Healthier Vision Through Routine Eye Care
The first step towards detecting and managing eye disease is a routine eye exam. Our optometrists scan for common diseases during every comprehensive exam and can help provide treatment for many different conditions.
Eye disease can develop without warning signs or symptoms, so we use top-of-the-line diagnostic equipment to catch eye conditions in their early stages. You can trust that our team works hard to provide proper treatment and protect your vision.
We want to protect your sight and keep your eyes healthy for many years to come. Please contact us today for your next eye exam!
Common Eye Conditions & Diseases
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
The macula is the central part of the retina, and its primary function is providing clear, sharp detail in your central field of vision. Age-related macular degeneration occurs when the macula breaks down through the aging process.
There are two variations of AMD:
- Dry AMD: This condition occurs slowly as the macula thins over time, causing vision issues.
- Wet AMD: This condition occurs more quickly than dry AMD, and causes approximately 90% of AMD-related blindness. Wet AMD develops when abnormal blood vessels form underneath the retina, resulting in a leakage of fluid from the macula. Wet AMD requires immediate medical care.
Cataracts are a normal part of the aging process. Cataracts can “cloud” your eye’s ordinarily transparent lens as they become more solid and opaque with age. This clouding can severely impact your vision.
Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness globally, and some patients with diabetes have a higher risk of developing cataracts at a younger age.
Cataracts have many symptoms, such as:
- Cloudy vision
- Blurry vision
- Dimmed vision
- Worsening of night vision
- Light sensitivity
- Sensitivity to glare
- Needing brighter lights for reading
- “Halos” around lights
- Fading or yellowing color vision
Glaucoma is a group of diseases that progressively damage your optic nerve. It is often referred to as “the silent thief of sight” because of how slowly it can develop. Many patients don’t experience any symptoms until the advanced stages.
Symptoms of glaucoma vary depending on the type and stage of the condition.
Signs to watch for include:
- Patchy blind spots in your vision, frequently in both eyes
- Tunnel vision in later stages
- Severe and sudden headaches
- Eye pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blurred vision
- “Halos” around lights
- Redness in the eyes
Your routine comprehensive eye exam is the best defense against glaucoma. Optometrists cannot reverse vision loss caused by glaucoma, but they can slow the onset and prevent further damage if the condition is caught in its early stages.
The cornea should be shaped like a dome, but in some cases, it can slowly start to thin and take on a cone shape. This condition is called keratoconus. Keratoconus develops gradually, and its onset generally begins between the ages of 10 and 25.
Symptoms of keratoconus include:
- Visual distortion
- Light sensitivity
- Issues wearing contact lenses
- Sudden worsening of vision
- Frequent desire to change eyeglass prescriptions
You may recognize conjunctivitis by its notorious nickname, pink eye! Conjunctivitis is an infection of the transparent membrane that lines your inner eyelids and eyes. The inflamed vessels cause the eye to appear red or pink.
Bacterial or viral infections generally cause conjunctivitis, and it is very easily transmitted (Ask any elementary school teacher!) The recommended treatment will be affected by which type of conjunctivitis you’ve contracted.
- Redness or pinkness in one or both eyes
- Itchiness in one or both eyes
- Gritty feelings in one or both eyes
- Discharge in one or both eyes that forms a crust during the night
An Experienced Team At Your Side
Being diagnosed with eye disease can be life-changing, but our compassionate team is here to walk you through the next steps and provide treatment. We’ll do everything we can to help ensure your vision stays as healthy as possible. We’re in your corner!
We provide individualized treatment plans to help manage symptoms and preserve your eyesight. If you have concerns about your vision or want more information about eye diseases, call us to book your appointment.