Astigmatism is a very common type of refractive eye error that is characterized by the inability of light to focus evenly on the retina. The retina is the patch of light-sensitive cells found at the back of the eye which is responsible for receiving light and converting it into signals sent to the brain that tell us what we can see and how clearly we can see it. The reason that light isn’t focused properly onto the retina is that patients with astigmatism have eyes shaped more like a football than a soccer ball, causing the light to be focused at more than one place instead. This causes a range of symptoms, including blurred vision, headaches, and eye strain. Fortunately, astigmatism can be treated fairly easily.
Presbyopia is one of the lesser-known refractive eye problems, but eventually, everyone experiences it, even people who are already suffering from either near or farsightedness. However, because people who are farsighted already need vision correction to focus on nearby objects, they may experience presbyopia earlier in life than those who are nearsighted or who have astigmatism.
Research shows that glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. According to the National Eye Institute, there is still no cure for this debilitating eye condition. To prevent vision loss, eye experts usually recommend their patients start their treatment early. If you have glaucoma, here’s what you should know about managing and treating this disease.
Unsurprisingly, the shape of the cornea of a patient with keratoconus can mean that standard contact lenses don’t fit as well as they should. It should also be noted that contact lenses play an important part in treating keratoconus. One of the most effective types of contact lenses for the condition is known as hybrid lenses.
Also known as keratitis, a corneal ulcer is an open sore that develops on the surface of the cornea – the transparent lens that covers the iris and pupil. Just like any other type of ulcer, they can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms and in some cases, if they aren’t treated, can even lead to permanent vision loss. Fortunately, if your corneal ulcer is detected early it can be treated and it is possible to make a full recovery.
Statistics show that diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of visual impairment in the United States. Although it’s a serious condition, diabetic retinopathy is treatable and even reversible to a certain degree. Here are the available treatments you should consider for diabetic retinopathy.
Dry eye is a very common eye condition. It can vary in severity, with many patients who experience it mildly never actually realizing that they are suffering from it. This is because the symptoms are short-lived and go away without any professional intervention. However, for a percentage of sufferers, their dry eye will become so debilitating that they are no longer able to manage day to day without treatment.
Blepharitis is a medical condition that causes mild to severe inflammation of the eyelids. It most commonly affects the part of the eyelid where the eyelashes grow. Blepharitis usually affects both eyelids at the same time. If you think you are suffering from this eye condition, make an appointment with our ophthalmologists at Texas Eye Surgeons, serving Plano, Greenville, and surrounding areas, for an assessment and treatment.