Treatment of Eye Disease
Since many eye diseases are asymptomatic, yearly eye examinations are crucial to maintaining good eye health and vision. Here at Hobson Eye Associates in Kennesaw, we test and treat for an array of eye conditions and eye diseases including Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Cataracts, Diabetes, Dry Eyes, and other eye infections.
Unlike certain eye diseases, eye disorders are usually not serious but do interfere with normal vision. Disorders such as astigmatism, myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), color blindness and presbyopia (age-related blurring of vision) can all be corrected with prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses or LASIK surgery.
Most Common Eye Conditions
Some of the most common eye problems we treat include:
Cataracts are clumps of protein that accumulate within the eye lens and restrict the passage of light to the retina, clouding your vision and dulling colors. Cataracts that significantly impair vision can be removed by replacing your eye lens with a synthetic lens.
When blood pressure within the eye (intraocular pressure) is too high, damage to the optic nerve may result, leading to acute vision loss and even blindness. Glaucoma is one of those eye diseases that present no symptoms except for a gradual loss of vision that can only be detected by your eye doctor. You may be at a higher risk for suffering glaucoma if you are African American, over 60 years old, are severely near-sighted or have high blood pressure.
3. Diabetic Retinopathy (Diabetes)
People with diabetes may suffer weakening of the eye's blood vessels that allows blood and other fluids to leak into the retina. The most common symptom of diabetic retinopathy is increasingly blurry vision that worsens unless the diabetic gains control of their blood sugar. Consequences of untreated diabetic retinopathy include detached retina and macular retina (swelling of the eye's macula), which may lead to legal blindness.
4. Macular Degeneration
More commonly diagnosed in people over 65, macular degeneration occurs when the middle part of the retina (the macula) starts deteriorating. Although vision can be significantly impaired by this eye disease, it rarely causes a complete loss of vision.
5. Dry Eye Syndrome
Chronically dry eyes may be attributed to many underlying health problems, such as blocked tear glands, diabetes, lupus, arthritis, thyroid diseases and even vitamin deficiencies.
6. Pink Eye
Conjunctivitis (pink eye) is a viral or bacterial infection of the inner eyelid membranes and membranes covering the white parts of your eyes. It is highly contagious and requires use of prescription eye-drops to eliminate the infection.
The uvea is the middle layer of your eye that supplies blood and other fluids to the retina. When the uvea becomes infected and swells, you may see "floaters", have blurry vision and mild to moderate eye pain. Uveitis is usually a viral or bacterial infection but may also be caused by an underlying autoimmune disorder.
Getting your eyes checked every year is your best defense against most eye diseases. Call our office today at 770-424-2020 to schedule your eye exam if you haven't already had an annual eye examination.