Monterey County Eye Associates is dedicated to helping our patients achieve and maintain excellent overall eye health. We offer a range of general eye care options, including treatment for glaucoma, presbyopia, and cataracts (cataract surgery), to patients from Monterey, Salinas, Santa Cruz, Hollister and surrounding areas. Whether you need treatment for an eye problem or a comprehensive eye exam, contact our office nearest you to schedule a consultation with one of our respected ophthalmologists.
Cataracts (Cataract Surgery)
Cataracts occur when proteins accumulate in the eye’s natural lens, causing the lens to become clouded. Cataracts usually occur during or after middle age, but they can occur in childhood, albeit rarely. Although cataracts are not preventable, they are treatable, most often with cataract surgery (placement of IOLs).
Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are artificial devices used in the treatment of cataracts. They are artificial lenses that are implanted into the eyes to replace the natural lens after cataract surgery. IOLs (including mono- and multifocal lens implants such as ReSTOR® and Crystalens®) are designed to bend and flex like the natural lens.If you are a candidate for cataract surgery, Dr. Rosenblum and our staff will help you determine which option is best suited to your needs. Surgery is performed on an outpatient basis in Salinas or Monterey.
Monterey County Eye Associates has performed cataract surgery for many patients in Monterey, Salinas, Santa Cruz, and surrounding communities with consistently excellent results. Contact our office if you would like to learn more about how we can restore clarity to your vision.
Presbyopia is a common age-related vision problem caused by the hardening of the eye’s lens. Since this hardening decreases the eye’s ability to focus on up-close objects, presbyopia is sometimes referred to as age-related farsightedness. Presbyopia should not be confused with hyperopia, since the latter is caused by flaws in the shape of the cornea.
Presbyopia Treatment Options
Treatment of presbyopia depends on the severity of the problem and on the patient’s age and overall health. Eyeglasses and contact lenses (including bifocals) are the least invasive option, while IOLs may be an option for those wishing to avoid the daily hassle of wearing glasses and contacts. Monovision LASIK surgery treats presbyopia by improving close vision in one eye and distance vision in the other.
Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease caused by flaws in the eye’s drainage system. Fluids accumulate, causing intraocular pressure (IOP) to build. Over time, elevated IOP places pressure on the optic nerve, which can cause blindness if left untreated. Although glaucoma is not preventable, it can be managed clinically with medicines and laser surgery. Please contact Monterey County Eye Associates for further information about how we can help glaucoma sufferers.
Glaucoma is often asymptomatic in its earliest stages, so it is important for persons at risk for glaucoma (including men and patients with a family history of the disease) to have regular check-ups. If you experience any of the following symptoms, or if you are at risk for glaucoma, contact our office as soon as possible to schedule a glaucoma exam.
- Cloudy vision
- Haloed vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Excessive blinking or tearing
- Crossed / enlarged eyes
- Decreased vision
- Nausea or headaches
Contact Monterey County Eye Associates to schedule a glaucoma evaluation. We serve Monterey, Salinas, Santa Cruz, and surrounding areas.
Comprehensive Eye Exams
Comprehensive eye exams are essential to detecting eye problems, including dry eyes, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, presbyopia, in their earliest stages, when treatment is most effective. Contact Monterey County Eye Associates to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.
Refractive surgery treats problems caused by a misshaped cornea, including myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Depending on the structure of the patient’s eye, the problem to be addressed, and the medical history of the patient, surgeries including LASIK and AK may offer the best chance of good results and minimal side effects. Implantable contact lenses are also a treatment option for myopia.
LASIK laser surgery involves the reshaping of the cornea through the use of a special ophthalmologic laser. The surgery typically yields outstanding results, with many patients experiencing dramatically improved vision.
AK (Astigmatic Keratotomy)
AK surgery, or astigmatic keratotomy, treats astigmatism (which occurs when the cornea is irregularly shaped). AK involves the creation of tiny, precise slits in the cornea to flatten and reshape it.
Schedule Treatment – Cataracts / Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma, Presbyopia, and More
Contact Monterey County Eye Associates to learn more about our general eye care options. We offer a range of advanced ophthalmological options, including treatment for glaucoma, presbyopia, and cataracts (cataract surgery) to patients in Monterey, Salinas, Santa Cruz, Hollister and surrounding areas.