Common Eye Conditions – What They Are and How to Treat Them

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We use our eyes for nearly everything we do, so when we encounter vision problems or eye discomfort, we want rapid, effective solutions, the kind you’ll find at Lake Eye Associates.

One of the most common and uncomfortable conditions is chronic dry eye, which causes nearly 30 million Americans to experience recurring dryness, grittiness, burning, stinging, redness, excess tearing and/or stringy mucus. Dry eye can affect people of any age, but occurs more often as people get older and tear production slows or the glands that keep eyes moist become blocked.

Dry eye can be easily diagnosed by your Board-certified Lake Eye ophthalmologist, who will assess the cause and severity and recommend the appropriate treatment to help keep your eyes moist, clear and comfortable.

Mild cases may be treated using specific nutritional supplements and prescription eye drops. More severe cases are typically caused by a disorder called Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, or MGD, in which the glands in the eyelids that maintain lubrication become blocked. Lake Eye utilizes LipiFlow®, the most advanced MGD treatment system ever created, for lasting, drug- and surgery-free therapy that can greatly reduce or eliminate the need for eye drops for up to 24 months. LipiFlow® provides a combination of heat and gentle massage to help unclog the Meibomian glands so they function better, delivering more than just a relief of symptoms, but also lasting treatment of the disease itself.

Another condition that creates discomfort is red eye, in which ocular inflammation causes the white part of the eye to become red and sometimes irritated. Red eye has many causes, including allergies, infection and ruptured blood vessels. Cases that don’t resolve within a day or two or are painful should be directly checked by your ophthalmologist.

Other problems for which you should make an immediate appointment include floaters, which are grayish strings or dots that appear within your field of vision, and flashers, flashes or streaks of light that appear out of nowhere. Though often harmless, they are sometimes the result of damage to the retina, which should be addressed by your ophthalmologist to help prevent potential vision loss.

By far the most common vision problem is a refractive error, a clinical name for what we know as blurred vision. This is caused by a change in the shape of the lens and cornea, producing nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism. Most refractive errors can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. For this, you’ll find everything you need for the right prescription and fashion-forward styles at Precision Optics, at every Lake Eye location.

Keep your eyes healthy, comfortable and clear with help from the friendly, experienced and trusted professionals of Lake Eye. Because you and your eyes deserve the best.

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