Management of Ocular Diseases from our Optometrists in Corpus Christi
Some eye diseases are acute in nature, causing discomfort and other issues for a period of time and then disappearing. But there are some conditions that cause direct harm to the eye itself, destroying the structures that allow you to see the world clearly. The damage created by some of these diseases is permanent, which is why early detection through regular eye exams is so important. Even if you have a chronic ocular disease, prompt treatment can slow or even arrest the destruction, thus preserving your vision. That's why we're proud to be your resource for Corpus Christi management of ocular diseases here at Family Vision Associates.
Conditions Managed by Our Corpus Christi Optometrist
Our Corpus Christi optometrist, Dr. August Wallace, has the skills and experience necessary to help you get your particular ocular disease under the tightest control possible. Some of the conditions we can manage include:
Glaucoma - Glaucoma usually begins when problems in the eye's drainage system create ocular hypertension (high fluid pressure within the eye). This damages the tissues of the optic nerve and eventually robs you of vision. We can prescribe eye drops, sometimes supplemented by oral drugs, to help normalize eye pressure. If necessary, we can even refer you for a simple laser procedure to improve eye drainage while providing you with pre-operative and post-operative care.
Macular Degeneration - Macular degeneration is a condition that slowly destroys the macula, a part of the retina that gives you your central field of vision. The early or "dry" stage of the disease can often be managed through lifestyle changes and a nutrition regimen called AREDS2. The late or "wet" stage can respond to injected medications from our Corpus Christi optometrist.
Cataracts - Cataracts are an extremely common problem in which the lens of the eye slowly clouds over, causing glare sensitivity, impaired color perception and night vision, blurry vision and the appearance of odd patterns radiating off of bright light sources. We can monitor your cataracts carefully while recommending strategies for limiting their growth, such as giving up smoking and wearing sunglasses that offer full UV protection. If you need cataract removal surgery, we'll be happy to co-manage the procedure and supervise your recuperation.
Diabetic Retinopathy - Diabetic retinopathy is damage to the retina caused by elevated blood sugar. The excess sugar tends to weaken the small blood vessels in the eye, causing them to leak blood into the eye or make the macula swell up (diabetic macular edema). Abnormal blood vessels form in compensation, only to add to the bleeding. Injectable medications can discourage this blood vessel proliferation, but controlling your diabetes is even more critical for managing the condition.
Our Corpus Christi Eye Doctor Can Help, Call Today!
Don't despair over your eye condition -- take steps to manage it so you can enjoy many more years of optimal eyesight. Contact us at (361) 854-1833 for an appointment with our Corpus Christi eye doctor!