Other Eye Conditions

Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common eye condition usually seen in people over the age of fifty. It causes distortion or loss of the central vision which you need for activities like reading and driving. Risk factors for AMD include increasing age, smoking and a family history of the disease.

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Floaters and Flashes

Floaters are a very common symptom and are due to changes that occur in the jelly-like area of the eye. Small particles in the vitreous are seen in your field of vision as dark round, oval or irregular objects that move about your vision. Floaters are usually harmless and treatment is not normally needed. Eventually they become less noticeable or they can disappear completely.

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Diabetic Retinopathy

Patients with diabetes are at risk of a condition called diabetic retinopathy where the blood vessels of the retina become damaged. This can lead to serious complications that can cause loss of vision. Sometimes laser or surgery is needed to save or restore the patients vision. It is important for patients with diabetes to have regular eye checks even if they do not have any vision problems. Patients with diabetes also have a higher risk of other eye conditions like cataracts and glaucoma.

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Pterygium

A pterygium is a small triangular shaped growth that occurs on the front surface of the eye. It starts on the white part of the eye and then grows onto the cornea.

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Eyelid Cysts

A small cyst that occurs in either the upper or lower eyelid. This is a common condition that is caused by a blockage of one of the oily glands found in the eyelids. Sometimes the cyst can also become infected, which causes it to swell and become red. Usually antibiotics and hot compresses will help to clear the cyst but occasionally a minor surgical procedure may needed.

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Blepharitis

Blepharitis is a common eye condition that is caused by inflammation along the eyelid where the eyelashes grow. symptoms include itchiness, irritation and a burning sensation in the eyes. The eyelid margins are usually red and there may crusting of the eyelids or a discharge in the mornings.

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Dry Eye Syndrome

A problem with the tear film of the eye leads to dryness of the eye surface. Either not enough tears are being produced or they are evaporating to quickly. The symptoms include a feeling of dryness, soreness or irritation and usually occurs in both eyes. It is often worse after reading or long periods in front of a computer screen. Vision may be temporally blurred but improves with blinking or giving the eyes a rest.

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Uveitis

Uveitis refers to a group of eye conditions that cause inflammation inside the eye. There are several different causes of uveitis including infections, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and sarcoidosis, genetic predilection, and trauma. Often however, there is no underlying cause for uveitis found in about 50% of patients.

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Eye accidents and emergencies

At Eye Surgery Associates we are also able to see patients with any eye accident or emergency and are providers for ACC covered care. This includes conditions like eye trauma, eye foreign bodies, corneal abrasions, eye infections and corneal ulcers.

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