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Eye Conditions Treated by Your Jensen Beach, Fl Eye Doctoreye Conditions

Two of the most common vision disorders diagnosed and treated by your eye doctor are hyperopia (farsightedness) and myopia (nearsightendness). Farsightedness is the inability to see things clearly up close while nearsightedness means you can't see things clearly far away. The reason for both conditions involves abnormally shaped eyeballs. An eyeball too long does not allow incoming light to reach the retina for proper refraction. Alternately, eyeballs too short result in light focusing behind your retina instead of on the retina. Both conditions are easily treated by your eye doctor who can prescribe lenses for correcting these refractive errors.

Astigmatism

Often co-diagnosed with myopia or hyperopia, astigmatism causes blurry vision (distance or up close) due to cornea or lens irregularities that prevent light from focusing directly on your retina. Astigmatism is a common congenital condition that may or may not worsen as a child develops. Like nearsightedness and farsightedness, astigmatism is treated with corrective lenses prescribed by your eye doctor in Port St. Lucie.

Presbyopia

Age-related vision loss due to aging and the inability of your eyes to focus on objects nearby, presbyopia symptoms typically become noticeable in your mid to late 40s. A classic sign you may have presbyopia is the need to start holding reading material at arm's length to see letters and numbers clearly. Your eye doctor can diagnose presbyopia and provide options to treat this condition.

Glaucoma

At the back of your eyes is a fluid-producing area called the aqueous humor. This fluid is necessary for lubricating and protecting the eyes from particulates, bacteria and viruses. Normally, this fluid drains through tiny channels located in your iris and cornea. When these channels are obstructed, fluid accumulates in the eyes until intraocular pressure increases significantly enough to cause optic nerve damage. Unless pressure within the eyes is reduced, the optic nerve could suffer enough deterioration to impair vision. Treatment for glaucoma involves prescription eye drops, lifestyle changes and/or surgery.

Conjunctivitis

Sometimes called "pink eye", conjunctivitis is an infection of the conjunctiva, the transparent membrane lining the eyelid and covering the sclera (white part of your eye). Inflammation of tiny blood vessels within the conjunctiva causes visible redness in addition to swelling, excessive tearing and itching. A highly contagious eye condition, suspected conjunctivitis should be treated by your Jenson Beach eye doctor as soon as possible.

Cataracts

When proteins accumulate abnormally to form layers of opaque proteins over the lens of the eye, your optometrist may diagnose you with cataracts. An asymptomatic and slowly developing eye disorder, cataracts may require minimally invasive surgery to remove them and replace damaged eye lenses with synthetic lenses.

Dry Eye Syndrome

Decreased tear production, rapid evaporation of tears or dysfunction of the tear glands are common reasons for dry eye syndrome, a disorder preventing your eyes from remaining sufficiently lubricated. To determine what kind of treatment is best suited to address dry eyes, your eye doctor will perform several tests, including a slit lamp and/or fluorescein dye examination.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration is deterioration of the retina's central area called the macula. Contributing to visual acuity and depth perception, the macula naturally degrades with age. However, some people experience more severe ARMD that requires treatment with visual aids or lifestyle changes.

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Schedule an appointment with Dr. Durante today by calling our Port St. Lucie, Jensen Beach and Stuart Eye Care Services:  (772) 692-2020.

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