Many different types of eye conditions could affect your eyesight negatively or could have long-term ramifications if not treated quickly.
Here is an overview of the more common conditions. Contact Blanco Eyeworks if you believe you or someone in your family has one of these conditions.
Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
The brain and eye work together to produce vision. Light enters the eye and changes into nerve signals that travel along the optic nerve to the brain. If the eye and brain are not functioning together as they should, it causes the vision in one of the eyes to diminish. This is called Amblyopia. This degenerative process is usually a genetic condition and appears during infancy or early childhood. Infancy or early childhood is the perfect time for early detection since this period is when the brain creates its visual direction and may ignore the weaker eye permanently.
Amblyopia is not always easily identified since a child with failing vision in one eye does not necessarily have lazy eye. Children, including those with no symptoms, are urged to have a comprehensive eye examination by three years old if there is a family history of any eye condition or disease. If you suspect Amblyopia of the eye or need to set up your child’s first eye examination, contact Blanco EyeWorks to set up an appointment.
Blepharitis is a common eye condition, that results in inflammation of the eyelid and eyelashes. It is a result of poor eyelid hygiene, a low-grade bacterial infection (usually staphylococcal), an allergic reaction, and abnormalities in the oil gland function. Symptoms of Blepharitis include redness, irritation, crusting, and a dry or gritty feeling in the eyes and eyelids.
Like some skin conditions, Blepharitis can be controlled but never cured. The ultimate goal in treating Blepharitis is to reduce the amount of bacteria along the lid margin and open plugged glands. Contact Blanco Eyeworks to evaluate and diagnose the problem and receive the best treatment method.
A cataract is the clouding or fog of the crystalline lens inside your eye, which eventually leads to a progressive blurring or darkening of vision. The lens is mostly made up of water and protein. As aging occurs, some of this protein may clump together and cloud the lens. Over time, the cloud takes up more of the lens, making it harder to see. Cataracts is the world’s leading cause of blindness and among the most common conditions related to aging – by age 65. By the age of 65 you have a 50 percent chance of developing a cataract, and, by age 75, your chances increase to 70 percent. Cataracts grow slowly, and vision gets worse gradually. Cataracts will slowly change to a yellowish-brown color, which adds a brown tint to your vision. At first, it may be small, but ultimately, it can advance enough that you may not be able to identify blues and purples. You may delay the onset of cataracts by wearing sunglasses and a hat to block ultraviolet sunlight. If you are 60 or older, it is vital to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Early treatment and preventative measures may save your vision.
Computer Vision Syndrome
Computer Vision Syndrome is associated with prolonged use of computers and electronics with digital screens. Computer vision can strain your eyes enough to permanently affect your vision, especially with the combination of an existing eye condition. Most people do not realize how hard the eyes are working in front of a screen. Preventative measures are usually overlooked and are as simple as proper lighting and posture. Symptoms also include neck pain, blurry vision, stiff shoulders, headache, and watery eyes when working in front of a computer screen. Use of your regular glasses may not be the best option for computer work. Blanco Eyeworks will evaluate the best method in treating your digital eye strain to prevent it from becoming a more severe eye problem. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.
Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye syndrome is a persistent condition that can affect your eye comfort and vision. It is a breakdown in the quantity or quality of tears to moisten, cleanse, and protect the eyes. This breakdown of tears is notable because blinking produces tears that protect the eye surface, which washes away dust particles and bacteria. When the protective coating dries up, the eyes may feel “gritty” or burn and can be more sensitive to light. In extreme cases, vision can be blurred and can cause light sensitivity.
An accurate diagnosis and management of dry eye syndrome require special tests that go beyond an eye exam. Blanco Eyeworks has the diagnostic equipment and expertise to determine the cause of the dryness and effective treatment. Medications can also intensify dry eye syndrome.
If you suffer from dry eyes, schedule an appointment with Blanco Eyeworks for a comprehensive evaluation.
Strabismus refers to misaligned eyes. There are many types of Strabismus. It develops when the muscles that control eye movement are not correctly working, which results in the irregular movement of your eyes. One or both eyes will turn inward, outward, upward, or downward.
Strabismus is typically diagnosed during childhood and affects about 4% of children. The condition may be occasional, consistent, or it can alternate between each eye. Based on the amount of irregularity between the eyes, Strabismus can vary from mild to severe. Though it is not preventable, its complications are avoidable with early intervention. If you notice symptoms sporadically or when your child is ill, stressed or fatigued, contact Blanco Eyeworks to schedule an eye exam.
Blanco EyeWorks is experienced and will provide a thorough examination to diagnose the eye conditions detailed above at our office in San Antonio. Please schedule an appointment with Blanco Eyeworks to get the recommended treatment.