Eye Conditions

Eye ConditionsNorthview’s staff of eye care professionals has been practicing vision care in Grand Rapids for over 30 years. Our eye specialist and staff offer state-of-the art technology to diagnose and manage the uncomfortable symptoms of an eye condition.

Dry Eyes

Dry eye is a condition in which the eyes do not produce enough tears, or the tears produced are of poor quality. Tears are necessary to keep the eyes healthy and ensure clear vision. Dry eye can be a chronic problem, particularly for older adults. Symptoms include feelings of eye irritation, grittiness, scratchiness, burning and blurred vision.

Ocular Allergies

Ocular allergies, or allergic conjunctivitis, are common. They occur when something you are allergic to irritates the conjunctiva, the thin, transparent layer of tissue that lines the inner surface of the eyelid and covers the white of the eye. This causes the eyes to tear and burn, and become red, swollen and itchy. Ocular allergies are often associated with seasonal allergies.

Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

Amblyopia, otherwise known as lazy eye, is a condition that occurs when the vision in one of the eyes is reduced because your eye and the brain are not working together in unison. Unfortunately, the visual loss associated with amblyopia cannot be corrected simply by wearing glasses.

Amblyopia is the most common cause of visual impairment during childhood. The condition affects approximately two to three out of every 100 children. Unless it is successfully treated in early childhood, amblyopia usually persists into adulthood and is the most common cause of monocular (one eye) visual impairment among children and young and middle-aged adults.


Blepharitis, or eye inflammation, usually affects the part of the eyelid that meets your eyelashes. This condition normally occurs when tiny oil glands located near the base of the eyelashes become clogged. This causes irritation and red eyes. Several diseases and conditions can cause blepharitis, and requires treatment by an eye specialist.


A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. For people who have cataracts, seeing is a bit like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window. Clouded vision caused by cataracts can make it more difficult to read, drive a car (especially at night) and see the expression on a friend’s face.

Most cataracts develop slowly and don’t disturb eyesight early on. With time, cataracts will eventually interfere with your vision, but the condition is easy to correct with a simple outpatient vision procedure.

Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome refers to the vision-related problems that are caused by prolonged computer, tablet and cell phone use. Many individuals experience eye discomfort and straining when viewing digital screens for extended periods. This pain usually increases with the amount of screen time.


Strabismus (also called crossed eyes, deviation, heterotropia, squint, tropia) is a condition where both sets of eye muscles do not work together. As a result, one eye looks at one object, while the other eye turns in a different direction and is focused on another object.

Schedule an Appointment With an Eye Specialist Today

If you suffer from an eye condition, schedule an appointment with an eye specialist at Northview Eye Care. We want to provide you with care that is second to none. Fill out our contact form call our office at (616) 361-2020.