Cataracts are when your eyes cloud up in the lens and make images begin to look blurred or fuzzy. It’s common to be affected by cataracts as we age, but cataracts can also be caused by diabetes or can be present at birth. Your doctors at Brandon Eye Associates in Sun City, Plant City, and Brandon, FL, can help recommend the best forms of treatment for your cataracts and can help you live without fuzzy vision.
How Cataracts Are Treated
When you can no longer clear your sight with prescription glasses, it might be time to talk to your doctors in Sun City, Plant City, and Brandon, FL, about how to treat your cataracts. The most common way for your eye doctor to help treat your cataracts and help unblur your vision is through cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is usually recommended once your cataracts begin to affect your daily life and stop you from participating in daily activities such as reading or even driving at night.
Cataract surgery is fairly quick and is done on an outpatient basis, which means that you will get to go home that same day! Your eye doctor will remove the clouded lens and replace it with an artificial lens that will help clear up your vision and help you see the world without a layer of haze. You may feel slight discomfort after the surgery, but your eyes will usually heal within eight weeks and discomfort will fade, leaving you feeling comfortable once again.
Contact Your Eye Doctor Today!
If you’ve noticed that it’s become difficult to read or drive without your vision feeling hazy and foggy, you may want to discuss cataract surgery with your doctor! Contact Brandon Eye Associates today at (813) 684-2211 for the offices in Plant City, and Brandon, FL, or (813) 213-0020 for the office in Sun City, FL.
Dealing with dry eyes? Here’s how to get this problem under control.
With more and more people spending time in front of a screen these days, our Brandon, Plant City, and Sun City, FL, eye doctors are also seeing more and more patients who are complaining of dry eyes. While an acute case of dry eye may benefit from artificial tears, which you can easily purchase over the counter, a chronic or recurring dry eye will require professional care.
What causes dry eyes?
Knowing what’s causing your dry eyes can also help us determine the best way to treat this common issue. Some common causes of dry eyes include,
- Aging (dry eyes may become more common over 50)
- Side effects of certain medications (e.g. antihistamines)
- Eyestrain due to computer use
- Laser eye surgery
- Autoimmune disorders
- Environmental irritants (e.g. smoke)
- Contact lenses
How do I treat dry eyes?
If this is something that you’ve just started dealing with there are some helpful ways to improve dry eyes and get relief. Some ways to manage dry eyes on your own includes,
- Avoiding environments that are dry or smoky
- Using a humidifier, particularly in the bedroom
- Using artificial tears
- Wearing protective glasses when going out on windy days
- Limiting the amount of time you wear your contact lenses
- Taking regular vision breaks from the computer
When should I see an eye doctor?
You should schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors if at-home treatment isn’t working or if you’re dealing with red, irritated, painful dry eyes that won’t go away. After all, dry eyes can cause damage to the eye and impact vision if left untreated. Our eye doctors will be able to determine what’s causing your dry eyes and provide you with the right treatment option. Some ways to treat dry eyes include,
- Prescription-strength eye drops
- Warm compresses
- Punctal plugs
- Meibomian gland expression
- IPL Treatment
If dry eyes are becoming a common occurrence, it’s worth it to turn to our eye doctors here at Brandon Eye Associates. Our eye doctors provide comprehensive eye care to people living in and around Brandon, Plant City, and Sun City, FL. If you need to schedule an appointment to address dry eyes, call us at (813) 684-2211.
It’s important to catch retinal conditions and problems early to prevent vision loss.
The retina is a layer of tissue in the back of the eye that processes light and sends these signals to the brain to be able to recognize what you’re seeing. If the retina is damaged or diseased in any way this can lead to blindness. This is why it’s important not to skip out on that annual eye exam with our Brandon, FL, eye doctors. By catching problems of the retina early we can prevent or slow vision loss.
Some of the most common retina problems include,
Tear in the Retina
A retinal tear can occur as a result of trauma, nearsightedness, or age, and warning signs include sudden floaters in your vision or a peppering of black spots. You may also notice flashes of light. Any changes to your vision must be examined by our Brandon, FL, eye doctors right away to look for damage or problems with the retina.
Treatment: It is important to catch a tear before it has the possibility of detachment. Laser therapy or cryotherapy is often used to repair the tear.
When tears form in the retina, this can also increase your risk for retinal detachment and loss of vision. If a tear isn’t caught soon enough this can lead to a retinal detachment. Signs of a retinal detachment include,
- Flashes in vision
- Blurry vision
- Reduction in peripheral vision
Again, these are issues that you need to address right away. This is considered an emergency so call our eye doctors here in Brandon, Sun City Center, or Plant City, FL, right away.
Treatment: The treatment option we use will depend on the extent of the detachment. Again, laser surgery may be used to repair the tear and minor detachments; however, surgery is often necessary to reattach the retina. There are three types of surgical procedures used to reattach a retina: pneumatic retinopexy, scleral buckle, and vitrectomy.
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s important for the health of your eyes that you maintain healthy blood sugar levels through medications and a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, diabetes is prone to diabetic retinopathy, which causes damage to the blood vessels of the retina. If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes and you develop loss of vision, blurry vision, trouble seeing colors, or the sudden presence of floaters, you must seek immediate medical attention.
Treatment: A lot will depend on the extent of your diabetic retinopathy. Those with milder cases will need a comprehensive eye exam with dilation every couple of months to monitor the condition. You will also need to talk with your doctor about medications and other ways to better control your blood sugar. More advanced stages of this eye condition will require surgery.
The most common form of macular degeneration is age-related macular degeneration. This is the deterioration of vision in older patients that gets worse as time goes on. If left untreated, it can cause permanent vision loss. Symptoms of this condition include worsening vision, changes in color perception, and dark or blurry spots in your vision.
Treatment: There is no cure for macular degeneration, instead there are treatments that will slow down its development. Some common treatments are being prescribed Anti-angiogenesis drugs, which stop the creation of blood vessels in the eyes while also keeping blood vessels from leaking. Other treatments consist of laser therapy, where the lasers destroy unusual blood vessels located in the eyes.
If you are living with chronic health problems such as diabetes, it’s even more important that you take time out of your schedule to visit your eye doctor, as retina problems can sneak up. Brandon Eye Associates provides eye exams and treatment to those living in and around Brandon, Plant City, and Sun City, FL. To schedule an appointment, simply call us at (813) 684-2211.
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.
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