Diagnosis and Treatment of Eye Diseases
A staggering statistic from the CDC shows "an alarming lack of concern" for preventive eye care among Americans age 50 and older. 45% of the population of Americans that are 50 and over have never had a dilated eye exam.
"I CAN SEE FINE! I DON'T NEED AN EYE EXAM."
There are many different kinds of eye diseases. Most are a-symptomatic which means that you will not know that you have an eye disease until it is too late and damage is irreversible Having an annual eye exam, especially once you are 50 and older can save your vision and your life! The eye is a window to the rest of your body and Drs. Moes Nasser, Poly De la Garza and Wendy Conde are therapeutic optometrists who have been able to detect diseases such as hypertension, high blood pressure, diabetic retinopathy and other conditions while doing an eye examination. Our office provides excellent reporting that can be taken to your primary care physician if needed.
Here is a list of a few of the most common Eye Diseases. You can read more about each one in our Eyecyclopedia:
Cataracts: The natural lens in the eye becomes opaque and vision will be impaired. When the cataract affects the vision to the extent that you cannot read or see distant objects comfortably, we will recommend cataract surgery. Our office co-manages with cataract specialists that are proven experts in cataract surgery. Cataract surgery can provide you with a bright new world of vision.
Glaucoma: Glaucoma gradually destroys the optic nerve tissue in the back of the eye. The greatest danger of glaucoma stems from the fact that the disease is painless and without obvious symptoms until significant damage has occurred.We always monitor for glaucoma during routine eye examinations. Most forms of glaucoma are successfully treated with eye drops. Laser treatments and eye surgery are secondary treatments that offer alternative ways to treat more advanced glaucoma.
While the three most common tests for glaucoma (the pressure check or puff test, visual field analysis, and optic nerve evaluation) are useful, they often do not detect glaucoma early enough; this is why we emphasize the importance of the annual eye exam.
Diabetes: Diabetic patients should have a dilated retinal examination each year. Laser treatments have proven to slow the progression of retinal eye disease for many patients. Diabetes often stimulates the growth of new blood vessels in the back of the eye, which ultimately leak and damage the retina. If this condition is discovered early, laser treatment can destroy these vessels. We have the latest instruments used to detect changes in the back of the eye. If we discover advancing diabetic eye disease that can be treated or needs further evaluation, we will refer you for consultation and further testing to a board certified retinal specialist.
In-Office Medical Testing
We provide a range of medical tests in-office. Your doctor will determine which tests are needed during your thorough and complete eye examination. The testing can be done in a comfortable, familiar environment completed by capable staff, and reviewed in most cases the same day by your doctor. We partner with the top specialists in Houston if follow up care is needed based on the results of the eye exam. Here are just a few of the tests that we can do in our office:
- OPTOMAP RETINAL SCREENING
- VISUAL FIELDS
- GDX and OCT
- CORNEAL TOPOGRAPHY