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.
Protect your eyes against the long-term damage of glaucoma.
Glaucoma is a disease of the eye that can result in vision loss due to optic nerve damage. While there are many kinds of glaucoma, the two most common types are open-angle and angle-closure glaucoma. If you have a family history of glaucoma, it’s particularly important that you receive regular screenings from our team of eye doctors in Brandon, Plant City, and Sun City, FL—read on to learn why.
What are the symptoms of glaucoma?
The major concern is that open-angle glaucoma, a common form of this disease, doesn’t present many warning signs. This is because symptoms appear slowly over the years, making it so that you may not even recognize your vision problems. Often by the time that a person has discovered that they are dealing with vision loss, open-angle glaucoma is in its most advanced stages.
Since glaucoma is not reversible, it’s important that everyone visits their eye doctors for regular examinations every year. While you might not notice symptoms, our ophthalmologists will be able to detect glaucoma through a routine exam. Once the condition is detected, treatments can be set in place to prevent permanent visit loss.
Angle-closure glaucoma, on the other hand, can cause symptoms. These symptoms include,
- Blurry vision
- Prismatic halos, often around bright lights
- Severe eye pain
- Nausea and vomiting
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important that you schedule a checkup with your ophthalmologist as soon as possible. While glaucoma can happen to anyone, there are certain risk factors that can increase your chances of developing this eye disease. These risk factors include,
- Being over 40 years old
- A family history of glaucoma
- Having diabetes
- Taking steroid medications
- Experiencing an eye injury
- Having heart disease or high blood pressure
- Being nearsighted or farsighted
If you are living with glaucoma in Brandon, Plant City or Sun City, FL, it’s important that you have an eye doctor that you can turn to for maintenance and trustworthy care. Call us today:
- Brandon: (813) 684-2211
- Plant City: (813) 684-2211
- Sun City:(813) 213-0020
How your eye doctors in Brandon, FL, can help with dry eyes
Dealing with the discomfort of dry eyes? We can help! Here at Brandon Eye Associates in Brandon, Sun City, and Plant City, FL, our eye doctors offer a wide range of eyecare services, including dry eye treatment. Read on to learn more.
Dry Eyes: Causes and Treatment:
Dry eyes can either be a chronic condition due to inadequate tear production, or it can occur intermittently when you are in an air-conditioned room, on an airplane, riding a bike, or looking at a television, computer, or other device for an extended period of time.
Dry eyes can cause several symptoms, including:
- Red, stinging, burning, or scratchy eyes
- Mucus developing in or around your eyes
- Light sensitivity or problems with driving at night
- Tired or watery eyes or blurred vision
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you artificial tear eye drops - which can be found over-the-counter - may offer some relief. However, for chronic dry eyes, it’'s best to visit your eye doctor, for they can recommend the best treatment to manage the underlying condition that is causing your dry eyes. Additional treatments can keep eyes hydrated by keeping tears from draining away as quickly, or by improving the quality of your tears.
During a consultation, your eye doctor may suggest:
- Medications to reduce eyelid inflammation, including antibiotics
- Eyedrops containing cyclosporine to reduce inflammation of your corneas
- Medications which stimulate tears, including cholinergics
Other treatments for dry eyes include:
- Closing or plugging your tear ducts to keep you from losing tears
- Special contact lenses for dry eyes
- Light therapy using Intense Pulse Light Therapy
- Meibomian gland therapy including MIBOFLOW
- Nutritional supplements to build tear film
Need Relief? Contact Us
To find out more about treatment for dry eyes and other eye conditions, call the eye doctors at Brandon Eye Associates in Brandon, Sun City, and Plant City, FL, today by dialing (813) 684-2211.
Though doctors treat many eye-related conditions with conservative or outpatient care, sometimes, eye surgery is the best way to resolve an eye problem. But when does eye surgery become necessary and how do you know if you need one? Find out more about eye surgery and what it could mean for you with Brandon Eye Associates at their locations in Brandon, Plant City and Sun City, FL.
When is eye surgery necessary?
There are many types of eye surgery to correct vision impairments and treat conditions, such as glaucoma or cataracts. Procedures which correct vision, such as PRK or LASIK, reshape the surface of the eye. These treatments correct vision issues such as short-sightedness (myopia), long-sightedness (hypermetropia), or an uneven curve of the eye (astigmatism). Doctors use a laser to reshape the eye during the procedure, which takes only a few minutes.
Do I need eye surgery?
If you suffer from vision impairment and need to wear glasses to see correctly, you may benefit from eye surgery. However, conditions such as glaucoma or cataracts can cause these impairments or even eventual blindness. Certain eye surgeries to treat these issues may benefit patients who suffer from them better than treatments like LASIK. Consulting with your ophthalmologist is the best way to determine if eye surgery is the best treatment for you.
Eye Surgery in Brandon, FL, and Plant City, FL
A laser eye surgery may seem like something out of a science fiction movie, but these treatments are safe, FDA-approved, and normally only require short recovery periods free from bandages or stitches. Doctors use an anesthetic to numb the eye so that the patient does not feel any pain. Results are immediate and improve over the course of a few days after surgery.
For more information on eye surgery, please contact Brandon Eye Associates with locations in Brandon, FL, and Plant City, FL. Call (813) 684-2211 to schedule your appointment at either Brandon, Plant City and Sun City, FL locations!
Has your physician said you need retinal eye treatment? At Brandon Eye Associates, your team of eight board-certified Ophthalmologists perform state of the art retinal surgeries right in the office in Brandon, Plant City and Sun City, FL. Your eye doctor knows eye anatomy well and has the diagnostic and surgical skill to return your eye to complete health and function. Learn more here about the retina, retinal conditions and how your sight can be preserved.
No small thing
After all, it's your eyesight, and if diabetes, injury or advanced age has threatened it, you need to act immediately. Your eye doctor urges you to report any vision changes immediately, particularly if you are diabetic or if you have sustained an injury to the face or head.
While the eye is a small sensory organ, its structure is amazingly complex, with each part being indispensable to clear vision that lasts a lifetime. At the back of the eye, the highly vascularized retina receives the countless images which flood your eyes each and every day. It helps transmit those images through the optic nerve to the brain which interprets or makes sense, of them.
Without a healthy retina, what you see changes dramatically, with the primary symptom being flashes of light and floaters, says the National Eye Institute. Floaters resemble thin black threads or specks, and they randomly move across the field of vision. These symptoms of retinal detachment can run in families and also plague people who are very nearsighted, particularly as age advances.
Besides retinal detachment, something else can happen to the retina if you are diabetic. Called diabetic retinopathy, this common condition causes extra blood vessels to grow within the eye, or existing blood vessels may become distorted and blocked, seriously damaging eye structure and the ability to see.
Treatment for your retina
If you are diagnosed with retinal detachment or diabetic retinopathy, Brandon Eye Associates offers customized treatment plans to address these issues and resolve them successfully. Your eye surgeons offer:
- Schlera buckle surgery to support the back of the eye
- Cryosurgery (freezing to put the retina back in place)
- Pneumatic retinopexy in which a gas bubble helps to reattach the retina
- Photocoagulation, to seal the retina to surrounding tissue
- Grid and focal laser surgery
We can help you with your retina issues. Brandon Eye Associates has three locations: Brandon, Plant City and Sun City, FL. Call us at (813) 684-2211.
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