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Flashers and floaters
Glaucoma is an eye disease that results in early loss of your peripheral vision. Glaucoma is common in people over the age of 35, affecting 2 out of every 100 people.
There are several risk factors that can contribute to the development of glaucoma, including high pressure in the eye, age, diabetes, sleep apnea and more.
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Prevention and early detection by scheduling comprehensive annual eye examinations is the best way to determine if you are developing glaucoma. While being examined, we can determine your intraocular pressure, examine your visual field and evaluate your optic nerve.
Unfortunately, once diagnosed with glaucoma, existing damage to the optic nerve cannot be reversed. Glaucoma treatment is specifically designed to help prevent any further damage from occurring. Glaucoma is most often treated by reducing the pressure inside the eye, through the use of medication or surgery.
Dry eye syndrome is the most common form of ocular irritation in people over the age of 50.
Dry eye causes irritation and can result in sandy or scratchy sensations in the eye. Dry eye syndrome can also cause burning or stinging sensations and eyes can outwardly appear red with the possibility of intermittent blurry vision.
Comprehensive eye examinations can help determine if a patient is suffering from dry eye syndrome. Specially formulated eye drops, also called artificial tears, are the most common form of treatment. Prescription drops from Restasis can be prescribed for cases of moderate
to-severe dry eye syndrome. The insertion of tiny plugs into the tear drainage canal in the inner corner of each bottom eyelid can also help in the most severe instances.
Under normal circumstances, the human eye lens is clear and allows light to pass through and focus on the retina. However, cataracts result in clouding of the lens inside the eye, which causes a noticeable difference in a patient's vision.
Normal cataracts are simply a part of the natural aging process. If a patient's vision is reduced to 20/50 or worse, that person becomes a possible candidate for cataract surgery to help correct the issue. By creating very small incisions, cataract surgery allows most patients to have their vision restored to normal or near-normal levels.
In most cases, floaters and flashes in our field of vision are typical, yet harmless signs of
aging. However, in some situations, they can be indicative of a serious eye problem in
need of treatment.
Flashes often appear like lightning streaks at night and can occur when your eyes are open or closed. Flashes often come and go and generally occur in only one eye at a time. Flashes are the result of the collapse of the normal fluid inside your eyes and can tear your retina, resulting in a detached retina.
Retinal tears are commonly treated using laser surgery; however, a detached retina is very serious and will require hospital surgery to correct it. We recommend any patient experiencing a sudden onset of flashes and floaters to have a dilated eye examination to help determine their cause.
Macular degeneration is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss for senior citizens. The macula is the anatomical part of the eye that gives us central reading vision. Any damage to the macula can result in the possible loss of your central vision.
Because a person's peripheral vision is not affected, patients suffering from macular degeneration don't become completely blind and most patients are able to function well in environments that are familiar to them. Most cases of macular degeneration develop after the age of 50 and roughly 90% of cases have no leakage of fluid in the macula, which is referred to as dry form macular degeneration.
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We've included some helpful information about some of the eye conditions we can assist with at Golden Eye Clinic. If you are experiencing any of the conditions mentioned below or have questions regarding your personal eye care, call 936-598-8501 and let us know how we can help.
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The number of people with diabetes is growing and in the United States, 12 million people have some form of diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy is a diabetes complication that affects the retina.
There are two types of retinopathy — background diabetic retinopathy and proliferative diabetic retinopathy.
Proliferative diabetic: The lack of oxygen in the retina leads to leakage and rupture of new
blood vessels. The leakage of blood into the eye can shrink and pull at the retina, resulting in a detached retina. If not treated and monitored, it can lead to blindness. Diabetic patients need annual dilated retinal exams. In most cases, diabetic retinopathy can be treated with laser surgery.