First Eye Care Offers Eye Disease Management in Killeen and Salado, TX
Your optometrist can help you manage eye diseases, such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and dry eye syndrome that can affect your vision. At First Eye Care in Killeen and Salado, we can provide comprehensive care for your eyes, including management of eye diseases.
Causes and Symptoms of Eye Diseases
Each of these common eye problems has different causes and different symptoms.
- Cataracts often develop in individuals over the age of 60, when the lens at the front of the eye gradually becomes clouded, impeding normal vision. Exposure to ultraviolet from the sun increases the risk for developing cataracts. Individuals experience gradual blurring of vision, dulling of colors and increased sensitivity to light.
- Glaucoma, another condition, results from increased pressure within the eye, and if left untreated, can lead to blindness. Gradual loss of peripheral vision is one of the primary symptoms of glaucoma.
- Macular degeneration occurs when deposits or problems with blood vessels cause obstruction in the central field of vision.
- Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that occurs in individuals with diabetes, when high blood sugar levels cause damage to the delicate blood vessels in the eyes, leading to eye pain and sudden loss of vision.
- In addition, dry eye syndrome, a problem of inadequate moisture on the eye surface, can occur at any age and may require treatment to maintain comfort and good vision.
Management of Common Eye Diseases
- Your optometrist will monitor your cataracts and advise you about surgery to remove cataracts and implant an artificial lens, so you will be able to see more clearly.
- Glaucoma can be treated with eye drops to reduce eye pressure. In some cases, laser surgery may be necessary to improve vision.
- Macular degeneration may be treated with nutritional supplements, eye drops or surgery, depending on the type and severity of the problem.
- The optometrist will carefully monitor your eyes for any changes in eye structures. If a problem worsens because of diabetes, you will be referred to your physician or an eye surgeon.
- Dry eye syndrome can be treated with prescription eye drops, the insertion of punctual plugs or other methods to increase eye moisture.
Make First Eye Care Your Choice For Management of Eye Disease Today!
Dr. Thomas Lucas uses his extensive training and many years of experience to ensure that his patients in Killeen, Salado, and nearby communities receive quality eye care. With two locations for your convenience, First Eye Care provides professional, individualized vision care for all stages of life. Call First Eye Care in Killeen at 254-690-4733 or in Salado at 254-781-0041 for more information about detection and management of common eye diseases.