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Ocular Disease & Trauma

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Detection of eye disease is an integral part of your exam at Offen Eye Associates. At Offen Eye Associates we are trained and experienced in the detection and treatment of eye disease. We use the optomap® Retinal Exam to get a comprehensive view of the retina. The retinal image is an important tool for screening and diagnosing eye conditions such as glaucoma, retinal detachments, age related macular degeneration and evidence of diseases such as hypertension, diabetes. Early detection and treatment with the Retinal Exam can help protect

 

We provide diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases which affect the human eye and visual system.  Some examples include:

 

 

 

Dry Eye Syndrome  occurs when the normal flow of tears over the eyes is interrupted, or the tear film is abnormal.  In many cases, dry eye syndrome is a life long problem.  You can relieve the symptoms, but not cure the original cause.  Artificial tear lubricants or in some cases blocking the tear ducts will concentrate the limited tears that are available.

 

 New treatments such as prescription eye drops increase tear production. Dry eyes can also be treated using lubricating eye drops which will temporarily reduce irritation. For long term relief lacrimal or punctal plugs may be inserted into your tear drainage ducts. These plugs preserve your naturally produced tears to increase lubrication of the eye.

Contact lens wearers enjoy the added benefit of increased comfort and a longer wearing time.

At Offen Eye Associates we see many patients with dry eyes. We will evaluate and administer the best treatment plan for your lifestyle and needs.

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Keratoconus is a disorder that occurs when the cornea, which is typically rounded, becomes cone-shaped.  The progression is usually slow and can stop at any stage from mild to severe.  This distortion increases as the cornea bulges and thins.  The apex of the cornea often scars, reducing the vision.  Treatment of Keratoconus is most effective with gas permeable contact lenses, designed specifically for the irregular corneal surface.  If contact lens treatment is not successful, surgical corneal transplant may be necessary.

 

 

 

Diabetic Retinopathy  is a condition when a diabetic persons blood sugar gets too high.  High blood sugar levels start a series of events which end in damaged blood vessel walls.  As such, the blood vessels begin to leak fluid or bleed, causing the retina to swell and form deposits know as exudates.  Vision can be lost if these spots are not watched and treated.  Here, at our office, we carefully examine the back of your eyes to follow and manage this and other important eye diseases.

 

 

Glaucoma  Glaucoma, which can be diagnosed through retinal photography, occurs when there is too much fluid pressure in the eye. If untreated, glaucoma may lead to blindness. Glaucoma can be treated using medication, and sometimes surgery, to reduce the pressure.

 

 

 

Cataract is a clouding or opacity of the natural internal lens of the eye.  This opacity may be a small spot or may cover the entire lens.  When light enters the eye it is scattered, causing images to appear hazy and blurred.  There are many different types of cataracts.  The one shown here is a cortical cataract.  Here the opacity forms first is the periphery of the lens and develops inward, like spokes of a wheel.  Ultimately, the best  treatment is to remove the cataract lens and replace it with an acrylic man made lens.  This is referred to as cataract surgery.

 

 

 

Macular Degeneration is a condition in which the central part of the back of the eye loses blood circulation.  It is considered a natural aging process.  There is a breakdown of retinal pigment epithelium cells in the macular region.  As the disease progresses, central vision diminishes.  It is believed that this breakdown may be due to a lack of nutrients being supplied to the region. Additional studies have found a genetic link to this disease.  Treatment can range from better nutritional management, sometimes to include a tablet containing the primary minerals and vitamins that are found lacking in many macular degenerated patients.

 

For more information on these diseases, contact Offen Eye Associates or visit the American Optometric Association

 

All staff are residency trained doctors who have done extensive study into the mechanism of disease that affect the eye and their diagnosis and treatment. The Service is open six days a week and accepts major medical insurance as well as Medicare and MediCal. We also provide an urgent care phone number that is accessible 24 hours a day.