In the case of persistent issues or developing symptoms, a medical exam may be in order

While most developing conditions can be found during your annual exam, sometimes issues or symptoms may develop before the yearly appointment is due. In the case you are experiencing new eye issues, we can provide a medical exam to determine the health of the eyes or address any concerns you may have.


Glaucoma

Anyone can develop glaucoma, but generally it occurs in those older than 60 or in people who have a family history of glaucoma. Symptoms may be minimal in the beginning. Vision will remain unchanged and there is no pain. Gradually, however, as the disease progresses those with glaucoma will notice vision slowly failing, often affecting peripheral vision. It may seem as if you are looking through a tunnel. Glaucoma can develop in one or both eyes.

Diabetes

Chronic high blood sugar from diabetes can damage the tiny blood vessels in your retina. This leads to diabetic retinopathy. When this happens, it can cause blood vessels in the retina to leak or hemorrhage, which distorts vision.

Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging. Cataracts are very common in older people, and by age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. Smoking and diabetes can contribute to the development of cataract. Or, it may be that the protein in the lens just changes from the wear and tear it takes over the years.

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a common eye condition and a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. It causes damage to the macula, a small spot near the center of the retina and the part of the eye needed for sharp, central vision, which lets us see objects that are straight ahead. Early and intermediates stages of the disease often present no symptoms, however, macular degeneration can be seen during eye exams. If macular degeneration reaches late stage, you may exhibit vision loss.

Dry Eye

Dry eye is common yet complex condition that can also include inflammation of the surface of the eye. If left untreated, this condition can lead to pain, ulcers, or scars on the cornea, and some loss of vision. However, permanent loss of vision from dry eye is uncommon. Dry eye can make it more difficult to perform some activities, such as using a computer or reading for an extended period of time, and it can decrease tolerance for dry environments, such as the air inside an airplane.

Eye Trauma

Accidents happen. In the case of eye trauma, we can evaluate the cornea and retina to ensure the health of the eye wasn’t compromised.