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Common eye conditions affecting many people over 35 include cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Your optometrist in Amarillo can diagnose, treat and provide medical management of these eye diseases using a variety of ocular medications, surgeries and noninvasive treatments designed to restore and retain your vision as optimally as possible. Making sure you receive an annual eye exam is especially important for detecting the development of ocular diseases in their earliest stages.
Some people have cataracts but never need to have them removed since they do not interfere or minimally interfere with their vision. Others will need cataracts removed and replaced with clear, intraocular lenses to reestablish vision and prevent cataracts from returning. When cataracts start to make it difficult to drive, work or perform other daily tasks, your Amarillo eye doctor may suggest a phacoemulsification procedure dissolve cataracts or extracapsular cataract surgery to invasively remove cataracts. In either procedure, only local anesthesia is necessary, with recovery time lasting about 24 to 48 hours.
Following an eye test indicating glaucoma exists, patients will begin one or more treatments meant to reduce intraocular pressure and optic nerve damage. Prescription eye drops, systemic medications and, in more serious cases, laser surgery are the most common forms of glaucoma management. Although glaucoma cannot be cured, it progresses can be delayed with early diagnoses and continuous monitoring by your optometrist in Amarillo.
Macular degeneration causes vision loss as retinal cells deteriorate and fail to transmit light-based images to the optic nerve and brain. There is no cure for macular degeneration but there are several effective treatment options to preserve eyesight and delay progression of macular degeneration. For people diagnosed with "wet" macular degeneration, anti-angiogenic drugs that stop the formation of new blood vessels and leakage into the retina. Laser therapy or photodynamic laser therapy may also help destroy excess blood vessel growth in the eyes. If you have "dry" macular degeneration (the most commonly diagnosed type of MD), management could include modifying lifestyle choices (stop smoking, lose weight and exercise daily) and taking dietary supplements containing copper, zinc, beta-carotene and vitamins E and C. Low-vision aids that enlarge or clarify objects, submacular surgery (removal of excess blood vessels or scar tissue) and retinal translocation are other methods of managing macular degeneration.
Eye diseases are often asymptomatic and painless. You may have an eye disease and not even know it until the disease is in an advanced state and already causing irreversible damage to your eyes and vision. Getting an annual eye exam from your optometrist in Amarillo is essential to enjoying the best vision possible throughout your life. Contact EyeCare Plus today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jentzen or Dr. Pathapati: 806-358-3594.
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