Eye Disease Diagnosis & Treatment in Malvern
Help for conjunctivitis, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and more.
The surprising truth about eye disease is that there are often no symptoms early on.
Only your eye doctor can detect eye diseases at an early stage when there is a better chance to develop an effective disease management plan.Dr. Laura Lehman has equipped her office with the latest technology to assist in the early detection of ocular disease.
Don’t delay — early detection is key. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Lehman at VisualEyes Optique today.
What are the most common ocular diseases?
There is a large range of eye diseases and conditions. But the most common include conjunctivitis, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration.
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is an infection or inflammation of the conjunctiva – the thin, protective membrane that covers the surface of the eyeball and inner surface of the eyelids. Caused by bacteria, viruses, allergens, and other irritants like smoke and dust, pink eye is highly contagious and is usually accompanied by redness in the white of the eye and increased tearing and/or discharge.
While many minor cases improve within two weeks, some can develop into serious corneal inflammation and threaten sight. If you suspect conjunctivitis, visit Dr. Lehman at VisualEyes Optique for an examination and treatment.
Macular degeneration is a chronic, progressive disease that gradually destroys sharp central vision due to a deterioration of the macula, a tiny spot in the central portion of your retina comprised of millions of light-sensing cells. Because it is so commonly associated with aging, it is also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). There are two forms of AMD called “dry,” most common and with no known treatment, and “wet,” less common and treated with laser procedures. Genetic testing is now available to help identify those most likely to develop “wet” macular degeneration.
In most cases, reversing damage caused by AMD is not possible, but supplements, protection from sunlight, eating a balanced diet and quitting smoking can reduce the risk and progression of macular degeneration. For suggestions, speak with optometrist, Dr. Lehman, at VisualEyes Optique.
Often called “the silent thief of sight,” glaucoma is an increase in the intraocular pressure of the eyes, which causes damage to the optic nerve with no signs or symptoms in the early stages of the disease. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to a decrease in peripheral vision and eventually blindness.
While there is no cure for glaucoma, there are medications and surgery available that can help halt further vision loss. Early detection and regular eye exams are vital to slowing the progress of the disease.
Diabetic retinopathy is the most common type of diabetic eye disease. With diabetic retinopathy, the blood vessels in the retina do not sense light as they normally would because they are constricted or damaged.
People who have diabetes are also more prone to cataracts and glaucoma.
Only your optometrist can detect eye diseases at an early stage when there is a better chance to develop an effective disease management plan. Schedule an appointment at VisualEyes Optique today.