Our Optometrists Can Detect Eye Diseases
Many eye diseases take a long time to start showing noticeable symptoms. And by the time you start seeing a difference in your vision, your eyesight may already be permanently affected.
The best way to catch eye diseases before they damage your vision is to with regular eye exams. By catching these issues early in their development, we can provide you with a treatment or management plan that can help preserve your vision.
Give the eyes of your family the protection they deserve. Please, book an appointment with us today!
Common Eye Diseases & Conditions
Different eye diseases can affect your eyes in different ways, but one common thing they share is that many of them don’t present any noticeable symptoms during their early stages.
We test for eye diseases during every comprehensive eye exam, regardless of your age or health history.
Once we diagnose your eye disease, we’ll create a treatment plan to help manage symptoms and preserve your vision. Some treatments may include medication, specialty eyeglass lenses, or surgery.
Some of the most common eye disease and conditions include:
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damages your optic nerve. High intraocular pressure (IOP) is often a sign of glaucoma, but there are versions of the disease that can develop even when your IOP levels are normal.
Common types of glaucoma include:
- Open-angle glaucoma occurs when the drainage canal between your iris and pupil remains open, but fluid isn’t draining properly to maintain stable IOP.
- Closed-angle glaucoma occurs when the drainage angle between your iris and pupil closes, rapidly increasing IOP levels (this is considered an eye emergency that requires immediate attention).
- Normal-tension glaucoma damages the optic nerve without affecting your IOP levels.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in adults over 55. It occurs with age, damaging a part of your retina called the macula. The macula is responsible for your central vision, the vision you use to read, drive, and recognize faces.
There are 2 types of AMD:
- Dry AMD occurs when the macula slowly thins over time, eventually affecting your vision. It’s not clear what causes AMD, but a possible link might be the development of small yellowish deposits of drusen under the macula.
- Wet AMD occurs much more rapidly than dry AMD and is responsible for 90% of AMD-related blindness. This disease develops when abnormal blood vessels forming under your retina and macula break and leak fluid. Wet AMD is less common than dry AMD but should be treated as an eye emergency.
Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common eye diseases in patients with diabetes. In fact, many patients may not even know they have diabetic retinopathy until they have an eye exam.
This disease develops when high blood sugar levels damage your retina’s blood vessels, causing them to break and leak fluid into your retina. In advanced cases, your retina may form abnormal blood vessels to compensate for the fluid loss, but these new vessels can break, causing scar tissue, higher IOP levels, or even floaters in your vision.
Learn more about this disease and its complications on our Diabetic Eye Exams page.
Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world. It occurs when your eye’s clear, crystalline lens becomes rigid and opaque as you age. This clouding causes your lens to develop a milky or yellowish color that affects your vision quality. In most cases, glasses and contact lenses can provide you with clear vision, but only cataract surgery can remove cataracts from your eyes.
We’re Here to Help Preserve Your Vision
Don’t let yourself get blindsided by an eye disease. Please book an appointment today and get help preserving your eyesight.
Come See What We’re About
Find us in the same shopping center as Vons, UPS, and Colony Cleaners right on Regents Road. We offer parking in front of our practice with accessible options available.
- Phone: 858.546.1940
- Email: [email protected]
- 7770 Regents Road
- San Diego, CA 92122
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed