Eye Image Explains Eye Conditions
Many eye conditions are very common and should be evaluated by one of our experts at Eye Image. Contact us immediately if you suspect you’re experiencing any of the following:
Dry Eye – If your eye feels like there’s something in it all the time, you might be suffering from dry eye. Someone with dry eye syndrome doesn’t produce enough tears or produces tears with the wrong chemical makeup. More common as you age, dry eye may include burning, red eyes, tearing and blurred vision. Dry eye can’t be cured but we can develop a treatment plan to reduce the irritation.
Detached Retina – When the retina pulls away from the back of the eye, it’s called a detached retina. Caused by injuries, aging, tumors, disease or surgery, a detached retina will make your vision distorted or blurred. If not treated, it can cause permanent vision loss. If you notice a dark shadow, floater, light flashes, blurred vision or blind spots, you need to see one of our professionals.
Conjunctivitis – Commonly called pink eye, conjunctivitis is an infection of the membrane over the eye. It’s caused by germs from a variety of sources. When caused by a virus or bacteria, conjunctivitis is contagious and spreads easily. When caused by chemicals or allergies, it is not contagious. Only a trained eye doctor can determine the cause of your conjunctivitis. So if your eyes are red, itchy, watery or have a yellow discharge, contact a doctor at Eye Image today.
Cataract – As one ages, the lens of your eye becomes cloudy, blocking light and causing vision problems. Surgery is the preferred treatment for cataracts and can improve your vision almost immediately. A trained eye doctor will recommend the right course of treatment.
Glaucoma – Glaucoma is a collection of eye conditions that increases the pressure in the eye. If left untreated, glaucoma will damage the optic nerve and can lead to blindness. It most often occurs in elderly patients but signs of pressure changes can begin much sooner and there are cases of juvenile glaucoma. A treatment plan to reduce eye pressure is developed by a trained eye doctor. If you have a history of glaucoma or notice a sudden loss of eye sight, it’s imperative you see an eye doctor immediately.
ARMD – ARMD or Age Related Macular Degeneration affects people over 55 and is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss. Different people have different symptoms. Some lose sight in just one eye while others lose sight in both. Vision often is lost in the center of the visual field. Early diagnosis may slow the disease’s progression.
For more information on these and other eye-related problems, check out The Canadian Association of Optometrists.