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When is Eye Surgery Necessary?

Eye surgery might be necessary for a wide range of eye conditions and pathologies, such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment, corneal injuries, retinal tears, diabetic retinopathy, and refractive errors that significantly affect your eyesight. Our ophthalmologists use cutting-edge diagnostic tools and techniques, such as wide-field imaging, corneal imaging, retina imaging, and glaucoma imaging, to diagnose the root cause of your symptoms and formulate a comprehensive treatment plan. We only offer eye surgery in Worcester when absolutely necessary.

Types of Eye Surgery


Blepharoplasty is eyelid surgery for patients with droopy eyelids. Over time, the loss of collagen from the skin leads to drooping eyelids that obstruct your vision and make you look upset. During blepharoplasty, the eye surgeon makes a small incision on the upper eyelid or lower eyelid (or both) to remove excess skin tissues and fat cells, thereby restoring your eyelids to their optimal position.

Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are cloudy and foggy natural lenses with dense clumps of protein and fiber particles that obstruct your vision. In the early stages, cataracts can be corrected with eyeglasses. As the cataracts worsen, your eye surgeon may recommend the surgical removal and replacement of the cloudy lenses with artificial lenses. If left untreated, cataracts can completely obstruct your vision and make daily activities, such as driving, difficult or impossible.

Corneal Transplant

The cornea is the transparent and protective surface lens of the eye, and is responsible for the unobstructive passage of light from our world into the eye.  When the cornea is diseased, damaged, or injured, you suffer from blurry vision, double vision, refractive problems, and other vision problems. During a corneal transplant, the eye surgeon removes the damaged cornea or parts of the cornea and replaces it with tissue grafts obtained from an eye bank.

Glaucoma Surgery

Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions which damage the optic nerve, and commonly associated with elevated Intra Ocular Pressure (IOP), leading to the loss of vision. The goal of this eye surgery in Worcester is to decrease the intraocular pressure by increasing the outflow of fluid from the eye.   Over the last 5-10 years technological advances have progressed to allow what is now termed Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery or Micro Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) for mild to moderate glaucoma.  For severe glaucoma your ophthalmologist may recommend more traditional surgery such as a tube shunt or a trabeculectomy.  Given the multiple different procedures available to your surgeon, they will discuss the best procedure for your situation and may refer you to a glaucoma specialist.

Retina Surgery

If your retina is damaged, diseased, or injured, the eye surgeon may use various surgical techniques to repair the retina. The eye surgeon may apply a freezing probe to channel laser energy and make a small burn on the retina (cryopexy), use small bands to push the sides of the eye together and reattach the retina (scleral buckle surgery), or use air bubbles to push the retina into place (pneumatic retinopexy).  Patients requiring retina surgery are referred to a retinologist who is an ophthalmologist specializing in treatment of retina diseases and who will discuss the best eye surgery in Worcester options for your problem.

Eye Muscle Surgery

Eye muscle surgery is meant for patients with strabismus, a condition wherein the eyes do not “line up” properly and don’t work in concert as a pair. The eye surgeon may restore the muscles of your eyes to their proper location and position and perhaps reattach a section of the muscle to another region in the eye. The goal is to restore synchrony between your eyes. Although strabismus is frequently found in the pediatric population, it may also occur in adults with some medical conditions or who have experienced some type of head trauma.  Patients with strabismus may be referred to a neuro ophthalmologist and or a strabismus surgeon.

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Medical Surgical Eye Institute is a premier eye care center specializing in cutting-edge diagnostic solutions and treatments in Worcester. Our medical providers examine your eyes, review your medical history, discuss your symptoms, and administer numerous imaging tests to identify the specific root cause of your problems, following which they formulate personalized treatment plans. Most eye conditions progressively worsen with time, so it’s important to diagnose and treat the issue at the earliest stage possible. Please schedule an appointment to explore your options for eye surgery in Worcester.

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