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You depend upon your eyes to care for your family, cheer your team, drive safely, and do your work. At Mercy Clinic Ophthalmology Surgery Center in Springfield, MO, we are determined to help you see your best, so you can be your best.
Whether it’s surgery to remove cataracts, treatment for chronic conditions like glaucoma or LASIK laser vision correction, Mercy Clinic-Eye Specialists has the specialized physicians and advanced technology to treat a variety of eye disorders across all age ranges, including pediatric ophthalmology for children and adolescents.
Need a routine eye exam, fitting for contacts, or eyeglasses? Our optometrists and opticians will be glad to assist you at any of our locations. With some of the area's only subspecialty-trained ophthalmologists, the physicians at Mercy Clinic-Eye Specialists use the latest technology to treat and correct vision problems.
Mercy Eye Specialists also offer optometry services in Nixa, Ozark, and Lebanon.
We offer the area’s most advanced cataract care using precision laser systems that provide gentler, more accurate results and faster recovery. Our physicians have performed more than 10,000 laser cataract surgeries in the past three years. And we’re the only provider in the nation offering this option at the same cost as traditional cataract surgery.
The cornea is the clear part of eye in front of the iris and pupil. Treatment of a diseased or damaged cornea is typically done through corneal grafting or corneal transplants (replacing damaged tissue with donated tissue). Advances in microscope technology have enabled surgeons to get a better view of the surgical field during surgery, while advances in materials science have enabled them to use sutures finer than a human hair. Each of these advancements has improved the outcomes of corneal surgery.
Artificial corneal transplants are a newly emerging treatment option. Some patients don't respond favorably to donated corneal tissue but have shown great results working with artificial corneas.
Another key player in the success of cornea transplants are eye banks. These organizations are located throughout the world to coordinate the distribution of donated corneas to surgeons, as well as providing eyes for research. Advancements in removal and storage of donated tissue has allowed for improved outcomes.
Exciting research is also currently being fielded with stem cells to grow corneal tissue in the laboratory.
Decreased production of tears from your tear glands or changes in the composition of the tear fluid can cause dry eye. Dry eye can be broken down into two categories: inflammatory or non-inflammatory. Recent advancements allow us to test for the presence of the absence of inflammation.
Cross-linking is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that combines the use of UVA light and riboflavin eye drops to add stiffness to corneas which have been weakened by disease or refractive surgery. Cross-linking, which has been performed in Europe since 2003, is considered the standard of care around the world for keratoconus and corneal ectasia following refractive surgery.
Glaucoma is the term for optical nerve damage often resulting from increased pressure in the eye. In years past, one of the first glaucoma tests was an uncomfortable puff of air into the eye. Nowadays, this initial test can be done with an applanation tonometer. In this test, an eye drop is placed in your eye to numb it and then the doctor will touch an applanation tonometer to the front of each eye to manually measure the eye's pressure.
Allegretto Wave Laser
Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists - Ophthalmology - Surgery Center are on the forefront of LASIK technology. The industry leading Allegretto Wave laser is the standard of care for all LASIK patients. Utilizing wavefront-optomized technology, the laser takes into account the unique curvature of each individual's corneal shape, improving visual results and reducing nighttime glare.
The Allegretto Wave also tracks eye movement and makes adjustments 200 times per second. Each laser pulse is automatically checked three times and adjusted if necessary before it is delivered to the cornea. Each pulse is also non-overlapping increasing accuracy and safety.
z-LASIKZ-LASIC is an all laser LASIK procedure performed with the Ziemer FEMTO LDV Femtosecond Surgical Laser in conjunction with the Allegretto Wave excimer laser. This all-laser procedure utilizes the Ziemer laser for creating the flap and the Allegretto Wave laser for personalized laser vision correction. Used together, some of the best, most consistent outcomes have been achieved.
Cataracts and Vision Correction
Advancements in cataract surgery have been phenomenal. At one time, only cataract removal to eliminate vision cloudiness was possible. Nowadays, a lens replacement can be performed to improve vision after cataract removal. The ReSTOR artificial lens can address near, far, and even reading distance. Many recipients report not having to wear reading glasses after surgery.
Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists - Ophthalmology is one of the 1st four centers in the United States to receive the new Cassini Ambient laser upgrade. Cassini Ambient assesses ocular surface stability, measures the posterior cornea, and detects corneal irregularities using LED topography. This technology gives surgeons the ability to get measurements and diagnostics of the cornea faster, more efficiently, and with more accuracy to assess and manage corneal astigmatism during cataract surgery.
At Mercy, we offer comprehensive services to diagnose and treat a full range of conditions, including:
At Mercy, we offer compassionate care for a variety of treatment services, including: