Our team of doctors provide the latest treatments and procedures to monitor and treat these eye diseases. If you or someone you know suffers from an eye disease, do not wait, call and schedule an appointment to find out what intervention may be necessary to save your sight or the sight of someone you love!
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration is essentially the breaking down of the macula, which is the light-sensitive part of the retina. The retina is responsible for the sharp and direct vision that we need for activities like reading and driving.
- Dry Form: This is the early stage of AMD and is the most common. The dry stage is characterized by drusen, small, yellow dots that the doctor can see when looking at your macula. Most individuals with this alone do not have vision changes or loss.
- Wet Form: This is the late stage and it accounts for the majority of central vision loss with patients that have AMD. The wet form of macular degeneration is characterized by the growth of abnormal blood vessels from the choroid underneath the macula. These abnormal blood vessels leak fluid or blood that then cause central vision loss with distortion and blurring of vision.Genetic testing is available at the Eye Center North Florida to determine your risk of progression and help select an Eye vitamin formula based on your genetic risk profile. Call our office for a quick and painless cheek swap genetic test and start fighting this sight stealing disease early.
The first real line of defense against Macular Degeneration is awareness. Some of the first signs of this disease are wavy, broken lines or a missed spot in your vision. Using something as easy as the Amsler Grid can help keep you aware of your vision.
Here’s how to use the graph below:
- Wear your reading glasses, if you normally use them and sit about 14 inches away from the screen.
- Focus on the dark dot in the center of the grid.
- While looking at this dot, you still should be aware of the lines of the grid.
If when looking at this grid you see any blurred, wavy or missing lines, call your ophthalmologist as soon as possible.
Diabetic Retinopathy is the leading cause for blindness in the United States. High blood pressure that is often seen with diabetic patients can cause vision loss. The symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy are blurred vision and slow vision loss, floaters, having shadows or missing areas of vision and trouble seeing at night. However, some patients have no symptoms, therefore regular eye exams should be performed.
Glaucoma is defined as a group of eye conditions that result in optic nerve damage. Usually, the high pressure inside your eye is what causes the vision loss. Glaucoma is the second largest leading cause for blindness in the United States. In the early stages of this disease there are no symptoms, therefore regular eye exams are needed. If untreated, the peripheral (side) vision will slowly be lost. Over time, if the Glaucoma is still untreated, it can seem like you are looking through a tunnel with only straight-ahead vision. Eventually, straight-ahead vision will decrease until there is no vision. Treatment can be initiated with drops or treatment.
The eye’s natural, clear lens sits behind the iris (colored portion) and pupil. It works similar to a camera lens, in that it focuses light on to the retina. As we age, this crystalline lens becomes cloudy and is then called a cataract. Most people will develop cataracts due to age, however, cataracts can also be caused by hereditary factors, trauma, diabetes, and certain medications.
Here at the Eye Center we perform the most advanced cataract surgeries in the world. We were the first in the state of Florida to offer the LenSX Custom Cataract Laser and are the only facility in this area that does.