Ocular Disease

 

We provide diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases which affect the human eye and visual system. Some examples include:

 

 

 

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. You can relieve the symptoms, but not cure the original cause. Artificial tear lubricants or in some cases blocking the tear ducts will concentrate the limited tears that are available. Nutritional supplements such as high quality fish oil and proper water consumption are the most important first steps towards succesfully treating dry eyes. 

 

 

Glaucoma Anatomy

Glaucoma is a group of diseases which damage

the optic nerve.  This is usually caused by elevated

pressure within the eye.  This can be due to an

excess of fluid being produced by the ciliary body

or a decrease in the drainage of that fluid.

Glaucoma is typically slow developing and without symptoms, often until it is too late.  The end result

of untreated glaucoma is blindness, fortunately it is

a disease that can be treated very succesfully. Early diagnosis is the key in the treatment of glaucoma.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Macular Degeneration 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.