If you live in Arizona and suspect you may have eye an eye disease Gilbert Family Eye Center can help
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. As we get older the natural lens in the eye gradually becomes less clear. When opacities develop in the lens, the lens gets too hazy and vision is impaired. A part of your comprehensive eye examination will be to diagnose and manage cataract care. When symptoms begin to appear you may be able to improve your vision using new glasses, strong bifocals, appropriate lighting or other visual aids. If the cataract affects your vision to the extent that you cannot read or see distant objects comfortably, we will recommend cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed surgery in the United States. Our office co-manages with cataract specialists that are proven experts in cataract surgery.
Glaucoma is the term applied to a group of diseases that gradually destroy the optic nerve tissue in the back of the eye. Glaucoma is dangerous because the disease is painless with no obvious symptoms until significant damage has occurred. The most common cause is elevated pressure inside the eye, but vascular disease or other diseases can also cause glaucoma. We always monitor for glaucoma during routine eye examinations. Tests include checking the pressure of the eye, screening for peripheral vision defects and analyzing the appearance of the optic nerve. If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, we typically prescribe medications that lower the eye pressure. Most forms of glaucoma are successfully treated with eye drops. Laser treatments and eye surgery are secondary treatments that offer alternative ways to treat more advanced glaucoma.