Eye Conditions & Diseases

Many Eye Problems have Long-term Consequences

When you suspect you might have a problem seeing or your eyes are giving you trouble, don’t hesitate to see us at Ives Eyecare Center as quickly as possible. If not treated promptly, many eye conditions worsen over time.

Maintaining healthy eyes and healthy sight helps you enjoy life more.

Common Eye Conditions

Also known as “lazy eye,” amblyopia is usually noticed in children when one eye wanders inward or outward. It’s not just about weak eye muscles though. In amblyopia, the affected eye fails to develop vision properly as the brain learns to ignore it. Because mild cases of amblyopia may go undiagnosed, it is best for all children to have a comprehensive eye examination by the age of three, or earlier if the family has a history of lazy eye.

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is an inflammation of the eyelid and eyelashes. It is often the result of a bacterial infection, an allergic reaction, or abnormalities in the function of oil glands. A chronic condition, the main goal is to keep the blepharitis under control and reduce the irritation so that the patient can enjoy their daily routine.

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refer to a clouding of the lens of the eye. It results in a progressive blurring and/or dimming of vision. Cataracts are quite serious and are known to be the world’s leading cause of blindness. As you age, the likelihood of developing cataracts increases. It’s 50% by age 65 and as much as 70% by age 75.

With dry eyes, there is a loss of moisture, including tears, that normally lubricate, cleanse, and protect the eye. When the moisture diminishes enough, each blink begins to tear the protective surface of the eye, which can be very painful. In severe cases, your vision can be affected. Proper care for dry eye syndrome not only makes your eyes much more comfortable, it protects the health of your eyes.

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This is a condition in which the patient may appear to be cross-eyed. It happens when the muscles controlling eye movement are not working properly together and the eyes become misaligned. Eyes may turn inward, outward, upward or downward, and one or both eyes may be affected. Strabismus occurs in about 4% or children. It cannot be prevented, but its complications can be avoided with early treatment.

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Working long hours at the computer can have its toll. Signs of CVS include blurry vision, neck pain, stiff shoulders, headaches, and watery eyes. It’s a combination of posture, eye muscle coordination, and poorly corrected vision. Special computer glasses, with a prescription designed to make computer work more comfortable, as well as awareness of how to best set up your computer screen and position yourself for typing can relieve many of the symptoms of CVS.

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Common Eye Diseases

If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to loss of peripheral vision and, eventually, blindness. The disease results in an increase in pressure inside the eye. The increased pressure causes damage to the optic nerve, though there are no signs or symptoms at first.

The “silent” nature of glaucoma is why comprehensive eye exams are recommended to catch glaucoma at its earliest stages. Medications and surgery can help save your sight.

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Is more commonly known as “pink eye.” It is an infection of the thin, protective membrane that covers the surface of the eyeball and inner surface of the eyelids. Pink eye can be highly contagious and may develop into a serious corneal inflammation.

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Diabetes is hard on eye health and your vision. Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, problems including diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma can steal away your vision over time.

Often there are no symptoms of diabetic eye disease in the early stages, so early detection and treatment of these conditions is essential.

At Ives Eyecare we perform yearly dilated diabetic eye exams.

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This progressive disease comes in two forms, a “wet” condition where abnormal blood vessels lead fluid into the macula, and a “dry” version where a material called drusen accumulates under the retina. Both types lead to decreased central vision.

There is no known cure for age related macular degeneration, nor can damage caused by the condition be reversed. Wet macular degeneration can be treated with laser procedures and the dry version with changes in diet and supplements.

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The cornea is the clear dome shaped surface of the eye that focusses light into the eye. Keratoconus is defined by the progressive thinning of the cornea, which causes it to bulge into a "cone" shape. This progressive thinning causes vision to blur and become distorted. In mild cases, patients may still be able to wear glasses and soft contact lenses, however, as the surface of the eye becomes more irregular, specialty contacts may be necessary to maintain clear single vision

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