Mission Vision: Common Eye Conditions
Optometrists are trained to diagnose and prescribe treatment for a wide range of eye conditions. These conditions can affect not just vision, but also general eye health and comfort. They can come on suddenly or develop as a result of aging, illness, or injury.
Below are examples of common eye conditions that Dr. Robison diagnoses and treats.
- Astigmatism occurs when the cornea has more of an oval shape instead of a sphere. Roughly 80% of the population has some form of astigmatism and it is usually easy to correct.
- Dry eye occurs when tear quantity or quality isn’t high enough to cleanse and lubricate the surface of the eyes. It can be a chronic problem, especially in older patients. Treatment usually involves drops or artificial tears.
- Glaucoma is optic nerve degeneration linked to high fluid pressure inside the eye. It is one of the leading causes of blindness in the country. While the condition is irreversible, the progression of glaucoma can be controlled through treatment.
- Conjunctivitis (red/pink eye) is an inflammation of the thin layer of tissue that covers the whites of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelid. It can be caused by allergies, irritants, and different viruses and bacteria. Treatment varies according to cause.
- Cataracts are a clouding of the lens resulting from a chemical change in the eye. Common risk factors include age, heredity, injury, and disease. Glasses or contacts can help a patient with cataracts see better, but surgery may be called for if the resulting vision loss is significant.
- Myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness) are refractive errors where objects appear blurry because they are focused in front of or behind the retina. Glasses or contacts are commonly prescribed to correct the patient’s vision, although refractive surgery is also an option.
- Amblyopia (lazy eye) is a condition where the vision in one eye is reduced because the brain favors the other eye. It can result from any condition that prevents the affected eye from focusing as well as the other.
- Presbyopia is an age-related vision disorder resulting from the hardening of the lens. It can happen to anyone older than 35. Glasses are the most common means of correcting presbyopia.
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Mission Vision offers comprehensive eye exams where we assess your vision, check your eyes for early signs of disease, and evaluate them as an indicator of your overall health.
Call (210) 315-5559 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule your next eye exam. Our San Antonio office is open Monday through Saturday.