Medical Eye Care

 

Dry Eyes

 

Dry eyes cause discomfort, and many people think they can deal with this on their own and that it will go away. This is not always the case, and dry eyes can lead to more serious conditions. When dry, your eyes are not getting the lubrication and nourishment they need, and quality of vision may be reduced.

 

Dry eyes occur either when the eyes do not produce sufficient tears or when tears evaporate exceptionally quickly. The causes can include disease of the eye and/or eyelids, nutritional factors, environmental factors such as central heating, dry air, dust pollution, and wind, or reduced blinking due to extensive computer use, driving, watching television, or reading.

 

You may experience burning, stinging eyes, stringy mucous in or around the eyes, light sensitivity, eye fatigue from reading, blurred vision, and/or difficulty wearing contact lenses. Most people experience one or more of these symptoms occasionally, but if you are suffering with red, itchy, and painful eyes for a prolonged period of time, it is time to call Booth Optometry Group.

 

We can help you determine the right over-the-counter solution for occasional, mild dry eyes. If you have a more severe case, we can discuss other treatment options with you, including antibiotic medications, prescription eye drops, closing of the tear ducts, or, in severe cases, wearing specially designed contact lenses. Our optometrists can also discuss ways to prevent dry eyes from recurring.

 

Are dry eyes serious? Besides being uncomfortable and sometimes painful, severely dry eyes, left untreated, can lead to scarring and frequent eye infections. Dry eyes are worth a visit to Booth Optometry Group.

 

Cataracts

 

Cataracts are a relatively common condition, especially if you have a family history of cataracts, smoke, have high blood pressure, are overweight or obese, have diabetes, or have suffered injury to the eye. While they typically develop as people get older, cataracts can develop at any age. Regular exams are crucial so we can identify possible vision problems and establish an effective management program.

 

It always bears repeating: get your eyes checked annually!

 

A cataract is a clouding of the lens, which causes vision to become blurry. When advanced, it may feel like you are looking through frosted glass all of the time. Cataracts form in the lens of your eye, which is behind the iris, or colored portion of the eye. The lens normally focuses light to produce detailed, sharp images on the retina. A cataract causes the light to disperse or scatter as it passes through the lens. This makes the resulting image blurry and lacking in detail.

 

There are different types of cataracts, including nuclear, cortical, posterior subcapsular, anterior subcapsular, and congenital. Each type affects your eye differently, but in any case, it is important that diagnostic tests are undertaken as soon as possible and that you are given an accurate diagnosis. This allows Booth Optometry Group to discuss surgery with you, as well as other lifestyle remedies that can make living with cataracts easier. Catarct surgery removes the clouded lens, and implants an artificial lens in its place. The procedure is remarkably successful, and many patients recover the clarity and sharpness of their sight.

 

If surgery is not right for you, we will discuss strategies for coping with cataracts. In any case, the skilled professionals at Booth Optometry Group are committed to helping you preserve your vision and utilize it to its best advantage. Contact us to schedule your regular exam or if you are experiencing changes in your vision. Early intervention is often the key to better vision.

 

Glaucoma Care

 

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world, and the first leading cause among African-Americans. Routine exams are essential in protecting your vision. The goal of treatment for glaucoma is to manage the condition by preventing further glaucomatous damage to the optic nerve, preserving your field of sight, and maintaining a rich quality of life.

 

Diagnosis is of the utmost importance, and Booth Optometry Group uses the most advanced technology in the industry. We offer you sophisticated diagnostic tools.

A management program may involve medications, typically in the form of eye drops, performing minor surgeries, or co-managing your care with your family physician.

 

Research into glaucoma is ongoing, and you can be assured that we will provide you with access to the latest, most successful, and safest treatment methods possible. That is our commitment to you; help us preserve your vision by scheduling an exam today.

 

Macular Degeneration Treatment

 

The macula is a round area near the center of your retina, and its job is to make central vision sharp, clear, and detailed. When the blood vessels and retinal tissue in the macula becomes damaged, it can result in macular degeneration, or the deterioration of your central vision. You may notice that your central sight is blurred or that you need more light to read or perform other tasks. As the disease progresses, this blurred spot grows darker and larger.

 

What is this like for the person with macular degeneration? You may see a person some distance away, but you cannot see the face until he gets much closer.  The disease affects your central vision, so you will not completely lose your sight. This may not be a huge comfort to those with the disorder; what is comforting, however, is that, while damage from macular degeneration is not reversible, the condition is often manageable.

 

With thorough exams by our optometrists, as well as the most sophisticated technology, we can provide accurate –and early –diagnosis. If a diagnosis of macular degeneration has been made, we can help you determine management options that may work for you.

 

Booth Optometry Group in Tustin will work with you to preserve your sight and help you maximize your vision.