Management of Other Ocular Diseases

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A comprehensive eye health examination at Eldorado Vision & Optical assures every patient that the overall health of their eyes is thoroughly assessed. In addition to maintaining excellent vision, patients undergo a seven-step pre-test process that Dr. Turner utilizes to determine the presence of eye diseases such as glaucoma, macula degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, dry eyes, visual field loss, color deficiency, and other eye conditions.

The presence and treatment of glaucoma and dry eyes are reviewed in detail elsewhere on this website. A comprehensive eye health examination at Eldorado Vision & Optical may uncover other ocular diseases and eye conditions. A brief review of some of these eye health issues is provided below:

Macular Degeneration is a deterioration or breakdown of the eye’s macula – the small area in the retina of the eye that is responsible for your central vision. Many older people develop macular degeneration as part of the body’s natural aging process. Symptoms may include blurriness, dark areas or distortion in your central vision. It usually does not affect your side, or peripheral vision. Should this eye disease be discovered during your eye health examination, Dr. Turner will thoroughly review with you what her recommendations are regarding monitoring and vision correction options. Macular Degeneration may also occur at young age and have a genetic component.

Cataracts are a slow-to-develop ocular condition that impacts the quality and clarity of vision and requires monitoring. A cataract causes clouded vision, making it difficult to read, drive a car, especially at night, or see images clearly. Most cataracts develop so slowly that the individual isn’t aware that their vision is becoming impaired. A comprehensive eye health examination will indicate if a cataract or cataracts are present and the degree of clear vision impairment. Early on, better lighting and glasses will help, but if cataracts progress far enough to impact routine daily activities, cataract surgery may be recommended. Should this situation present itself, Dr. Turner will thoroughly explain the cataract surgery process and recommend a local, qualified cataract surgeon. She will co-manage her cataract patients with the cataract surgeon following their cataract surgery.

Diabetic Retinopathy is a condition that occurs in people who have diabetes. It causes progressive damage to the retina, the light-sensitive area at the back of the eye. Over time, diabetes damages the blood vessels in the retina. Diabetic Retinopathy occurs when these tiny blood vessels leak blood and other fluids which results in cloudy or blurred vision. Early detection during a comprehensive eye health examination and treatment by Dr. Turner can limit the potential for significant vision loss. Treatment of diabetic retinopathy varies depending on the extent of the disease.

Other eye health conditions, such as problems with a patient’s field of vision or issues concerning a patient’s perception of color, can also be detected, treated and/or monitored. The Patient Registration Form, the first step in the seven-step process of a comprehensive eye health examination at Eldorado Vision & Optical, provides Dr. Turner with relevant information regarding any vision concerns expressed by the patient.