Co-Management Care

Drs. John Lee and Landon Wallace provide co-management services for refractive surgery, retinal disease, corneal transplants and keratoconus. Co-managed care allows patients to continue to receive the high-quality care they depend on from East Memphis Optometry in conjunction with an experienced ophthalmologist for their eye care procedures.

Co-managed care offers patients the benefit of two certified doctors monitoring, evaluating and treating their condition. Each doctor specializes in different elements of eye care, but join together with the shared goal of preserving, correcting and maintaining your vision and eye health. Ophthalmologists focus on the structure and function of the eye, while also treating diseases, injuries and other conditions. Optometrists specialize in the range and power of vision, as well as thorough vision correction prescription services. Together, patients can receive full, dedicated care for all of their eye and vision needs.

Drs. Lee and Wallace work with several ophthalmologists to provide patients with comprehensive eye care from a team of skilled professionals. These patients usually see Dr. Lee or Dr. Wallace for an initial evaluation of their condition, as well as any pre-operative care required prior to treatment. The ophthalmologist then performs the procedure, which may include corneal transplant, laser surgery, photocoagulation, LASIK vision correction and others.

Our doctors resume care after surgery and provide long-term follow-up services to help patients maintain healthy eyes and clear vision. Drs. Lee and Wallace are also available throughout the process to address any questions or concerns patients may have and ensure that patients remain comfortable and fully educated.

Co-Managed Retinal Disease

The retina is a thin sheet of nerve tissue in the back of the eye where light rays are focused and transmitted to the brain. Problems with the retina, such as retinal tears and detachment, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and infection, can lead to vision loss and blindness. Treatment for these conditions aims to preserve vision and prevent the condition from worsening through regular exams and certain medications.

When conditions progress and require surgical treatment, Drs. Lee and Wallace refer patients to an ophthalmologist, who will provide the necessary treatment after evaluating the patient's individual condition. Drs. Lee and Wallace continue to provide post-operative and long-term care for patients with retinal conditions.

Co-Managed Corneal Transplant

Corneal transplant, also known as keratoplasty, is performed to treat a cornea that is too steep or flat to correct with other treatments, or when extensive damage has occurred due to disease, infection or injury. Transplantation involves replacing the damaged cornea with a healthy one from a donor.

Patients will be seen by Dr. Lee or Dr. Wallace after treatment to ensure that the eyes heal properly with the help of antibiotic and steroid eye drops. Vision improvement should be noticeable within the first two weeks after surgery, which will be monitored by Dr. Lee or Dr. Wallace during a series of follow-up appointments.

Co-Managed Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease in which the normally round cornea thins and begins to bulge into a cone-like shape. The cornea is the clear, central part of the surface of the eye, which may deflect light and cause distorted vision in patients with this condition. If left untreated, patients with keratoconus may experience blurred vision, nearsightedness and a glaring sensitivity to light.

Early stages of keratoconus can be treated with eyeglasses or soft contact lenses, which are provided by Dr. Lee or Dr. Wallace, who also monitor the condition on a regular basis. As the disease progresses, gas-permeable contact lenses and collagen cross-linking may be needed. For severe keratoconus, Drs. Lee and Wallace will refer patients to an ophthalmologist, who may perform corneal transplant to treat this condition.

Co-Managed LASIK Surgery

LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a safe, reliable and painless way to improve vision and reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. LASIK changes the way light is bent, or refracted, as it passes through the cornea so that is focuses properly on the retina and objects can be seen clearly.

This procedure is performed using anesthetic eye drops and takes just a few minutes per eye.  Dr. Lee or Dr. Wallace provides post-operative care to ensure that patients achieve the results they desire from this procedure.

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