Help for Common Eye Conditions

According to the American Optometric Association, people suffer from at least 40 different common eye and vision conditions. Among the most common of these are:

  • Amblyopia. Also known as “lazy eye,” this condition is characterized by a lack or loss of clear vision in just one eye. This is actually not caused by an eye health problem and cannot be fully corrected with glasses or contacts.

  • Astigmatism. Features either blurred distance vision or blurred near vision. Many people of all ages suffer from either nearsightedness or farsightedness due to an irregularly shaped cornea or a curvature in the lens.

  • Cataracts. These are cloudy areas in the normally clear eye lens that hamper vision, especially at night. They tend to occur more frequently in older adults, and they should be removed.

  • Computer Vision Syndrome. We can thank our modern lifestyle for this one, which causes a group of eye/vision-related problems, starting with eyestrain.

  • Conjunctivitis. More commonly known as “pink eye.” Involves an inflamed or infected layer of transparent tissue on the inner eyelid and the white part of the eye.

  • Diabetic Retinopathy. Progressive damage to the retina is commonly seen in diabetics and caused by excessive blood sugar damaging the tiny vessels that nourish the eyes. Left untreated, this will eventually cause complete blindness.

  • Dry Eye. A chronic condition in which the tear ducts cannot produce enough tears to lubricate and nourish the eyes.

  • Glaucoma. This is actually a group of disorders causing progressive damage to the optic nerve, eventually resulting in loss of vision.

  • Keratoconus. A severely irregular cornea that can be treated with hybrid contact lenses.
  • Macular Degeneration. The most common form is age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) and involves the loss of central vision. There is no cure for ARMD, but we do have treatments that can slow its progress and ease its symptoms.

If you would like to know more about any of these conditions, or the many eye conditions not listed above, feel free to ask one of our optometric physicians in Philadelphia or Huntingdon Valley, PA. We offer exceptional care and comprehensive services for treating and co-managing all kinds of eye problems.

When you have a vision problem and need eyecare you can trust, call 215.677.9111 in Philadelphia for more information. For your convenience, you can also use our online Request an Appointment form for either location.

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