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Monthly Archives: April 2017

What are Oculoplastics anyway?

April 27th, 2017

Category: Takle Eye Group

Plastic surgery often conjures up images of drastic changes to a person’s facial appearance or body shape. But oculoplastics is actually a form of plastic surgery used to reconstruct or restore functionality to areas around the eyes.

Patients suffering from conditions such as droopy eyelids, eyelid malposition, and facial nerve weakness (Bell’s Palsy) can benefit greatly from successful oculoplastic surgery. Oculoplastic procedures may be done on the eyelids, eye sockets, eyebrows, cheeks, tear ducts, face, or forehead.

It is important when having a procedure done on these extremely sensitive and focal areas that you select an experienced, Board-Certified Oculoplastic Surgeon as opposed to an Ophthalmic Surgeon. Oculoplastic Surgeons are ophthalmologists that complete an additional one-to-two-year fellowship, often with training in cosmetic surgery.

While most Oculoplastic Surgeons take great care to improve the cosmetic appearance, most procedures are directly related to eye health and protection, not aesthetics. For example, a surgery to repair droopy eyelids may improve appearance, but the goal is to improve the patient’s field of vision.

When dealing with eyelids that turn in or out, a procedure can return the eyelid to a normal position and restore normal tear production and drainage. Oculoplastics can also provide relief for patients who have experienced an eye trauma or cancer with tumor excision. Eyelid reconstruction can be performed using a variety of tissue flaps and grafts, and of course the patient’s care would depend on the circumstances of the situation.

Takle Eye Group is proud to offer complete comprehensive eye care, from routine eye exams to Oculoplastic Surgery. Dr. Leiv Takle, Jr. is an experienced, Board-Certified Oculoplastic Surgeon, having completed his internship and ophthalmology residency training at the Emory Eye Center in Atlanta. He is trained in the latest technology including no-injection, no-stitch cataract surgery and the latest in oculoplastic techniques, including reconstruction of eyelids after skin cancer removal, blepharoplasty, ptosis repair, and brow lifts, as well as Botox and fillers. If you feel you would be a good candidate for oculoplastics, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

Diabetic Retinopathy expected to Rise in North America

April 13th, 2017

Category: Takle Eye Group

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Diabetes is a lifelong chronic disease that affects over 29 million people in the United States alone. Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) is a common diabetic eye disease, characterized by damaged blood vessels in the retina. This can lead to blurry vision, vision impairment and eye hemorrhage. Without treatment it can cause retinal detachment and even blindness.

Diabetic Retinopathy can develop in any individual suffering from Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. The disease is currently the leading cause of blindness in the U.S.

According to National Center for Biotechnology Information, 126 million people were affected by diabetic retinopathy in 2010; more than 191 people are likely to be affected by Diabetic retinopathy by 2030.

According to the American National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted between 2005 and 2008, 28.5% of diabetic patients had some degree of DR, while 4.4% of patients suffered from vision-threatening levels of the disease.

An aging population, high prevalence of obesity, and rise in sedentary lifestyle are the key factors driving the rise in DR in the United States. Many efforts are being made to combat this disease, starting with an increase in awareness about early detection, symptoms and treatment. People with DR often lack early symptoms, because they can be hard to detect.

That’s why it is so important for anyone who knows they have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes to have regular dilated eye exams by a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist. Studies have shown that controlling diabetes by eating well, being active, and taking the proper medications can slow the onset of DR.

If you are suffering from Type 1 or 2 diabetes, please reach out to Takle Eye Group to schedule an exam, and we will help you define a custom treatment plan to improve your eye health and protect your vision.


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