A quick look at some of the most common eye diseases diagnosed and often treated at LaCroix Eye Care
“Eye diseases” refers to a group of diseases affecting the function of the eye. Below are some common types of eye diseases and how they are generally treated. For more in-depth information, please Contact Us.
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
Pink eye occurs when the conjunctiva (the thin protective membrane that covers the surface of the eyeball and inside the eyelids) becomes inflamed or infected; it is also highly contagious. While most cases of pink eye are minor and improve within a couple weeks, pink eye can develop into a serious corneal inflammation and threaten your eyesight. Make an appointment today if you suspect that you have pink eye.
Glaucoma is a group of various eye diseases that cause damage to your optic nerve, putting your eyesight at risk. Causes of glaucoma range from elevated eye pressure, to changes in the optic nerve, as well as family history and ethnicity among other factors. Early detection is the best way to prevent glaucoma from leading to blindness, so be sure to schedule your regular exam today.
LaCroix Eye Care recommends having your vision tested once per year, especially if you have a family history of glaucoma or are 40 years or older. There are several ways to test for early signs of glaucoma. This video explains several of the tests available through LaCroix Eye Care.
Macular Degeneration is an age related disease, and is the most common cause of vision loss in people over 55 years old. Macular degeneration affects the center of your vision, causing blurriness and even loss of vision, though only in the center of your eyesight. Thanks to advances in technology, Macular degeneration can now be treated and often times improved in patients.
Diabetic Retinopathy is a disease that can occur to anyone with diabetes. Early detection is important with diabetic retinopathy, as any damage (blurry vision and floaters, as well as potential sudden vision loss) is not reversible. But if caught early, progression of your symptoms can be prevented. If you have diabetes, LaCroix Eye Care recommends being checked at least once per year; and if you notice any significant changes in your vision between appointments, you should contact your doctor immediately.
LaCroix Eye Care 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 Mt. Clemens. For more information please schedule an appointment with your optometrist, and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.