We are responsible for the complete health of your eyes. Your initial complete exam will include a refraction to determine any prescription for glasses. We will also dilate your eyes in order for the doctor to examine their overall health.
Glaucoma is a common cause of vision loss, however it is often asymptomatic until late in the disease. Early detection and close monitoring are therefore key in managing glaucoma. While no definitive treatments exist, the progression of glaucoma can be slowed with the use of eye drops. Laser procedures or surgery may be indicated in more advanced disease.
Age-related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible central vision loss in people over 50 years of age in the United States. Early signs of AMD may be detected on exam before the vision is affected. Most patients affected by AMD have the “dry” form, while approximately 10% will convert to the “wet” form. Management of AMD may include risk-factor modification, vitamin supplements, injection of medications or laser treatments.
Diabetes is a leading cause of vision loss in the United States. Diabetic retinopathy affects patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Annual exams are important to monitor for diabetes in the eye, and more frequent exams may be needed if disease is detected. Treatments for diabetic retinopathy currently include injection of medications and laser treatments. Careful management of diabetes with your primary care doctor is the most important factor in preventing diabetes in the eye.
Dry or itchy eyes
Screening for medication side effects
Glasses and contact lenses