Dry Eye is a condition that occurs when there is a decrease in the quantity and/or quality of tear film. Symptoms include a feeling of sand, grit, or burning in the eye, excessive tearing, and blurred vision. This is often caused by a blockage or obstruction of the eyelids meibomian glands.Precision Vision offers the some of the latest treatments to help you find relief from dry eye and they include:
Manual expression of your eyelid glands by your doctor
Warm compress therapy and eyelid hygiene using scrubs and manual massage
Topical prescription medications
Over-the-counter tear replacements and lubricants
If you still notice symptoms of dry eye after trying the options above, Precision Vision also offers Punctual plugs or LipiFlow® Treatment.
Punctual plugs that are made of silicone or collagen are inserted in the tear ducts, increases the eye’s tear film and surface moisture.
LipiFlow® Treatment: only FDA-cleared medical device for removing gland blockage and restoring gland function. This device applies heat to the inner eyelids and massages to remove the obstructions in your meibomian glands. This is an in office procedure and the complete dual treatment takes less than 20 min.
Low vision is when your vision cannot be corrected to 20/70 or better, even with glasses or contacts. Typical causes of low vision include, cataracts, AMD, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease:
Age-related Macular Degeneration: is a leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 60. There are often no noticeable symptoms in the early stages of AMD, but if left untreated, it may gradually result in blurred or loss central vision; in one or both eyes.
Diabetic Eye Disease: Diabetes causes many complications in the body, particularly in the eyes. Diabetic retinopathy is the most frequent cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 20-74 years old.
Glaucoma: The name for a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve by high intraocular pressure in the eye. Known as the “thief of sight, if left untreated, glaucoma can cause blindness.
Cataracts:A cataract is the progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which disrupts light passing through the pupil to the back of the eye (retina). Over time a cataract leads to diminished sight in the affected eye and eventually to blindness if untreated. Unlike AMD, Glaucoma, and Diabetic Eye Disease, Cataracts can be removed through Laser Cataract Surgery.
These eye conditions make doing dailyactivities difficult such as cooking, driving, reading, and even recognizing the faces of friends and family.
How Yearly Eye Exams Can Lower the Risk for Low Vision
Just like an annual physical, a yearly eye exam is important for your overall health. Comprehensive eye exams are critical in the prevention and early detection o various eye diseases. Several eye diseases do not show symptoms until vision loss has occurred. However, if a condition is detected early, there is the potential to prevent vision loss.
During an eye exam, your Precision Vision optometrist will evaluate the health of your eyes through a series of comprehensive tests, while checking for the very conditions that cause low vision such as glaucoma, AMD, and diabetic retinopathy.
November is the designated month for Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness. This month helps remind and motivate those living with diabetes to make sure to take the proactive steps, to monitor their eye health and protect their vision.
Diabetes inhibits the body from using or storing sugar properly, damaging the retinal blood vessels in the eye, causing them to bleed and swell, ultimately distorting vision. These damaged blood vessels can cause diabetic eye disease, also known as diabetic retinopathy, becoming the one of the leading causes of blindness in diabetic adults. Populations including African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanics are at a greater risk than others for developing diabetic eye disease. There are little to no symptoms when diabetic retinopathy is in its early stages, however with a comprehensive dilated eye exam, these problems can be easily detected and treated. Because diabetics have 25 times the usual risk for blindness, studies have shown that diabetics are more likely to keep their vision if treatment is started before vision loss has actually occurred. The best treatment for diabetic retinopathy is to keep your diabetes and blood pressure under control. You should have your eyes examined every year, even if you are seeing well, to screen for any retinal changes. The goal of diabetic eye care is to PREVENT vision loss before it occurs. Although you might be seeing well, it is not uncommon to have a vision-threatening problem with your retina. If it is determined that treatment is necessary, the doctors at Precision Vision can perform a number of state-of-the-art therapies designed to prevent vision loss. You will know more about your diabetic retinopathy treatment options during your initial consultation with us.
Nothing can be quite as devastating as losing your ability to see. As one of the senses you use most, your vision can be considered one of the driving forces of your body. If you have recently discovered that one of your friends or family members has lost their eyesight, you may not know if there’s anything you can do to lend a hand. However, we have created an article with a few ways that you can emotionally support a friend who lost their eyesight.
Keep Them Company
Losing your vision can be beyond isolating. To help your friend not feel so alone as they adjust, try keeping them company. If your schedule permits, try going over to their house every day for the first couple of weeks. By having something to look forward to, you can help them feel less isolated.
Drive Them Round
As an adult, one of the most difficult parts about losing your vision is losing your ability to drive—-which can feel like you’re losing your independence. As your friend is transitioning, offer to drive them around so they can still get things done like grocery shopping. The more your friend feels like they’re able to do the same things as before, the easier the new transition will be.
Read to Them
To help your friend pass their time without dealing with too much boredom, try reading to them. Ask them to pick one of their favorite books and spend a little time each day reading with them. Additionally, consider helping them learn braille. As a way for the blind to read, Braille uses raised characters that you can feel with your fingers. By learning braille with your friend, you can show a great amount of support.
It’s hard to always show someone support when they are going through a difficult time. However, if your friend has recently lost their eyesight, consider using the tips above. To learn more about vision loss or care, contact Precision Vision today!