Cataracts

Your eye lenses are made up of proteins and fluids that allow light to pass through the lens and focus on the retina. Over time, the proteins can start to clump together and impede your vision. This is a natural process that occurs slowly over time. In fact, many people will suffer from slowly deteriorating vision for years and not realize that cataracts are to blame. This is a common condition.

Symptoms of cataracts include:
• Blurry vision
• Dull colors
• Glare from sunlight or lamps
• Glare while night driving
• Blindness (if left untreated)

After the clouding begins, it is impossible to return the lens to its original clear state with medications. Cataract surgery is the only way to improve your declining vision when you have cataracts.

If your vision has changed and you feel cataracts might be to blame, contact The Eye Care Clinic today to schedule a Cataract Consultation.

Dry Eye

Dry eye syndrome is caused by a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye.
The human tear film is complex, consisting of an aqueous (watery) layer with a thin lipid (oily) layer on top to retard evaporation and a thin mucous (sticky) layer underneath to help it adhere properly to the surface of the eye. Each of the three layers has a different source, and disruption to any one or more of the three tear film layers may interfere with the process of routine lubrication of the eye surface. These disruptions, if prolonged, may cause one of the conditions that fall into the "dry eye" bucket.

Persistent dryness, scratchiness, eye redness, "foreign body sensation," a burning sensation, and watery eyes are common symptoms of dry eyes.

If you are experiencing any, or all, of these symptoms please schedule a consultation. The Doctors at The Eye Care Clinic have received extensive training in dry eye treatment and management. They will perform specialized testing to determine the origin of your dry eye and develop a treatment plan according to your specific type of dry eye.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is vision-threatening damage to the retina of the eye caused by diabetes. It is the leading cause of blindness among working-age Americans. Yet, many cases could be prevented with regular eye exams and appropriate treatment.

Diabetes causes abnormal changes in the blood sugar that your body ordinarily converts into energy to fuel different bodily functions. Uncontrolled diabetes allows unusually high levels of blood sugar to accumulate in blood vessels, causing damage that hampers or alters blood flow to your body's organs — including your eyes.

During an eye examination, your eye doctor will look for other signs of diabetic retinopathy and diabetic eye disease. Signs of eye damage found in the retina can include swelling, deposits and evidence of bleeding or leakage of fluids from blood vessels.

Macular Degeneration

The macula is a small area in the retina at the back of the eye that allows you to see fine details clearly and perform activities such as reading and driving.

Macular degeneration is the deterioration or breakdown of the macula, or the area of your retina that allows you to see fine details clearly. Macular degeneration reduces vision in the central part of the retina; however, it does not affect the eye's side or peripheral vision.

There are generally two types of macular degeneration: dry and wet. The dry type may or may not affect your vision, and the worsening of vision is generally slower and milder. The wet type of macular degeneration tends to be more rapidly progressive with a more severe loss of central vision.

If you have one or more close blood relatives with macular degeneration (mother, father, brother, sister, etc.) you are more likely to develop macular degeneration. A regular eye exam that includes detailed examination of the retina is recommended to detect any possible early disease so appropriate treatment actions can be taken.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a disease that damages the optic nerve. Glaucoma has been called the "silent thief of sight" because there are no warning signs until significant nerve damage and vision loss has occurred and half of patients that have glaucoma are not aware of it.

As the optic nerve degenerates, blind spots develop in the peripheral (side) vision which usually go unnoticed until the late stages of glaucoma. The most common cause of nerve damage is high intraocular pressure, or high eye pressure. Once the nerve is damaged, it cannot be replaced or repaired. With early detection and proper treatment, total blindness from glaucoma is uncommon.

Unfortunately most glaucoma has no noticeable early symptoms. Vision loss usually takes years to progress to the point someone can notice the blind spots.

Most glaucoma treatments are aimed at consistently lowering intraocular pressure. Eye drops, oral medications, laser treatment and surgery can be used to lower intraocular pressure. These treatments do not "cure" glaucoma, but help control the disease.

The Doctors at The Eye Care Clinic are experienced in the treatment of all stages of glaucoma. We use the most advanced technology available to detect and diagnose glaucoma and the latest medications to preserve your vision. We are available for consultation, seconds opinions and management of your glaucoma.