We Can Help Protect Your Long-Term Eye Health
Many eye diseases can develop for years without you knowing, affecting your eyesight gradually. You may not realize you have an eye problem until you suffer vision loss. While signs of these diseases aren’t noticeable to the naked eye, the technology we use in your eye exam can help diagnose issues early.
Testing for eye disease is a part of every eye exam, and we can help preserve your vision. Visit us in Baytown, and your optometrist can create a customized treatment plan to help manage any diagnosed conditions.
Common Eye Diseases
Many common eye diseases can develop with little to no visible symptoms. You may see fine while an underlying problem goes unnoticed.
Catching these issues early enough can reduce your risk of vision loss. With timely treatment, we can help preserve your vision.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease that causes the progressive decay of the macula, the part of your eye responsible for central vision. The thinning of your macula happens with time, affecting your ability to drive and recognize faces. Catching this condition in advance can help protect your vision.
There are 2 forms of this condition:
- Dry AMD: This form of AMD is the most common, occurring when the cells in & around your macula begin to die. These dying cells lead to blind spots in your vision or the loss of your central vision.
- Wet AMD: This form of AMD develops when abnormal blood vessels grow around the macula. These blood vessels can burst, bleeding & distorting your vision. Wet AMD is an emergency requiring medical attention.
A cataract is the clouding of your eye’s lens. This condition typically occurs due to age, gradually worsening your vision. Cataracts can make it seem like you’re looking through a foggy window, making it difficult to read, drive, or read facial expressions.
Early management of cataracts may include a stronger glasses prescription, but surgery is usually required to treat this condition.
There are many forms of glaucoma, including:
- Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma: This form of glaucoma is the most common, caused by fluid building up in the eye. This buildup raises eye pressure & damages the optic nerve.
- Angle-Closure Glaucoma: This form of glaucoma is a medical emergency. Eye pressure suddenly rises when the space between the iris and the cornea narrows, resulting in damage to the optic nerve.
- Normal-Tension Glaucoma: This form of glaucoma damages the optic nerve without raising your intraocular pressure.
Diabetic Eye Disease
Regular eye exams are especially important if you have diabetes. Many people with diabetes develop diabetic retinopathy, putting their vision at risk.
This condition damages the blood vessels in your retina, causing them to leak fluid and blood. Later stages of this disease can lead to severe vision loss.
Give Your Eyes the Care They Deserve
Many eye diseases require long-term management, but we’re here to help. Even if you can see with no issues, remember to book regular comprehensive eye exams to protect your eye health and vision.
You can find us at the corner of East Fwy and Garth Road, in the shopping center.