Medical Services

West Coast Eye Care is happy to provide comprehensive, complete eyecare. All of our doctors and optometrist are well-trained experts in their specialties.

Our experts at WCEC are trained in the latest refractive procedures and technology and will work with you to find the right treatment.

Cataract Surgery

Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, also known as LASIK surgery, is the most frequently performed laser vision correction procedure. The surgery takes only 5 to 10 minutes, leaving minimal discomfort, a short recovery time, and almost immediate results.Cataract surgery can also be thought of as a lens replacement surgery. Everyone is born with an anatomical lens located behind the iris (colored portion of the eye). Over time, that lens grows thicker and changes shape and color. This is a natural part of aging, and everyone will develop one cataract in each eye if he or she lives long enough. As the cataract becomes significant, vision begins to deteriorate. Most often, night vision is affected first. Patients will complain of difficulty driving at night secondary to glare and halos. Also, patients will have difficulty reading and seeing in low light conditions. When these symptoms start to occur, it may be time to consider cataract surgery

Most sight-threatening diabetic problems can be prevented by laser treatment if it is given early enough. It is important to realize however that laser treatment aims to save the sight you have - not to make it better. The laser, a beam of high intensity light, can be focused with extreme precision. So the blood vessels that are leaking fluid into the retina can be sealed.!

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States, especially for older people. But loss of sight from glaucoma is preventable if you get treatment early enough. Eye drops, pills and laser and surgical operations are used to prevent or slow further damage from occurring. With any type of glaucoma, periodic examinations are very important to prevent vision loss. Because glaucoma can worsen without your being aware of it, your treatment may need to be changed over time. Medicines: Glaucoma is usually controlled with eye drops taken several times a day, sometimes in combination with pills. These medications decrease eye pressure, either by slowing the production of aqueous fluid within the eye or by improving the flow leaving the drainage angle.

Tear production normally decreases as we age. Although dry eye can occur in both men and women at any age, women are most often affected. This is especially true after menopause.

Dry eye can also be associated with arthritis and accompanied by a dry mouth. People with dry eyes, dry mouth and arthritis are said to have Sjogren's syndrome.

A wide variety of common medications - prescription and over-the-counter - can cause dry eye by reducing tear secretion. Be sure to tell your ophthalmologist the names of all the medications you are taking. Eye drops called artificial tears are similar to your own tears. They lubricate the eyes and help maintain moisture.

Cosmetic Procedures and Ocuplastics

Oculoplastic surgery is the ophthalmology subspecialty that focuses on the structures around the eyes, including eyelids, brows, orbits, forehead and cheeks. Drs. Heher, Kapadia, and Callahan perform reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, as well as minimally invasive treatments with Botox and facial fillers. Many patients have medical conditions that are covered by insurance, while others have aesthetic concerns which are considered cosmetic in nature. See below for more information.

The medical term for drooping of the upper eyelid. Ptosis can give the eye a "deflated football" or "sleepy eye" appearance and can affect one or both eyes.

Pseudoptosis is the medical term where excess skin encroaches on the eyelid. This condition is evident when a patient does not have a crease all the way across and the skin of their eyelids touch their lashes.

Anyone, at any age, can have an obstruction that blocks his or her tear ducts. As we grow older, many things can cause a tear duct to become blocked. Some common causes are polyps, inflammation, infection, and trauma. A broken nose is a common cause of an obstruction. In some cases, the blockage can be a side effect of certain medications. Although an infection can cause a blocked tear duct, a blocked tear duct from any cause can also lead to infection - infection that can become chronic if the obstruction isn’t removed. This is because bacteria can accumulate and grow in the stagnant tears that collect in the blocked duct.

If an infection is not the cause of blocked tear ducts, surgery may be an option.