EYE CONDITIONS

There are many different types of eye conditions that could be affecting your eyesight or could have long-term consequences if not treated properly or promptly. We list some of the more common conditions below.


CATARACT EVALUATION AND CO-MANAGEMENT

Part of your comprehensive eye exam includes checking for the development of cataracts.  If during the exam we find that you have developed cataracts, rest assured that our staff will take the time to schedule the cataract evaluation.  Once you have had the evaluation, the surgeons office will call us to schedule your Cataract Co-management visit with us.  Although no one wants to have surgery, at Drs. Vance & Stovall, our office takes strides in making sure your Cataract Co-management experience is exceptional!


GLAUCOMA EVALUATION AND TREATMENT

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the U.S. It occurs when the pressure inside the eye rises, damaging the optic nerve and causing vision loss. It occurs when the pressure inside the eye rises, damaging the optic nerve and causing vision loss. The condition often develops over many years without causing pain or other noticeable symptoms – so you may not experience vision loss until the disease has progressed. People at high risk include those who are over the age of 40, diabetic, near-sighted, African-American, or who have a family history of glaucoma

To detect glaucoma, one of our doctors will test your visual acuity and field, as well as the pressure in your eye. Once diagnosed, glaucoma can be controlled. Treatments to lower pressure in the eye include non-surgical methods such as prescription eye drops and medications, laser therapy. There are also surgical treatments available. At Drs. Vance & Stovall, we want to be there with you every step of the way to ensure you not only receive the best treatment but also education on prevention, and early detection.


DRY EYE EVALUATION AND TREATMENT

Dry eyes can be frustrating, uncomfortable, and in extreme cases disabling. We offer comprehensive and advanced dry eye services. We are proud to offer customized treatment plans, and feel confident that we can help you recapture your lifestyle – free from dry eyes.


RED EYE TREATMENT

It is said that eyes are the windows to the soul…no one wants to have red eyes. There can be a number of causes of red eyes, such as “pink eye”, allergic conjunctivitis, eye infections and injuries. If you are struggling with dry eyes, make an appointment at Drs. Vance & Stovall’s office today for comprehensive evaluation, and customized treatment options.


MACULAR DEGENERATION EVALUATION AND TREATMENT

The term “macular degeneration” includes many different eye diseases, all of which affect central, or detail vision. Age-related macular degeneration is the most common of these disorders, mainly affecting people over the age of 60. Although there are many types of macular degeneration, age-related macular degeneration (AMD or ARMD) is the most common type. Age-related macular degeneration occurs in two forms: “wet” age-related macular degeneration and “dry” age-related macular degeneration. “Wet” age-related macular degeneration is less common but more aggressive in its development to severe and, often, permanent central vision loss. “Dry” age-related macular degeneration is the more common type and is more slowly progressive in causing loss of vision.

What is wet age-related macular degeneration?

Wet age-related macular degeneration occurs when abnormal blood vessels begin to grow underneath the retina. These new blood vessels (known as choroidal neovascularization or CNV) tend to be very fragile and often leak blood and fluid. The blood and fluid raise the macula from its normal place at the back of the eye and interfere with the retina’s function and causes the central vision to blur. Under these circumstances, vision loss may be rapid and severe. Some patients, however, do not notice visual changes despite the onset of CNV. Therefore, periodic eye examinations are very important for patients at risk for CNV. Once CNV has developed in one eye, whether there is a visual loss or not, the other eye is at relatively high risk for the same change.

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