Glaucoma is a serious eye disease that damages the eye’s optic nerve. The condition can get worse overtime, and permanent blindness can result if left untreated. Many people with glaucoma do not experience symptoms or pain, so it is difficult to identify early on. For this reason, regular eye exams are vital to apprehending the disease and starting the correct treatment.
The Signs and Symptoms
If you are over the age of 40 and have family members with glaucoma, you are more likely to get the disease yourself. If you have diabetes or a family history of glaucoma or another eye disease, you many need to see the eye doctor more often. Although glaucoma usually affects adults over 40, it has been identified in young adults, children, and infants. If you are of Russian, Irish, Japanese, Hispanic, Inuit, Scandinavian, or African-American descent, you are more likely to get glaucoma. If you have poor vision, have had eye trauma, have diabetes, or have taken steroid medications (like prednisone) you are also more likely to get glaucoma.
If you have experienced any of the following symptoms, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor immediately: vision loss, nausea or vomiting, eye pain, tunnel vision, redness in the eye, or seeing halos around lights.
Prescription eye drops, laser surgery, microsurgery, or other methods are typical glaucoma treatments.
- Eye drops: Eye drops are often the first treatment option for those with glaucoma. Eye drops can reduce the development of fluid in the eye or increase its outflow. Some glaucoma medications can affect the heart and lungs so be sure to tell your doctor what medications you are currently taking or are allergic to.
- Laser Surgery: Laser surgery can either increase the movement of fluid from the eye or stop fluid blockage, depending on the type of glaucoma you have.
- Microsurgery: Using a procedure called trabeculectomy, eye pressure is released by making a new channel to drain fluid.
Schedule a consultation
If you have experienced any of the symptoms related to glaucoma, contact the Eye Associates today. You can speak with our team by calling our office in Meridian: 208-342-5151 or Caldwell: 208-459-0717. We look forward to assisting you.
Dry eye can make daily activities difficult and downright miserable. If you experience redness, blurry vision, itching, light sensitivity, or a gritty feeling in your eyes, you may be suffering from a condition called the dry eye. When tears aren’t providing enough moisture to the eye, dry eye can result. Here’s what you need to know about dry eye and what you can do to feel better today.
Why we need tears
Even on our happiest days, our eyes are full of tears. Tears assist with creating moisture and lubrication to maintain eye comfort. The ingredients found in tears include water, oils, mucus, and antibodies that all work together to maintain an ideal environment for your eyes. If you have dry, it might be in indication that your tear ducts are not working right. Dry eye can also be caused by aging, the side effects of drugs, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s Syndrom, and eye problems that won’t allow your eyes to close properly.
How to treat dry eye
Dry eye is very common in the climate we experience in Meridian and Caldwell. Here are specific ways you can help soothe your dry eye problems:
- Avoid excessive exposure to the wind or forced air environments. To protect your eyes from the weather, there are special sunglasses available to help diminish your exposure.
- In a society where we are constantly staring at phones, computers, and other screens, we may forget to blink. If your eyes are feeling dry, remember the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will help you remember to blink and rest your eyes.
- Use artificial tears. Artificial tears help lubricate the eyes and relieve itching and redness. You may need to try more than one brand before you find the best fit for you.
If these suggestions do not work, you may require special treatments like punctual plugs, Mibo ThermaFlo, punctual cautery, or other tear alternatives like ointments.
Arrange a consultation
If you suffer from dry eye or think you might arrange a consultation with The Eye Associates today. You can reach our office by calling our office in Meridian: 208-342-5151 or Caldwell: 208-459-0717.
Do you have an annoying or painful lump on or inside of your eyelid? It might be a stye or chalazia. A stye is created when an eyelash follicle becomes infected with bacteria and is painful, red, and swollen. A chalazion is caused by an infection in an oil gland of the eyelid. Both conditions are frustrating and might look similar, but they are different.
- A stye will start off as a red bump on the edge of the eyelid that looks similar to a pimple.
- A stye will make the surrounding area feel swollen and painful and look irritated and red.
- A stye will typically last for three days before draining and healing. In total, they last about one week.
- Chalazia begin as a lump or cyst-like formation beneath the skin of the eyelid.
- Chalazia don’t usually hurt.
- They grow slowly but will go away after a few months without treatment.
- A chalazion may grow to the point where it gets in the way of your vision.
Although styes and chalazia are distinct conditions, they can be treated similarly. First, use a warm compress to hold against the infected area for up to ten minutes, three to six times during the day. The warmth and pressure will help relieve some of the pain while helping unblock the pore. You can also visit your pharmacist and request an over the counter treatment, like an ointment. Remember to let the chalazion or stye open and heal on its own. By touching and tampering with the infected area, you may increase irritation or introduce more bacteria. Also, do not wear eye makeup or contact lenses until the infected area is completely healed.
Schedule a consultation
If you have tried the at home remedies and treatments for a stye or chalazion and still see no improvement, don’t hesitate to call The Eye Associates today. Remember, the best care is preventive care. If you have not had a general eye exam lately, schedule yours today. You can reach our team by calling us at Meridian: 208-342-5151or Caldwell: 208-459-0717.