Cargo Eye Care of Las Colinas treats patients with eye conditions which affect their overall health or visual abilities. Below is an in-depth look at some of the most common eye diseases, how they affect vision, and available treatment options.
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
Commonly referred to as pink eye, conjunctivitis is a condition in which the thin membrane that protects the eyelids and surface of the eyes becomes infected and inflamed. Conjunctivitis is typically caused by allergens, bacteria, viruses, smoke or dust irritating the eye or becoming trapped under the eyelid.
The most common side effects of pink eye include bright red eyes, excessive tearing and discharge. In many instances, the side effects of pink eye will improve within 10 or 14 days. In more severe cases, the cornea can become inflamed, which may cause serious damage. Patients who believe they have conjunctivitis should make an appointment with Cargo Eye Care for a full examination.
Diabetic Eye Disease
Any eye disease that develops as the result of type 1 or type 2 diabetes is referred to as a diabetic eye disease. This generally includes diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma. Patients diagnosed with diabetes are advised to schedule an eye appointment as the signs of diabetic eye disease may not be immediately apparent.
When left untreated, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S. and can develop at any age. Glaucoma is caused by an increase in intraocular pressure of the eyes, causing damage to the optic nerve. In its earliest stages, glaucoma has no symptoms, which makes it difficult to detect and diagnose. While there is no cure for glaucoma, there are a number of medications and surgical options that will slow the side effects or bring them to a halt.
The macula is a tiny bundle of light-sensing cells located in the retina. Macular degeneration is a chronic and progressive disease which will slowly damage and eventually destroy the macula. The disease is divided into two forms known as “wet” and “dry” macular degeneration. Patients may undergo testing to determine if they are at risk of developing “wet” macular degeneration.
Basic lifestyle changes such as protecting your eyes from sunlight, using vitamins and supplements, quitting smoking, and eating a balanced diet will slow the development of this disease. There is currently no treatment to reverse damage caused by MD, but the team Cargo Eye Care of Las Colinas can provide suggestions on how to protect your eyes from further damage.
Cargo Eye Care of Las Colinas has the experience and equipment necessary to diagnose and often treat the eye diseases detailed above, as well as many other eye diseases, at our office in Irving. For more information please schedule an appointment with your optometrist, and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.