"Cataract" is a term for clouding of the internal lens of the eye. The clouding can occur in a number of different patterns, and cause problems such as blurry vision, glare, trouble reading, and worsening nearsightedness. Surgery involves removal of the clouded lens from the thin capsule that surrounds it, and replacing it with a new lens. It is always done in the operating room by an eye surgeon. Laser can sometimes be used for small parts of the surgery. 


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Treatment for glaucoma involves lowering the eye pressure. Glaucoma occurs because the eye's own drain is not functioning properly for a variety of reasons. Surgery is done to create a new drain in the eye. This can be done by creating a trap door in the wall of the eye (trabeculectomy), or by inserting a small device to drain fluid (tube shunt). Other types of glaucoma surgery include surgical lasers that decrease the amount of fluid made by the eye (endocyclophotocoagulation, transcleral cyclophotocoagulation). You and your doctor will discuss what is best in your situation.


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Strabismus is a condition where the eyes do not align or move properly. Surgery consists of repositioning, or sometimes shortening, the muscles that control eye movement. Surgery is often done on both eyes at the same time under general anesthesia. 


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Options to minimize the need for glasses include LASIK (laser in-situ keratomileuisis) or PRK (photorefractive keratotomy). Both procedures involve using surgical lasers to reshape the cornea, the clear dome shaped tissue that is located in the front of the eye. 


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Oculoplastic surgery involves the medical and surgical management of the eyelids, tear ducts, and structures around the eye. Common treatments involve surgical correction of Ptosis (droopy eyelids) and Blepharoplasty (removal of excess eyelid skin); treatment of injuries, congenital defects, and tumors affecting the eyelids as well as the tissues and bones surrounding the eyes; management of blocked tear ducts; and Botox® for facial spasm and reduction of facial lines. 


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