penetrated the interior of the eye. We locally anesthetize the area, stabilize your head, and then remove the object or pieces that have hit the cornea and embedded.
As we age, proteins build up in the lens of our eye causing our vision to become cloudy. This is the development of a cataract. This is an almost universal part of aging, and as the clouding becomes worse the patient’s vision will continue to deteriorate, particularly at night. The only treatment for cataracts is to remove the clouded natural lens and replace it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). We have extensive experience with cataract surgery at Wilkinson Eye Center. Replacement IOLs have become so good that patients now can have their presbyopia and astigmatism corrected by these permanent replacement lenses, forgoing the need for even reading glasses moving forward.
Glaucoma is a condition where fluid that normally drains from the eye begins to accumulate due to blockage in the draining meshwork. When this happens, pressure begins to build within the eye. Eventually, this causes damage to the optic nerve, the nerve that transmits what the eye is seeing up to the brain for interpretation. When the optic nerve is damaged, so is the patient’s vision. This is permanent damage.
At Wilkinson Eye Center, we use lasers for three options to improve drainage in the eye:
- Trabeculoplasty — In primary open-angle glaucoma, laser energy is used to open blocked portions of the trabecular meshwork, which is the area that allows fluid to drain from the eye. In glaucoma, this meshwork is either blocked or is significantly hampering drainage.
- Iridotomy — In angle-closure glaucoma, the angle between the iris and the cornea in the eye is too small. This causes the iris to block fluid drainage, increasing inner eye pressure. In laser iridotomy, your surgeon makes a small hole in the iris, allowing it to fall back from the fluid channel, helping the fluid drain.
- Cyclophotocoagulation — Here laser energy is used to hamper the ciliary body’s ability to make fluid. This lowers eye pressure.
Cosmetic eyelid surgery
Cosmetic eyelid surgery, clinically known as blepharoplasty, is a delicate procedure where excess skin is removed and fat is repositioned to rejuvenate the patient’s aging eyes. These procedures take a decade or more off the patient’s facial age. In the upper eyelid, the incision is made within the natural crease of the eyelid, so scarring is virtually invisible. In the lower eyelid, the incision is made just below the lash or on the inside of the eyelid. These cosmetic procedures are delicate and best performed by an ophthalmologist, such as Dr. Wilkinson, because of their extensive experience with eye anatomy and surgical technique.
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Serving Clarkston, Lake Orion, Rochester, Troy, White Lake, Fenton, Waterford, Auburn Hills, Pontiac, Bloomfield Hills, Keego Harbor, West Bloomfield, Birmingham and all of Metro Detroit with eye surgery. Call (248) 334-4931 or fill out a Contact Form here to schedule an appointment.