21st century ophthalmology with over 50 years of experience.
See the difference Glad Eye Care offers in Palm Bay.
Our ophthalmology patients enjoy the skills of a world-renown ophthalmologist combined with a state-of-the-art eye care center. There is no need to look far when seeking an eye doctor near Palm Bay, FL. Dr. Gladnick can diagnose and treat 95% of the patients that visit us; however, he never hesitates to refer patients to another eye specialist in rare cases.
The list of eye health services we offer is extensive, but there are a couple special areas in laser eye surgery where an experienced ophthalmologist like Dr. Gladnick can really help. At Glad Eyecare and Surgery Center, we have an in-office surgical suite with over $1 million in high-tech laser equipment.
How is Laser Eye Surgery Used in Ophthalmology?
In our office, we perform the Lumenis SLT procedure to lower eye pressure in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma, the most common form of glaucoma. This painless therapy is FDA-cleared and is typically covered by Medicare when medically necessary. There are several advantages for patients with open-angle glaucoma when they receive Lumenis SLT laser eye treatment:
- Provides long-term control over eye pressure
- In many cases, reduces a glaucoma patient’s need for eye drop medication
- Reduces the danger of forgetting to take prescription eye drop medication
- Avoids the expense of glaucoma eye drop medication (especially the brand names)
- Less reliance on eye drops means less uncomfortable side effects, like burning sensations, redness and eye irritation
We use YAG (Yttrium-Aluminum Garnet) laser to prevent posterior capsular opacification (PCO), which is common after cataract surgery. This non-invasive procedure quickly and painlessly removes the cloudiness that sometimes develops on the lens after cataract surgery.
Laser eye surgery is often recommended for people with macular edema, proliferative diabetic retinopathy and wet macular degeneration.
For macular edema, laser eye surgery is used to reduce fluid leakage near the macula. For diabetic retinopathy and wet macular degeneration, pan-retinal photocoagulation (PRP) is used by your ophthalmologist to treat the retina. A focused, high-energy light beam is used to destroy abnormal blood vessels, preventing further leakage, bleeding and growth.
These procedures are painless. Usually only anesthetic eye drops are needed. This is an outpatient procedure, but your eyes will be dilated and you will need someone to drive you home afterward. Multiple laser eye treatments may be necessary. Laser eye surgery does not cure diabetic retinopathy or macular degeneration and does not always prevent further vision loss.