Williston Optometry in Williston wants to help you manage your eye disease. There are approximately 3.3 million people in the United States over the age of 40 who are legally blind. Some causes of blindness cannot be helped, while others, if treated quickly and appropriately, can be prevented. That is why it is so important to ensure your eye disease is being managed by a professional. Understanding the various types of eye disease as well as what can be done to protect your vision, is a vital part of eye health and well-being.
Types of Eye Disease
The most common eye disorders include:
- Age-Related Macular Degeneration or AMD - There are 2 types of this disease: wet and dry. Wet AMD is the least common, and involves a growth of atypical blood vessels. These blood vessels can result in bleeding, fluid leakage, and scarring of the macula. Wet AMD can lead to sight loss. Dry AMD is an age-related thinning of the macula that deteriorates vision. An early sign of this disease is yellow or white spots on the retina called drusen. A small amount of these drusen is harmless, but if they multiply too much, they can lead to sight loss.
- Cataracts can develop as a result of age or you can be born with them. They are more prevalent in individuals 40+ years old. Removal of cataracts is a relatively safe surgery that protects the eye from damage.
- Glaucoma is a serious disease that can result in vision loss and blindness. Open angle Glaucoma is a slow progressing illness and most people will not notice any symptoms until the disease is in advanced stages. Closed angle Glaucoma happens immediately and causes a great deal of pain.
- Diabetic Retinopathy is attributed to diabetes. It can lead to blindness if left untreated.
- There are many other eye diseases. Williston Optometry is the place to go for your eye disease management.
Eye Disease Management
There are many chronic medical conditions that can impair or endanger your vision. That is why everyone should have regular eye check-ups. The eyes also tell a lot about what is going on in other parts of the body. Our optometrist, Thomas H. Clark O.D., can detect problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and other illnesses just by looking at your eyes.
Eye Disease Management should be done meticulously and routinely. Never take your vision for granted. Report any concerns you may have to your optometrist immediately. Take care of your eyes by eating right, maintaining a healthy weight, keeping your blood sugar under control, wearing protective eyewear when necessary, and keeping your eyes and anything you put in your eyes sterile.
Williston Optometry in Williston treats a wide variety of eye diseases. Dr. Clark is trained and experienced in managing all kinds of eye disease. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment: 802-760-6682.