You already know that routine eye exams are a vital part of your overall vision health, but do you know how important it is to screen for eye diseases? Eye diseases can develop gradually, and sometimes there are no warning symptoms.
The good news is that you can manage an eye disease if caught and treated in the early stages. Using our extensive experience and diagnostic technology, we can provide everyone with the eye care they deserve.
If you have an eye disease, we will guide you through the first stages of diagnosis and the subsequent treatment steps. Your entire family is in great hands at David W Stemley, OD, Inc.
Cataracts commonly develop as a part of the aging process. However, other factors can increase the risk of cataracts, including diabetes, sun damage, smoking, high blood pressure, excessive alcohol use, and eye injury.
A cataract develops as your eye’s lens becomes rigid, causing it to look cloudy or hazy. Seeing with cataracts has been described as looking through a piece of frosted glass. In the beginning, eyeglasses or can correct vision problems caused by cataracts, but surgery may be necessary as the condition becomes more severe.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a common eye disease that affects the macula. The macula is located at the retina’s center and is responsible for helping see things in detail, reading the written word on a page, and providing the best color vision.
The macula structure needs to remain intact to maintain a clear central vision, but unfortunately, it can begin to disintegrate throughout the aging process. AMD can result in the loss of central vision and the ability to see colors and fine details.
Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that can affect your optic nerve. This eye disease is more prevalent in older age groups, but it can occur at any age. The effects of glaucoma happen gradually, and many patients do not notice onset symptoms. Those affected may not have any symptoms until the advanced stages.
Most parents imagine conjunctivitis (more commonly known as pink eye) as a condition that spreads its way through children at school, but there is more than one way to come into contact with this pesky eye condition.
Conjunctivitis causes the eye’s blood vessels to swell, making it appear pink. Typically caused by a bacterial or viral infection, this disease can spread quickly.
Keratoconus affects young people between the ages of 10 and 25, and it can take many years for it to develop. As the cornea begins to thin and gradually take on a cone shape, symptoms can develop, including distorted vision, sensitivity to bright light, and difficulty wearing contact lenses.
Keratoconus progresses slowly, and in the early stages, your doctor may be able to correct visual impairments with glasses and contact lenses. Optometrists can treat patients in later stages of development with specialty contact lenses. In advanced stages, the patient may require a cornea transplant.
Doesn’t it feel great to have a compassionate and knowledgeable team in your corner?
At David W Stemley, OD, Inc., we are willing to go the distance to provide your family with total vision care. We screen for common eye diseases at every routine eye exam and offer personalized eye care for every member of your family.
You can feel safe knowing that our experienced team of optometrists is always here to provide you with top-quality service and treatment. Take charge of your eye care, and book an appointment with us today!