Services and treatments offered

Yearly routine examinations and glasses prescriptions

All people, even those with “good vision”, need a visual and ocular assessment on a yearly basis, preferably with pupil dilation. This is especially true for people over 40, or in cases with family history of ocular conditions. Most of these examinations yield normal outcomes, but in a small percentage, we are able to detect lesions or diseases in their early stages, when treatments are usually easy, successful, and resolutive.

Multimodal treatment for dry eye

If you suffer from dry eye, we can help you. Our main purpose is to let you know we take your symptoms very seriously, and we understand that even if on many occasions they are not “serious”, they are annoying and can markedly decrease quality of life. The options go from lubricating eye drops a couple of times a day, to special contact lenses or medications that control the levels of certain inflammations. The first step in all cases is a detailed questionnaire and physical examination, to posteriorly determine the best possible therapy for resolution of symptoms.

Therapies for Blepharitis

If the cause of your complaints or the dry eye is an active inflammation on the border of your eyelids (blepharitis), before trying permanent medications, we would love to advise on tips for an effective eyelid hygiene, which in a majority of cases, is enough to maintain discomfort under control.

Diagnostic and therapeutic approach for conjunctivitis and chronic dry eye

It may well be true that most cases of conjunctivitis are of viral origin and tend to clear “on their own”. Given the diagnostic possibilities and the infectious consequences, it is always advisable to come to the ophthalmologist to check on red eye episodes that are not cleared on their own within a couple of hours.

Minor procedures for extraction of foreign bodies

It is relatively common that the damage caused when trying to remove something that “went into the eye” is worse than the one caused by the foreign object itself. It is preferable to come for a check up immediately (even if it is an emergency out of office hours) and solve the problem, than to run the risk of infections or long term consequences. Usually, the extraction tends to be a simple and expeditious process.

Medical treatments for corneal erosions and infections

A scratch or a foreign body in the eye can generate ulcers in the cornea, which, if not promptly treated, can result in serious infections. If something of the sort is happening to you, we can help you during office hours, or through our emergency number regardless of date or time.

Diagnosis, follow up and management of Keratoconus

If you or someone in your family suffers from keratoconus, In Humanist Ophthalmology, we have experience in the diagnosis, follow up, and management in the early stages, always making safety and trust our priorities. Some important strategies, once the diagnosis has been made, are the control of the inflammation on the surface of the eye, and duly lubrication. Corneal Collagen Cross Linking is performed for selected cases in which there is evidence of progression. We will be happy to refer our patients to visual rehabilitation interventions once the condition is controlled.

Early diagnosis and treatment for uveitis

Suffering from uveitis can be a long and winding road, frustrating at times. The most important factor for the long term control of the intraocular inflammation is a precise diagnosis. Surprisingly, the most powerful weapon in our diagnostic arsenal is a thorough interrogation that goes into details of facts that might seem trivial at first glance. Once certain clues have been determined, bloodworks or imaging serve only a confirmatory function, and therapy can be then directed, managed either by the ophthalmologist, or by specialists in autoimmune diseases when it involves interventions that affect the rest of the body.

Medical and surgical management of glaucoma

Of all the diseases in the eyes, glaucoma is the one for which we have the most experience. The most important issue in the management of this condition is the confirmation of the diagnosis and determining whether it is mild, moderate or severe glaucoma, depending on how much vision has already been lost. The strategies for control will typically be less intense in the initial stages, for example laser intervention, or eyedrops to reduce the eye pressure. The more advanced the glaucoma, the more invasive the recommendations elicited by the doctor. However, 90% of the patients with glaucoma will never need surgical procedures, and medical treatments are enough to prevent permanent loss of vision. Having said that, the 10% that does proceed to surgery, is usually made up of patients where the diagnosis was made late. Annual check ups are our most powerful weapon for the control of this disease.

Cataract surgery

A cataract surgery in this day and age is a relatively simple and very safe process, with positive results in approximately 99% of cases. It is performed under local anesthesia, and many times with mild sedation to reduce stress and fear. Its duration is about 15 minutes, and visual recovery typically takes less than one week, although it could be a month before full stability. It is performed first in the more affected eye, and the results are for life. The most complex surgeries tend to be those that were postponed the longest. We invite you to write down all of your questions before the appointment, in order to have a thorough conversation with the objective of developing your trust and tranquility.

Diagnosis and non surgical treatment of ocular diabetes

In all the cases of diabetic damage to the eyes, both mild and severe, the most important is the control of blood sugar levels. If the damage is detected early enough, when no symptoms are present, metabolic control tends to be the only necessary strategy. However, as the damage progresses and the retina swells or develops hemorrhages, many times we opt for intraocular injections (not painful), or for laser to coagulate the most affected areas. If blood sugar control is not obtained, even the aforementioned treatments tend to be insufficient and referral for intraocular surgery is often the next step.

Diagnosis of diseases of the optic nerve and visual pathways

The eyes are connected to the brain by a series of nerves which are called visual pathways. There are conditions that are exclusive of the visual pathways, and others that involve multiple parts of the nervous system. A physical examination oriented towards the neuroophtalmologic segment can sometimes even save the life of the patient. We invite you to come for a visit for more information regarding the illnesses and treatments of the visual pathway.