Sometimes called the “silent thief of sight”, glaucoma is an eye condition that causes a gradual loss of vision, sometimes so gradually that it isn’t noticed until it reaches an advanced stage. Caused by slowly rising pressure in the eye, glaucoma occurs when normal eye fluids cannot drain properly; this rise in intraocular pressure can cause damage to the optic nerve, which is responsible for transmitting images to the brain.
It is important to have regular eye exams, as many patients have no symptoms or discomfort caused by this increase in pressure. Early diagnosis and treatment are extremely important in safeguarding against extreme visual impairment caused by glaucoma. For more information about glaucoma, its symptoms, and treatment options, see our glaucoma page.
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Macular Degeneration (AMD, ARMD) is an age-related condition where the macula cells of the eye gradually break down. Macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss in adults over sixty years and impacts central vision, the point where vision is most exact. The deterioration of central vision weakens individual’s ability to read, write, drive, and even recognize other people.
Macular Degeneration does not hurt, but it does affect central vision gradually. Two types of macular degeneration exist: wet and dry. Wet macular degeneration occurs when abnormal blood vessels develop under the macula and quickly begins to cause damage. Dry macular degeneration occurs when light-sensitive cells in the macula begin to gradually break down.
Macular degeneration is common and can result in making day-to-day activities difficult if not impossible to accomplish. For more information about macular degeneration, see more information or schedule an appointment at the Silk Vision & Surgical Center today.
Diabetic retinopathy is the most common eye disease associated with diabetes and is a leading cause of blindness in American adults. Caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina, diabetic retinopathy impacts individuals with both type one and type two diabetes, and the risk factor for diabetic retinopathy increases the longer an individual has diabetes.
In some people with diabetic retinopathy, blood vessels may swell and leak fluid. In other people, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, and a necessity for good vision and overall eye health. Diabetic retinopathy usually affects both eyes. Individuals with diabetic retinopathy may not notice changes to your vision. But over time, diabetic retinopathy can get worse and cause vision loss.
Individuals with diabetes should get a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year, and those with diabetic retinopathy may need more regular exams. If you have diabetes or diabetic retinopathy, more information is available on our diabetic retinopathy page about symptoms, prevention, and treatment options.
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Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye related discomfort is one of the most common afflictions dealt with by eye doctors. Dry eye causes persistent discomfort in the eyes, and although the impacts of dry eye can deviate from the below list and vary from person-to-person, it is common for patients that suffer from dry eyes to experience a number of the following: foreign body sensation, redness, scratchy eyes, dryness, gritty sensation, blurry vision, and burning.
Dry eye syndrome is related to tear production and is most frequently caused by poor quality tears or insufficient tear quantity. Treatment options for dry eye syndrome include artificial tears, which provide temporary relief from dry eye syndrome, and punctal occlusion. For more information about dry eye syndrome and ways to treat and manage dry eye, see here for more information.
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Pterygium is a growth of pink, fleshy tissue on the white of the eye. This growth typically advances from the inner corner of the eye toward to iris, and most commonly affects individuals that spend long periods of time in the outdoors. Pterygium is a slowly advancing, non-cancerous growth. It can, however, cover the pupil after time and impact vision. Occasionally pterygium has no symptoms but its appearance, although some individuals experience itching, burning, or blurred vision.
Pterygium is not a serious condition, but when it interferes with sight, it is best to take action to remove it. Pterygium does have the potential to return despite proper removal, but actions can be taken to prevent this. See our pterygium page for more information.
If you have noticed a growth on your eye, always contact your eye doctor as soon as possible. For pterygium removal in Alexandria, Annandale, Manassas, and Arlington, contact the Silk Vision & Surgical Center today.