What is an Optometrist?
An Optometrist (OD) is a doctor of Optometry that generally provides routine vision care services, prescribes eyeglasses and fits contact lenses. Currently Optometrists, diagnose and medically treat eye diseases. Optometrists may not perform any form of surgery.
What is an Optician?
An Optician is trained to dispense eyeglasses, but does not perform eye exams or treat any eye diseases. At the present time, opticians are not required to be licensed in most states.
My eyes don't hurt and my vision is okay. Why should I have an eye exam?
Regular eye exams are an invaluable tool in maintaining your eyes’ health by detecting and preventing disease. Some diseases, such as glaucoma, often develop gradually without causing pain or vision loss. You may not notice anything wrong until significant and irreversible damage has been done. Early detection of any problems can allow for a choice of treatment options and a reduced risk of further harm.
What is glaucoma?
One of the leading causes of blindness in the United States, glaucoma occurs when the pressure inside the eye rises high enough to damage the optic nerve. It cannot be prevented, and vision lost to it cannot be restored. The high eye pressure associated with glaucoma is caused by blockages in the eye’s fluid drains. No one knows yet why the blockages form. People at the greatest risk include those who are over the age of 40, diabetic, near-sighted, African-American, or who have a family history of glaucoma.
Does glaucoma have any symptoms?
Glaucoma often develops over many years without causing pain so you may not experience vision loss until the disease has progressed. Symptoms are occasionally present and should be taken as warning signs that glaucoma may be developing; these include blurred vision, loss of peripheral vision, halo effects around lights, and painful or reddened eyes.
Is glaucoma treatable?
Once diagnosed, glaucoma can be controlled. Treatments to lower pressure in the eye include non-surgical methods such as prescription eye drops and medications, laser therapy, and surgery.
What is macular degeneration?
Does macular degeneration have any symptoms?
A gradual loss of ability to see objects clearly
A gradual loss of color vision
A dark or empty area appearing in the center of vision
Can macular degeneration be treated?
What is a cataract? Who is at risk for developing them?
Can cataracts be prevented?
Are there symptoms associated with cataracts?
Spots in front of the eye(s)
Sensitivity to glare
A feeling of â€œfilmâ€ over the eye(s)
A temporary improvement in near vision
How are cataracts treated?
What is diabetic retinopathy?
Can diabetic retinopathy be prevented?
Can diabetic retinopathy be treated?
What is dry eye?
Irritated, scratchy, dry, uncomfortable or red eyes
A burning sensation or feeling of something foreign in your eyes
In addition to being uncomfortable, dry eye can damage eye tissue, scar the cornea and impair vision. Dry eye is not preventable, but it can be controlled before harm is done to your eyes.
How is dry eye treated?
Restasis is a new topical medication that causes improved natural tear formation.