At Cargo Eye Care of Las Colinas, we love eyes! We believe no eye care issue – big or small – should be ignored. Some eye conditions may only have minor side effects but others could cause long-term or permanent damage if left untreated.
Let’s look at a handful of eye conditions we commonly diagnose and treat at Cargo Eye Care of Las Colinas in Irving:
Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
You probably know this eye condition by its more common name of lazy eye. Amblyopia occurs when the vision in one eye doesn’t develop as it should, usually in early childhood. When a child’s brain receives both a blurry image and a clear one, it starts to ignore the blurry one. If this goes on for months or even years in a young child, vision in the blurry eye will continue to deteriorate.
It’s important that this condition is diagnosed and treated as early as possible because the longer it remains untreated, the more difficult it is to correct.
At Cargo Eye Care, 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. It’s not uncommon for the condition to flare up multiple times throughout a patient’s life.
Blepharitis is most commonly caused by poor eyelid hygiene or a minor bacterial infection such as staphylococcus.
Because blepharitis is a skin condition, treatments in our office are typically designed to control the side effects rather than addressing the root cause. You may wish to see your primary care physician or a dermatologist about the condition.
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 the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 50 worldwide. According to Prevent Blindness America, more than 22 million Americans are currently dealing with cataracts. That’s a lot of folks!
What exactly is a cataract? Glad you asked.
A cataract is not a growth like some people think. It is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens that blocks the lens from being able to focus light on the retina. This clouding is generally minimal at first; not affecting vision.
But as cataracts progress (as they always do), we may suggest altering your glasses prescription and reducing glare in your daily life. When cataracts begin to interfere with your daily life and keep you from doing the things you enjoy, cataract removal surgery will become necessary.
We partner with some of the area’ best cataract surgeons to provide all your pre- and post-op cataract surgery care.
Computer Vision Syndrome
These days, so many people have jobs that require staring at a computer screen for hours at a time – and that can put a real strain on your eyes.
Eye issues caused by computer use fall under the umbrella term Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). It isn’t just one specific problem but represents a range of eye strain and pain. The most common side effects of CVS include blurry vision, stiff shoulders, stiff neck, headaches and watery eyes.
Many people don’t realize that their regular glasses or contact lenses may not be helping 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.
If you work at a computer and experience any of the symptoms of CVS, call us! We can help make sure your glasses or contacts are working as hard as you are!
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Dry Eye Syndrome
If you’ve noticed your eyes are drier and more irritated than they used to be, you’re not alone. Dry eye is more common today than ever before. Experts agree that near work – computers, smartphones, video games – is likely to blame for increased dry eye symptoms.
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 you blink, your tear ducts should produce tears that will coat the surface of your eye and protect it from outside contaminants. If the outer layer of the eye dries up, you may experience blurred vision, eye discomfort, headaches and possibly even infections.
Do your eyes feel “gritty”, dry or irritated? Contact us today!
Cargo Eye Care of Las Colinas offers many treatment options to keep your eyes comfortable and well-lubricated throughout the day.
TearCare® for the Treatment of Dry Eye
TearCare® is an innovative Dry Eye procedure that targets the blocked meibomian glands in your eyelids that produce oils to keep your tears healthy. When these glands become blocked or have reduced function, your tears may evaporate more quickly. Unblocking these glands with The TearCare® System can help restore their function and stabilize the tear film. This may improve the quality of tears and reduce symptoms like dryness, gritty or scratchy sensations, blurry vision, and watery eyes.
At your appointment, we will determine whether your dry eye symptoms are caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) and would benefit from the use of The TearCare® System.
Strabismus (also called crossed eyes) is a very common condition in which the eyes are misaligned. It typically occurs when the muscles that control the movement of the eyes don’t work in unison and the eyes look in different directions.
One in 25 children is diagnosed with this condition during regular vision testing and eye exams. Strabismus can be treated with vision therapy or, in more severe cases, surgery.
Schedule an appointment with one of our expert optometrists at Cargo Eye Care if you notice these issues. Pay special attention when your child is especially tired, ill or feeling stressed because these will exacerbate the condition. We can help!
Cargo Eye Care of Las Colinas has the experience and technology needed to diagnose and treat the eye conditions detailed above at our office in Irving. For more information, please schedule an appointment with one of our qualified optometrists and we will be in touch with you shortly.