Conditions Our Optometry Specialists Treat
Most people will experience eye problems or changes at some point in their lives, whether slowly over time or those that come suddenly. As all symptoms are not alike, it is important to consult an eye doctor for a complete diagnosis whenever you experience problems with your vision. Remember, early detection allows for more treatment options and better-managed care for your eye health.
Below are the most common eye conditions we treat at our optometry practice on a regular basis.
Common Eye Conditions
This condition is generally temporary and can happen when the eyes fatigue from prolonged intensive use such as driving long distance or looking at digital devices. It is always a good idea to discuss with your doctor if you experience frequent eye strain to eliminate any other underlying eye conditions.
Difficult seeing at night or in dimly lit environments is called night blindness. There are several reasons you may be experiencing this condition, so it is important to get screened by an eye professional as soon as you notice any symptoms.
Swollen blood vessels on the surface of the eye make the eye appear red, or pink and can occur for several reasons from allergies to infection. Always consult with your eye doctor when you have red eye, especially if it happens suddenly.
If you have eye redness, eye pain, blurry vision, and your eyes are sensitive to light, you probably have Uveitis. This is an inflammatory disease that needs urgent attention as it can lead to blindness. Call your eye doctor immediately is you suffer from any of these symptoms.
Having difficulty reading the fine print is a natural condition as people begin to age. It is a refractor error and treatable with corrective lenses.
Small specks of protein in your eye collect and cast a shadow on the retina. They do not ever go away, but if you see sudden changes or they cause headaches, floaters could indicate something more serious, so having a professional eye exam is always warranted.
Dry eyes is a common problem that makes the eyes feel gritty or itchy. Most often it is caused by our environment such as allergies, dust, wind, or other irritants that can cause the eye to lose lubrication. In these cases, the eye can be treated with preservative-free drops. Other more serious health factors can contribute to dry eye and need more intensive management to avoid vision loss. If you experience dry eye it is important to get a proper diagnosis by an eye doctor to ensure you can avoid a more serious problem.
Cloudy vision can result when protein clumps together on the lens of the eye making it hard to focus. Cataracts are usually slow-growing but routine eye exams are recommended to watch for changes that could affect your vision long term.
A buildup of fluid pressure in the front part of the eye can damage the eye’s optic nerve, leading to vision loss. It is more common in older people but can affect almost any age. As glaucoma symptoms occur gradually and are irreversible, it is imperative to catch it early. Routine visits are the best way to ensure this condition is caught to prevent further damage to your vision.
Contact Lenses Problems
Proper care and cleaning are necessary for those wearing contact lenses to avoid infection and for clear vision. However, even with your best efforts, it is common to have problems through long term wear of contact lenses such as infections, a scratched cornea, and irritations from allergies. Work with your eye doctor to determine the best lenses and regime for your lifestyle.
Ghosts, halos, and the streaking of light are all symptoms of keratoconus. Collagen protein fibers in our eyes hold the cornea is placed, but sometimes these fibers weaken which results in the cornea becoming cone-shaped. This condition occurs most frequently in teenagers but can affect anyone. Most patients can be treated with rigid gas permeable or scleral contact lenses.
Long periods of time staring at digital devices can cause headaches, eye fatigue, blurred vision, and difficulty focusing. This is called CVS or Computer Vision Syndrome. A large percentage of people working on computers will experience this condition. As these symptoms relate to many other eye conditions, be safe, and visit your optometrist for a comprehensive exam.
Contact Our Optometry Team in Merrick Today
Here at Dr. Lori Landrio & Associates in Merrick, NY, we offer a wide variety of eye care services that can effectively treat many eye conditions. If you are suffering from an eye injury or disease, schedule an appointment with us today by calling 516-546-4800 or contact us.