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We'll also discuss your medical history to identify any possible problems. Dr. Carol recommends an eye exam once a year if you have diabetes. You can count on us to give you the diagnosis that you need.

Below are some common eye problems and diseases and the insight on how you can identify, treat, and possibly even prevent them.

Glaucoma is a disease that damages your eyes' optic nerves. It usually happens when fluid builds up in the front part of your eye. That extra fluid increases the pressure in your eye, damaging the optic nerve. Common symptoms of glaucoma are glare, poor night vision, and decreased contrast sensitivity. With open-angle glaucoma, however, there are virtually no symptoms. This is the most common form of glaucoma. Usually, no pain is associated with increased eye pressure. Vision loss begins with peripheral or side vision. If untreated or uncontrolled, glaucoma first causes peripheral vision loss and eventually can lead to total blindness.

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Cataracts are single-handedly the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 40, and are also the principal cause of blindness in the world. A cataract is the clouding of the eye's natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil resulting in blindness. It is a known fact that there are more cases of cataracts than glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy combined.

 

During the initial stages, a cataract starts out small and has little effect on your vision. You may start to notice that your vision is blurry, like looking through a cloudy piece of glass. A cataract may make sunlight seem too bright or glaring, or you may notice, when you drive at night, that the oncoming headlights cause more glare than before. Colors may not appear as distinct or bright as they used to.

 

It is imperative that you get cataract diagnosed as soon as you start to notice it or experience change in your vision. Poor vision is often attributed to an inevitability of aging, but cataract surgery is a simple, and a relatively painless procedure to regain vision. Cataract surgery is very successful in restoring vision. In fact, it is the most frequently performed surgery in the United States, with several millions of people undergoing the surgery each year. If you're looking for superior diagnosis, visit Carol L. Anderson, MD today.

Having an eye allergy is one of the most inconvenient experiences. Not only does it prove to be a hindrance at work, it disrupts our personal lives as well. Allergies make your eyes red, itchy, and watery, and are caused by the same irritants that cause sneezing and a runny nose among seasonal allergy sufferers. It is estimated that over 50 million people in the United States have seasonal allergies.

 

Normal everyday substances are the main cause of allergies. The most common airborne allergens that cause eye allergies are pollen, mold, dust, and pet dander.

To get relief from these allergies, it is recommended that you limit your exposure to allergens that you're sensitive to. Replacing your contact lenses with glasses during allergy season is also a good way to avoid allergies.

 

If your eye allergy symptoms are relatively mild, over-the-counter eye drops for allergy relief may work very well. If not, get in touch with Carol L. Anderson, MD right away to get your eyes checked.

Once you reach your 40s, you will notice a change in your vision which is, for the most part, a normal part of your aging. It is also around this time that you start to become more susceptible to age-related eye diseases and conditions. This includes macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic eye disease, dry eye, and glaucoma to name a few.

 

Get in touch with the highly experienced Carol L. Anderson, MD for a comprehensive eye exam. Many eye diseases have no early warning signs or symptoms, but a dilated exam can detect eye diseases in their early stages before vision loss occurs. So, get in touch with us today and we'll help you identify problems before they become a more serious matter.

Dry eye occurs when the eye does not produce tears properly, or when the tears are not of the correct consistency and evaporate too quickly. Dry eye can make it difficult for individuals to perform certain activities such as reading a book or working on a computer. Dry eye symptoms may include:

  • Burning of the eye

  • A gritty feeling as if something is in the eye

  • A stringy discharge from the eye

  • Pain and redness of the eye

  • Blurred vision

  • Heavy eyelids

  • Inability to cry

  • Uncomfortable contact lenses

  • Decreased tolerance for reading, working on the computer, or any other activity that requires sustained visual attention

  • Eye fatigue

Dry eye can be managed effectively. The first priority is to determine if an eye disease is the underlying cause of the dry eye. If it is, then the underlying disease needs to be treated. If dry eye results from taking a medication, you will have to switch to a medication that does not cause drying. In some patients with dry eye, supplements or dietary sources (such as tuna fish) of omega-3 fatty acids (especially DHA and EPA) may decrease symptoms of irritation. In any case, it is recommended that you head over to your trusted ophthalmologist, Carol L. Anderson, MD for a thorough diagnosis.

Diabetes can cause eye problems and is a leading cause of blindness in adults. It is caused by the changes in the blood vessels of the retina owing to one's diabetic condition. Over time, this can lead to blindness if not properly treated during the initial stages. Quite naturally, the best way to treat diabetic eye disease is to lower the sugar levels in your blood. It may take as long as three months after your blood sugar is well controlled for your vision to fully get back to normal. Early signs of the disease include:

  • Leaking blood vessels

  • Macular edema (swelling)

  • Pale, fatty deposits on the retina

  • Damaged nerve tissue

  • Any changes to the retinal blood vessels

Don't let diabetes claim your vision. Get in touch with us today and we'll give you the diagnosis you need to initiate effective treatment. You can also get all the information you need on effective eye care and symptoms of eye diseases on the American Academy of Ophthalmology geteyesmart page.