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Common Eye Conditions

Below is a resource of some of the most common eye conditions. Some require surgery, but some are manageable with proper eye care in general. Eye Physicians and Surgeons has your eye health in mind, so feel free to schedule an appointment if you suffer from any of these conditions.

Cataract

A cataract is clouding of the natural lens inside of the eye. If this lens becomes cloudy then light cannot be focused properly in the eye and the vision becomes blurry. The treatment for cataracts is cataract surgery. If you are scheduling an appointment for evaluation of cataracts please complete the Visual Impairment Survey prior to your exam.
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Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a disease that causes damage to the optic nerve, which is the nerve that carries images from the eye to the brain. Screening for glaucoma is important because patients may not be aware of damage to the optic nerve during early stages of this disease. Glaucoma is treated initially with medications or sometimes laser. If these treatments are not effective then a surgical procedure may be needed to treat this condition.
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Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

AMD causes damage to the macula which is the most sensitive portion of the retina. This results in blurred and distorted central vision.
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Dry Eyes

The eyes may not produce enough tears or the tears may not function properly. This can cause blurred vision, a gritty feeling or blurring in the eyes and even tearing.
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Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetes can cause damage to the eye and can lead to blindness. Diabetic retinopathy is the most common type of damage to the eye from diabetes. If you have diabetes it is very important to have a dilated eye exam every year to look for diabetic retinopathy.
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Flashes and Floaters

Many people experience flashes or floaters in the vision. This may look like a shadow or cobweb in your vision or like a shooting star. These symptoms can be caused by several different underlying conditions. If you experience new flashes or floaters in your vision it is important to have an eye exam immediately to determine whether or not these symptoms are due to a potentially blinding condition such as a retinal tear or detachment.
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Ptosis (Droopy Eyelids)

Eyelid ptosis is a condition in which your upper eyelids are too low and do not open fully. If the eyelids are interfering with your vision there are surgical procedures available to correct the position of the eyelids.
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Dermatochalasis (Droopy Eyelid Skin)

The tendency to develop excessive wrinkling and bagginess of the eyelids can run in families and may occur at any age. Sun exposure, allergies, swelling, etc. can aggravate this stretching of the eyelid skin. This condition called dermatochalasis.
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Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the surface of the eye. This is often referred to as pink eye. Conjunctivitis can be bacterial, viral or allergic. The treatment is different depending on the cause of the conjunctivitis.
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Blepharitis

Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelid. This is often related to bacteria that are found on the skin and eyelashes. Symptoms of blepharitis include itching, redness and discomfort of the eyes.
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Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

Amblyopia, commonly referred to as “lazy eye,” is a condition that occurs when normal sight is not developed in an eye during childhood. This can be caused by misalignment of the eyes or by the eye not receiving a clear image for a long period of time. This condition can be treated with glasses, patching of the stronger eye, or with medications. Surgery may even be needed in some cases. Amblyopia is more responsive to treatment in younger patients so early exams and treatment are important to improve the vision.
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