Below are brief descriptions of the various eye conditions we commonly see and treat at LaCroix Eye Care in Mt. Clemens.
There are many different types of eye conditions that could be affecting your eyesight or could have long-term consequences if not treated properly or promptly. We list some of the more common conditions below. If you think you or someone in your family has one of these conditions, please contact LaCroix Eye Care in Mt. Clemens for an exam and recommendations.
Amblyopia, commonly known as “Lazy Eye” is a condition that results in decreased vision in the eye, caused simply by loss or lack of development in vision, usually in one eye. And while most people associate Lazy Eye with a misalignment of the eyes, that is not always the case, as it can also occur when the eyes appear normal. Amblyopia is estimated to affect up to 5% of the population. It is helpful if Lazy Eye is diagnosed at a young age (between birth and early school ages), as it is easier to treat if it is caught at an earlier age; this is when the brain is most likely to begin ignoring the weaker eye.
Strabismus is often referred to as “crossed-eyes”, another misalignment of the eyes. Cases can vary from mild misalignment, to severe. In adults, Strabismus may cause double-vision or loss of depth perception. In children, side effects are often mild. Eyeglasses may be used to help in mild cases; though surgery may be used to address more severe cases.
Blepharitis is a general term for inflammation of eyelids and eyelashes. It is extremely common, usually a result of poor eyelid hygiene, bacterial infection, allergies, and/or oil gland function abnormalities. Blepharitis cannot be cured; though it can be treated and controlled to reduce the amount of bacteria along the eyelid.
Cataracts occur when there is clouding of the eye’s lens, which should naturally be clear. As the lens becomes cloudier, this causes your vision to blur. While cataracts are among the most common conditions related to aging, they are also the world’s leading cause of blindness. By age 65, you have a 50% chance of developing a cataract; by age 75, you have a 70% chance.
Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)
CVS has become very common in recent years, as more and more people are spending long hours staring at computer screens every day. As your eye struggles to view the changes on your computer screen, your eyes may begin to have difficulty focusing, leading to headaches and blurred vision, among other symptoms. Customized lenses for extensive computer work are a good option if you spend you are one of the millions of sufferers of Computer Vision Syndome. LaCroix Eye Care offers a variety of lenses, including glare-free lenses, which help with CVS as well as night-time driving.
Dry Eye is a chronic condition, occurring if your eyes are not producing enough moisture (tears). Tears play an important role in the health of your eye, adding protective coating to the surface of your eye with each blink. Other symptoms of Dry Eye include redness, itchiness, and burning. Without treatment, chronic dry eye can lead to impaired vision, eye infection, and scarring. Contact Us today to speak with our staff about treating chronic dry eye.
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)
MGD is the leading cause of dry eye. While it is not typically site-threatening, it can have a negative impact on quality-of-life if left untreated. It is caused by a blockage in your tear ducts. It typically does not go away on its own and requires treatment from a medical professional.
Floaters are caused by tiny pieces of tissue in the eye that appear to “float” across your eye line. Most floaters are not dangerous and treatment is not necessary; though an eye examination is recommended if you experience a sudden increase in new floaters.
Ocular Migraines are caused by spasms in the blood vessels in your brain. Typically, these migraines last up to around an hour. After each “episode”, if your vision returns to normal, no treatment is recommended. But if symptoms continue beyond each episode, the Ocular Migraine may be leading you into classic migraines, which may require medical treatment.
Vitreous Detachment is caused by a separation of the vitreous layer in the eye, causing flashes in the eye and seeing tiny black spots. While Posterior Vitreous Detachments (PVD’s) are not always dangerous, they occasionally can be. The optometrists at LaCroix Eye Care can tell the severity of your PVD to determine if treatment is necessary.
LaCroix Eye Care has the experience and equipment necessary to diagnose and often treat the eye conditions detailed above at our office in Mt. Clemens. For more information please schedule an appointment with Dr. Ann LaCroix Fredal, and we will be in touch with you shortly.