Blepharitis, or eyelid inflammation, typically affects the oil glands near the eyelashes. It can result from eye infection, dry eye, allergies, and certain medications, among other factors. Symptoms include redness, itching, irritation, a feeling of something in the eye, crusted eyes, and eyelash loss. Because there are various causes of the condition, treatment can vary widely, and our doctors will work carefully to determine the right option for your needs. Treatments include regular cleaning, antibiotics, eye drops, and nutritional supplements.
When it comes to your eye care, scheduling routine exams is one of the most important things you can do. Our doctors offer extremely thorough exams, testing your vision, as well as your complete eye health. These exams allow our doctors to check for serious concerns, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and retinal tears. With early diagnosis, they can often treat these conditions before they permanently impair your vision. You should schedule routine visits every two years when you are in your 20s and 30s. Beginning in your late 30s, you should visit our office once a year.
Conjunctivitis, more commonly known as “pink eye,” occurs when the thin layer of tissue lining your eyelid and the front of your eye becomes infected or inflamed. Although conjunctivitis is typically not serious, it can be very uncomfortable, and it is highly contagious. Additionally, if left untreated, the condition could eventually affect your vision. For these reasons, it is important to contact your eye doctor as soon as possible. Treatments may include oral medications, antibiotic eye drops, or ointments.
If you have diabetes, you should receive specialized eye exams at least once a year. Because you are at a higher risk for conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and retinal detachment, these exams are extremely important. During a diabetic eye exam, your doctor will conduct routine vision screenings, as well as more advanced tests, to look for diseases for which you may be at risk. In particular, the doctor will focus on your retina, using a dilated eye exam and other methods.
Dry eye most commonly affects patients over age 65, although medications, underlying health problems, and environmental factors can also lead to this condition. It occurs when your eyes cannot produce enough tears, when they do not cover the entire surface, or when the moisture evaporates too quickly. Treatments vary, depending on the cause of your condition. They include eye drops, nutrition supplements, warm compresses, and tear duct plugs. Our doctors begin with the most conservative option, and they provide thorough, personalized care.
Flashes (bursts of light) and floaters (bubbles or specks that drift across the visual field) are typically harmless, and they occur when the vitreous inside your eye comes loose and tugs at your retina. Although flashes and floaters are common, especially as patients get older, they can indicate a retinal tear. If left untreated, a tear could lead to complete retinal detachment and blindness in that eye. If you notice a sudden increase or appearance of flashes and floaters, you should schedule a retina exam as soon as possible.
Pterygium is a non-cancerous growth on the white of your eye. Experts are not sure what causes pterygium, but most believe it can be caused by prolonged exposure to UV light. Because of this, the condition is often referred to as “surfer’s eye.” Pterygium can cause itching and irritation. If left untreated, it could continue to grow, affecting the shape of your cornea and leading to astigmatism. Treatments include eye drops and ointments. If you do not respond to these more conservative methods, your doctor may recommend a quick outpatient surgery.
Our Optometrists, Dr. Pradillo and Dr. Dugan are specialists in pediatric eye care. They provide comprehensive, compassionate care for children ranging from annual eye exams to treatment of childhood eye diseases and disorders. According to the American Optometric Association, the first eye exam should occur before 12 months of age, at age 3, before starting school and every year while your child is in school or as directed by their eye doctor. Early eye examinations are crucial to make sure children have normal, healthy vision so that they can perform better at school, work, or play.
Dr. Pradillo and Dr. Dugan are contact lens specialists. They will recommend the best contact lenses for you based on a complete eye examination and a review of your visual needs both at work and play. Since most people can wear more than one type of lens, it’s important to know what your choices are and to know the advantages and disadvantages to each. There are a variety of contact lenses to choose from and your doctor will choose the one that best fits your visual needs. Soft contact lenses can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Today, you can even replace your bifocal glasses with bifocal contact lenses. Our doctors are also RGP or hard contact lens experts and can custom fit your visual needs.