Eye Conditions

Browse through our explanation of various eye conditions.  This is designed to help give our patients a better understanding of conditions that they may have been diagnosed with.

A cataract is a cloudy area in the normally clear lens of the eye. Depending upon its size and location, it can interfere with normal vision. Most normal cataracts develop in people over age 55. Some of the most frequent symptoms of an early cataract may be increased glare with night driving and increased sensitivity to bright lights during the daytime. Usually cataracts develop in both eyes, but one may be worse than the other. Reasearchers have linked eye-friendly nutrients such a lutein, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc to reducing the risk of certain eye diseases, including cataracts.
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One of the most devastating eye conditions. We now have treatments that can help manage Macular Degeration and slow the progress!!   (more)...
The leading cause of BLINDNESS in the United States.   (more)...
Hypertensive retinopathy is damage to the back part of the eye (retina) caused by high blood pressure.   (more)...
Dry eye is a condition in which there are insufficient tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are needed for maintaining the health of the surface of the eye and for maintaining clear vision. People with dry eyes usually do not produce enough tears or they may have poor quality of tears. Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults, but also may commonly occur in younger people as a result of heavy computer use or medications.

People with dry eyes may experience symptoms of irritated, gritty, scratchy, or burning eyes, a feeling of something in their eyes, excess watering, and blurred vision. Advanced dry eyes may damage the front surface of the eye and impair vision.

Treatments for dry eyes aim to restore or maintain the normal amount of tears in the eye to minimize dryness and related discomfort and to maintain eye health   (more)...
CONJUNCTIVITIS
Conjunctivitis, often called “pink eye,” is a common eye disease, especially in children. It may affect one or both eyes. Some forms of conjunctivitis can be highly contagious and easily spread in schools and at home. While conjunctivitis is usually a minor eye infection, sometimes it can develop into a more serious problem. There are many different possible causes for “pink eye” and their treatments vary.
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Tobacco smoking is directly linked to many adverse health effects, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer. Smoking is also linked to eye disease.   (more)...