Methodist Healthcare is committed to providing quality eye care for the greater San Antonio area with our expert ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians. We believe in providing excellent eye care for patients of all ages.
Whether you are at our hospitals for a routine eye examination or for cataract surgery, our eye doctors are here for you.
Our ophthalmologists are qualified to provide comprehensive eye care, including vision services, eye exams and eye surgeries.
Like ophthalmologists, Methodist Healthcare’s optometrists are trained diagnose many eye disorders like glaucoma, cataracts and retinal detachment. Unlike ophthalmologists, optometrists are not trained to perform eye surgery.
Additionally, most optometrists are trained to diagnose and treat vision conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia.
Opticians are eye health professionals who work with ophthalmologists and optometrists to provide vision services, but are not qualified to perform eye examinations.
Our eye doctors offer a wide variety of surgical procedures to save your vision. These life changing operations are usually safe, effective surgeries that prevent further vision loss. In addition to surgery, Methodist Healthcare’s eye doctors work with patients to create a treatment and recovery plan optimal for each patient.
LASIK surgery uses precision lasers to reshape the cornea to give the eye more focus. Nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism can all be corrected using laser surgery. Because LASIK surgery is minimally invasive, recovery is easy and the operation is almost completely painless. After the operation, most patients do not need eyeglasses or contact lenses at all.
Cataract surgery replaces the lens inside your eye that has become cloudy and replaces it with an artificial lens to restore vision. The most common technique is phacoemulsification, which uses ultrasound vibrations to break the leans into small pieces. Your eye surgeon will then remove the fragments using a tiny vacuum. After the cataract is removed, a new permanent lens is put into place.
Nearly every cataract surgery is completed without serious complications.
Glaucoma surgery reduces the amount of pressure in the eye by creating a new opening for fluid to flow through the eye. Although medication is usually used to treat glaucoma, sometimes surgery is needed. There are three primary types of glaucoma surgery.
- Trabeculectomy: the surgical removal of tissue that is obstructing flued to drain from the eye.
- Tube-shunt surgery: places a tube inside the eye to allow fluid to drain from the eye
- Laser trabeculoplasty: uses a laser to burn tissue into a new opening
These are just some of the vision correction solutions we offer at our facilities in San Antonio. If you feel like you are in need corrective eye surgery or want to schedule a check-up, contact one of our highly trained physicians today.