Patient's Guide for Eye Diseases/Procedures
Dakota Eye Institute offers a number of advanced procedures to improve our patients quality of sight. Click on any one of the patient guides below for details about common eye diseases and procedures performed at Dakota Eye Institute.
A cataract is a cloudy area in the lens of the eye. A normal lens is clear. It lets light pass to the back of the eye. A cataract blocks some of the light. As a cataract develops, it becomes harder for a person to see. Cataracts are a normal part of aging. About half of Americans ages 65 to 74 have cataracts. About 70 percent of those age 75 and over have this condition. Learn more about Cataracts in Adults
LASIK is a surgical procedure that is capable of correcting a wide range of nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. LASIK has been performed internationally for approximately 10 years, and was first performed in clinical trials in the United States in 1995. It is now the most commonly performed refractive procedure in the United States. Long-term studies indicate that LASIK is safe and effective. Learn more about LASIK Surgery
If you have diabetes mellitus, your body does not use and store sugar properly. Diabetes can cause high blood-sugar levels, excessive thirst and urination. It can also cause changes in the body's blood vessels, the veins and arteries that carry blood throughout your body.Because diabetes affects your body in these ways, it can affect vision by causing cataracts, glaucoma and, most importantly, damage to blood vessels inside the eye. Learn More about Diabetic Retinopathy
Glaucoma is an eye disease in which the normal fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly rises, leading to vision loss or even blindness. Learn more about Glaucoma
This information can help you decide what to do if you need eyelid repair. Talk to your eye care professional so you can make the choice that is right for you. For total eye health, your eyelids need to be as healthy as your eyes. Common eyelid problems include excess eyelid skin, droopy eyelids, or eyelids that turn inward or outward. These problems not only affect eye health, but also your appearance. They can cause eye discomfort, and even limit vision. Fortunately, these conditions are correctable by surgery. Learn more about Eyelid Repair