Eye Disease

Here at Insight Vision Center Optometry, we strive to provide top-notch care for your eyes. Our services include caring for dry eye, macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, and keratoconus.

Checking EyesDry eye

Millions of people suffer with dry eye. Some with severe dry eye say they would compare it to being as bad as a heart attack based on surveys! If you have rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s Syndrome or another autoimmune disease it can get even worse. Ask us about our Tear Savers program. We can improve your tear chemistry, reduce the amount of tears leaving your eye, or even constantly bathe your eye in cool tears in our unique scleral lens designs (Aqus lens). If you’re at the end of your rope and have tried artificial tears to oblivion, give us a call.If you can’t even glance at a computer screen or ride an airplane comfortably, give us a call.

Macular degeneration

Macular degeneration, or Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), is a medical condition in which your macula, located in the center of your retina, begins to deteriorate. As a result you may: have a blind spot in the center of your field of vision, lose the ability to recognize fine details, see objects in a distorted shape, or have trouble distinguishing between different colors. Though we can’t reverse macular degeneration, we have many creative options to help maximize your vision. Ask us about improving your eccentric viewing skills, peripheral vision awareness, and magnification options.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes damage to the optic nerve, the connection that carries all the information from your eyes to you brain. Damage to the optic nerve often results in peripheral vision loss (loss of side vision). High eye pressure (scientific term intraocular pressure aka IOP) can play a role in damaging these delicate nerve fibers, hence glaucoma treatment often includes drops or surgery to decrease the IOP. Glaucoma cannot be reversed, however with treatment it can be controlled. Ask us during your eye exam how we screen every patient for glaucoma.

Cataracts

Cataracts are a clouding of the internal lens that sits inside your eye behind the iris. This results in symptoms of hazy vision (even with new glasses on), difficulty seeing at night, more glare around lights, and duller color vision. Over time, the natural proteins within this lens become misarranged which cause it to become cloudy. Risk factors that attribute to cataracts include UV radiation, diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), smoking, medications, trauma, and/or family history to name a few. Ask us about how to best protect your eyes from getting cataracts!

Keratoconus

Keratoconus is when the cornea (the clear layer on the front of the eye) thins, resulting in a cone-like shape instead of the typical rounded-dome shape. This results in significant vision distortion since the cornea surface is now irregular. It is typically diagnosed in puberty but can progress over the next 10-20 years. Treatment for Keratoconus include glasses, contact lenses, or surgery. Rigid contact lenses provide the sharpest vision because it helps to shape the cornea into a more regular surface. If you or a loved one has keratoconus, ask us about designing a custom contact lens to provide the best vision correction.