Eye disease of any kind should be taken very seriously. We are skilled in treating and monitoring a wide variety of eye diseases including:
Cataracts form within the lens of the eye. A cataract is an opacification or a discoloration of an otherwise clear structure. These normally occur with age, due to sun exposure, genetics, or systemic disease i.e. hypertension and diabetes. Cataracts can also be congenital, which tend to stay stable. Cataract changes can cause vision changes and can be managed with glasses and sometimes surgery.
Glaucoma occurs when there is too much fluid inside the eye and the intraocular eye pressure becomes too high. This increase in eye pressure can cause damage to the optic nerve over time. Optic nerve damage causes peripheral field vision loss. Risk factors include increased age, family history and ethnicity. Treatment is usually in the form of a pressure lowing eye drop but can also include surgery.
Conjunctivitis or Pink Eye
Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the conjunctiva, a clear layer of tissue overlying the white portion of the eyes. This inflammation can be related to allergies, bacteria, or a virus. Viral conjunctivitis is what we consider classic “Pink Eye”. To determine the exact cause and proper treatment of a pink or red eye an evaluation is necessary.
Diabetes is a disease that can cause damage to the smaller blood vessels throughout your body including your eyes, which can lead to retinal bleeding and edema. These changes should be monitored with a yearly retinal examination. These changes, if left undetected and untreated, can cause vision damage. The results of your examination will be coordinated with your primary care physician.
Dry Eye Syndrome
The cornea is constantly covered by a layer of tears. This tear layer is what keeps your vision clear and your eyes comfortable. When tear production is not optimal ocular discomfort occurs in the form of burning, stinging, itching. Treatment options range from over the counter to prescription drops and devices such as punctal plugs.
Blepharitis also known as inflammation of the eyelids can occur from external causes such as a dermatologic disorder (Rosacea) or an internal cause such as ocular allergies. Blepharitis can also lead to secondary lid issues like Hordeolum (Stye) or Dryness. Goal of treatment is to decrease lid inflammation and treat any secondary conditions with the appropriate providers.
The retina is the tissue that captures visual information and sends it to your brain via the optic nerve. The retina lines the inside of the eye. A detachment of this tissue would be similar to wallpaper falling off a wall. Retinal detachments can be preceded by smaller retinal defects that can be detected with regular retinal evaluations.
Macular degeneration is the breakdown of a retinal function that removes molecular waste. Retinal waste builds up over time in the form of drusen that can cause retinal atrophy or retinal bleeding leading to vision damage. Risk factors include increasing age, family history and UV exposure overtime. Early detection is vital to ensure proper treatment is provided.
We’ll keep your eye health in tip-top shape through regular eye health evaluations, communication, and education. Our goal is for you to leave our office happier and healthier.
Please call us now to setup an appointment or if you have an emergency related to an eye disease – 704-348-1500!