The Optometrists at Family Vision Center are specially trained to diagnose, treat, and monitor the diseases of the eye. Our doctors prescribe medications for infections, inflammations, pain, dry eyes, glaucoma, allergies and more. Family Vision Center also works with the area’s top specialists and surgeons in case you need a referral. Whether we detect the disease or it has been previously diagnosed, our highly experienced staff will provide you with the proper treatment and professionalism you deserve.
To save time and ensure a thorough exam, please inform the office of any diseases you currently know about when you make the appointment. We also request that patients bring in a list of any medications they are taking at the time of the appointment.
Common eye diseases that Family Vision Center will diagnose, manage, and treat are:
- Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy, causing distorted or blurry vision. Many factors can cause cataracts, and the earlier it is detected can make corrective surgery more successful.
- Glaucoma actually refers to a group of eye conditions that result in optic nerve damage, which may cause vision loss. It is usually caused by high pressures inside the eye. The loss of vision can be gradual and not always noticeable to the patient – it is referred to as the “silent theft of sight.” Early diagnosis and treatment is vital in order to minimize optic nerve damage and vision loss.
- Diabetic Retinopathy is a complication of diabetes and can affect anyone with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. It can affect the eyes because it damages blood vessels in the retina (back of the eye). It may present with no symptoms at first, but can result in blindness.
- Dry Eye occurs when your tears don’t provide enough moisture for your eyes There can be many reasons for this, from not producing enough tears or producing poor-quality tears. This condition can be very uncomfortable to patients, who often feel stinging and burning in their eyes. Treatment can include lifestyle changes or eye drops. Family Vision Center is proud to offer the latest dry eye treatment available to our Evaporative Dry Eye patients, Lipi-Flow. This thermal pulsation treatment helps clear blocked meibomian glands, allowing them to produce more of the oils needed for a healthy tear film.
- Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is the inflammation of the outermost layer of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids – called the conjunctiva. It can be caused by an infection or an allergic reaction. It rarely affects the vision, but can uncomfortable for patients.
- Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) is a major cause of blindness and visual impairment in older adults. It is caused by damage to the macula (small spot in the eye near the center of the retina), which is the area needed for central vision. The most common symptom is a blurred are in the center of vision.
- Retinal Detachment is an emergency condition in which the retina (layer of tissue in the back of the eye) has pulled away from the layer beneath it, which provides it with nourishment – leaving the retinal layer lacking oxygen. Flashing lights and floaters can be initial signs of a detachment or tear in the retina. Early diagnosis and repair is vital and urgent in order save your vision.
- Keratitis is the inflammation of the cornea (the front part of the eye). The condition can present with moderate to intense pain and usually involves impaired vision. Early diagnosis is important, and treatment will depend on what caused the keratitis but often includes antibacterial, antifungal or antiviral therapy.
- Hordeolum, or a sty, is a red, painful lump near the edge of your eyelid – it may look like a boil or pimple. They are often filled with pus, and will usually disappear on its own in a few days. To ease the pain and discomfort of a sty, a warm washcloth can be applied to your eyelid.
- Chalazion,also known as meibomian gland lipogranuloma, is a cyst on the eyelid that is caused by inflammation of a blocked gland, usually on the upper eyelid. It is different than a sty in that it points inside the lid. Symptoms can include swelling of the eyelid, eyelid tenderness and increased tearing.
- Blepharitis is also an inflammation that affects the eyelids, usually affecting the areas where the eyelashes grow. It is commonly caused by tiny oil glands that malfunction near the base of the eyelash. While it may be uncomfortable and/or unattractive, it doesn’t cause damage to your vision.
- Posterior Vitreous Detachment occurs when the vitreous membrane separates from the retina. This condition is common in older adults – 75% of those over 65 develop it. Symptoms include flashes of light and floaters in the eye. Treatment is often only necessary if it is associated with retinal tears.
- Uveitis is the inflammation of the uvea, which is the middle layer of the eye, which consists of the iris, choroid and ciliary body. Inflammation of the iris is the most common form of uveitis. It can be serious and lead to permanent vision loss, so early diagnosis and treatment are important.
*This is not a complete list of all the eye diseases treated in our office; they are just the more common eye diseases.