Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management

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Safeguard Your Eye Health with Annual Eye Exams

Eye disease and conditions rarely exhibit signs or symptoms, and can’t be diagnosed without the help of a professional. To help keep an eye out for trouble, we suggest all patients undergo a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year.

Common Eye Conditions & Diseases

There are several common eye conditions or diseases that often go undiagnosed, and therefore untreated, without regular eye exams.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

When the macula (central part of the retina) becomes damaged, it can cause central vision loss. This damage may be caused by age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of vision loss in people 50 and older.

There are two types of AMD, dry and wet:

  • Dry AMD is the more common form of AMD, affecting around 80% of people with this condition. It occurs when the macula thins and fatty proteins called drusen begin to grow, impairing central vision. Unfortunately, there is currently no treatment for dry AMD.
  • Wet AMD is less common but more severe and typically progresses more quickly than dry AMD, resulting in rapid vision loss. With wet AMD, new, abnormal blood vessels grow under the retina, which can leak and scar the macula.

Usually, people with AMD don’t notice something is wrong until their vision is already severely compromised. To help catch problems such as AMD as soon as possible, make sure you are visiting your optometrist for annual eye exams.

Cataracts

Cataracts cause the lens in the eye to become cloudy as proteins begin to break down, slowly impairing vision. Many of us will develop cataracts as we grow older, which is why cataracts are common in patients over 60. However, some patients may begin to develop cataracts in their 40s.

When your lenses begin to cloud, it can cause your vision to blur or increase your sensitivity to light. You may also develop double vision or notice everything appears slightly yellowed.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in people over 60 years old. However, if you take preventative measures and seek treatment as soon as possible, the condition can usually be prevented or at least mitigated.

Glaucoma occurs when the eye’s optic nerve becomes damaged. This can happen from the fluid in your eye, called aqueous humor, has trouble draining. When fluid builds up, your eye’s internal pressure (intraocular pressure or IOP) will rise, crushing the optic nerve and slowly damaging it over time.

There are two types of glaucoma: primary open-angle glaucoma and angle-closure glaucoma.

  • Primary open-angle glaucoma develops gradually and occurs when your eye’s drainage ducts become partially clogged. This causes your IOP to slowly rise, putting pressure on the optic nerve and slowly damaging it. Usually, this type of glaucoma isn’t noticeable in the early stages as it is typically painless and vision loss doesn’t occur until the later stages. The best way to prevent glaucoma is to visit us for a comprehensive eye exam to test for early signs and symptoms.
  • Angle-closure glaucoma happens much more suddenly and occurs when the drainage canals become completely blocked, causing your IOP to rise quickly. This type of glaucoma requires immediate medical attention.

Icare Handheld Tonometer

We use the handheld Icare tonometer to test your IOP and check for early signs of glaucoma. The Icare tonometer does not require anesthesia and is less intrusive than the “air puff” test.

This convenient, handheld device allows you the freedom to sit, stand, or lay down during the test – whichever is most comfortable for you. Additionally, the test is quick, and most patients report no pain or discomfort.

Flashes & Floaters

Floaters can appear like small dots or specks in your vision, seeming to float in front of your eye. They are clumps of cells within the vitreous (or jelly-like substance that fills your eye) that cast shadows on your retina.

Usually, floaters are not serious and tend to break down on their own. Severe floaters can be removed surgically, but the procedure is risky and generally unnecessary.

Flashes might appear as flashing lights or streaks of lightning in your field of vision. They sometimes present themselves as “seeing stars” after you hit your head.

Flashes occur when the vitreous rubs and pulls on the retina.

If you are concerned about your ocular health and would like more information about various eye diseases and conditions, please book an appointment with us today!

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We are located at 1114 Highway 315 Boulevard. We are in plaza 315 just south of the Mohegan Sun Casino adjacent the Woodlands Inn. If you have trouble finding us, please give us a call at 570-208-1111. For your convenience, ample parking is available.

Address

1114 Highway 315 Boulevard / Plaza 315
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702

Contact Information

Phone: 570-208-1111
Fax: 570-270-4625

Hours of Operation

Monday
10:45 AM7 PM
Tuesday
10:45 AM7 PM
Wednesday
10:45 AM7 PM
Thursday
10:45 AM7 PM
Friday
10:45 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Services We Offer

Contacts are an excellent solution for individuals that want an alternative to glasses. We offer full exams and fittings to help you find the perfect style to suit your needs, as well as a wide selection of brands for you to choose from.

Contact Lens Exams, Fittings, & Brands

Dry eye disease can be a debilitating and uncomfortable condition that many Americans deal with daily. We offer treatments and solutions so you can find lasting relief and comfort.

Dry Eye Therapy

As we age, our chances of developing certain eye diseases and conditions increase. Regular eye exams are important for managing your ocular health and catching any issues before they can progress.

Adult & Senior Eye Exams

Often, eye conditions can go unnoticed to the untrained eye. Our experienced staff is here to pinpoint diseases and conditions like glaucoma and cataracts so we can offer solutions to help manage your condition and preserve your eyesight.

Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management

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