Ophthalmology in Leland, N.C.
Intracoastal Eye is a premier ophthalmology practice for individuals from Leland, N.C., and all surrounding areas. Patients trust Intracoastal Eye to deliver top-quality eye care in a caring, comfortable environment. Dr. Gregory Johnson, Dr. Gail Kelley and their team of professionals share a commitment to personalized, compassionate patient care.
Dr. Johnson and Dr. Kelley offer a wide range of services to manage diseases such as dry eyes, diabetic eye disease and macular degeneration. The eye doctors are passionate about being the best at what they do, and continue to advance their knowledge and skills to better serve patients.
Glaucoma is a disease that damages the optic nerve, which transmits information from the eye to the brain. If the optic nerve sustains enough damage, irreversible vision loss or blindness can result.
Glaucoma occurs when the pressure inside the eye is higher than normal. Usually fluid produced inside the eye exits the eye through the drainage angle; however, if the drainage angle does not function properly, the fluid cannot leave the eye and pressure inside the eye rises, eventually damaging the optic nerve.
Depending on the specific type and severity of the disease, glaucoma may be managed with the use of special eyedrops or with laser or traditional surgery.
Dr. Johnson is focused on delivering innovative solutions to common eye problems. He believes in the importance of tailoring treatment to the individual patient. No two eyes are exactly alike, and every ophthalmology patient needs a customized solution that aligns with his or her needs and goals.
Laser Eye Floater Removal
Floaters are visual disturbances that look like lines, clouds, specks or cobwebs floating in front of the eyes. They develop when the vitreous, or jelly-like substance filling the eyeball, starts to liquify and collagen fibers form clumps or strands in the vitreous. The clumps cast shadows on the retina, causing what appear as floaters.
Although most floaters are harmless, prominent floaters can be troubling. Dr. Johnson offers laser floater removal to reduce or eliminate large floaters. This in-office treatment takes 10 to 20 minutes and is virtually painless.
Dry eye disease occurs when the eyes do not maintain the lubrication they need to stay healthy. This happens because of problems affecting the quantity or quality of tears the eyes produce. Either the eyes don’t produce enough tears or the tear film lacks the oily layer that helps tears “stick” to the ocular surface. Symptoms of dry eye include chronically dry, red, burning or itchy eyes, sensitivity to light, a “foreign body” sensation and intolerance to contact lenses.
Treatment for dry eye disease depends on the root cause and may include the use of artificial tears and/or prescription eyedrops. Other options include an in-office procedure called LipiFlow, which helps restore the normal production of the oily layer of the tear film.
Macular degeneration is the gradual breakdown of the macula, the center of the retina responsible for sharp, clear central and detail vision. In the early stage of the disease, “dry” macular degeneration, areas of the macula thin and proteins clump together, forming yellow deposits under the retina. In the later stage of the disease, “wet” macular degeneration, new, abnormal blood vessels grow under the retina and may leak blood or fluid. Vision loss tends to occur at a faster rate with wet macular degeneration.
There is no cure for macular degeneration, but the dry form of the disease can be managed with nutritional supplements designed to promote macular health. During the later stages, special drugs can be injected into the eye to reduce the number of abnormal blood vessels.
Diabetic Eye Disease
Diabetic eye disease describes diseases more likely to affect people with diabetes. Common diabetic eye diseases include diabetic retinopathy and macular edema. Dr. Johnson and Dr. Kelley can help patients with diabetes stay on top of their eye health and avoid losing vision to diabetic eye disease. Regular eye exams are key to detecting problems before they cause noticeable symptoms.
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, often brought on by age-related changes. Cataracts cause blurry, cloudy or distorted vision and other visual symptoms, including dulled colors, double vision and sensitivity to light.
The only treatment for cataracts is surgery to remove the clouded lens and replace it with an artificial lens implant. There are many different types of artificial lenses that offer unique features to restore clear vision after cataracts.
If you are looking for an experienced, qualified ophthalmology practice near Leland, N.C., Intracoastal Eye is here for you. Our ophthalmologist, Dr. Johnson, and our optometrist, Dr. Kelley, can provide the answers, resources and solutions you need to attain and maintain ocular health. Schedule a consultation at Intracoastal Eye today.