Dr. Charnetski is a member of the Wilkes University Alumni Board of Directors and an undergraduate Psychology major mentor at Wilkes. She is also a Board member of Step by Step, a member of the Kosciuszko Foundation and she volunteers for the Luzerne County SPCA. Dr. Charnetski’s main interests are in ocular disease and geriatric eyecare.
Dr. Toole completed her undergraduate studies at Wilkes University and received her Bachelor of Visual Sciences and Doctor of Optometry degrees from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Philadelphia PA. She served as vice president of the Betta Sigma Kappa Honor Society and upon graduating was the recipient of the Alumni Award.
Dr. DeMichele has participated in Health Fairs for various organizations and workplaces in the area. She also does volunteer work and fundraising for Yale Cancer Research, St. Judes Children’s Hospital, The American Cancer Society and MDA.
Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is the predecessor to LASIK. With PRK surgery, laser energy is applied directly to your eye’s surface, whereas LASIK requires the creation of a corneal flap. The recovery process between the two differs. We remove the epithelium layer during PRK, so it takes a couple of days for it to regenerate and cover your eye’s surface. During the first few days following surgery, you may experience visual haziness or an eye infection. However, there are still some noted benefits to PRK surgery, including:
Some patients are better suited for PRK versus LASIK to achieve their desired vision goals. To have your vision evaluated, contact us to schedule an appointment.
When our vision is functioning accurately, we see in 3D and can gauge range and distances better. The term binocular vision refers to when both eyes work together to produce a single and simultaneous image. When both eyes are not working together, it can cause numerous issues, including focus, eye movement control, eye-hand coordination problems, and more. At Northeastern Eye Institute, we have a dedicated Binocular Vision Center. If you believe you have a binocular vision problem, schedule a consultation with our binocular vision specialist.
Cataracts are extremely common, especially as we age. It’s estimated that around 91% of Americans aged 75 and over have a cataract. This condition is a natural clouding of your eye’s lens that makes your vision blurry. You don’t have to live with cataracts, though. They can be treated with either innovative laser surgery or an ultrasound-based extraction which one of Northeastern Eye Institute’s board-certified eye surgeons can perform at our state-of-the-art Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC).
Because your cornea is the “window to the eye,” it is at risk of developing various corneal disorders. It is exposed to light, touch, and other environmental factors. These disorders can cause some discomfort and affect your vision. Two of the most common corneal disorders are corneal abrasion and conjunctivitis.
With a corneal abrasion, you have an injury to your cornea’s surface. It could be caused by a contact lens, rubbing, your fingernail, and more. We can treat corneal abrasions with topical antibiotics that will help prevent infection. Conjunctivitis is often referred to as pink eye. Pink eye happens when the conjunctiva is irritated or inflamed, and blood vessels become enlarged, causing the eye to appear red.
Dry eye syndrome occurs much more frequently than people realize, affecting more than 30 million people across the country. It happens when your tear glands produce poor quality or quantity of tears. As your tears evaporate, you can be left with a variety of uncomfortable issues. It’s important to have your eyes checked for the underlying cause of your dry eyes so we can discuss the best course of treatment with you.
It’s natural for your eyelids to start drooping or look baggy as you age. Aside from making you look older, your eyelids and brows can become strained. Fortunately, Northeastern Eye Institute offers a variety of treatment procedures, including eyelid surgery. By removing excess fat and skin from your upper and lower eyelids, we can help you look younger. In some instances, your insurance may cover eyelid procedures provided you experienced some visual obstruction due to your drooping eyelids.
Getting your eyes checked regularly is crucial. At Northeastern Eye Institute, getting a general eye exam has never been easier. Plus, we have the region’s premier team of highly trained eye doctors, each of whom has years of experience diagnosing various eye conditions and diseases.
You should have an eye exam at least once a year. We have 15 different locations, so scheduling your eye exam with Northeastern Eye Institute has never been easier.
Your eyes have their own internal pressure, just like your body has blood pressure. The pressure in your eyes is called intraocular pressure (IOP). If this pressure increases to a dangerous level, it could damage your optic nerve. Your optic nerve is responsible for sending signals to your brain. If it’s damaged, you could have issues with your peripheral vision and perhaps even blindness if you don’t treat it early.
Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness, affecting millions of Americans. Even if you don’t lose your vision entirely, an increase in IOP can severely impair your vision. If you treat glaucoma early, it can minimize the damage. That’s why getting annual general eye exams are so important. We can check your eyes, including your IOP.
ASIK stands for laser vision correction surgery and is extremely popular. Over 40 million people around the globe have undergone LASIK. It’s also highly rated, with more than 96% of patients reporting successful results. Our LASIK surgeons have years of experience and are some of the most highly trained ophthalmologists. Our surgeons have performed thousands of successful laser vision correction surgeries. If you want to know more about LASIK, contact us to schedule an appointment. We can discuss your eye complaints and help you determine whether laser vision correction surgery is right for you.