Dry Eye is more than just uncomfortable. It is a chronic, progressive eye disorder with many treatment options. The majority of the cause of dry eye is inflammation in the oil glands (meibomian glands) of the eyelids. This inflammation leads to blockage of oil production, which leads to eventual oil gland destruction. We take a holistic approach to truly restore oil gland function and relieve symptoms. Call to schedule your dry eye assessment today!
If you've been diagnosed with diabetes, your primary care doctor has likely recommend close monitoring of your eyes. This is because eye disease related to diabetes is the number one cause of vision loss in working-aged adults. High blood sugar can affect every part of the eye, but the most common changes we see are in the retina. During a diabetic eye exam we use multiple methods to look for tiny bleeds and other vision threatening blood vessel changes.
Glaucoma is a silent eye disease. It is a condition in which your optic nerve is damaged, typically due to gradual eye pressure increases, leading to permanent vision loss. You typically won't feel glaucoma or notice the subtle vision loss until damage is extensive. If we are suspicious that you may be at risk to develop this disease, we would schedule you for further testing. This testing includes: checking how thick your corneas are, double checking your eye pressure, looking at how open your drainage angles are, checking your optic nerve thickness, and measuring any amount of vision loss. If we ever found changes, we would begin treatment and monitor for change over time.
Macular degeneration is the breakdown of the macula, which is the area of the retina responsible for your fine, detailed central sight. This is typically a disease related to aging, but it also has many lifestyle risk factors. If we ever detected changes in your macula, we would get an ultrasound of that part of the eye, and follow up on a more frequent basis to watch for vision threatening complications.
Specialty contact lenses are for patients who have scarring of the cornea, have dry eye, or just need sharper vision than traditional contact lenses allow. There are special lenses for those with keratoconus, corneal scarring, previous cornea injury and severe dry eye. Specialty contact lenses can also help patients who have experienced contact lens intolerance with traditional lenses.
"Myopia control" is the term used to describe specific treatments to slow the progression of nearsightedness in children. Myopia control measures can include over-night wear of corneal retainers called ortho-keratology, full daytime wear of specialized soft contact lenses, or the use of eye drops daily.