Conditions Our Optometrist Treats

We Can Help With These Common Eye Problems

Most people will experience eye problems or changes at some point in their lives, whether slowly over time or those that come suddenly. As all symptoms are not alike, it is important to consult an eye doctor for a complete diagnosis whenever you experience problems with your vision. Remember, early detection allows for more treatment options and better-managed care for your eye health.

 

Common Eye Conditions

Eye Strain

This condition is generally temporary and can happen when the eyes fatigue from prolonged intensive use such as driving long distances or looking at digital devices.  It is always a good idea to discuss with your doctor if you experience frequent eye strain to eliminate any other underlying eye conditions.

Night Blindness

Difficult seeing at night or in dimly lit environments is called night blindness.  There are several reasons you may be experiencing this condition, so it is important to get screened by an eye professional as soon as you notice any symptoms.    

Red Eye

Swollen blood vessels on the surface of the eye make the eye appear red and can occur for several reasons from allergies, dryness, or infection. Always consult with your eye doctor when you have a red eye.

Uveitis

If you have eye redness, eye pain, blurry vision and your eyes are sensitive to light, you probably have Uveitis.  This is an inflammatory disease that needs urgent attention as it can lead to blindness.  Call your eye doctor immediately is you suffer from any of these symptoms.

Presbyopia

Having difficulty reading the fine print is a natural condition as people begin to age. It is a refractor error and treatable with corrective lenses.   

Floaters

Small specks of protein in your eye collect and cast a shadow on the retina.  They do not ever go away, but if you see sudden changes or they cause headaches, floaters could indicate something more serious, so having a professional eye exam is always warranted. 

Dry Eyes

Dry eyes are a common problem that makes the eyes feel gritty or itchy. Most often it is caused by our environment such as allergies, dust, wind, or other irritants that can cause the eye to lose lubrication.  In these cases, the eye can be treated in several ways. Other more serious health factors can contribute to dry eyes and need more intensive management to avoid vision loss. If you experience dry eyes it is important to get a proper diagnosis by an eye doctor to ensure you can avoid a more serious problem.

Cataracts

Cloudy vision can result when protein clumps together on the lens of the eye making it hard to focus. Cataracts are usually slow-growing but routine eye exams are recommended to watch for changes that could affect your vision long term. 

Glaucoma

A buildup of fluid pressure in the front part of the eye can damage the eye’s optic nerve, leading to vision loss. It is more common in older people but can affect almost any age. As glaucoma symptoms occur gradually and are irreversible, it is imperative to catch it early. Routine visits are the best way to ensure this condition is caught to prevent further damage to your vision.   

Contact Lenses Problems

Proper care and cleaning are necessary for those wearing contact lenses to avoid infection and for clear vision. However, even with your best efforts, it is possible to have problems through long term wear of contact lenses such as infections, a scratched cornea, and irritations from allergies. Work with your eye doctor to determine the best lenses and regimes for your lifestyle. 

Keratoconus Treatment

Ghosts, halos, and the streaking of light are all symptoms of keratoconus.  Collagen protein fibers in our eyes hold the cornea in place, but sometimes these fibers weaken which results in the cornea becoming cone-shaped.  This condition occurs most frequently in teenagers but can affect anyone.  Most patients can be treated with rigid gas permeable or scleral contact lenses.

Computer Vision

Long periods of time staring at digital devices can cause headaches, eye fatigue, blurred vision, and difficulty focusing. This is called CVS or Computer Vision Syndrome. A large percentage of people working on computers will experience this condition. CVS can be treated with prescription eyeglasses with protection for blue light, and by modifying work habits and the environment from which you work.

Contact Dr. Correale in Westbury, NY Today!

At Dr. Correale's, our staff is here to help you and your family with all of your vision care needs. If you are due for a check-up, experiencing eye/vision issues, or just need to purchase new frames/contact lenses, feel free to get in touch with us. We are always ready to help you!

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