Eye Care and Eye Conditions
Eye Allergies & Dry Eye Syndrome
Allergies and dry eye are two of the most common eye conditions, both of which have been on the rise. Causes of these include increased pollution levels, medication side effects and changing hormonal levels. Fortunately, we have many new treatment options including holistic, preservative-free eye drops. Symptoms include dry, itchy, watery, red eyes that may feel gritty or as if there is something in your eyes. Left untreated, this can cause intermittent vision reduction and eye infection. In extremely severe cases, it can cause loss of vision. If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule an eye exam with us today.
Cataracts cause cloudy vision and lead to blindness. Although they can occur at any age, their typical onset is between the ages of 45 and 55, although symptoms may not become noticeable until 60 to 65. People who spend time outside without sunglasses – where they are exposed to UV (ultraviolet) and HEV (high energy visible) light – are more prone to developing cataracts. Cataracts can be delayed significantly by wearing sunglasses with UV/HEV filters. As they develop, cataracts cause a gradual, often unnoticed reduction in vision. Annual eye exams will enable our team to make appropriate recommendations and monitor changes to provide ongoing advice and treatment for your best vision and eye health.
Conjunctivitis or Pink Eye
Conjunctivitis is commonly known as “pink eye.” Pink eye gets its name because a classic symptom is that the whites of the eyes turn pink or red. There is often discharge, which can lead to crusting around the eyelids and lashes. The eyes can be itchy or feel scratchy. There are three different types of conjunctivitis including bacterial, allergic or viral. Treatment for conjunctivitis varies by type but may include eye drops or ointment. Viral and bacterial conjunctivitis can spread so take precautions such as regular hand-washing, avoiding touching your eyes, and avoiding sharing articles such as towels, eye makeup, contact lens cases, etc.