Which eye diseases do you treat & manage?
Glaucoma is an eye disease of the optic nerve. The pressure within the eye increases resulting in damage to the optic nerve.
Macular Degeneration is an eye disease which results in changes in the macula. Both environmental and genetic factors cause blurred and distorted central vision.
Vitreous Floaters & Flashes of Light
Changes in the composition of the vitreous or changes in the retina cause eye conditions called vitreous floaters and flashes of light. Call us ASAP if experiencing either of these.
Keratoconus is a disease of the cornea. Exact factors are unknown but thought to be both environmental and genetic.
Vitreous Floaters & Flashes Treatment
Currently, we are unable to treat vitreous floaters. They should be closely monitored as they could cause a retinal detachment. Additionally, Flashes of light are a symptoms of a possible retinal detachment. They should be monitored with a dilated eye exam. If a retinal detachment is detected, patients will be referred to the surgeon for evaluation and treatment.
Vitreous Floaters/Flashes Symptoms:
• Blurry vision
• Flashes of light
• Haziness that looks like gnats that move in different directions
Vitreous Floaters/Flashes Causes:
The vitreous can break down over time due to age, trauma or due to the eye's anatomy.
Patients with higher prescriptions may experience floaters earlier.
Flashes of light occur when the vitreous pulls on the retina. As this traction occurs, there is the possibility of a retina tear or retinal detachment. This should be closely monitored.
Depending upon the size and type of cataract, the cataract may be monitored or referred for extraction. Insurance has certain guidelines required for removal. Furthermore, the type of cataract determines the rate of growth and the degree to which it affects the vision and causes glare.
• Blurry vision
• Distorted colors
• Increased halo effect
First, certain medications like Prednisone and other steroids used to treat Asthma and auto-immune conditions like RA may cause cataracts to develop at a younger age and at a more rapid pace.
Second, exposure to UV throughout life leads to cataract development in our later years. Most sun exposure is before 21 years of age when the lens in the eye is not fully developed, and more UV is able to enter the eye.
Third, surgeries or other other medical conditions like Diabetes may cause cataracts to grow.
Lastly, some are born with congenital cataracts. These may or may not be removed. Each child must be evaluated individually.
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