Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management in Mission Viejo

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By having regular eye exams, your optometrist can detect issues with your eyesight before they cause permanent damage to your vision.

If you believe you are at risk of developing an eye disease, please request your next eye exam today! We’re ready to help you find the management strategies you need to preserve and protect your vision.

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Common Eye Diseases & Conditions

Cataracts are a common eye condition that occurs when your clear crystalline lens becomes more dense and opaque, resulting in a cloudy or milky appearance that could impair your vision.

Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your optometrist may recommend wearing glasses or contacts lenses . However, the only way to effectively treat cataracts is by having cataract surgery.

Glaucoma affects an estimated 3 million Americans across the country.

Glaucoma can occur when your eyes are producing more intraocular fluid than they are draining. Because of this, your intraocular pressure (IOP) rises, which can damage the optic nerve. However, some forms of glaucoma can still occur even without raising IOP levels.

There are 3 common types of glaucoma:

  • Open-angle glaucoma occurs when the drainage angle between your iris and cornea remains open, but not enough intraocular fluid is being drained or your eye, resulting in higher IOP levels. Raised IOP damages on the optic nerve and causes vision loss.
  • Closed-angle glaucoma, sometimes known as angle-closure glaucoma, can occur when the drainage angle of your iris and cornea closes. When this happens, your IOP levels rapidly rise, causing sudden vision loss. Closed-angle glaucoma is considered a medical emergency and requires immediate attention.
  • Normal-tension glaucoma occurs even when IOP levels are low or at normal ranges. It is detected by observing your optic nerve.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness for people 55 or older.

AMD deteriorates your macula, which is responsible for your central vision. This damage can then affect your ability to read, drive, or even recognize faces.

There 2 common types of AMD:

  • Dry AMD occurs when small deposits of proteins, called drusen, begin to form underneath your macula. These deposits slowly deteriorate the macula, which leads to vision loss.
  • Wet AMD occurs when fragile blood vessels begin to form underneath your macula. These blood vessels can break and leak fluids under your macula, resulting in rapid vision loss. Wet AMD is considered to be a medical emergency and requires immediate attention.

Diabetic retinopathy can occur when blood vessels in the retina become damaged due to higher levels of glucose in your bloodstream.

When this happens, your retina may attempt to create new vessels to help continue blood flow. However, these vessels can break and leak fluid onto your retina and can cause vision loss.

Conjunctivitis (pink eye or red eye) is a common eye condition that causes irritation, redness, and discharge.

There are 3 common types of conjunctivitis:

  • Allergic conjunctivitis occurs as a reaction to allergens. Over-the-counter eye drops and allergy medication can help mitigate this issue, but please consult your doctor before treating your symptoms.
  • Bacterial conjunctivitis is highly contagious and should be managed with antibiotics. Please speak to your eye doctor to obtain treatment before it spreads.
  • Viral conjunctivitis is very contagious, but just like the common cold, it needs to run its course. Symptoms should begin to dissipate over a couple of days. If you are experiencing prolonged symptoms, please consult your optometrist for help.

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