More than 3 million Americans have glaucoma, according to the Bright Focus Foundation. Could you be one of them? Understanding the signs and symptoms of the sight-stealing disease and visiting your Plant City, Sun City, and Brandon, FL, eye doctors at Brandon Eye Associates for regular eye exams can help you protect your eyesight.
How glaucoma damages your vision
An increase in the pressure inside your eye can damage your optic nerve. The nerve transmits impulses from your retina, the light-sensitive layer of cells at the back of the eye, to the brain. Once the impulses reach the brain, they're processed into recognizable images. If the nerve is damaged, blind spots in your field of vision can occur. Unfortunately, damage to the optic nerve is usually permanent.
Pressure can rise inside your eye due to drainage issues. If you have open-angle glaucoma, fluids may not drain from your eye quickly enough. A blockage in the drainage channels is responsible for increased pressure in acute angle-closure glaucoma. Sometimes, pressure can rise dangerously high even if there isn't a drainage problem.
Glaucoma signs and symptoms
Open-angle glaucoma doesn't cause any noticeable changes in your vision in the earliest stages. This type of glaucoma usually affects your peripheral, or side, vision, first. By the time you notice that your side vision has decreased, the damage may be permanent.
Fortunately, a simple test offered by your Plant City, Sun City, and Brandon eye doctors during your annual vision exam can determine if the ocular pressure is too high. Glaucoma testing only takes a few seconds but offers important benefits for your visual health. If you're diagnosed with open-angle glaucoma, prescription eye drops or laser or other types of surgery can improve drainage and prevent damage to your vision.
You will notice sudden symptoms if you have acute angle-closure glaucoma. These symptoms can include blurred vision, loss of vision, severe eye pain, nausea, vomiting, headache, halos around lights, and red eyes. Visit our office immediately if you experience any of these symptoms. Acute angle-closure glaucoma is usually treated with medication to reduce pressure and laser surgery to clear the blockage in your drainage channels.
Don't let glaucoma damage your vision. Schedule a checkup with the eye doctors at Brandon Eye Associates in Plant City, Sun City, and Brandon, FL, by calling (813) 684-2211 to make your appointment.
Do You Need Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelids provide valuable protection for our eyes, but as we age they can start to stretch and droop, impacting your vision, causing discomfort, and aging your appearance.
The loss of skin elasticity is natural, but if it is affecting your health or your confidence, the specialists at Brandon Eye Associates in Brandon, Sun City, and Plant City offer eyelid surgery that can improve your field of vision and take years off your face.
Oculoplastic surgery comes in several methods used to correct eyelids that have turned out, remove skin cancer on the eyelid, improve your appearance, or remove skin that is impairing your vision.
Why might I need eyelid surgery?
If your eyelids are turned in or out, it can cause damage to the surface of your eye. Correcting this issue requires eye surgery to adjust the position of the eyelid so there are no irritation, pain, or health effects.
If you have developed skin cancer on your eyelids, the specialists at our Brandon, Sun City, and Plant City offices can safely remove the cancerous spots to prevent cancer from spreading.
A condition called ptosis causes the levator muscle in the eyelid to lose strength and connection. The resulting drooping or involuntary closure of the eyelid can affect your vision and irritate the surface of your eye. With corrective surgery at our Brandon, Sun City, or Plant City offices, you can regain full function of the eyelid.
Age-related cosmetic issues
Sagging skin around the eyes, which occurs naturally as we age, can cause you to look tired, worn down, or older than your years. Using an eye surgery called Blepharoplasty, our specialists can remove any excess skin, or even bulges of fat around the eye, to give you both a more youthful appearance and allow your eyes to open wider so you can see more clearly.
If you are experiencing problems with your eyelid health, function, or appearance, ask the specialists at Brandon Eye Associates about our eye surgery options. Reach our Brandon, Sun City, and Plant City offices by calling 813-684-2211.
A cataract is a condition in which cloudiness develops in the lens of the eye. The function of the lens is to focus light and produce clear images so you can see clearly. Cataracts can develop with age when cells in the lens die and become trapped, creating a cloudy barrier. Vision can become blurred or fuzzy as a result. At Brandon Eye Associates in Brandon, FL, several cataract tests and treatment options are available.
Causes and Symptoms
One of the most common causes of cataracts is aging. As the cells in the lens of the eye get older and die, they can get trapped in the protective capsule that encloses the lens. As the old cells accumulate, they form a cloudy layer over the lens. In addition to aging, cataracts can also be caused by an eye injury or they can develop in conjunction with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes. Additionally, It is possible to be born with cataracts.
The symptoms of cataracts include:
- A vision that is cloudy, blurred, or dim
- Sensitivity to the glare of bright light
- Difficulty seeing things in dim lighting or at night
- Diminished ability to read without bright light
- Different colors appear to have a yellow tint
- Observing a halo around lights
It is best to seek treatment as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with cataracts. Obtaining treatment can improve your vision and help you see clearly again.
