Eye Disease Diagnosis & Treatment
Help for glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and more.
The surprising truth about eye disease is that there are often no symptoms early on.
Only your eye doctor can detect eye diseases at an early stage when there is a better chance to develop an effective disease management plan.
Don’t delay — early detection is key. Schedule an appointment at Bright View Family Vision today.
What are the most common ocular diseases?
There is a large range of eye diseases and conditions. But the most common include glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy.
Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes damage to the optic nerve. This is the nerve that is responsible for transmitting the vision signals from the retina to the brain. In many cases, there is elevated intraocular pressure which can lead to permanent vision loss and impairment. There is no pain associated with most types of glaucoma and patients may be completely unaware that they have the disease. That is why early detection is crucial.
While glaucoma is considered a progressive eye disease, there are treatments that can slow the progression of the disease.
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s internal lens. The cataract blocks and scatters light, making it difficult to see, and can get worse over time.
In the early stages, you may be able to improve your vision with corrective lenses. When your vision is seriously impaired, you may need to consider surgery.
Diabetes affects all of your bodily systems and organs, and including your eyes.
Diabetic retinopathy is the most common type of diabetic eye disease. With diabetic retinopathy, the blood vessels in the retina do not function as they normally would because they are constricted or damaged. Many times a comprehensive eye examination with retinal evaluation is the first time that effects from the disease are found. If you are a known diabetic or pre-diabetic on medication, it is very important to have a medical evaluation of your eyes annually to check for diabetic-related changes. In the early stages of retinopathy, the patient may have no visual symptoms. Your eye doctor will thoroughly check for any eye health problems and send a report of your exam findings to your diabetic or primary care doctor.
People who have diabetes are also more prone to develop cataracts, dry eye disease, and glaucoma.
Only your optometrist can detect eye diseases at an early stage when there is a better chance to develop an effective disease management plan. Schedule an appointment at Bright View Family Vision today.