Eye Disease Management at Eye Site
Our eyes are vulnerable to a variety of diseases. Some of these are acute in nature, while others develop as chronic, sight-stealing conditions. The good news is that you can watch out for these diseases and manage chronic problems before they rob you of significant amounts of your vision. Here at Eye Site, we provide ongoing eye disease detection and management to help you keep seeing your world as clearly and completely as possible.
Common Eye Diseases
Some eye diseases, including medical conditions such as pinkeye, can be the result of acute bacterial or viral infections that usually resolve themselves without causing lasting damage. Other conditions, such as dry eyes, are actually syndromes (collections of related symptoms) rather than diseases in their own right. The most worrying conditions are those that sneak up on you and gradually destroy the structures of your eyes, producing irreversible vision loss. These conditions include:
- Glaucoma - Glaucoma occurs when the optic nerves that send visual data to the brain are damaged. The usual culprit is high pressure inside the due to poor fluid drainage. Symptoms, which may take years to develop, begin with peripheral vision loss, followed by total vision loss.
- Cataracts - Cataracts commonly occur as you age, although diabetes, drugs, and excessive UV exposure may contribute. The lens of the eye becomes increasingly opaque, leading to blurred vision, loss of contrast, color distortion, eventual blindness.
- Macular degeneration - Another age-related ailment, macular degeneration, leads to blank spots or distortions in your central field of vision. This condition can eventually make you legally blind.
- Diabetic retinopathy - Uncontrolled diabetes can damage the blood vessels of the retina, causing blood leakage that robs you of your vision.
Expert Care from Our Optometry Team
The first step in eye disease management is early detection. Our optometry team can administer regular exams to catch the first signs of chronic eye disease. If we identify a problem, we will take immediate action to help you control it. In many cases, you may need to implement lifestyle changes such as a healthier diet, smoking cessation, or UV protection. Diabetics will often need to be more vigilant on managing their blood sugar. Medications can control most cases of macular degeneration and glaucoma, while corrective lenses can compensate for early-stage cataracts. If you need specialized care, we can refer you to the proper practitioner.
Call Our Katy or Houston Office Today
Safeguard your eyes against disease with the aid of your friends at Eye Site. Call our Houston (Memorial) or Katy office today to schedule an eye exam!