Tests and Treatments
The first step in treating cataracts is undergoing an eye exam. The skilled doctors at our office in Brandon check for cataracts by examining your eyes and performing several vision tests. During the eye exam, the doctor will be looking for problems with the lens of the eye. If you do have cataracts and they are interfering with your ability to carry out regular activities, then the next treatment step is surgery.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that involves the removal of the cloudy lens and replacing it with an intraocular lens implant. The new lens will allow you to focus light properly and see clearly once again. In many cases, patients might still need glasses or contacts following surgery, but a new prescription is often required. There are advanced technology intraocular implants that may reduce the dependence on glasses following cataract surgery.
If you are experiencing diminished vision due to cataracts, treatment is available. To learn more or to schedule an appointment with Brandon Eye Associates today, call (813) 684-2211 for either the office in Plant City or Brandon, FL, and (813) 213-0020 for the Sun City office.
Your retina is the sensory membrane that lines the inner surface in the back of the eyeball. Think of its function as you would a camera's, except that it initiates the sensation of vision. The retina receives light that the lens focuses on, converts it into signals, and sends these beacons to the brain, where we process visual recognition. Accordingly, when the retina is pulled away from its normal position because of injury, surgery, or genetics, it's necessary to seek treatment from an eye doctor before symptoms worsen.
Fortunately, here at Brandon Eye Associates in Brandon, Sun City, and Plant City, FL, our doctors can help treat this issue.
Retina Conditions and Complications
The retina can suffer damage for many reasons, but the two most common complications are diabetic retinopathy and retinal detachment. Both of which can arise from uncontrolled diabetes. Poorly controlled blood sugar is a high-risk factor for all types of retinal damage. Treatment can help, but there is no cure for retinopathy. If the retina detaches due to trauma or weakness, vision loss and blindness can occur if not addressed promptly. You should visit an eye doctor immediately if you notice fluctuations in your vision, color impairments, dark or empty spots in your eyesight, or a complete loss of vision.
Retinal Eye Treatments
To treat a retinal eye condition or detachment, our eye doctor must perform an examination to confirm a diagnosis. If a tear or hole in the retina is present, he or she may recommend surgery to repair it. We offer minimally-invasive options at each of our locations, such as cryosurgery, focal laser treatment, removal of damaged tissue, and a procedure to stop the production of new blood vessels. The type of treatment best suitable for your needs will depend on your specific situation. Our doctors at Brandon Eye Associates can discuss each method in detail after assessing your condition.
Concerned? Give Us a Call
If you've experienced an eye injury, have concerns about retinal detachment, or a health condition like diabetes is putting you at a higher risk for retinal damage, consult with your eye doctor immediately. Our doctors at Brandon Eye Associates can help improve your vision and enhance your overall eye health.
For more information about the retina, the conditions we treat, and other services provided, visit our website. Additionally, please call (813) 684-2211 for appointment scheduling, in our Brandon, and Plant City, FL, locations, and (813) 213-0020 for our Sun City office.
Cataracts are one of the most common eye conditions in the U.S, affecting millions of people, most of them over age 40. By age 75, half of all Americans have cataracts, according to the National Eye Institute. Fortunately, treatments offered by the ophthalmologists here at Brandon Eye Associates in Brandon, Plant City, and Sun City, FL, can help you improve your vision if a cataract develops.
What are cataracts?
A cataract occurs when the normally clear lens inside your eye becomes cloudy. The disc-shaped structure reflects light rays on the retina, the light-sensitive lining at the back of the eye. When the lens becomes cloudy, it becomes difficult for the lens to focus light rays on the retina properly. As a result, your vision may become affected.
What are the symptoms of cataracts?
Cataracts won't cause any changes in your vision at first, but eventually, you may notice one or more of these symptoms:
- Change in Visual Acuity: Your vision may not be as sharp if you have a cataract. Blurred or hazy vision are common cataract symptoms.
- Dull Colors: Lens clouding dulls colors and makes them look faded.
- Difficulty Reading or Performing Tasks in Low Light: It's much harder to see well when light levels are low if you have a cataract.
- Haloes Around Lights: Glare and haloes around lights can make it difficult to see clearly when you're driving at night or in brightly lit areas.
How do ophthalmologists treat cataracts?
Treatment for cataracts involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with a clear, artificial lens known as an intraocular lens implant (IOL). Surgery is usually only performed when cataracts significantly affect your vision. Monofocal IOLs offer one focusing power, provide either near or distance vision. If you want the IOL to offer clear distance vision, you'll need to wear reading glasses for close work.
Multifocal lenses offer multiple focusing zones, allowing you to see objects clearly at any distance. Accommodative lenses also help you see at various distances and work together with your eye muscles, while toric IOLs help correct astigmatism caused by an irregularly shaped cornea.
Need care? Give us a call
Have your cataracts begun to affect your vision? Schedule an appointment with Brandon Eye Associates today by calling (813) 684-2211 for either the office in Plant City or Brandon, FL, and (813) 213-0020 for the Sun City office.
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