Frequently Asked Questions about Eye Disease Management with our Spring Optometrist
Preventative medicine is the best way to manage any of the common eye diseases that our optometrists can discover during routine eye examinations.
At Today's Vision Family Eye Care, many of our patients are surprised at their diagnosis, because these diseases can develop without causing any symptoms for months or even years. When they do find out that they've developed an eye disease, our patients naturally have a lot of questions. Here are some of the more common ones we hear:
What are the Most Common Eye Diseases?
Our optometrists can find developing the disease in patients of any age, but it's more common in adults, and even more common as adults get older, for the most part. What we usually look for during eye examinations are signs of:
- Macular degeneration
- Diabetic retinopathy
In addition, many adults suffer from chronic dry eye syndrome, which can be a physical problem due to blocked tear ducts or can be environmental due to excessive use of electronic devices.
What Are Common Disease Symptoms?
For most of the serious eye diseases, there are no symptoms when they first develop. This is why it's so important to have your eyes examined on a regular basis: we can diagnose your eye problems before you even know a problem is there. As the diseases develop they'll begin to affect your vision. Cataracts cause your sight to become cloudy as if looking through a fog. Macular degeneration destroys the clear vision in the center of the field of view. Glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy can both cause blurred vision along with other symptoms.
The only disease with immediate symptoms is a chronic dry eye. You'll feel scratchy eyes, itching, burning, tearing, and blurred vision, along with sore neck and back and persistent headaches.
How to Treat These Diseases?
In most cases, our optometrist will watch for symptoms to develop without giving you medication. You should make lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, eating healthy meals, and always wearing sunglasses when outdoors. If you're diagnosed with glaucoma, we'll prescribe eye drops to help relieve the internal pressure in your eyes, and different types of drops are the most common treatment for dry eyes, as well.
Call Us Today for Diagnoses and Treatment for Common Eye Diseases
Treating eye disease can be a complicated issue, but it all begins with one simple act: scheduling a comprehensive eye examination. If you haven't had your eyes examined for at least a year, give our office a call at (281) 601-1001. We'll be happy to make an appointment that fits in with your busy lifestyle.