In our office at Optique, we have hundreds of patients each year who are surprised when they get a diagnosis of some form of eye disease or condition. That's because, in most cases, even the worst eye diseases don't have any symptoms in the beginning months and years. The only way to find out if you have any of these dangerous eye conditions is by having a comprehensive eye examination. The earlier we find the problem, the more likely it is we can successfully treat it, which makes having an annual eye exam the best step you can take for keeping your eyes healthy and your vision as clear as possible.
Common Eye Diseases
We see patients of all ages with every type of eye diseases, but they're most common in people over 50. That's why we recommend all of our patients increase their eye exam schedule to once a year once they reach that birthday. We have the latest visual testing technology in our office, which allows early detection of the most common eye diseases, including:
- Macular degeneration
- Diabetic retinopathy
Some diseases, like macular degeneration, can't be repaired once the damage is done, making it even more important for us to find them early. Treatment at the beginning can delay further deterioration, giving you many more years of functioning with your eyesight. In other cases, treatment can even stop the progression of the disease, ensuring you have a great vision for the rest of your life. In all cases, though, it depends on our discovering the disease early enough to make a difference.
Other Eye Problems
Other eye problems may not be as serious, but they can affect your daily life, both at home and at work.
Computer vision syndrome is one of the more common eye problems we see now. It mostly strikes people who work in offices or other spots with many hours of digital screen usage. Symptoms can include watery eyes, blurred vision, headaches, stiff neck, and scratchy, itchy eyelids. We often prescribe a combination of environmental changes, lifestyle changes, and prescription eye drops to control the symptoms.
Chronic dry eye is caused by a lack of production of the right kind of tears in your eyes. It can be caused by infection, blocked tear ducts, or a host of other causes. Treatment depends on the cause of your symptoms and can vary from a change in diet to prescription eye medication.
Presbyopia happens to most people, beginning at age 40. It causes an inability to focus on small items close up. There's no cure, but eyeglasses or contact lenses can help.
Think You Might Have an Eye Condition? Visit Our Local Optometrist in Dallas, TX today
If you have any concerns about these or any other eye problems, call our office at (214) 252-1800 to make an appointment.