In our office, we go beyond fitting and selling eyeglasses and contact lenses. At Today's Vision Family Eye Care, we're just as concerned with your eye health as we are with your vision correction. Our optometrists are trained to seek out and treat eye diseases that develop as you get older, as well as those that appear in children's eyes. Almost every eye disease can be diagnosed before you'll notice any symptoms, so it's crucial that you schedule regular comprehensive eye examinations.
Eye Health Examinations
When our optometrist examines your eyes, the first step is always to check your visual acuity. This tells us whether you need new eyeglasses or contact lenses. Once that part of the exam is over, she'll do a series of tests designed to diagnose whether you're developing any of a series of eye diseases. Some of the more common ones she'll look for are:
- Macular degeneration
- Diabetic retinopathy
In almost all cases our doctor can see signs of developing disease long before you notice any symptoms with your eyesight, so a diagnosis is often a surprise. The good thing is that you may enjoy months or even years before you see any changes, which means you'll delay any treatment until the disease develops further.
Eye Disease Treatments
Not every eye disease progresses in the same way. In fact, some remain static and never call for any type of treatment. Depending on the disease, our optometrists may want to begin preliminary treatment right away or might consider it better to wait until symptoms begin to affect your lifestyle.
Glaucoma is mainly caused by a rise in pressure inside the eyeball, which damages the optic nerve. As soon as our doctor diagnoses you with glaucoma, he'll want to begin treatment right away. Eye drops are the standard medication for glaucoma, and they work to lower the internal pressure inside your eyes. Our doctor will monitor your condition by seeing you every few months, and if the eye drops don't work, surgery may be indicated.
Diabetic retinopathy causes the blood vessels in the retina to deteriorate. The best treatment for it is to control your blood sugar. When your blood sugar numbers are where they should be, you shouldn't experience any further damage. In severe cases, there are surgical solutions to control the problem.
Macular degeneration is non-curable, but some forms of the disease respond well to nutritional supplements in slowing down the progression of the disease. Laser therapy can work for some patients, as can some new drugs currently being tested in smaller markets.
With cataracts, protein deposits slowly form a coating on the eye's crystalline lens. It happens so gradually that many patients don't even notice that it's happening. Wearing sunglasses and staying away from bright lights can slow the disease's progression, but once it reaches the point where it affects your daily life, a lens replacement surgery is the best treatment.
Call Our Optometrist in Spring, TX Today!
With any eye disease, regular checkups and treatment are the keys to keeping your eyesight. If you haven't had your eyes checked in at least one year, call our office at (281)601-1001 to make an appointment with our optometrist in Spring, TX