Common Eye Conditions
While some people are blessed with excellent eye health and perfect vision, most people will face an eye issue, disease or condition at some point in their lives. Fortunately, your optometrist in Yardley is well versed in diagnosing symptoms and offering specialized treatments for a range of eye conditions. Some of the most common include:
With so many of us looking at smartphones, computers and tablets for a large portion of the day, it’s not surprising that eye strain is a more common eye condition than ever before. Your Yardley optometry clinic offers a range of treatment protocols as well as prescriptions for specialized computer glasses to assist in relief for all types of eye strain.
Dry eye is another eye condition that can impact both vision and quality of life. It’s most common cause is aging, but could also be a side effect of a medical condition or medication. There are a number of treatment options for dry eyes including prescription eye drops and procedures to inhibit the draining of natural tears.
Lazy Eye or Crossed Eye
A lazy eye or crossed eyes occur when one of the eyes does not develop fully or ideally. If this condition is detected early and treated, it can be corrected. However, if it is not, lifetime vision issues can result.
Some people see colors very differently than others and in some cases cannot tell the difference between certain colors. In the most extreme cases, there is very little color at all and the world is seen in shades of gray. Unfortunately, there is no cure, but awareness of colorblindness can assist with managing this eye condition and navigating in the world safely.
Presbyopia, or farsightedness, refers to an inability to see close-up objects and small print without vision correction. It often occurs around middle age but can often be corrected with reading glasses, bifocal contacts or LASIK eye surgery recommendations from your Yardley optometrist.
These are small specks or spots that “float” across the field of vision. They develop over time with age and can progress over time. In rare cases, they can indicate a higher risk of retinal detachment or more serious issues.
Glaucoma is an eye condition characterized by excess pressure in the eye. While some pressure is required and safe, too much can damage the optic nerve, reduce vision and eventually lead to blindness. Fortunately, with diagnosis and proper treatment, glaucoma can be managed and vision can be preserved.
Cataracts refer to a cloudy film that can develop over the lens of one or both eyes. The result is blurred vision and trouble focusing. Cataracts are mainly associated with the aging process, but can develop in infants and as a result of eye injury. They tend to get worse over time, but can be corrected surgically.
The retina is the lining at the back of the eye that collects visual images to be processed by the brain. Disorders of the retina impair this process and can affect vision. Early diagnosis and treatment are key. Some examples of retinal disorders include:
- Macular degeneration
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Retinal detachment