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HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR EYE HEALTH IN LANCASTER, PA

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Whether you're having problems with your eyesight because of refractive errors like astigmatism or nearsightedness or experiencing eye-related complications from other conditions, you want to know that your eyes are in good hands. After all, you depend on your vision for many aspects of your daily life.

At Campus Eye Center, we've made the eye health of Lancaster, PA, and the surrounding areas our focus for over 40 years. Our dedicated, board-certified ophthalmologists, optometrists, nurses, and technicians will give you the best, specialized care for all your eye health issues. You are likely coming to us because of a specific problem, and you may feel worried about what that means for the future of your eyesight. Rest assured, we understand, and our experienced staff is here to help, whether you need glasses or contacts or help with glaucoma treatment.

AMD/RI

Age-related macular degeneration, also known as AMD or ARMD, is an eye disease that causes macula deterioration, a small area within the retina that controls central vision. While macular degeneration can affect patients of any age with underlying contributing conditions, it is most commonly a consequence of your eyes' natural aging process. So it is typically seen and screened for in individuals older than 50 years.

AMD is unlike glaucoma because it does not reduce your peripheral vision. Macular degeneration is often more obvious to the patient that something is wrong. Still, it would help if you did not wait until symptoms progress to the point of blurred, fuzzy vision, and other problems before you seek professional intervention from a skilled eye doctor.

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Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a disease that affects the eye's optic nerve. This nerve becomes damaged when the pressure inside the eye builds up from too much fluid. When the optic nerve is damaged, it can cause blindness.

Ophthalmologists treat glaucoma with medicine and surgery. Because glaucoma has no symptoms, it is essential to see your ophthalmologist regularly, who will check for eye and vision changes.

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Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in adults after age 50. The macula (the part of the retina responsible for central, detailed vision) becomes damaged, resulting in limited central vision. Side vision usually remains clear.

Risk Factors:

  • Over age 60
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Caucasian
  • Female
  • Family history

It's essential to get regular eye exams to monitor your vision and check for signs of macular degeneration. Macular degeneration and cataracts can cause many of the same symptoms and have similar risk factors, so it is vital to keep up with your routine eye care to ensure you receive proper treatment for any eye issues you have. In addition to regular eye exams, Campus Eye Center also offers Maculogix AdaptDx screening to our patients. We are the FIRST ophthalmology office in the Lancaster area to offer this technology that measures dark adaptation. Along with an annual comprehensive examination, it can provide information to detect macular damage earlier and allow for prompt intervention.

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Red Eye

Seeing a red spot on your eye can be alarming, but it is almost always harmless. Think of red-eye like a bruise on your skin. It usually appears as a single concentrated spot of red on the white of the eye, much like a bruise appears as one dark spot on your skin. Red-eye, also known as a subconjunctival hemorrhage, does not affect vision and generally does not cause pain.

Are you concerned about your red-eye? We'd be happy to take a look to put your mind at ease about your eye health.

Dry Eyes

If your eyes sting, burn, or feel scratchy, you may be experiencing symptoms of a condition called dry eyes. Your eyes need tears for lubrication to remain comfortable. When your eyes don't produce enough tears to bathe their surface, that surface becomes irritated.

Are you concerned about symptoms of dry eyes? We can help with a variety of dry eye treatment options!

Flashes

If you've seen flashes of light, stars, or streaks that aren't there, you've experienced flashes. Everyone can expect to see flashes at some point in their lives. Usually, you will see them in one eye at a time. When the vitreous, or the gel that fills the inside of your eye, pulls on the retina, it causes flashes.

While most flashes are harmless, flashes can occasionally signify other eye problems like posterior vitreous detachment, which may cause retinal detachment. Flashes that appear suddenly and frequently or significantly increase in number could indicate a problem.

Floaters

Floaters look like dark specks, clouds, threads, or spider webs moving through your vision. Most people see them once in a while. Floaters may be pieces of gel or other material floating inside your eye. They are usually harmless.

