EYE HEALTH

EYE HEALTH TOPICS

Eye Health2018-05-31T09:29:15+00:00

We are here to help with regular exams, diagnosing and treating serious eye conditions, and assessing your overall health.

Periodic eye and vision examinations are an important part of preventive health care. Many eye and vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms. As a result, individuals are often unaware that problems exist. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye and vision problems are important for maintaining good vision and eye health, and when possible, preventing vision loss.

Astigmatism is a vision condition that causes blurred vision due to either the irregular shape of the cornea or sometimes the curvature of the lens inside the eye. Most people have some degree of astigmatism, but larger amounts can cause distorted or blurred vision, eye discomfort, and headaches.

Depending on the amount of astigmatism present, eyeglasses or contact lenses may be used for correction.

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging. Cataracts are very common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery.

Cataracts generally form very slowly. Signs and symptoms of a cataract may include:

  • Blurred or hazy vision
  • Reduced the intensity of colors
  • Increased sensitivity to glare from lights, particularly when driving at night
  • Increased difficulty seeing at night
  • Change in the eye’s refractive error
Conjunctivitis, commonly called pink eye, is a common eye disease that may be caused by a viral or bacterial infection or allergies.

People with conjunctivitis could have some of the following symptoms:

  • A gritty feeling in one or both eyes
  • Itching or burning sensation in one or both eyes
  • Excessive tearing
  • Discharge coming from one or both eyes
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Pink discoloration to the whites of one or both eyes
  • Increased sensitivity to light

Conjunctivitis is treated differently depending on its cause. It is important for contact lenses wearers to discontinue use of their lenses until the condition is cleared. Practicing good hygiene to prevent the spread of conjunctivitis is a necessity.

Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders leading to progressive damage to the optic nerve and is characterized by loss of nerve tissue resulting in loss of vision.

The exact cause of glaucoma is unknown and can usually be treated with prescription eye drops. In some cases, systemic medications, laser treatment, or other surgery may be required.

Hyperopia, commonly known as farsightedness, is the vision condition in which distant objects are usually seen clearly, but close ones do not come into proper focus. Common signs of being farsighted include difficulty in concentrating and maintaining a clear focus on near objects, eye strain, fatigue and/or headaches after close work, aching or burning eyes, irritability or nervousness after sustained concentration.

Mild cases of farsightedness may be able to be compensated without corrective lenses. In other cases eyeglasses or contact lenses will be prescribed.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration is the gradual loss of ability to see objects clearly. Objects could appear distorted in shape, loss of clear color vision or dark or empty area appears in the center of vision. The central vision that is lost to macular degeneration cannot be restored. However, low vision devices, such as telescopic and microscopic lenses, can be prescribed to maximize existing vision.
Myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness, is a vision condition in which close objects are seen clearly, but objects farther away appear blurred.

Nearsightedness is a very common vision condition affecting nearly 30 percent of the U.S. population. Generally, it first occurs in school-aged children but may also develop in adults due to visual stress or health conditions such as diabetes.

Eyeglasses or contact lenses are commonly prescribed to correct nearsightedness.

Presbyopia is a vision condition in which the crystalline lens of your eye loses its flexibility, which makes it difficult for you to focus on close objects.

Presbyopia is the natural part of the aging process of the eye and usually becomes noticeable in the early to mid-40s.

Signs of “aging eyes” include blurred vision, holding reading materials at arm’s length, eye fatigue, and headaches. Presbyopia cannot be prevented, but bifocals, reading glasses, trifocals, or contact lenses may be prescribed to help compensate for the aging eye.

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