Advanced equipment and techniques for the best in eye care
Franciscan Healthcare - Munster uses state-of-the-art surgical equipment to perform a variety of complex eye surgeries including removal and glaucoma treatment. Ophthalmology patients benefit from our experienced team of physicians, nurses and technologists. Both adult and pediatric ophthalmology services are available.
Optometry and Ophthalmology
Whether you are looking for new glasses, need to be fitted for contacts, have a serious eye condition, or just need an eye exam, our optometrists and eye care associates at the Franciscan Hammond Clinic in Munster are here to offer you the highest quality eye care.
Full service eye care includes:
Our Department of Ophthalmology – also an eye care center through the Franciscan Hammond Clinic – is supported by optometrists to provide comprehensive eye care. Ophthalmologists differ from optometrists as they are eye care professionals who specialize in the medical treatment and surgical correction of many eye and vision problems. An ophthalmologist will commonly manage:
When Should I Get My Eyes Checked?
All children should have a vision screening around the time when they learn the alphabet, and then every 1 to 2 years afterward. Screenings should begin sooner if any eye problems are suspected.
Between ages 20 and 39:
- A complete eye exam should be done every 5 to 10 years
- Adults who wear contact lenses need yearly eye exams
- Certain eye symptoms or disorders may require more frequent exams
Adults over age 40 who have no risk factors or ongoing eye conditions should be screened:
- Every 2 to 4 years for adults ages 40 – 54
- Every 1 to 3 years for adults ages 55 – 64
- Every 1 to 2 years for adults age 65 and older
Depending on your risk factors for eye diseases and your current symptoms or illnesses, eye care professionals may recommend that you have exams more often.
Did you know?
Half of those with glaucoma are unaware they have it because the condition causes no pain or visual changes in its early stages.
Ophthalmology Surgery: Trabectome - Glaucoma Treatment
Glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness and affects more than four million Americans. Franciscan Healthcare - Munster was the first hospital in Indiana to purchase a minimally invasive ophthalmology surgery for glaucoma treatment called Trabectome.
Trabectome is an FDA-cleared device that removes glaucoma-causing tissue, improves natural drainage pathways of the eye and eliminates pressure safely without the aid of mechanical implants or shunts. The surgery is performed by an eye specialist using a small incision which does not leave a permanent hole or pocket in the eye wall, allowing patients to return home the same day. The Trabectome procedure, taking approximately 20 minutes, maintains a remarkably high success rate in reducing intraocular pressure (IOP) with minimum side effects.
Benefits of Trabectome
- Restoration of the eye's natural fluid balance
- Low patient risk
- Simpler than traditional therapies
- Low complication rate
- Easily combines with cataract extraction
- Safe, economical and effective
Should I see an eye specialist?
Many eye diseases can be treated more successfully if caught early. Use our DecisionAssist tool to help you decide whether or not to see an eye specialist.