The Importance of Regular Medical Eyecare
You may be one of the millions of American adults with an undiagnosed vision disorders. Many eye problems and diseases can be corrected if they are identified early on. That’s because some vision problems develop slowly and often present no early warning signs. An eye exam can reveal signs of serious medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, neurologic disorders and thyroid disease. To ensure that your eyes — and your overall body — are in good health, look to Elite Vision Care. Our doctors of optometry bring you combined experience and use state-of-the-art tests to diagnose vision problems, eye disease and related health concerns.
Dry Eye and Eye Allergies
Dry Eye is a reduction in your eyes’ ability to produce or maintain sufficient natural tears, whereas eye allergies are a hypersensitivity response to things like pollen, dust and animal dander. Different treatments are required for each of these conditions. It’s best not to self-diagnose. Make an appointment with your eye doctor who can properly diagnose your condition as Dry Eye or eye allergies and provide recommendations for appropriate treatment.
Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve, which is part of the eye that carries the images we see from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma occurs when fluid buildup in the eye causes excessive intraocular pressure. Early diagnosis and treatment can help maintain your vision for a lifetime. Symptoms include:
- Blurry vision
- Loss of side (peripheral) vision
- Inability to adjust your eyes to darkened rooms
Diabetes attacks the small blood vessels of the retina. Damage to these vessels can cause swelling and bleeding. This is called diabetic retinopathy, a serious condition that can lead to irreversible vision loss. In the early stages, you may have little or no vision problems for years. Advanced diabetic retinopathy can present these warning signs:
- Persistent blurry vision
- Fluctuating or distorted vision
- Blind spots or sudden onset of new floaters/flashes
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a slow progressive disease that causes a reduction in central vision. The cause of macular degeneration is unknown, but heredity, the environment, age and general health may all be factors. There is no cure for AMD, but there is treatment for macular degeneration that can help slow its progression. As the disease progresses, these symptoms can occur:
- Difficulty seeing fine detail or reading small print
- Distorted vision
- Parts of an object appear to be missing
A cataract is a cloudy area that occurs in the lens of the eye. Because cataracts are a normal part of aging, all men and women are at risk for them. In fact, many Americans over age 65 have cataracts or have already had surgery to remove them. The most common symptoms are:
- Cloudy or blurry vision
- Colors appearing faded
- Increased glare from lamps or headlights
If the results of your eye exam reveal a condition that requires surgical care, our doctors will refer you to a board-certified ophthalmologist or retinal surgeon, and comanage your care for optimum efficiency. Back to top
Patients visit us for their eye conditions from League City, Friendswood, Webster, Dickinson and the area of South Houston in Harris County, TX and Galveston County, TX. Call us today at (281) 554-7080 to schedule an appointment or use our online Book an Appointment form. Get discounts on selected eyewear when you visit us or order contact lenses through our website.