For all adult and children's eye emergencies urgent care is provided in the office from 9am-5pm, Monday- Friday. Same day, no wait. Please call ahead.
Medical services include comprehensive routine vision examinations and annual contact lens examinations for both children and adults. In addition, evaluation and management of most eye emergencies are carried out in the office. Routine eye care for common conditions like cataract, glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration is performed in the office with the help of the latest technological equipment like the Heidelberg Engineering OCT machine for glaucoma, the auto fluorescence module for diagnosis and monitoring of macular degeneration, and the anterior segment module for corneal, anterior chamber and lens problems, and the Humphreys visual field machine with the glaucoma progression software for glaucoma.
Strabismus Surgery: Strabismus is a condition in which the eyes are not aligned. It may be associated with decreased vision in one or both eyes. Medical management consists of prescription of glasses, patching, or drops. If surgery is needed, either one eye or both eyes can be operated upon. It is one the most common surgical procedures performed on children, and occasionally on adults. It requires minimal pre-operative preparation and is associated with some pain and redness in the post-operative period. Surgery for children is performed in the CCMC and for adults at SFMC.
Blocked Tear Duct: Some children develop tearing of one or both eyes from early childhood due to blocked tear ducts. Symptoms include watering, yellow discharge, sticky eyelids and lashes, and redness of eyes. Congenital glaucoma can sometimes present with tearing of eyes and needs to be ruled out. Management includes conservative measures like cleaning of lids, sac massage and antibiotic drops. Surgical management of probing of tear ducts is performed at Children's Hospital under short general anesthesia.
Lid Swellings and Skin Tags: Various lid and orbital lumps, and swellings like chalazion, sebaceous cysts, papillomas, and dermoid cysts can be surgically removed as outpatient procedures under local anesthesia. Some of the dermoids may require general anesthesia and are performed in the hospital.
Ectropion and Entropion Surgery: Ectropion is the outward turning of the eyelid exposing the conjunctiva. Entropion is the inward turning of the eyelids and eyelashes. Both conditions can cause severe vision loss if not properly managed. Dr. Panthagani can perform surgery on both as an outpatient procedure in the office under local anesthesia.
Blepharoplasty: Blepharoplasty is a procedure on the eyelids to remove excess skin that is sagging onto the visual axis and obstructing vision. It is an outpatient procedure and is done under local anesthesia. Candidates for this procedure may get the insurance companies to cover the procedure if certain prerequisites are met. Evaluation and surgery is performed in office.
Pterygium Surgery: Pterygium is a triangular fold of fibro vascular tissue that grows over the cornea (transparent part of the eye) from the conjunctiva (white part of eye). This condition is more common in individuals from tropical regions and in people exposed to sunlight for prolonged periods of time, such as farmers and fishermen. Symptoms may include irritation, redness, and tearing. Medical treatment includes eye drops and ointment if the pterygium in inflamed. If the pterygium shows progression and threatens vision due to encroachment onto the visual axis, surgical treatment is required. Newer methods of surgical removal have decreased the chances of recurrence by a significant amount. Dr. Panthagani performs the surgery for children at the Children's Hospital and Medical Center and for adults at St. Francis Hospital.