Corneal Eye Care Services
Issues with your corneas are best trusted to eye doctors with the most extensive experience. We are proud to provide the most expansive array of corneal services in the Northern Colorado area. We invite you to visit our Boulder, Lafayette, Greeley or Longmont offices to access these services and more state-of-the-art eye care. Not only do we provide traditional solutions for existing or chronic corneal problems, but we provide innovative cornea care and treatments in attempts to provide less-invasive solutions that increase safety, or end-stage solutions when traditional treatments have failed.
LASIK & PRK
We are pleased to provide more information on how LASIK surgery works. LASIK eye surgery is a very quick procedure with minimal to no discomfort. It takes about 15 minutes to complete both eyes and you will be awake during the procedure.Read more...
The Visian ICL is a phakic intraocular lens (IOL) that is used during refractive surgery for correcting myopia (nearsightedness). The Visian ICL (implantable collamer lens) was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2005 for the reduction and treatment of myopia.
Keratoconus is an uncommon condition that causes a progressive thinning and bulging of the cornea, the clear front portion of the eye. As this condition progresses, the cornea develops a cone-like bulge, altering the shape and distorting vision. Keratoconus usually affects both eyes, however the progression and symptoms may differ in each eye.
Intacs are a much less-invasive treatment for kerataconus or Post-LASIK Ectasia. They have also been used to stabilize corneas made unstable from Radial Keratotomy (RK) incisions. If Keratoconus is advanced or the eye has scars in the visual axis, corneal transplantation may still be the best answer.
Corneal transplant procedures may restore vision to eyes blinded by certain eye diseases or injuries. There are many conditions in which corneal transplantation may be considered. Frequent indications include:
Pterygium Treatment and Surgery
Pterygia that are threatening the visual axis, causing significant astigmatism or irritation should be excised. Our modern methods of pterygium surgery greatly reduce the incidence of recurrence and have a better cosmetic outcome.
Dry Eye Disease Treatment
Assessing and measuring dry eye and defining its cause is integral to finding the correct solution. Many people have tried multiple treatments with little success and may have be suffering with symptoms for years. Our clinic is one of the few that can measure tear quality as well as production to help delineate the best treatments.
External and Infectious Eye Disease
Patients with significant recurrent or chronic ocular surface problems can represent a diagnostic challenge. We welcome such challenges and are willing to run full evaluations and tests to get to the bottom of these cases and their systemic causes. Recently diagnosed cases include:
Scar removal & Ocular Surface Reconstruction
Given the intimate relationship of the ocular surface with the lids and orbit, we will also address the necessary adjunctive surgical procedures needed for best patient care. These include applications of amniotic membrane, limbal stem cell transplants, corneal gluing or conjunctival flaps for the ocular surface.
Artificial Corneal Implantation
When human corneal transplantation has failed more than once, or if injury to the eye is severe enough, an artificial cornea may be the best hope for vision. Dr. Andrews has experience implanting both the Boston Corneal Prosthesis (K-Pro) and the AlphaCor artificial corneas.