My eyes feel dry all the time. Is this dangerous?

Many people experience dry eyes and the condition increases with age. There are some medications that also can cause dry eyes. Left untreated, dry eye can potentially lead to problems with your vision. There are a number of tests that are performed to determine the extent of your dry eye. A complete, comprehensive eye exam should be given. There are several treatment options available.

Can I get my eyes examined online?

There is so much more to an eye exam than simply to determine if you need glasses or not. Your eye’s health cannot be assessed online. This is very important. When you come in for an eye exam, the doctor not only corrects your vision, but also checks for eye disease. Many eye problems do not have any symptoms, such as glaucoma or tumors in the eye. It is only through a thorough exam that the doctor can accurately determine your prescription and check the health of your eyes.

How often should I get my eyes checked?

It is recommended that you have a yearly eye exam. Of course, if you experience any sudden changes in vision or pain in the eye, please call immediately.

I’ve been told that I have glaucoma. What does that mean?

Glaucoma is a very serious eye disease and the leading cause of blindness in the United States. It can strike at any age and most do not experience any symptoms at all. You are checked for glaucoma during your regular eye exam. Glaucoma is usually treated with medical eye drops. There are other treatment options as well that I would be happy to discuss with you. The diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma is very important.

What is a floater?

A floater (and flashes) are fairly common eye conditions that occur mostly as we age. Floaters may look like specks or strands when you are looking out, especially at a light background such as the sky. Most floaters are harmless but occasionally they may signify a serious problem such as a retinal tear. It is always a good idea to come in and have the doctor take a look at the back of your eye if you are experiencing floaters or flashers.

How do I know if I am a candidate for laser surgery?

The best way is to make an appointment to come in to discuss it. I will perform an examination and then present you with your options. After the surgery, I will continue to monitor your progress.

Can you tell me if I need have cataracts?

Checking for cataracts is part of each eye exam. If they are detected, I will advise you on the best course of action. Not every cataract needs to be removed immediately. Cataracts develop as we age and my office does the pre-op and post-op follow-ups on our patients.