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Ocular Disease and Trauma
We provide diagnosis, treatment and management of
diseases which affect the human eye and visual
system. These conditions can range from bothersome
to devastating and your doctor is working to detect
them at the earliest stages.
Some of the more common examples include:
Dry Eye Syndrome - Dry eye syndrome occurs when the normal flow of tears over the
eyes is interrupted, or the tear film is abnormal. In many cases, dry eye syndrome is a life
long problem, comes with time and is worsened by different medications. You can relieve
the symptoms with artificial tear lubricants but sometimes other interventions are needed.
There are prescription eye drops that can work better than over the counter alternatives.
We can also block the tear ducts to concentrate the limited tears that are available.
Keratoconus - Keratoconus is a disorder that occurs when the
cornea, which is typically rounded, becomes cone shaped. The
progression is usually slow and can stop at any stage from mild to
severe. This distortion increases as the cornea bulges and thins.
The apex of the cornea often scars, reducing the vision. Treatment
of keratoconus is most effective with gas permeable contact lenses
designed specifically for the irregular corneal surface. If contact lens
treatment is not successful, surgical corneal transplant may be
necessary. WAVE custom fitted gas permeable contact lenses are a
great option for keratoconus.
Diabetic Retinopathy - Diabetic Retinopathy is a condition where a diabetic person's blood
sugar gets too high. High blood sugar levels start a series of events which end in damaged blood
vessel walls. As such, the blood vessels begin to leak fluid or bleed, causing the retina to swell
and form deposits know as exudates. Vision can be lost if these spots are not watched and
treated. Here, at our office, we carefully examine the back of your eyes to follow and manage this
and other important eye diseases.
Cataract - Cataract is a clouding or opacity of the natural internal lens of the eye. This opacity
may be a small spot or may cover the entire lens. When light enters the eye it is scattered,
causing images to appear hazy and blurred. There are many different types of cataracts. The one
shown here is a cortical cataract. Here the opacity forms first in the periphery of the lens and
develops inward, like spokes of a wheel. Ultimately, the best treatment is to remove the cataract
lens and replace it with an acrylic man-made lens. This is referred to as cataract surgery.
Macular Degeneration - Macular Degeneration is a condition in
which the central part of the back of the eye loses blood circulation. It
is considered a natural ageing process. There is a breakdown of
retinal pigment cells in the macular region. As the disease
progresses, central vision diminishes. It is believed that this
breakdown may be due to a lack of nutrients being supplied to the
region. Additional studies have found a genetic link to this disease.
Treatment can range from better nutritional management, sometimes
to include a tablet containing the primary minerals and vitamins that
are found lacking in many macular degeneration patients.
Our doctors have extensive training in the mechanism of diseases that affect the eye and
their diagnosis and treatments. Davis Eye Associates has cutting edge technology to view
the eye by ultrasound. It is the same instrumentation that leading retinal specialists use.
Davis Eye Associates is open six days a week and accepts major medical insurance as
well as Medicare and Medicaid. We also provide an urgent care phone number that is
accessible 24 hours a day.
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