Preventive Eye Care
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Astigmatism is a condition in which vision is blurred due to a curvature of the cornea of the lens, causing the image to be out of focus on the retina. There are several ways to address this condition, from contact lenses and glasses to even LASIK and cataract surgery options (depending on your age, and how badly the condition bothers you). Keratoconus Treatment NOW APPROVED BY FDA-Corneal Crosslinking.
Myopia, often called nearsightedness, is a condition allowing crisp near vision, with difficulty seeing images further away. Typically caused by the length of the eye being too long, refractive surgery can be done to reshape the cornea, and allow proper image focus by the eye, for sharp clear vision without glasses.
Presbyopia (literally, “aging eye”) is caused by a loss of elasticity of the natural lens, causing difficulty seeing near objects clearly. Most often occurring after the age of 40, this condition can be addressed by prescribing reading glasses; some patients elect surgery with a multifocal lens, called clear lens exchange to avoid glasses altogether.
Floaters and Flashes
Floaters are dark specks, lines or strings/webs in front of the eyes. When the eyes move, so do the floaters, often drifting as the eyes stop and start moving. Floaters are caused by hardening clumps of vitreous jelly, in the back of the eye. There are different causes, some serious and some not. Many people have floaters. A sudden appearance of new floaters may be serious. New flashes may also be serious and warrant a visit to Dr. Rubinchik.
Flashes are light images when there is no light, appearing as lightning, or camera flashes. They occur when the vitreous jelly pulls/tears the retina The flashes are quick but repetitive. They are more noticeable when you move your eyes, or are in the dark.
Migraine headaches may be accompanied by a different type of flash. After starting in the center, and then shimmering out, these shattered lights typically last 15-20 minutes, followed by a throbbing headache, sometimes on one side of the head.
Flashes and floater changes should be examined immediately by your ophthalmologist, who will do a dilated examination of the funds, (dilation to see the retina and vitreous).
Optic Nerve Scanning is diagnostic testing, offered to gain clarity, measurable scans of the Optic Nerve, and the Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer. These scans can give a clear image of disease-induced damage, and progression of such diseases as glaucoma, diabetic retinal disease, and macular degeneration. With clear data on severity, a treatment plan can be devised to assure attentive follow-up, and coordination with internists to preserve as much vision as possible, slowing the disease progression.