Detailed illustration of the retina.

Retinal Diseases

The retina is a thin tissue that lines the back wall of your eye. It is essential in capturing light and sending visual images to your brain. Retinal diseases can cause severe and sometimes permanent loss of vision. We treat a range of retinal conditions including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal tears/detachment, macular holes, and macular pucker. We use advanced laser and surgical techniques to treat many of these conditions.

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Illustration of cataracts; cloudy lens and healthy lens.

Cataracts

Cataract is a progressive clouding of the natural lens in the front of the eye, often as part of the aging process. As a cataract grows, it may cause progressive impairment of your vision. Dr. Barron offers surgery to remove the cataract and replace it with a custom intraocular lens (IOL). He offers several types of IOLs, including monofocal, toric, and premium lenses.

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Eye with glaucoma compared to a healthy eye.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a condition that can cause irreversible damage to the nerve that connects your eye to your brain. There are many different causes of glaucoma, which is often related to elevated eye pressure. Treatment is predominantly targeted at reducing the intraocular pressure to prevent vision loss. Treatment options include eye drops, laser procedures, eye surgery, or a combination of methods. Dr. Barron can screen you for glaucoma and provide the appropriate treatment, if needed.

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Healthy eye compared to an eye with diabetes retinopathy.

Diabetic Eye Disease

Chronic high blood sugar related to diabetes can damage the blood vessels in your eyes, particularly in the retina. These abnormal blood vessels can result in a number of complications including bleeding in the eye or accumulation of fluid in the central portion of your vision. Our doctors offer several types of treatment including laser, injections of medication into the eye, or surgery.

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Illustration of wet and dry macular degeneration.

Macular Degeneration

The center part of your retina is called the macula. Macular degeneration is a condition that causes damage to the macula, most commonly as an age-related change. It may causes progressive loss of the central vision. In more advanced stages, a blood vessel can grow into your macula and cause rapid vision loss. Our doctors are specialist in this condition. They can screen you for this condition and provide treatment if indicated.

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Young boy against a fence, seen through flashes and floaters.

Flashes and Floaters

Many people develop floaters (particles moving in vision) or flashes (bright lights in the field of vision) at some point in their life. There are a number of causes for these symptoms, most commonly as a result of the vitreous gel inside your eye separating from the retina as an aging change. This can put you at risk for a retinal tear or detachment. If you develop these symptoms, it would be important to have your eyes evaluated to ensure there is not a problem that could be a threat to your long term vision.

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Illustration of a tear in the retina.

Retinal Tears

A retinal tear or hole is an opening in the retina tissue at the back of your eye. It can develop as a result of an aging change to the eye, often in the setting of symptoms such as flashes or floaters. Some tears put you at risk of a retinal detachment, which can cause serious vision loss. If diagnosed early, our retina specialists can usually treat retinal tears with a laser procedure in the office to reduce your risk a retinal detachment.

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Illustration of a detached retina.

Retinal Detachments

A retinal detachment is a separation of the retinal tissue from the back wall of the eye. It can cause significant vision loss, if it is not treated in a timely manner. There are various causes of a retinal detachment including a retinal tear related to aging or as a complication of other retinal disease (e.g. diabetic retinopathy). Retinal detachments often require specialized surgery to repair. Our doctors are among the few surgeons in our region that are skilled in this type of surgery.

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Illustration of retinal vein occlusion.

Retinal Vein Occlusions

Retinal vein occlusions develop when the flow of blood to your retina is blocked. The most common risk factor is high blood pressure. This can cause sudden vision loss. There are a number of complications related to the occlusion including swelling in the retina (macular edema) or growth of abnormal blood vessels (neovascularization). These complications may be treated with injections of medications into the eye or laser.

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Illustration of common corneal diseases.

Corneal Diseases

The cornea is the clear tissue at the front of the eye that directs light into the eye. Various corneal conditions (e.g. injuries, infections, inherited disorders) can cause clouding or irregularity to the cornea and a decline in vision. There are a number of treatment options for these disorders ranging from drops to surgery. Dr. Barron is a fellowship trained corneal specialist and among the few surgeons in our region performing corneal transplant surgery.

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Layers of the eye.

Dry Eye

If your eye does not produce enough tears, or if the tears evaporate too quickly, you may suffer from dry eye. Dry eye can cause symptoms such as burning, redness, or irritation. There are various treatment options ranging from lubricating eye drops and medications to placement of plugs in your tear drainage ducts. Dr. Barron is a specialist in dry eye and can determine the best course of treatment to provide relief of your symptoms.

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Illustration of a healthy optic nerve.

Optic Nerve Disorders

The optic nerve plays a critical role in transmitting visual images from your eye to your brain. There are many different disorders affecting the optic nerve such as loss of blood flow, inflammatory conditions, or secondary effects of disorders of the brain. These disorders can cause profound vision loss and, in some cases, reveal a systemic disorder. Due to the seriousness of many of these disorders, it is important to have an experienced eye physician to detect these types of conditions. Dr. Barron and Dr. Fernandes are eye specialists with experience in managing these complicated conditions.

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Illustration of the zones/areas of eye trauma.

Eye Trauma

Eye trauma can cause serious injuries including scratches, bleeding, inflammation, or rupture of the eye. If you suffer an eye injury, it is important to seek immediate care, especially if your vision is affected. Without appropriate treatment, you could suffer severe or permanent vision damage. Our doctors are experienced in managing complicated eye injuries. In fact, we are the trusted Ophthalmologists for the Louisiana Tech Athletics programs.

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Foreign object in the eye.

Ocular Foreign Body Removal

If you believe that glass, metal, wood, or another object has become lodged in your eye, you should never try to remove it yourself. Doing so could seriously damage your eye. Our doctors can examine your eye under a microscope and safely remove the foreign body, if needed.

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