You are more likely to notice floaters as you age, but an eye injury or surgery can also cause floaters. Nearsighted people also see more floaters. If floaters appear suddenly or significantly increase in number, they can signify an eye problem—such as retinal detachment—that needs care.

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Blepharitis

Blepharitis is inflammation of the membrane covering the inside of the eyelid and the white of the eye. It is caused by bacteria on the eyelids or the skin around the eyes. Dandruff or oily skin can also cause blepharitis. Wearing contact lenses or makeup can make symptoms worse.

If not cared for promptly, blepharitis can lead to a stye (an infection at the base of an eyelash or oil gland) or a chronic cyst (chalazion), requiring surgery to remove.

Think you may be suffering from blepharitis? Find out for sure and get relief.

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Stye and Chalazion

A stye often appears as a red, sore lump near the edge of the eyelid, usually caused by a bacterial infection.

A chalazion is an enlargement of an oil-producing gland in the eyelid. It forms when the gland opening becomes clogged with oil secretions. Unlike a stye, a chalazion is usually painless.

Campus Eye Center offers a variety of effective treatment options for both stye and chalazion.

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Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a severe complication of diabetes that affects the eyes. Damage to the blood vessels of the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, or retina, causes this issue.

At first, diabetic retinopathy may cause no symptoms or only mild vision problems. Eventually, it can lead to blindness.

The condition can develop in anyone who has type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The longer you have diabetes and the less controlled your blood sugar, the more likely you will develop this eye complication. Over time, too much sugar in your blood can block the tiny blood vessels that nourish the retina, compromising its blood supply. As a result, the eye attempts to grow new blood vessels. But these new blood vessels don't develop properly and can leak easily. Complications related to this abnormal growth of blood vessels in the retina can lead to serious vision problems.

Anyone who has diabetes can develop diabetic retinopathy. Risk of developing this eye condition can increase as a result of:

You might not have symptoms in the early stages of diabetic retinopathy. As the condition progresses, diabetic retinopathy symptoms may include:

Careful management of your diabetes is the best way to prevent vision loss and adequately care for your eye health. If you have diabetes, see your eye doctor for a yearly eye exam with dilation—even if your vision seems fine. Pregnancy may worsen diabetic retinopathy, so your eye doctor may recommend additional eye exams throughout your pregnancy if you're pregnant.

Contact your eye doctor right away if your vision changes suddenly or becomes blurry, spotty, or hazy. As retina specialists in Lancaster, PA, we can identify between the two types of diabetic retinopathy:

There are two types of diabetic retinopathy:

When you have NPDR, the walls of the blood vessels in your retina weaken. Tiny bulges (microaneurysms) protrude from the vessel walls of the smaller vessels, sometimes leaking fluid and blood into the retina. Larger retinal vessels can also begin to dilate and become irregular in diameter. NPDR can progress from mild to severe as more blood vessels become blocked.

Nerve fibers in the retina may begin to swell. Sometimes the central part of the retina (macula) begins to swell (macular edema), a condition that requires treatment.

Eventually, scar tissue stimulated by the growth of new blood vessels may cause the retina to detach from the back of your eye. If the new blood vessels interfere with the normal flow of fluid out of the eye, intraocular pressure may build up in the eyeball. This pressure can damage the optic nerve that carries images from your eye to your brain, resulting in glaucoma.

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Eye Injuries

Injuries to the eyes can take many forms, from eye infections, exposure to chemical spills, or serious injury from an accident at work. Don't take chances with your eyes. If you've experienced an injury or trauma, get your eyes checked as soon as possible to avoid complications or possible vision loss. When you want to care for your eye health in the Lancaster, PA, area, get in touch with us at Campus Eye Center today!

Campus Eye Center is an exceptional eye center with experienced eye doctors, Ophthalmogists and Optometrists, in Lancaster, PA.
We offer total vision care including contact lenses and revolutionary Lasik eye surgery at our eye and laser center.

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