Eye Diseases

Eye Care Focused on You

Eye DiseasesAt Northview Eye Care, our focus is on you and your eye health. From the moment you step into our office, our optometrist and staff will make you comfortable. Part of our process includes screening for and planning the management of common eye diseases. The goal of eye disease management is to correct, reduce or stop the progression of a disease.

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

Conjunctivitis (or pink eye) is an inflammation or swelling of the thin, transparent layer of tissue that lines the inner surface of the eyelid and covers the white of the eye. A viral or bacterial infection is the main cause of conjunctivitis, but it can also develop from an allergic reaction to pollen, smoke, chlorine, ingredients in cosmetics, or other products that contact the eyes, such as contact lenses.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is not just one eye disease, but a group of eye conditions resulting in optic nerve damage and loss of vision. Abnormally high pressure inside the eye (intraocular pressure) usually, but not always, causes this damage.

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness and is sometimes called the “silent thief of sight.” Glaucoma can damage your vision so gradually you may not notice any loss of vision until the disease is at an advanced stage. The most common type of glaucoma, open-angle glaucoma, often has no noticeable signs or symptoms.

Early diagnosis and treatment can minimize or prevent optic nerve damage and limit glaucoma-related vision loss. It’s important to get your eyes examined regularly to measure intraocular pressure.

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration includes many different eye diseases, all of which affect central, or detail, vision. Age-related macular degeneration is the most common of these disorders, mainly affecting people over the age of 60.

Age-related macular degeneration occurs in two forms: “wet” and “dry.” Wet macular degeneration is less common but more aggressive in its development to severe central vision loss. Dry macular degeneration is the more common type and is more slowly progressive in causing loss of vision.

Prevent Eye Disease Damage – Schedule an Appointment Today

Although certain eye diseases are irreversible, early diagnosis and disease management can help prevent further loss of sight. Call the vision care experts at Northview Eye Care at (616) 361-2020 or contact us online to schedule a comprehensive eye exam today.