At The Eye Care Professionals of Tampa Bay in Lutz, FL, we treat many different types of optical diseases. A few of the optical diseases we treat have been listed below. If you have any questions about our optical diseases and health services, please call us at 813-949-7274.
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which is located behind the iris and the pupil. The lens works much like a camera lens, focusing light onto the retina at the back of the eye. The lens also adjusts the eye’s focus, letting us see things clearly both up close and far away.
A detached retina is a serious and sight-threatening event, occurring when the retina becomes separated from its underlying supportive tissue. The retina cannot function when these layers are detached. And unless the retina is reattached immediately, permanent vision loss will result.
A pink eye is the most obvious symptom of conjunctivitis, so the term “pink eye” often is used for this common eye problem that can have many different causes.
A pink eye, along with itching, burning, stinging, irritation, pain, grittiness, discharge, crusting or light sensitivity, are all symptoms that provide clues about the type of conjunctivitis you could have.
Caused by either the Type 1 Herpes Simplex or Zoster virus, eye herpes (ocular herpes) is a common, recurrent viral infection affecting the eyes. The herpes virus can cause inflammation and scarring of the cornea which can lead to permanent vision loss. Herpes of the eye can be transmitted through close contact with an infected person whose virus is active.
Glaucoma refers to a category of eye disorders often associated with a dangerous buildup of internal eye pressure (intraocular pressure or IOP), which can damage the eye’s optic nerve that transmits visual information to the brain.
With untreated or uncontrolled glaucoma, you might eventually notice decreased ability to see at the edges of your vision (peripheral vision). Progressive eye damage could then lead to blindness.
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness for individuals aged 65 and older. With this disease, the portion of the rentina responsible for central vision and fine acuity degenerates and causes vision loss and blindness.
There are two forms of the disease: the “dry” form and the “wet” form. The wet form is more visually devastating and is usually treated with specialized medications injected directly into the eye. The dry form is usually managed with specially formulated antioxidant vitamin supplements containing lutein and zeaxanthin. These vitamins can also be taken by patients with healthy eyes to keep them healthy. Our office recommends the Maxi-Vision brand of vitamins. Please click on the link below to order your vitamins today.