Medical Services

 
 
 

Our practice was founded in 1954 with the goal of bringing exceptional comprehensive eye care to the people of Iowa City and the surrounding areas. Through the years we have grown to multiple locations and have added many new services. We have always kept our goal of providing exceptional care focused on you.

 
 

Comprehensive Eye Care

 

At Eye Physicians and Surgeons, we offer a wide array of medical and surgical services to meet all your vision needs. 

From basic eye exams to complicated surgical procedures, for patients of all ages we want to provide exceptional and comprehensive eye care both in our clinic and in surgery. 

Call and schedule an appointment today!

 
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Cataract

 

A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye.  Just like the lens of a camera, if the lens of the eye is cloudy, the eye cannot take a clear picture.  This clouding of the lens often happens over many years.  In the early stages, a change in your glasses prescription can help counter the effect.  However, eventually, you may need cataract surgery.

At Eye Physicians and Surgeons, we believe in staying at the forefront of advancements in medical and surgical techniques.  We utilize small incision, sutureless, microsurgical techniques to remove your cloudy lens and replace it with a clear artificial lens implant. 

Example perspective with cataracts - By National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health

Example perspective with cataracts - By National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health

 
 

Glaucoma

 
Example perspective of someone with glaucoma - By National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health

Example perspective of someone with glaucoma - By National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health

Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve, which is the part of the eye that carries the images we see from the eye to the brain. The optic nerve is made up of many nerve fibers (like an electric cable containing numerous wires). Glaucoma damages nerve fibers, which can cause blind spots in our vision and vision loss to develop.

Glaucoma has to do with the pressure inside the eye, or intraocular pressure (IOP). When the clear liquid called the aqueous humor--which normally flows in and out of the eye--cannot drain properly, pressure builds up in the eye. The resulting increase in IOP can damage the optic nerve.

 
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Macular Degeneration

 

Macular degeneration is a deterioration or breakdown of the macula. The macula is a small area in the retina at the back of the eye that allows you to see fine details clearly and perform activities such as reading and driving.

When the macula does not function correctly, your central vision can be affected by blurriness or distortion. Macular degeneration affects your ability to see near and far and can make some activities -- like threading a needle or reading -- very difficult. 

Example perspective of age-related macular degeneration - By National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health

Example perspective of age-related macular degeneration - By National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health

 
 

Fuchs Dystrophy

 

Fuchs' dystrophy causes the clear layer (cornea) on the front of your eye to swell. The disorder can lead to glare, cloudy vision and eye discomfort.

Fuchs' dystrophy usually affects both eyes and can cause your vision to gradually worsen over years. But most people with Fuchs' dystrophy don't develop symptoms until they reach their 50s or 60s.

Some medications and self-care steps may help relieve your Fuchs' dystrophy signs and symptoms. But when the disorder is advanced and you've lost vision, the only way to restore vision is with cornea transplant surgery.

If you have been diagnosed with Fuchs’ dystrophy, we’re here and ready to provide you with the best care and advice on how to proceed. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for a consultation.

 
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Keratoconus

 

Keratoconus is a disorder of the eye which results in progressive thinning of the cornea through a cone-like shape of the eye. This may result in blurry vision, double vision, nearsightedness, astigmatism, and light sensitivity.

If you have keratoconus, usually both of your eyes will be affected. In more severe cases, a scarring or circle may be seen within the cornea itself.

Because the cornea of patients with keratoconus are irregular and cone-shaped, glasses will not adequately correct the vision of those patients.

Collagen cross-linking (CXL) is the newest FDA approved treatment for keratoconus, a blinding disease of the cornea.  

We are pleased to announce that we are the first practice in the state of Iowa to have performed collagen cross-linking! Dr. Cohen has more experience with this technology than anyone in the state of Iowa and is pleased to offer this life changing treatment.

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