Eye Disease Management in Scottsdale and Phoenix
Do you ever wonder why eye doctors stress to their patients about getting an eye exam every year or two years if they have certain conditions? It is not all about prescribing eyeglasses or contact lenses. It is about your eyes, vision, and overall general health. Eye doctors recommend yearly eye exams because it is one way to identify eye diseases before they get the chance to advance and affect your health or vision. Some eye diseases can develop without you knowing, which by then could be too late to recover sight that was lost. Other eye diseases develop from underlying conditions, like in the case of diabetes. Here at Optical Expressions in Scottsdale and Phoenix, we want you to have great vision and good health, so in this article, we want you to be aware of the most common eye diseases. If you believe that you have an eye disease, contact us to diagnose the problem and to start you on an eye disease management plan.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
AMD causes a progressive deterioration of the macula, the center portion of your retina. While macular degeneration can affect anybody, it typically affects people over 60 years old. People with this eye disease tend to have normal peripheral vision, but they start having difficulty seeing anything they want to focus on in front of them. Macular degeneration can be managed, but not reversed.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, then make sure you see us as soon as possible. Diabetic retinopathy, an eye disease that is the result of diabetes, causes problems with the blood vessels around the retina of the eye. It can develop with little to no symptoms and could lead to blindness if nothing is done to manage it.
Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness, and it is the result of an increase of pressure within the eye that damages the optic nerve. Open-angle glaucoma, which is one of several types of glaucoma, starts gradually with no symptoms. Angle-closure glaucoma can come on suddenly, causing eye pain and other symptoms. This type often affects both eyes and is considered as a medical emergency.
Cataracts are when the natural lens of the eye slowly becomes cloudy. They are usually caused by age, when the tissue that makes up the lens of the eye changes. Blurry vision, sensitivity to light, double vision, and seeing halos around bright light sources are a few symptoms of cataracts.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are having problems seeing clearly, contact us to schedule an eye exam. While not all eye diseases can be cured, most can be stopped or slowed down. Call Optical Expressions in Scottsdale and Phoenix to get started on your eye disease management plan.