Ophthalmology

When you need eye surgery (i.e. cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, corneal surgery), Fisher-Titus Medical Center’s highly trained surgeons and staff are here, close to home. Our specially trained ophthalmologists (North Central Eye Associates) perform surgeries related to aging (cataracts and glaucoma), injuries and cosmetic needs (oculoplastics). Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, our surgeons are performing advanced techniques with outcomes that surpass those found in university centers. Minimally invasive eye surgery is performed on an outpatient basis to avoid an interruption in your daily life.

Ophthalmic surgeries performed at Fisher-Titus Medical Center include:

  • Cataract Surgery: Cataracts are caused by a natural aging of the once crystalline lens found in our eyes. Developing over time, cataracts result in cloudiness and decreased vision as well as symptoms such as glare and decreased contrast sensitivity. During cataract surgery, the cataract is removed with a minimally invasive incision and replaced with an artificial intraocular lens. This is now done with only topical numbing drops, eliminating any use of injections or needles to numb the eye. This outpatient procedure normally results in a notable improvement in vision, often times the very next day. As cataracts develop gradually, it is essential to visit your physician for regular eye exams to ensure the best possible vision and eye care.
  • Corneal Transplantation: A corneal transplant is an out patient surgical procedure that involves replacing a portion of, or the entire cornea with the healthy tissue of an organ donor’s cornea. In the Ohio region, North Central Eye Associates (www.northcentraleye.com) is one of the few practices with a fellowship-trained cornea specialist that performs his transplants in our operating room.
  • Blepharoplasty: Drooping eyelids are a common ailment of the elderly. Blepharoplasty, the surgical procedure to correct this, is often performed for cosmetic or functional purposes in which excess skin; fat or tissue from the eyelid is surgically removed, resulting in improvement of the patient’s looks and vision.
  • Trabeculectomy: Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the elderly here in America. A trabeculectomy is the gold standard procedure aimed at relieving the internal pressure of the eye to treat this progressive disease.
  • Vitrectomy: A vitrectomy is a procedure in which all, or part of the eye’s vitreous (the internal “jelly” of the eye) is removed. This procedure can be utilized to treat various vision-obstructing complications of the eye including floaters and vitreous hemorrhages.
  • Strabismus Surgery: Strabismus is a common inherited visual condition that occurs when the eyes do not properly align. This may lead to a turning in or out of the eyes commonly known as a “lazy eye.” Through realignment of the ocular muscles, the eye’s misdirection can be corrected.
  • Ectropion/Entropion Repair: Ectropion is the turning out of the eyelid, resulting in exposure of the eye’s surface. Conversely, entropion is the inward turning of an eyelid, which can cause lashes to come in contact with the eye. Both ailments can result in significant discomfort to the patient. Surgery can be performed to correct either condition on an outpatient basis.

When you need eye surgery, you can trust our highly-qualified surgeons to restore and preserve your vision, all while promoting quick recovery and getting you back to your day-to-day activities as quickly as possible.

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Kerry M. Allen, M.D.
Jonathan D. Zahler, D.O.

 

 

 


Our advanced surgical services are available to patients throughout Erie and Huron counties, including Amherst, Ashland, Attica, Bellevue, Berlin Heights, Castalia, Clyde, Collins, Fremont, Greenwich, Huron, Milan, Monroeville, New Haven, New London, New Washington, North Fairfield, Norwalk, Nova, Oberlin, Plymouth, Port Clinton, Sandusky, Shelby, Shiloh, Tiffin, Tiro, Vermilion, Wakeman, Wellington, Willard and the surrounding communities. Call us today to learn more!