Conjunctivitis, most commonly known as “pink eye” is an inflammation of the white of the eye. It is due to the surface blood vessels becoming enlarged and more numerous. There are several different causes of conjunctivitis, most of them treated with simple eye drops. However, other more serious conditions may look like conjunctivitis, so it is best to have an eye exam to check it out.
Cataracts & Cataract Surgery
Cataracts are a clouding of the normally clear lens inside the eye. Cataracts are more common as we grow older but sometimes may be due to injury or to diseases such as diabetes and can be easily detected during an eye exam. Cataracts can be cured with painless, quick, outpatient surgery.
Macular degeneration is another common eye condition seen as we grow into our later years. Macular degeneration can be hereditary but life style may be a factor as well. Macular degeneration is diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam. ARMD, as it is commonly termed, may exist in “dry” or “wet” forms and in many cases may be helped with medications, laser or sometimes with eye surgery.
Diabetes / Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetes is well known and unfortunately is becoming a much more common disease and can be hereditary. Diabetes affects almost all of our organ systems including the eyes. Diabetic changes in the eyes can be very mild but in severe cases it may cause blindness due to hemorrhages or scar tissue inside the eye and may also cause cataracts and certain types of glaucoma. Diabetic eye changes are often detected during comprehensive eye exams.
Glaucoma is an eye condition in which the eye pressure is too high. There are several types of glaucoma but the most common form is called “Chronic Primary Open Angle Glaucoma” (COAG). It is mostly seen after age 40 but can also be seen in younger individuals. Glaucoma is most often treated with eye drops to lower the eye pressure. A comprehensive eye exam includes measurement of eye pressures and if increased pressure is measured, other tests are usually done to confirm and determine which treatment is best.
“Latisse” is a new eye beauty product for enhancing eyelashes by making your eyelashes thicker, darker and fuller than before. Latisse is prescription only and available through your medical eye doctor. It is applied once a day, after your final facial cleansing to the upper row of eyelashes. Results may vary but typically darker, fuller and more robust eyelashes will appear within 30 to 60 days.
For those patients interested in contact lens, additional measurements are necessary to determine the best ?t and vision and type of contact lens. Our clinic ?ts all types of contact lens including soft lens, gas permeable (RGP) contact lens, contact lens for astigmatism and colored contact lens.
Colored Contact Lens
Whether you are near sighted, farsighted or have no eyeglass prescription at all, colored contact lens can change your appearance and add an exciting new fashion statement to your appearance. These soft and comfortable contact lens come in a variety of attractive colors that will change your eye color. The contact lens are designed to look natural and are easy to insert and remove and to care for. Call our office for an eye exam to ensure you are a good candidate for these contact lens. After your exam, we will prescribe the colored contact lens. Our expert staff will train you in the proper care and wearing routine.