Dry eye syndrome occurs when the eyes don't produce enough tears or they produce poor quality tears. This causes chronic discomfort and inflammation along with symptoms such as eye scratchiness, redness, burning and even watery eyes. Our eye care doctors will determine the best treatment plan for your eyes depending on the severity of the condition. Common treatments include prescription eye drops like Xiidra or Restasis, Oasis preservative free artificial tears, supplements from Nordic Naturals containing omega-3 fatty acids, and the insertion of punctal plugs to prevent tears from draining from the eye as quickly.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve. The most common risk factor for glaucoma is elevated eye pressure, which is measured during a comprehensive eye examination. For those diagnosed with glaucoma, your Isthmus Eye Care doctor utilizes the latest technology to assist in the treatment and management of the disease. Without treatment, glaucoma can lead to gradual loss of side or peripheral vision and eventually lead to blindness. The American Optometric Association website is a great resource for more information about glaucoma and vision care.
A cataract is a gradual clouding of the lens of the eye. Symptoms of a cataract can include cloudy vision and colors appearing faded. In the early stages, your Isthmus Eye Care doctor in Madison, WI can help you manage symptoms from cataracts with sunglasses and no-glare lenses. When a cataract begins to interfere with daily activities it may be time to consider surgery which involves removing the cataract and placing a new lens implant in place. Your Isthmus Eye Care doctor will co-manage your procedure with a trusted local cataract surgeon. For additional information on cataracts please visit the National Eye Institute webpage.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) results in the gradual loss of central vision. AMD makes it difficult to see fine detail, read, recognize faces, and even drive. This is caused by the degeneration of the macula, which is the part of the retina responsible for crisp, central vision. Taking supplements and modifying lifestyle factors can help reduce the risk of advanced macular degeneration. Your Isthmus Eye Care doctor will use the latest technology, including Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), to assist in the treatment and management of macular degeneration. For more information about AMD and your vision care visit the American Macular Degeneration Foundation website.
Anyone with diabetes is at risk for diabetic eye disease. When blood sugar levels fluctuate, temporary changes in the size and shape of the lens within the eye can cause rapid and large prescription changes. The primary cause of permanent eye damage from diabetes is the poor condition of the small blood vessels inside the eye. The doctors at Isthmus Eye Care strongly recommend dilated, annual eye exams for anyone with, or at risk for, diabetes to allow for early detection and prevention of vision loss. We will send a diabetic eye exam report to your managing physician for best coordination of care. To read more about diabetic eye disease, please visit the National Eye Institute webpage.