At Cargo Eye Care, we believe no eye care issue should be ignored. While some of the conditions below may only have minor side effects, others could cause long-term or permanent damage if not treated immediately. Here is a closer look at a handful of eye conditions we commonly diagnose and treat at Cargo Eye Care of Las Colinas in Irving.
Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
Lazy eye is a degenerative process in which a patient’s vision does not develop properly. This generally occurs in just one eye and is most often noticed during infancy or early childhood. It is vital that this condition is diagnosed and treated as early as possible. The longer it remains untreated, the more difficult it will be to correct.
We recommend that all children undergo comprehensive vision tests by their third birthday. Those with a family history of eye disease may want to schedule an appointment before age three. If you suspect your child has issues with his/her vision, please contact Cargo Eye Care of Las Colinas in Irving to schedule an appointment today.
Blepharitis is a general medical term that is used any time that there is inflammation around the eyelid or eyelashes. Blepharitis remains one of the most common eye conditions we treat and may flare-up multiple times throughout a patient’s life. It is most often caused by poor eyelid hygiene or a low-scale bacterial infection such as staphylococcus.
Due to the fact that blepharitis is a skin condition, treatments are typically designed to control the side effects of the disease rather than getting rid of it altogether. After comprehensive testing, Cargo Eye Care can help you decide the best treatment options for removing bacteria from the eyelids and reducing inflammation.
Cataracts are an extremely common eye condition with around 50 percent of all adults developing some form of cataracts by the time they reach the age of 65. This number increases to 70 percent by age 70.
A cataract forms when the clear lens of the eye begins to cloud. This clouding is generally minimal at first, does not affect one’s vision, and has little or no other side effects. As the condition progresses, however, we may suggest altering your eyeglasses and reducing glare in your daily life. When cataracts begin to seriously affect your daily life, cataract removal surgery may become necessary.
Computer Vision Syndrome
Patients with chronically dry eyes, bad posture, poor eye muscle coordination, and ineffective eyeglasses may develop computer vision syndrome (Digital Eye Strain). The most common side effects of CVS include blurry vision, stiff shoulders, stiff neck, headaches and watery eyes.
Many patients do not realize that their regular eyeglasses or contact lenses may not be appropriate when working at a computer screen for long periods of time. The typical distance to a computer screen is between 20 and 26 inches, which is closer than long distance vision needed for driving and farther than the distance used for reading. A special intermediate lens may be the best option for focusing on the computer and your immediate work area.
Dry Eye Syndrome
When the body can no longer produce enough tears or the right type of tears needed to keep the eyes moist, it may be the result of dry eye syndrome. Every time a person blinks, their eyes should produce tears that will coat the surface and protect it from outside contaminants. If the outer layer of the eye dries up, you will become susceptible to blurred vision, discomfort, headaches and infections.
If you have noticed that your eyes continue to feel “gritty”, dry or painful, contact your eye care provider today. We can offer you treatment options to keep your eyes comfortable and well lubricated throughout the day.
Strabismus is a condition in which the eyes are misaligned or the patient is cross-eyed. This condition typically occurs when the muscles that control the movement of the eyes are no longer working in unison and the eyes look in different directions.
Around 2 out of every 50 children are diagnosed with this condition during regular vision testing and eye exams. Strabismus cannot be completely prevented, but there are some methods to reduce the complications when it is caught early on. Schedule an appointment if you notice these issues when your child is especially tired, ill or feeling stressed.
Cargo Eye Care of Las Colinas has the experience and equipment necessary to diagnose and often treat the eye conditions detailed above at our office in Irving. For more information please schedule an appointment with Jonathan Cargo, O.D., and we will be in touch with you shortly.