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A quick look at some of the most common eye diseases diagnosed and treated at Eyes on Main.
“Eye diseases” is a blanket term that refers to a host of diseases relating to the function of the eye. Below we describe some of the more common types of eye diseases and how they are generally treated. Dr. Squire works closely with the team at Medical Eye Specialists, Dr. Swan at Vance Thompson Vision, and Dr. Comaratta’s office all here in Bozeman to co-manage all aspects of disease management.
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is an infection or inflammation of the conjunctiva – the thin, protective membrane that covers the surface of the eyeball and inner surface of the eyelids. Caused by bacteria, viruses, allergens and other irritants like smoke and dust, pink eye is highly contagious and is usually accompanied by redness in the white of the eye and increased tearing and discharge.
While many minor cases improve within two weeks, some can develop into serious corneal inflammation and threaten sight. If you suspect conjunctivitis, contact us for examination and treatment.
Diabetic Eye Disease
Diabetic eye disease is a general term for a group of eye problems that can result from having type 1 or type 2 diabetes, including diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma.
Often there are no apparent vision-related symptoms in the early stages of diabetic eye disease, so it is important that you do not wait for symptoms to appear before having a comprehensive eye exam. In many instances, eye care professionals are the first primary care physicians to diagnose diabetes, as it can be detected by the pronounced growth of new blood cells in eye. Early detection and treatment of diabetic eye disease will dramatically reduce your chances of sustaining permanent vision loss.
Often called “the silent thief of sight,” glaucoma is an increase in the intraocular pressure of the eyes, which causes damage to the optic nerve with no signs or symptoms in the early stages of the disease. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to a decrease in peripheral vision and eventually complete blindness.
While there is no cure for glaucoma, there are medications and surgery available that can help halt further vision loss. Early detection and regular eye exams are vital to slowing the progress of the disease.
Macular degeneration is a chronic, progressive disease that gradually destroys sharp central vision due to a deterioration of the macula, a tiny spot in the central portion of your retina comprised of millions of light-sensing cells. Because it is so commonly associated with aging, it is also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). There are two forms of AMD: “dry” is the most common and has no known treatment, and “wet” which is less common and treated with laser procedures. Genetic testing is now available to help identify those most likely to develop “wet” macular degeneration.
In most cases, reversing damage caused by AMD is not possible, but taking the right supplements, protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays, eating a balanced diet, and quitting smoking can reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration. Dr. Squire has many suggestions on keeping an eye-healthy diet and lifestyle.
Eyes on Main has the experience and equipment necessary to diagnose and treat the eye diseases detailed above, as well as many other eye diseases. For more information please schedule an appointment with us, and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.