Other Ophthalmology Services

Floaters and Flashes

man_holding_glassesYou may see something floating or flashing within your vision, but what you may be seeing is matter that is floating in your eye. The condition, in most cases, is more bothersome than harmful. In some cases, the sudden appearance of floaters or flashes may indicate a more serious eye condition.

Floaters (or ‘spots’) are tiny pieces of matter that are drifting inside your vitreous, the fluid that fills the inside of your eyes. Floaters are usually related to the normal aging process that can begin in your mid 40’s. They can appear to be small specks or strands of fiber that move slowly across your field of vision.

Flashes appear as streaks, shooting stars, or false blasts of light. Most adults after the age of 50 will experience flashes as part of the normal aging process when the vitreous thickens and rubs against the light-sensitive retina. As with floaters, flashes should be checked by an eyecare provider to ensure they are not the early sign of a more serious problem.

Dry Eye

Dry Eye refers to a condition of the eye where either too few tears are produced, or tears drain too quickly from the eye. Symptoms may include eyes that feel itchy, gritty, red and dry; eyelids that stick together upon awakening; difficulty wearing contact lenses; hay fever or sinus problems, and recurring infections.

Common treatments of dry eye include simple eye drops known as “artificial tears” or the restriction or closing of the drainage passages in the eyelid. Left untreated, dry eye may lead to corneal infections and ulcers, conjunctivitis, chalazia and pterygia.

Dry eye can be caused by irregularities in the blinking process, medications, overexposure to natural elements, a Vitamin A deficiency, or an overly large drainage canal.

To determine if treatment is necessary, contact our office. 

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the leading preventable cause of blindness. It is essential to catch this condition early and why adults 35 and older should visit an eye doctor every year.

In its early stages, glaucoma can only be detected through a test performed by your eyecare professional. The loss of vision is usually so gradual and painless that most people are unaware of it until damage is permanent. Vision lost through glaucoma cannot be restored.

Treatment includes eye drops and tablets to control fluid pressure within the eye, the cause of glaucoma. This pressure can lead to the pinching of the optic nerve, leading to the loss of peripheral vision and eventual blindness.

Macular Degeneration

Asian_woman_in_glassesOnce again, this condition usually shows no symptoms in its early stages and can be detected during routine eye examinations. Macular degeneration occurs within the macula, located in the central area of the retina. This area is primarily responsible for your straight-ahead and color vision.

As fluid separates the layers of the retina, vision cells in the macula are pushed out of their normal orientation. The result gives a person the feeling they are looking through flawed glass.

There is no known cure for the most common form of macular degeneration, although lasers can be used to repair weak areas of the macula. Low-vision aids, such as glasses, magnifiers, specially-designed lamps and large-print books and magazines help sufferers to lead a relatively normal life of vision.

Multifocal, Premium Lens Implant

Our goal is to help keep most patients from wearing bifocals, or reading glasses under most conditions. One potential option is the presbyopia correcting (near vision) premium lens which can reduce your dependence on glasses or contacts.

These lens implants can give distance, intermediate (computer range vision), and near (reading, sewing, etc.) vision in most conditions without glasses. For some patients the success rate is dramatic. Some studies show 90% of multifocal, premium intraocular lens implant patients never, or occasionally, wore reading glasses. In other words, only 10% of those questioned had to reach for some type of spectacle correction.

The Eye Clinic at Valley Medical Center currently offers ReZoom, ReSTOR, and Crystalens multifocal, premium lens implants. This newer technology enables most to watch TV, use the computer, and read without the dependence on glasses or contacts.

Please ask us for more information on this exciting, new intraocular lens technology. These multifocal, premium lens implants may be an option for you at the time of cataract surgery. Our physicians and staff will be happy to answer your questions regarding these lens implants. During your examination, we can then determine if you are a good candidate for this multifocal lens technology.