MECA Hours of Operation Changes Effective March 23, 2020

Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

As you all know, the Covid-19 virus is affecting our lives in many ways. The personal safety of our patients and staff are our top priority. At the strong recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), both Tennessee and Mississippi Departments of Health and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, we have made the decision to only see patients with urgent or emergent care needs until April 6, 2020. Other patients will be rescheduled to a later time in April. Our physicians are on call, so if you have a need or concern please call our office (901-767-3937) and leave a message. We are checking messages daily, and one of our staff will respond to you as soon as possible.

Please stay safe and watch our website for further information on the scheduling of patients.

Thank you, MECA Physicians, Management and Staff

Laser Surgery to Treat Presbyopia (Monovision)

man getting eye exam

Presbyopia is the gradual decline in close vision that occurs with age. The condition occurs as the lens in the eye stiffens and loses its flexibility, thereby impairing its ability to focus at images or objects up close.

While multifocal prescription glasses, such as bifocals, are one possible treatment option for presbyopia, the popularity of vision correction surgery to treat presbyopia is increasing. Your ophthalmologist may use one of several surgical approaches to treat presbyopia.

About Monovision

With all of the following presbyopia treatment options, the surgical goal is to create monovision. With monovision, the ophthalmologist corrects one eye so that it can see up close and the other eye so it can see in the distance. Over time, many patients are able to adapt to monovision, so they can ultimately see at multiple distances.

LASIK

When performing LASIK, or laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, the ophthalmologist creates a hinged flap in the surface of the cornea. After gently lifting back the flap, the eye surgeon removes tiny particles of corneal tissue to reshape the curvature of the cornea. In traditional LASIK surgery, this corrects the refractive error that is causing nearsightedness, farsightedness and / or astigmatism.

When performing LASIK to treat presbyopia (by creating monovision), the ophthalmologist typically reshapes the curvature of cornea in the dominant eye so it can see in the distance. He or she intentionally leaves the non-dominant eye slightly nearsighted, so the patient can see up close with that eye.

Photorefractive Keratectomy

With photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), the ophthalmologist removes the front layer of the cornea (the epithelial layer) instead of creating a hinged flap in it. The remaining steps of PRK to treat presbyopia are the same as with LASIK. PRK is often a suitable treatment option for patients with corneas that are too thin to withstand corneal flap creation.

Conductive Keratoplasty (CK)

Unlike LASIK and PRK, conductive keratoplasty (CK) involves the use of low-energy radiofrequency (RF) waves instead of laser energy to reshape the curvature of the cornea.

During the CK procedure, the ophthalmologist uses an extremely thin probe that is finer than a human hair to apply RF energy around the outer section of the cornea. The connective tissue that was treated with RF energy shrinks, thereby creating a tightening effect around the circumference of the cornea. This causes the cornea to steepen, which helps restore near vision.

To treat presbyopia, the eye surgeon, again, only corrects one eye for near vision, leaving the other eye farsighted.

Monovision Candidacy

Some patients may not be able to adapt to monovision. To find out whether you might benefit from undergoing LASIK, PRK, CK or another type of vision correction procedure that addresses presbyopia by providing monovision, please schedule an appointment with us. That way, you can try out monovision in our office to determine whether it is a suitable treatment option for you.

If you are not an appropriate candidate for monovision, don’t worry. We will suggest alternative treatment options to help correct your presbyopia.

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