LASIK Surgery in McLean Virginia
Dr. Anh Nguyen, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist serving patients with an exceptional level of care in McLean, VA, and the surrounding area. She specializes in corrective eye surgery, such as LASIK, to treat conditions like myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and more serious conditions that can cause significant damage.
Refraction, or a refractive error, occurs when the light does not bend the way it should as it enters your eye. This causes nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism (irregular cornea), and presbyopia (age-related vision loss). Dr. Nguyen can perform a variety of treatment procedures to fix your refractive error including LASIK and lens implants. Dr. Nguyen is the first cataract surgery center in Northern Virginia to offer light adjustable lenses (LAL) but intraocular lenses (IOL) are also a great option. These surgical procedures will permanently treat your vision if you do not want to wear contacts or glasses daily. If you do wear contacts, Dr. Nguyen also offers contact lens fittings.
Dry eye most commonly affects older adults and causes a chronic lack of proper lubrication on the surface of the eye(s). This painful condition can lead to serious consequences like eye irritation, inflammation, and scarring on the front of the eye. You can alleviate the symptoms of dry eye with artificial tears, a humidifier, omega-3 fatty acid supplements, and a warm compress. You should avoid wind (even from a fan) and cigarette smoke and give your eyes a break when watching TV or reading.
The cornea is a dome-shaped tissue that sits on the surface of your eye and helps focus your vision by filtering light through five distinct corneal layers. Unfortunately, this complex tissue is susceptible to several diseases, including dry eye. Other conditions include:
Keratitis is the inflammation of the cornea and is most often caused by an injury like a scratch but can also be caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites.
Keratoconus alters the shape of the cornea and causes it to bulge forward which makes your vision extremely blurry. This can be treated with corneal cross-linking, intacs, or a corneal transplant.
Fuch’s Dystrophy progresses over time and causes endothelial cells to gradually die off. As these cells die off, fluid builds up in the cornea and can cause blindness. This disease can be treated with DMEK, a procedure that replaces the outer layer of the cornea.
Pterygium is a fleshy growth on the surface of the cornea caused by excessive UV exposure. It may be harmless but can grow and cause vision problems. Depending on the size of the pterygium, it can be treated with steroid eye drops or lubricants but may need surgery for larger growths.
The retina is located at the back of the eye and receives light from the cornea, which is translated into visual cues. Floaters, macular degeneration, macular pucker, retinal detachment, and diabetic retinopathy are all common retina problems you may encounter. These can be treated with LASIK or other forms of laser surgery like PRK, freezing treatment, scleral buckle, or vitrectomy.
Glaucoma permanently damages the optic nerve and is often not detectable until vision loss has already occurred. Those at risk for glaucoma are people over the age of 60, those who have other medical conditions like diabetes or heart disease, and those who have had physical trauma to the eye. Glaucoma can be treated with eye drop medication, laser surgery, and more traditional surgery methods.
McLean was named after John Roll McLean, the former owner of The Washington Post. McLean’s population of about 48,566 is largely made up of members of Congress, military members, diplomats, and other high-ranking government officials. This is unsurprising considering its central location between Washington D.C., the Pentagon, and the Central Intelligence Agency. McLean, VA was even the home of George Washington! With a poverty rate of 2.6% and beautiful neighborhoods bordered by nature preserves, McLean is one of the best cities to live in Virginia.