As in the past, our practice success continues to be based upon adhering to the Golden Rule and providing every patient the same high standard of eye care we would desire for our families and ourselves.
The Eye Center of Fort Wayne is a comprehensive medical and surgical eye clinic that offers complete medical eye examinations by specialists in the field of ophthalmology, including the diagnosis, management and treatment of eye diseases featuring in-house surgery in our state-of-the-art surgical center, Northeast Indiana's first nationally accredited ambulatory surgical center devoted exclusively to eye surgery.
From the day our office opened, our primary goal has been to provide each individual with the best eye care possible. Doing our best to preserve and improve your eyesight is our highest priority.
The Eye Surgical Center of Fort Wayne
Although the field of ophthalmology encompasses many areas, Dr. Parent has chosen to specialize in cataract and laser surgery. In doing so, he is able to focus on the specific needs of surgery patients. In the event that surgical intervention is necessary, this can be conveniently performed in Northeast Indiana’s first Medicare approved ambulatory eye surgical center, The Eye Surgical Center of Fort Wayne, which is attached to our office complex. Our facility is the first surgical center in the area devoted exclusively to eye care.
Our surgical center is designed specifically for eye surgery with the most advanced laser and surgical equipment available. We have registered nurses and technicians highly trained in eye surgery. The cost of having a surgery performed in this facility is substantially reduced compared to hospital fees for the same procedure.
A cataract is the clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. It is estimated that over one-half of people in this country over the age of 65 experience some loss of eyesight from cataracts. Patients usually choose, and ophthalmologists usually recommend, that cataracts be removed at the point where visual impairment interferes with the daily activities of living, such as driving a car or reading. It is necessary to remove this lens surgically and substitute it with another lens (intraocular lens or IOL) to restore normal visual function. Click here to learn more.
Refractive Lens Exchange
Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE) is one of the fastest growing surgery options for patients over forty years of age. This procedure allows patients to reduce their dependency on distance and reading glasses. The surgery is essentially cataract surgery prior to cataract development. RLE is an alternative procedure to laser vision correction and other refractive surgical procedures. It corrects myopia, hyperopia and presbyopia using a multifocal intraocular lens implant. Click here to learn more.
Custom (Wavefront) LASIK
Dr. Parent performs custom, or wavefront, LASIK with the Bausch & Lomb Zyoptix System. This system has the capability to provide customized laser treatment that is unique to each eye. Just as each fingerprint is different, your eye has its own set of complex characteristics that make it completely unique. To scientifically craft the most effective treatment, our surgeons use the Zyoptix system to create a digital blueprint of your eye, enabling you to receive the most customized and therefore best treatment possible. Forty percent of these patients reported improved vision for night driving and the satisfaction rate was extremely high. The technology now enables us to treat more than 90% of people who need vision correction for nearsightedness and astigmatism. Click here to learn more about Custom LASIK.
Multifocal Intraocular Lens Implants
Multifocal IntraOcular Lens (IOLs) implants take the place of the natural lens of the eye when that lens is removed during cataract, lensectomy, or refractive lens exchange surgery. Multifocal IOLs can provide you with a better range of vision, thus minimizing your dependency on glasses, including reading glasses or bifocals. Dr. Parent was one of eleven doctors to participate in the FDA study for the Array lens in 1994. He implanted his first multifocal lens in 1984. Dr. Parent currently use several different multifocal/ accommodative lenses. Click here to learn more.
Advanced Surface Ablation
Advanced Surface Ablation (ASA) represents a tremendous alternative for certain patients who have thin corneas that do not fit the criteria for traditional LASIK. Specifically, ASA is an excellent choice for individuals who are moderately to severely nearsighted and have corneas too thin for traditional LASIK. ASA may also be a good choice for individuals who are or anticipate being involved in the armed forces or participate in contact sports.
With ASA, the surface epithelial cells are modified with mild surgical intervention assisted by drops. The corneal surface is then treated with the state-of-the-art Bausch & Lomb laser and covered with a bandage contact lens. The surface cells then reform creating a very strong refractive system. Specialized drops are used post-surgically to maximize the outcome. Click here to learn more.
Many people know that glaucoma has something to do with pressure inside the eye. In fact, glaucoma is really a disease of the optic nerve and eye pressures are related to damage of this nerve. The optic nerve carries the images we see from the light-sensing retina at the back of the eye to the brain. Click here to learn more.
Dry Eye Syndrome
Some people do not produce enough tears to keep the eye wet and comfortable. Stinging, burning, scratchiness, stringy mucus, and excess irritation from smoke are the usual symptoms. Surprisingly, increased tearing may be a symptom of dry eyes.If the basic tear secretion is below normal, the lacrimal gland in response to irritation produces excess tears. Even though the eye is basically dry, reflex tearing can occur masking the dryness, which caused the tears in the first place. Click here to learn more.
Diabetic retinopathy is caused by the deterioration of blood vessels nourishing the retina in the back of the eye. Over time, high blood sugar and high blood pressure can damage these vessels, causing them to break and bleed. Persons who have had diabetes for a number of years are at greater risk of developing retinopathy. Click here to learn more.
Macular degeneration is sometimes referred to as “aging of the retina.” Macular degeneration causes damage to the macula, which is a small area at the back of the eye that allows us to see fine details clearly. Macular degeneration makes close work-like threading a needle or reading- difficult or impossible. When the macula doesn’t function correctly, we experience blurriness or darkness in the center of our vision. Although macular degeneration reduces vision in the central part of the retina, it does not affect the peripheral vision. For example, you could see a clock but not be able to tell the time. Click here to learn more.