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Dry Eye & Treatment Dry eye occurs when the eye doesn't produce the necessary quantity of tears or produces tears that are lacking in the proper composition. If left untreated, dry eye can be more than just irritating or uncomfortable. Excessive dry eye over a period of time can cause serious damage to eye tissue with possible scarring of the cornea. An ironic aspect of this relatively common eye disorder is that one of the symptoms is excessive watering of the affected eye. The watering is a natural reflex caused by irritation of the cornea by tears that have sub-normal qualities. Other symptoms include scratchy, dry, irritated or generally uncomfortable eyes. Dry eye cannot be permanently cured, but there are effective treatments. The treatment most likely to be recommended is the use of eye drops that have been formulated to simulate the chemical composition of natural tears. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a new and effective treatment option for dry eye that can reduce reliance on artificial tears.
Glaucoma & Diagnosis Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States especially for the older population. According to the National Eye Institute, as many as half of all glaucoma sufferers in the United States have the disease and do not know it. Glaucoma can only be detected by regular eye examination and loss of sight can often be prevented with early treatment. Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve. The optic nerve is made up of many nerve fibers and carries the images we see to the brain. When damage to the optic nerve occurs, blind spots develop. These blind spots usually go undetected until the optic nerve has significant damage. Blindness results when the entire optic nerve is destroyed. The only way to surely detect glaucoma is to have a complete eye examination which can include testing of peripheral vision for each eye and Optical Coherence Test (OCT). The OCT is a state-of-the-art technology which allows the doctor to determine any damage to the optic nerve as a result of glaucoma.
Macular Degeneration Macular degeneration is the most common cause of irreversible loss of central vision for senior citizens. The macula is located in the center of the retina, the micro-thin membrane that lines three-fourths of the back inside of the eye. Any damage to the macula will result in some loss or even total loss of the individual's powers of central vision. While there is no substitute for regular examinations by your eye doctor, there is a simple home test available for early detection of macular degeneration. This home test, called the Amsler Grid, was developed a number of years ago by a Swiss eye doctor. It is especially useful if macular degeneration has already been detected in one eye with the other eye being normal. The odds are that sooner or later the "good" eye will also become affected and early detection increases chances for treatment that will help preserve central vision ability.
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