Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management
Just like the rest of your body, your eyes can be subject to a variety of harmful diseases. Because these eye diseases can range in severity and may also get worse over time without proper eye disease management, it is important to try to diagnose an eye disease and get care in the earliest stages.
Diagnosing an Eye Disease
A comprehensive eye exam includes a series of different tests that can be used to identify several types of eye diseases such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, or diabetic retinopathy. Because some eye diseases have genetic components, our doctors may also ask you about your family history in order to ensure an accurate diagnosis.
In some cases, some of these diseases may not have any noticeable symptoms in the earliest stages, but the exam will often still be able to diagnose them. This early diagnosis can go a long way for your eye health in the future.
Eye Disease Treatment
While some eye diseases are not fully curable, early eye disease diagnosis and treatment may give you a better chance of slowing the progression or even controlling the disease. Sometimes even a few simple lifestyle changes can make a huge difference. Depending on your unique needs, the following diseases can often be managed or treated.
Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye is a common problem that involves a decreased production of tears. The risk of developing dry eye also increases with age. Fortunately, we offer dry eye care to help you manage and treat this eye disease.
Highly contagious, pink eye or conjunctivitis is an infection on the outer membrane of the eyeball. While it is typically minor, it can sometimes become more serious without proper care. If you are diagnosed with conjunctivitis, our doctors will provide you with treatment to help you speed up the recovery process.
Glaucoma includes a group of eye disorders that are characterized by progressive loss of vision. In some cases, glaucoma may also result in blindness. While there is no cure, there are several treatments to slow the progression of the eye disease.
A slowly developing disease, a cataract is when the lens of your eye become clouded and leads to blurry vision. When cataracts start to become more severe, surgery may be a viable option.
People with diabetes may also be at risk of vision loss because of damage to retinal blood vessels called diabetic retinopathy. For milder forms, this eye disease treatment includes managing diabetes, but more severe cases may require surgery.
These diseases can take many forms and may get progressively worse without care, so it is important to diagnose eye diseases and get treatment as soon as possible. If you are concerned about your eye health, contact our office today to make an appointment.