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Eye Conditions Our Columbus and Gahanna Optometrists from Berk Eye Care Center Diagnose and Sometimes Treat
At Berk Eye Care Center, our Columbus and Gahanna optometrists diagnose all of the following conditions, and treat some of them. Those that they don't treat, they will provide you with a referral to a specialist who can treat them.
- Refractive Errors--These are simply imperfections in vision acuity, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. These errors are usually easily corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or LASIK surgery.
- Glaucoma--This is a condition where the inside of the eyes have too much pressure, which can be painful, and eventually affect your vision in a negative way. Left untreated, this relatively common age-related eye disease can lead to blindness. Our eye doctors diagnose glaucoma, and can provide basic treatment for it in the form of medication. If you need more in-depth treatment, we can refer you to a specialist.
- Cataracts--This build-up of proteins on the cornea is common in people over the age of fifty. In its early stages, it can be treated with corrective lenses by a doctor of optometry like the ones at our office. As the build-up gets thicker and interferes with clear vision in a significant way, patients are referred to a surgeon who can remove them and restore good vision again.
- Age-Related Macular Degeneration--As the macula (a thin tissue on the back of the eye) deteriorates with age, it can interfere with central vision, leaving you with only a black hole in front, though you will still retain your peripheral vision. A retina specialist may be able to treat it with surgery on those who are candidates for it.
- Amblyopia--Also called lazy eye, this is when the eye and the brain don't work in conjunction with each other very well. It usually just affects one eye, which "wanders" from what the other eye is doing. Commonly diagnosed when people are still children, it can be corrected with special glasses, vision therapy, and sometimes surgery.
- Diabetic Retinopathy--A side effect of diabetes, it causes red and swollen corneas, and can lead to blindness if not treated. Mild cases are treated by managing the diabetes better with medication. More severe cases are treated with laser surgery.
- Retinal Detachment or Tear--Sometimes, the vitreous fluid inside the eye can pull away from the back of the eye, causing the retinal tissue to pull and tear. When this happens, severe pain and interference in clear vision occurs. It is an eye emergency that requires surgery right away to correct and restore and preserve vision, so a referral to a surgeon who can see you immediately is given.
- Dry Eye Syndrome--When your tear ducts stop producing enough tears to keep your eyes wet, they become dry, scratchy, and irritated. It is a common eye disorder. Our eye doctors treat it by prescribing prescription or over-the-counter artificial tears.
- Flashes and Floaters--When you see black or white spots floating in your vision, or get flashes of light in the corners of your vision, it can either be a build-up of debris in the vitreous fluid, or the beginnings of a retinal tear or hole. Depending on the cause, you might be advised to take a wait and see approach, or be referred to a retina specialist for a more in-depth exam.
- Pink eye--A mild infection of the eye that is common in children (though anyone can get it), it is diagnosed by a pink appearance to the eye. It is treated with prescription eye drops with medicine to clear up the infection and make the eyes white again. It is highly contagious, so stay away from other people as much as possible when you have it.
- Red Eye--This is a common diagnosis, and is merely what is referred to as bloodshot eyes. It is usually caused by being tired, or by some kind of environmental irritant. Getting some sleep or avoiding the irritant is the cure.
- Computer Vision Syndrome--Looking at computers for long periods of time can give you headaches, sore eyes, and dry eyes. Our optometrists recommend special glasses, eye drops, and time away from the computer, depending on the person.
- Sports Vision--Eyes can often get injured in sports. Our eye care professionals may recommend a special kind of protective lens to wear during games to avoid those injuries, or any more of them.
Call Our Columbus and Gahanna Optometry Clinics for an Eye Exam, Evaluation, and Vision Consultation Today
Contact our eye care team to make an appointment for your initial exam, evaluation, and consultation. We are sure you will be happy with our practice and know you made a good decision making us your preferred eye care professionals. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the Berk Eye Care Center family. You can reach us at:
Berk Eye Care Center in Gahanna
943 E. Johnstown Rd.
Gahanna, OH 43230
Berk Eye Care Center in Columbus
5180 E. Main St.
Columbus, OH 43213