ABOUT VISION: Cataracts / Glaucoma / Macular Degeneration
Cataracts are defined as clouding or opacification of the lens in the eye. These occur naturally as we age, but external factors such as sun exposure, smoking, diabetes, trauma and some medications can accelerate the process. The doctors at Optometric Associates can readily determine whether cataracts are impacting your vision. We can arrange for removal of the cataracts in a simple outpatient procedure, or provide you with optical solutions to minimize the glare and blur until it’s time for surgery.
This is a disease of the optic nerve at the back of the eye. Glaucoma is most commonly caused by elevated internal eye pressure, but is painless to most patients and detected only by an eye examination and special testing. Our advanced diagnostic equipment can detect glaucoma in its earliest stages. The doctors at Optometric Associates are certified in advanced glaucoma therapy, and can provide appropriate treatment and/or surgical referral.
The macula is a specialized area in the central retina at the back of the eye. When we look directly at an object, we are using our macula, which is the “20/20” part of the eye. Macular degeneration is typically visible as yellow or white spots (drusen), and the accumulation of enough drusen causes central blur or smudges in vision. If you suffer from macular degeneration, we can prescribe optical correction to maximize your remaining vision. If you are at risk for developing this disease, the doctors can discuss methods to minimize the potential for vision loss.