Surgical Services

Dr. Sheik, a fellowship trained corneal surgeon, specializes in small incision cataract surgery, refractive surgery, and corneal transplants.

He uses the latest in technology and techniques to provide his patients with the best possible visual outcomes.

Dr. Sheik operates in state of the art facilities at Lippy Surgery Center, North Mar Center, Warren, The Surgery Center of Howland, TMH Center for Surgery on Elm Road, and The Center for Refractive Surgery in Boardman.


Small Incision Cataract Surgery

Modern cataract surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, with patients going home the day of the surgery. The entire procedure takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

A small incision is made in the front of the eye to gain access to the cataract. Using ultrasound energy, in a process called phacoemulsification, the cataract is gently broken into small pieces while simultaneously being vacuumed out of the eye.

An artificial lens implant is then placed in the eye through the same small incision. This small incision, which measures approximately 3 millimeters, generally heals without the need for stitches. This means that the eye heals faster and patients can get back to their lives sooner.

The following presentation should help illustrate the benefits of the ReStor® implant. If you have further questions or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sheik, please contact our Surgery Coordinator, Monica, at 330-856-9944.

ReStor® Intraocular Lens Implant

Cataract and presbyopia are two extremely common visual problems that affect older individuals. Cataract is the clouding of the natural lens in the eye as we age. It causes a variety of visual disturbances including glare, haze, blurring, double vision, and difficulty reading. Presbyopia is the loss of ability of the natural lens to change shape to focus for different distances. It usually affects people in their early to mid 40s and requires the individual to use reading glasses for near vision.

The ReStor® Intraocular Lens Implant is designed to correct these two problems at once. It is meant to be placed in the eye after removal of a cataract. Until now, most lens implants provided good distance vision but did not correct near vision, and patients generally required reading glasses. The new ReStor® implant is a total vision solution and gives patients good distance as well as near vision. In patients that received the ReStor® implant, 80% reported “never” having to wear glasses, and 94% reported that they would choose the Restor® implant again.

Warren Ophthalmology Associates and Dr. Sheik are very pleased to be able to offer the ReStor® intraocular lens implant to its patients. Alcon, the company which makes the ReStor® implant, offered the lens only to select surgeons across the United States. Surgeons were required to demonstrate precise refractive results to qualify for use of this lens implant, and Dr. Sheik is the only ophthalmologist in Trumbull County to offer this lens implant.

Visit the ReStor® website for more info.

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Refractive Surgery

LASIK

Laser assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is a surgical procedure designed to decrease an individual’s dependence on glasses by correcting myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism. Though there is no guarantee that every patient will be able to “throw away” their glasses or contacts, most patients achieve excellent results and are extremely pleased.

A flap is created in the cornea using an instrument called a microkeratome. The flap is lifted and the cornea is reshaped using the excimer laser. The excimer is a “cool” laser which does not burn the corneal tissue, but rather removes microscopic amounts of tissue instantaneously. The flap is then repositioned and allowed to settle without the need for suturing. The procedure usually lasts approximately 5 minutes from beginning to end. Generally, both eyes are treated on the same day.

Patients who undergo LASIK generally heal faster and see better sooner than patients who undergo PRK. Final visual results, however, are comparable with the two procedures. Your surgeon will determine which procedure is best suited for your needs.

Patients who undergo laser refractive surgery will still find the need to use reading glasses once they are in their 40s. This can be avoided with the so-called “monovision” solution where one eye is treated for distance vision and one eye is treated for near vision, however, not all patients find this acceptable.

PRK

Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) is a procedure similar to LASIK. However, in PRK, there is no flap created in the cornea. Instead, the top layer of cells called the epithelium is removed. The excimer laser is then used to reshape the cornea. A bandage contact lens is then placed on the eye to allow the epithelium to heal in place. Variations of this procedure include LASEK and epi-LASIK where the epithelium is preserved and placed back in to position at the end of the procedure. Although there may be slightly more discomfort and the eye is slower to heal after PRK as opposed to LASIK, for certain patients, PRK is the recommended procedure. Your surgeon will be able to make this determination during the pre-operative evaluation and advise you accordingly.

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Corneal Transplant

The cornea is the normally clear covering of the front of the eye.

Corneal transplant surgery is for those patients whose cornea has become cloudy due to swelling or scarring causing a decrease in vision.

In this procedure, a circular disc of tissue is cut off the patient’s cornea and a new cornea, obtained from a human cadaver, is sutured into place. This surgery usually takes 60-90 minutes to complete.

The visual recovery is slow, and it can take up to a year for a patient to recover their vision fully. Glasses are usually required after this surgery for the best possible vision. Occasionally, a contact lens is required to obtain a satisfactory level of vision.

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