Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes damage to your optic nerve. It’s most often caused by an increase in fluid in the front of your eye that causes pressure on your optic nerve, leading to damage.
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States for adults over age 60, but if you’re diagnosed and receive treatment early, you can prevent further damage to your optic nerve and reduce your risk of total vision loss.
Eye drops provide a conservative treatment for glaucoma, but in more serious cases, your UltraVision specialist may recommend laser surgery. If you do need laser surgery to relieve the pressure on your optic nerve, Tomy Starck, MD or Ricardo N. Sepulveda, MD are experienced ophthalmologists at UltraVision, specially trained in a variety of surgical techniques.
Macular degeneration is a condition that occurs if your retina has been damaged, leading to central vision loss. With macular degeneration, you can’t see fine details of things when you look straight at them, but you can see them clearly in your peripheral vision.
There are two types, dry macular degeneration and wet macular degeneration. Your treatment depends on which type you have.
Dry macular degeneration is more common and current treatment includes supplementation with vitamin and minerals, such as vitamin C and E, lutein, zeaxanthin, copper, and zinc. Wet macular degeneration is less common, but can usually be treated with medication.
If you have diabetes, you should have your eyes examined regularly by the UltraVision optometrist, Dr. Cody Harrison to monitor for diabetic retinopathy. This occurs when the nerves in your eyes have become damaged due to high blood sugar.
Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include:● Double vision● Floaters● Difficulty reading up close
If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can lead to vision loss. Keeping tight control of your blood sugar may help prevent diabetic retinopathy. If needed, your UltraVision optometrist may recommend laser surgery to treat your retinopathy and improve your vision.