Ocular Disease

We assess and treat for glaucoma, cataracts, retinal diseases, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and other eye health conditions. When necessary, appropriate referrals and communications are made with various other health care providers. Special tests may be performed for diagnostic and therapeutic management. Testing may include scanning laser imaging, digital photography, corneal topography and others as needed to best diagnose and manage your specific condition. Various conditions are sampled below:

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This 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.

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Diabetic Retinopathy is a condition when a diabetic persons 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.

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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 is 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.

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This is a condition in which the central part of the back of the eye loses blood circulation. It is considered a natural aging process. There is a breakdown of retinal pigment epithelium 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 degenerated patients.

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Our doctors are skilled at diagnosing, treating and monitoring glaucoma. We have access to different treatment regiments such as drops and comanaged laser and surgical procedures with local surgeons. We utilize state of the art diagnositc testing to diagnose and track progression of the disease. Fortunately, this disease usually develops slowly; and as experts in glaucoma care, we can prescribe the most effective medicine or surgery to manage the disease and control its damaging effects on your eyesight.