Treatments and Procedures

Comprehensive Eye Services and Dramatic Advancements in Technology at Work for You

At the Mullis Eye Institute, we are proud and confident about both the scope of our eye care services and our state-of-the-art technology as it relates to the well being of your eyes. Our excellence in eye surgery is well established. We rely on two modern miracles of technology, our Lasers and our SmartLenses® which are approved for use by Medicare. We think you should know a little about both.

SmartLens® - Multifocal Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL)

Cataracts are a result of the natural lens inside the eye becoming cloudy or brown. As a result, light inside the eye is scattered before it can focus on the retina, and vision becomes blurry or dark. The only way to correct vision loss from cataracts is the have the cataract removed and replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL) implant.

Laser Eye Surgery - Treating Glaucoma and Cataracts

Glaucoma is an abnormally high fluid pressure within the eye. As pressure builds, it can “pinch” both the optic nerve and the blood vessels which nourish the retina. The result is usually a slow loss of peripheral, or side vision, and eventual blindness.

If you have glaucoma, the biggest aggravation is the constant need to keep up with your eyedrops ... costly eyedrops ... every day. The good news is that you may be able to replace the eyedrops with a Medicare-covered laser procedure called Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty or SLT.

"The SLT is a great advancement that all of our glaucoma patients should know about. It is a brief and safe procedure, performed in our office, that could end years of the daily expensive glaucoma drops," says Dr. Mullis.

Dr. Payne continues, "Without getting too technical, the SLT laser selectively targets and stimulates certain cells while preserving surrounding tissue. This produces a biological effect in an area of the eye called the trabecular meshwork which stimulates the body's natural mechanisms to enhance fluid outflow and thereby reduce intraocular pressure."

What makes SLT such an attractive treatment option if you have glaucoma is the fact that it is a Medicare covered procedure as well as being covered by most insurance plans. If you have glaucoma, be sure to ask your doctor at Mullis Eye Institute about SLT laser treatment during your next visit.