We are passionate about eyes and keeping you healthy! Our ofﬁce offers state-of-the-art technology to diagnose, treat, and manage eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetic eye disease. Yearly dilated eye examinations are necessary for patients with diabetes and even those with borderline glucose levels. We gladly provide these annual checkups and also communicate the results to your primary care provider and/or endocrinologist.
A red eye can be indicative of various conditions and it is extremely important to be examined by an eye care provider who can look at the ocular tissues through a slit-lamp biomicroscope. This is a common symptom that presents with bacterial and viral conjunctivitis, (also known as "pink eye") ocular allergies, contact lens complications, and ocular injuries. It is impossible to accurately diagnose and treat this symptom without examining the tissue. Every condition will present with subtle, but detectable differences to a trained eye. Keep in mind the wrong medication could worsen or not improve your symptoms.
Spots, cobwebs, strings, bugs, strands of hair or fuzz, light, dark, and in between. We have heard them all. Eye floaters occur as the gelatin-like substance that fills the eyeball, called the vitreous, converts to a more liquid form over time. The remaining pieces can clump together and cast a shadow on the retina, which will be perceived as a floater. Occasionally, these small clumps or floaters will pull on the retina tissue causing a tear, break, or detachment in the back wall of the eye. If you experience any new eye floaters or an increase in what you are used to seeing, you should be seen promptly to rule out retinal involvement.
Sudden blurred vision can be a result of numerous health conditions and it can take on a number of different forms and severities. In its mildest form, sudden blurred vision could be simply the result of an uncorrected prescription of which you have become more aware. It can cause a mild blurring of objects that is hardly noticeable or be so severe you have trouble with daily tasks or mobility. Cataracts can cause a significant change in vision as they progress, occasionally developing very quickly. Many systemic conditions can result in changes in visual acuity such as fluctuations in blood glucose levels, which cause the lens inside the eye to swell and change shape. Other causes could include epiretinal membranes, macular degeneration or macular holes, retinal or vitreous abnormalities, and retinal vein occlusions. A full workup by an eye care provider can determine a proper diagnosis and treatment.
These are very common symptoms experienced by many patients who feel they simply must just deal with it. Nothing could be further from the truth. Often, patients can be treated with a course of simple eye drops to control the itching. Sometimes over-the-counter eye drops are all a patient will need. Others may need a stronger prescription-only medication. Certain medications can be prescribed for year-round use to keep symptoms at bay, even if they are only bothersome certain times of the year.
Migraine suffers can experience vision changes before, during, or after the headache pain is felt. Some only experience visual symptoms but no headache pain. The visual disturbances can last from minutes to upwards of half an hour. Some of the visual changes that can occur with migraines include blurry vision, double vision, blind spots in the visual field, flickering light, jagged light, jumping or dancing images, sensitivity to light, tunnel vision, and vision resembling a kaleidoscope or disco lights, among many others. Every patient is different and could experience very different vivid visual disturbances. Given the wide variety of symptoms that accompany migraine, it is sometimes hard to determine whether these are indeed migraine-related or the result of a more serious eye-health or other medical problem. A comprehensive eye examination can rule out a vision problem and let specialists focus on other possible causes and diagnosis.