Eye Procedures

In-Hospital Procedures Performed by Dr. Roberts

Cataract Surgery

The goal of modern cataract surgery is to remove the entire lens (except for the shell, or capsule), and replace it with a synthetic lens which is then placed in the capsule bag. This provides a convenient and secure place to house the new lens inside of the eye.

It is performed using tiny, fine metal blades to gain access to the inside of the eye. Once inside, protective gels are injected into the eye to keep it inflated during surgery. The cataract is not removed with a laser; it is liquefied with an ultrasonic device and vacuumed out of the eye in a clean, bloodless fashion. Following this step, a new artificial lens is implanted as a permanent replacement for your natural lens. Some patients are candidates for a type of lens which can extend their range of vision without the need for glasses in most cases.

Read more about cataract surgery at www.seethefullpicture.ca.

iStent Inject Implantation

The iStent Inject is a permanent implant in the front of the eye, which does not affect vision, which helps to lower eye pressure in patients who have glaucoma who are also undergoing a cataract surgery.

Learn more about the iStent Inject procedure online.

 

Pterygium Surgery

A pterygium is a growth of tissue and blood vessels into the cornea, the clear window through which a person sees. During this operation, the growth is removed and normal tissue is grafted into place.

Read more about pterygium on the Canadian Ophthalmological Society website.

Eyelid Surgery

Procedures include ectropion repair, entropion repair, functional blepharoplasty, chalazion incision and curettage, small eyelid tumor removal.

 


 

In-Office Procedures Performed by Dr. Roberts

SLT & MLT

Laser trabeculoplasty is a laser-based treatment for patients whom have open-angle glaucoma and require intra-ocular pressure lowering. It can be performed on patients as the sole treatment for glaucoma, in lieu of eyedrops, or as a secondary treatment in addition to eyedrop medications. SLT stands for selective laser trabeculoplasty and MLT stands for MicroPulse laser trabeculoplasty. Both treatments can be repeated on patients in the future, if required. Dr. Roberts’ Eye Clinic is proud to be able to offer both technologies to our patients.

Learn more about MicroPulse laser therapy online.

Read about laser trabeculoplasty on MyHealth.Alberta.ca.

YAG Laser Capsulotomy

At some point in the months to years following cataract surgery, even when the procedure is well-performed and free of complications, the layer behind the implanted lens in the human eye can thicken.  When this happens, we call this process posterior capsular opacification (PCO), and a patient’s vision can again become clouded. Because this gradual visual blurring process mirrors that of the original cataract, this development of PCO is the reason why some patients may still believe that cataracts can come back following surgery (they cannot). The laser-based treatment of PCO is simple, safe and easy.

Learn more about what a posterior capsulotomy is online.

 

Retinal Vascular Lasers

Certain conditions of the retina, including diabetic macular edema and other forms of retinal swelling such as that from retinal vein occlusion, are often treated with the application of discrete targeted burns of the retina in a treatment called laser photocoagulation.

MPLT for Retinal Disease

MicroPulse treatment an ideal treatment for areas of the macula close to or involving the fovea which are difficult to otherwise treat. Read more about MicroPulse treatment for retinal disease online.

Retinal Tear Laser (Laser Retinopexy)

Often times flashes and floaters are nuisances and bothersome inconveniences that interfere with our ability to see. These cases do need to be reviewed when these symptoms first appear however, because they can be a prelude to the formation of a retinal tear, a potentially vision-threatening condition, as an untreated retinal tear or hole can progress further to a retinal detachment. Some retinal tears are also discovered through a regular eye care appointment. Retinal tears and holes are treated with a barrier of laser photocoagulation burns of the retina, which surrounds the defect with a barrier of scar tissue, locking the potential for damage in its place.

Intravitreal injections

Some conditions which reduce vision occur at the level of the retina, and as a result of this, require a medicine to be placed deeper into the eye in order to be effectively treated. Diabetic macular edema, wet age-related macular degeneration and macular edema from retinal vein occlusion are some of the more common types of conditions treated in this way.

Blephex

The Blephex lid hygiene treatment unit is a specialized medical device for the cleaning of eyelids, which helps promote a healthy ocular surface.

Learn more about Blephex for blepharitis and dry eye here.

Lipiflow

LipiFlow is a treatment device designed for effectively removing blockages from the meibomian glands using vectored heat and pressure in a comfortable, office-based environment.

Learn more about Lipiflow for dry eye online.

Punctal plugs

Short-term and long-term blockage of the tear duct at its opening so that dry eyes can remain moist for longer.