Your eyes are an incredibly complex organ, which means there’s a lot of things that can go wrong with them. Various eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, keratoconus, cataracts, and dry eyes pose a threat not only to your vision, but to your overall health as well. Jeff Taranto, OD, and the top-notch team of eye care professionals at Opulent Eyes Optometry in Studio City, California, have spent their careers successfully diagnosing and treating various eye diseases. If you think you might be suffering from an eye disease, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Glaucoma is a disease that causes abnormally high pressure in your eye, which can ultimately damage the optic nerve and result in permanent vision loss.
The symptoms of glaucoma can be incredibly gradual, and you might not notice anything until the disease is already in an advanced stage and permanent damage has been done to your vision. Those symptoms include:
Glaucoma is treated by reducing the pressure in the affected eye, either through medicated eyedrops, oral medications, or surgery.
Macular degeneration is the deterioration of the macula, a small area on the center of your retina that controls visual acuity and allows you to see fine detail. Macular degeneration is primarily age-related, but it can also be caused by genetics. If left untreated, it can lead to vision loss.
The symptoms of macular degeneration are slow to present themselves, but the first sign is usually blurred vision with a dim, blurry spot in the middle of your field of view. As the disease progresses, you might notice a decreased quality of vision and a particular difficulty in reading the fine print or seeing details.
While there is currently no cure for macular degeneration, there are a number of treatments that can significantly slow the progression of the disease and prevent severe vision loss, such as laser therapies and anti-angiogenesis drugs.
Keratoconus is a disease that causes the cornea of your eye, which is normally round, to lose its shape and bulge outward like a cone. Keratoconus can severely affect your vision, making it impossible for your eye to focus without the aid of eyeglasses or contact lenses.
You might have keratoconus if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:
Glasses and contact lenses can help prevent vision problems due to keratoconus. More advanced measures are used to treat the disease itself, though, such as laser procedures, implants placed under the surface of the cornea, or a cornea transplant.
The lens of your eye is normally clear, allowing you to easily see out of it. A cataract is the clouding of that lens, and happens when aging or injury alters the tissue that your eye’s lens is composed of.
Common symptoms of cataracts include:
If cataracts are leaving you unable to see even with the aid of prescription lenses, the only effective treatment is surgery.
The top-notch team at Opulent Eyes Optometry have years of experience diagnosing and treating various eye diseases such as those listed above, as well as dry eyes. If you’re experiencing any discomfort and suspect you might be suffering from an eye disease, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.