Focusing on Glaucoma

Glaucoma,  Drexel Hill PA Glaucoma is a widely studied family of eye diseases that affect millions of people in the world. It is currently the second leading cause of blindness. According to experts, nearly 80 million people in the world will be diagnosed with glaucoma by 2020. That’s isn’t very far away, and glaucoma can be a very serious eye disease to develop. For that reason, we want to discuss the nature of this condition and what may be done to prevent vision loss resulting from this silent disease.

How Glaucoma Progresses

Glaucoma should not be perceived as an eye condition; it needs to be known as a progressive disease process that could lead to blindness. Glaucoma begins with the deterioration of the retinal ganglion cells. The retina is the part of the eye that transfers light to the optic nerve. As cellular changes occur here, they can progress to the optic nerve over time.

Early stage glaucoma may cause undetectable vision loss in the nasal visual field, that which you would see if you were to look down toward your nose. As vision in this field gets distorted, other parts of the eye compensate for that loss. This makes it even more difficult to recognize the signs of glaucoma spontaneously.

Sometimes, glaucoma also raises the pressure inside the eye. This is referred to as intraocular pressure. Because ophthalmologists routinely measure intraocular pressure during eye exams, they are able to assess a person’s risk for glaucoma with this data. When increased risk has been identified, the eye doctor may want to closely monitor eye pressure and general eye health more closely.

Treating Glaucoma

Glaucoma treatment revolves around reducing pressure within the eye. By reducing pressure, the intraocular nerve is protected and supported in the optimal transference of light to the brain. To manage intraocular pressure, an ophthalmologist may prescribe certain medications. Several pharmaceutical drugs show promise in slowing the progression of glaucoma with prescribed use.

In our Drexel Hill, PA office, patients receive care that sees their immediate and their potential future needs. Comprehensive screenings can be performed to evaluate all structures of the eye and identify the risk or severity of glaucoma. With proper care, this eye disease doesn’t have to be such a threat to long-term eyesight.

Schedule a glaucoma consultation or comprehensive eye exam at (610) 789-6565.

Lymphatic Massage after Facelift Surgery Extends Beauty Benefits

Facelift Drexel Hill PA Facelift surgery remains a popular treatment option for adults who are interested in correcting various signs of aging. As medicine has advanced, facelift techniques have expanded. At the same time, they’ve become more refined and conservative. One used to be able to spot a facelift from a mile away. Ok, maybe only a few feet, but you get the idea. A person who had undergone a facelift tended to look tight or surprised; “windblown” was a term used to describe the results of the average facelift. Not anymore.

In our Drexel Hill office, patients can expect to receive considerate care from a board-certified ophthalmologist and surgeon who has trained with some of the most well-respected oculoplastic and cosmetic surgeons in New York City. Dr. Bedrossian performs mid-face lift procedures with an eye for detail and a goal of natural beauty. Additionally, our practice offers facial lymphatic massage service to patients who would like to maximize their healing process.

Massage after a facelift helps with:

  • Of course, the tissue manipulation of a facelift will lead to some postoperative soreness and tenderness. The gentle upward massage strokes of a lymphatic facial soothe the pain receptors that signal the brain to interpret discomfort. Massage also increases circulation through healing tissues, which reduces pain.
  • Lymphatic massage is all about moving lymph, a clear fluid that sits in tissues throughout the body. By moving lymph and fluid out of facial tissues, our specialized massage technique can help swelling to dissipate much more quickly.
  • After surgical incisions have closed and stitches have been removed or dissolved, massage around the incision area can soften skin, promote immunity, and inhibit the formation of tissue buildup and thickening. The incisions made for a mid-face lift are typically very small and discreet but scarring is still an expected side effect of surgery.
  • Recovery time. Lymphatic massage is exceedingly gentle with barely any pull on the tissue. However, by moving fluid and increasing circulation, lymphatic massage prevents the buildup of toxins and acids in healing tissue. Increased circulation also delivers maximum oxygen to the tissues to promote rapid healing.

Typically, lymphatic massage can only occur after the surgeon has cleared a patient for this service. Because we offer this massage right in our office, the entire process can be arranged without any hassle.

Learn more about facelift surgery and our lymphatic massage treatment to aid in healing. Call (610) 789-6565.

Are Under Eye Bags Dragging You Down?

Facial aging can present a number of concerns that go far beyond the lines and wrinkles we dreaded in early adulthood. More than a few creases or frown lines, one of the concerns that affect many adults is bagging under the eyes. Undereye bags can be a frustrating problem because it’s nearly impossible to hide them. Puffiness and sagging tissue make the face appear tired and older than a person’s biological age. What may be even worse is the way that undereye bags can make a person seem. According to studies, bagging around the eyes presents the perception that a person is not very healthy or energetic and even that they are angry or sad. In our Drexel Hill, PA office, we offer solutions to help patients send their undereye bags packing.

Non-Surgical Eye Treatments

Mild to moderate undereye bags may be treatable using non-surgical modalities such as dermal filler injections. In fact, this technique has become widely popular in recent years. Dermal fillers made from hyaluronic acid are ideal for the undereye area. These products work by binding to water molecules. The increase in water content beneath the skin adds volume where it is needed. In the case of undereye bags, volume as actually needed at the uppermost region of the cheeks, where tissue transitions to the undereye area. With just a few injections into this transitional space, the line called the tear trough can be plumped perfectly to smooth skin and disguise puffiness.

The use of dermal fillers for undereye bags is incredibly popular but that doesn’t mean it is right for everyone. In some situations, fillers can exaggerate the appearance of puffiness. To reduce the risk of an unsatisfactory outcome, it is beneficial to receive treatment from a board-certified physician with precise training in the use of filler products as well as familiarity with the structure of tissue around the eyes.


There are several reasons why eyelid rejuvenation surgery may be an ideal approach to undereye bags. Eyelid rejuvenation that focuses on the lower eyelids is called lower blepharoplasty. The outpatient procedure repositions and removes fatty tissue as needed before carefully trimming away excess skin. After a short recovery period of a week to 10 days, the face can look years younger and much friendlier.

You can refresh your face by focusing on undereye bags and we can help. To learn more about your nonsurgical and surgical treatment options, call (610) 789-6565.

3 Ways to Support Eye Health as You Age

Age has a way of provoking unwanted changes. For many of us, our vision is one of the first indicators that we are getting older. The bad news is that our biology naturally changes with time. The good news is that there are strategies that can be implemented to reduce the effects of aging. Here, we discuss a few simple ways that you can support optimal eye health as you age

National Diabetes Month: Your Eye Care Matters

Diabetes is a concerning health condition that affects nearly half of the adults in our country. When diabetes is a known health problem, proper eye care needs to take a place of priority. The fluctuations in blood sugar have a direct effect on overall eye health, affecting the integrity of ocular structures such as the retina and the eye’s lens

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