SERVICES

This is not a comprehensive list.  Please feel free to contact us about any eye related problems and we will be happy to help you.

Comprehensive Eye Exams

We offer exams for eyeglasses/contacts and the overall checkup.  This exam screens for several conditions and assures the overall health of your eyes all at one time.  If you have not had an exam in over a year it may be time to call for an appointment!

Cataract Surgery and Premium Intraocular Lenses

The exam may simply be a part of your comprehensive check up.  If you feel you are having signs and symptoms of a cataract, be sure to let us know and we can go into a more detailed exam and discussion.  For more information see our cataract link.

Signs and symptoms of cataract:  Blurred vision, Faded or dull colors, Difficulty reading, Glasses are no longer effective, Halos or glare around lights (often causes difficulty driving at night), Feeling that there is a film over the eye  

Click here to view our Cataract Surgery page.

Diabetic Eye Exams

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.  This is a serious sight threatening condition where elevated blood sugar levels often cause damage to the internal delicate structures of the eye, primarily the retina and the lens.

 

Out of control blood sugar can cause wild swings in the daily quality of vision.  A patient may experience poor sight due to clouding of the lens or swelling in the retina.  Poor blood flow in the retina caused by diabetes can cause abnormal blood vessels to develop.  These vessels often leak blood and fluids into the retina and the clear jelly known as the vitreous.

 

Leakage from these abnormal blood vessels can cause sudden catastrophic vision loss.  Luckily, Doctors Sutton and Semple can use special medicines, laser treatment and surgery to restore the sight in many of these damaged eyes.  They work to coordinate your care with your primary care physician using a team approach to achieve the maximum visual potiental for each and every patient.

Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration is a disease which effects the retina, specifically, the portion known as the macula.  The macula is located in the center of the retina and is responsible for our fine detailed vision.  The macula allows us to perform activities such as reading and driving.  There are two primary types of macular degeneration, wet and dry.  Wet macular degeneration can present with a sudden, painless distortion of a patient's central vision.  Patients will often notice a bending, or distortion of objects that are known to be straight, such as door frames.  The primary problem in wet macular degeneration is bellding underneath the delicate tissues of the center of the retina.  This particular variant of macular degeneration can now be treated with the use of new blood vessel suppressing medicines that cause the abnormal blood vessels to regress.  The other type of macular degeneration is known as dry macular degeneration.  In this type of macular degeneration, there is no bleeding or hemorrhage under the retina.  Genetics and age are the primary causes of both types of macular degeneration with dry macular degeneration being the more common type.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma effects millions of people worldwide.  It is primarily a disease where elevated pressure inside the eye causes damage to the optic nerve.  The optic nerve is the nerve that connects the eye to the brain and conducts the visual impulses seen by the eye to the brain in the form of vision.  When the pressure inside the eye becomes elevated, damage to the nerve can occur which is permanent.  The primary goal in the treatment of glaucoma is the prevention of this damage to the optic nerve.  There are several different types of glaucoma and in almost all of the different types of this disease, the patient is typically unaware that have a problem.  The only way to diagnose glaucoma is through a comprehensive ophthalmic exam that checks the vision, pressure, the health of the optic nerve and the patient's peripheral vision.  While there is no cure of glaucoma, with early detection and treatment, glaucoma can be controlled, preventing vision loss during the course of the patient's life.

Dry Eye

Tears are extremely important to the health of our eyes.  Dry eye is a condition caused by not enough tears or tears that are poor quality and therefore do not provide the appropriate lubrication to the eye.

Symptoms of dry eye include: stinging or burning, redness, scratchiness, foreign body sensation, excess mucus in or around the eye, blurred vision, and excess tearing.  The most misleading of these is excessive tearing and many patients believe they can not possibly have dry eye because they are constantly wiping away tears!  This occurs because the eye is irritated from poor lubrication, this irritation causes the lacrimal gland to produce a large volume of tears that overwhelms the drainage system.

There are many degrees of dryness from mild to severe, and severe dryness can cause damage and scarring of the cornea (the clear surface that we see through).  Treatment may be as simple as using artificial tears but include more extensive measures as well.

If you have symptoms of dry eye, it may be time to schedule an exam today.

Allergy

South Mississippi is an environment full of allergens!  Symptoms of allergic eye problems may be similar to those of dry eye but often include an intensive itchiness and patients describe wanting to scratch or rub their eyes constantly.  It is often also noted that the symptoms vary depending on the season.

There are several treatment options for allergic eye symptoms. Call for an appointment today.

Eyelid Disorders

The eyelids are very important structures in the health of our eyes. They provide protection and are important in the tear formation and drainage. Eyelids like all the other areas of are face are exposed constantly to elements of our environment. This makes them susceptible to wear, tear, aging, and sun damage.

You may have bumps (including cancerous or precancerous), sagging, drooping or many other problems associated with your eyelids.  While they are too numerous to list, remember that some of these may need treatment in order to maintain eyelid health as well as the health of your eyes.  If you have any areas that concern you, please call for an appointment to discuss these concerns today.

Blepherospasm is characterized by excessive involuntary contraction of the orbicularis oculi muscles, leading to repetitive blinking or sustained closure of the eyelids.

If you feel you may have signs of blepherospasm contact us for an appointment.