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Ophthalmology

Dr. Bruce Segal is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of eye disease. Whether it’s complex cataract surgery or routine eye care, Dr. Segal has over two decades of extensive experience.

Eye Conditions Treated:

  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Cornea
  • Retina
  • Astigmatism
  • Dry Eye
  • Low vision
  • Irritated Eyes
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Double Vision

Optical

Our optical shop offers a wide range of eyewear options to fit the personality and taste of each individual. From designer frames to affordable lenses, our optician will present optical solutions that are tailored to you. We want to ensure that you see clearly and look your best. We have an eyeglass line specifically for children, made of polycarbonate lenses that are shatter resistant.

 

Children

Eye exams are an important part of pediatric care. We see children in our office for school screenings, complete eye exams, strabismus, pink eye and ocular injuries. We also examine for “lazy eyes”; a serious condition that can lead to permanent loss of vision. Children must see well to do their best in school.

 

Eye Emergencies

We make every effort to attend to emergency visits immediately and see several emergencies every day. Loss of vision, infections, pain or trauma require urgent care. Patients coming in for emergencies have the distinct advantage of seeing an ophthalmologist right away, which is more effective than going to a walk-in clinic or ER. Dr. Segal accepts several workers compensation plans and has experience treating workplace injuries.

Corneal abrasions are a common eye emergency; watch this video to learn more about them:

http://www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/diseases/corneal-abrasion.cfm

 

Low Vision

When vision is permanently reduced we can help with low vision magnification and telescope systems. Legally blind patients need special optical aids when eyeglasses are not enough. The patient is carefully examined and a device is designed to maximize the vision that the patient has left. The patient is then trained to use their new device.

Our goal for low vision patients is to restore independence and help them improve their quality of life.

 

Retina

The retina is a delicate film in back of the eye that converts light into nerve signals that are sent to the brain. The retina is like the film in the back of a camera, and it is essential for vision.

Many conditions can damage the retina including macular degeneration, strokes, diabetes and retinal detachments. If you see flashes and floaters you may have a tear in the retina which needs a simple office laser treatment to prevent a blinding retinal detachment. If you see distortion in straight lines you may have active macular degeneration requiring treatment. Any changes in your vision should be reported to Dr. Segal for evaluation.

 

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is when the pressure in the eye is too high, damaging the main nerve in back of the eye, the optic nerve.

Dr. Segal uses the latest technology to follow his glaucoma patients including computerized visual field testing and infrared optic nerve imaging analysis. Treatment of glaucoma involves eye drops, office laser treatments and surgery.

Glaucoma treatment can prevent blindness. Since glaucoma usually has no symptoms, you should have an eye exam every year over age 40 to detect preventable causes of blindness.

 

Irritated eyes

Dr. Segal specializes in treating irritated eyes. Other ophthalmologists send their most difficult irritated eye cases to Dr. Segal. Eyes can become irritated from dry eyes, allergy, blepharitis (an eyelid dandruff condition) and eyelid abnormalities.

Dry eyes are treated with artificial tear drops, lacrimal punctual plugs, nutritional supplements, and prescription medication. Allergies are treated with prescription eye drops. Allergy testing and immunotherapy can train the immune system to ignore the allergen, possibly curing the allergy. The correct cause of the irritation must be identified to treat the condition. Dr. Segal can usually make irritated eyes much more comfortable, even in the most difficult cases.

 

Cornea

The cornea is the clear window in front of the eye. Dr. Segal has completed additional training to specialize in treating the most challenging corneal diseases. Any damage to the cornea heals as a scar, which can impede vision. Therefore it is essential to heal a damaged cornea. There are many diseases of the cornea that can cause pain and loss of vision. Other ophthalmologists refer corneal disease to Dr. Segal for his expert opinion and treatment.

 

Eyelid disorders

The eyelid must be healthy or else one experiences eye pain and possible vision loss. If the eyelids do not close, the eye dries out. In addition, if your eyelids turn in or out, you may require surgery to correct this problem. Eyelashes rubbing on the eye can also cause severe pain.

Problems with the eyelid’s tear drain can cause excessive tearing. A sty or chalazion is a painful swelling that responds to hot compresses, medication and sometimes surgery. The skin of the eyelid can develop many irritating problems and skin cancer. Local dermatologists send Dr. Segal eyelid skin conditions and lesions for biopsy and cancer reconstruction.

 

Double vision

Double vision can be caused by nerve problems behind the eye or in the brain. In order to determine this cause, an ophthalmologist must identify the underlying nerve condition. Dr. Segal works with local neurologists in cases where brain problems are identified. Longstanding double vision can be treated by putting prisms in the eyeglasses to allow the two eyes to work together and reduce the uncomfortable double vision.