Eye Disease Diagnosis & Treatment
Do you need help with cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, macular degeneration, or other eye problems?
For many of the most common eye diseases, such as the ones listed below, there are no early warnings, and the disease may develop slowly at first, progressing unchecked without your knowledge until you develop problematic symptoms. Keeping up with your eye exams is crucial to catching any disease early, enabling your eye doctor to make a timely diagnosis, and to develop the proper treatment and management plan.
With glaucoma, the optic nerve is damaged by high intraocular pressure, which can result in vision loss. Testing can determine if you have glaucoma, and what the cause is. Regular check-ups are necessary to monitor and control the progress of glaucoma. Treatments include eye drops, medication, or surgery.
Cataracts are very common, and occur when the lenses of your eyes go from clear to cloudy due to age, injury, sun damage, or certain diseases such as diabetes. Some typical symptoms include blurred vision, light sensitivity, difficulty seeing at night, needing brighter light than before to read. What you see may appear more yellowish or faded. There are ways to manage and slow the progress of cataracts, and early detection by your eye doctor is key to that. At some point, cataract surgery may be indicated.
Diabetes can affect any part of your body, including your eyes. With diabetic retinopathy, the blood vessels in your eyes become damaged, causing your retina to no longer sense light properly. It is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in adult Americans, but with early detection and treatment by your eye doctor, it can be controlled.
Another leading cause of blindness is macular degeneration. The central part of the retina is called the macula, and it is responsible for your central vision, what you see ahead of you when you are reading, driving, or saying hello to a friend. Macular degeneration is not yet curable, but the progress can be checked with early diagnosis and treatment.
Keep current with your eye exams for healthy vision.
Because eye disease is often not noticeable at first, only your optometrist can detect it in the early stages. The best chance to preserve your vision is to keep regular check-ups, so that if you do develop an eye disease, you and your doctor can create a timely management plan. For the best health of your eyes possible, please schedule an appointment with your doctor at Broadway Vision Source.