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Retinal Detachment

Symptoms

A retinal detachment will result in a sudden defect in your vision. It may just cause a blind spot too small to notice, or it may cause a noticeable shadow which obscures your vision.

Risk Factors

Eye injuries, tumors, and cataract surgery can cause retinal detachment. Near-sighted individuals and the elderly are at greater risk for spontaneous detachment.

Dry Eye Syndrome

Symptoms

This leads to a number of symptoms, including itching, irritation, burning, excessive tearing, redness, blurred vision, and discomfort after long periods of watching television, using a computer, or reading.

Risk Factors

There are many factors that can contribute to dry eye syndrome. These include dry, hot, or windy climates, high altitudes, air-conditioned rooms, and cigarette smoke. Contact lens wearers, people with drier skin, and the elderly are more likely to develop dry eye syndrome. Some certain medications can cause it, have a thyroid condition, a vitamin-A deficiency, Parkinson’s or Sjorgen’s disease, or if you are a woman going through menopause.

Blepharitis

Symptoms

Blepharitis could be described as dandruff of the eyelids. Seborrheic blepharitis results in redness of the eyelids, flaking and scaling of eyelashes, and greasy, waxy scales caused by abnormal tear production. Staph blepharitis can cause small ulcers, loss of eyelashes, eyelid scarring, and even red eye.

Treatment

Careful cleaning of the eyelids can reduce seborrheic blepharitis. Application of hot packs to the eyes for 10 minutes twice a day can also help. Staph blepharitis may require antibiotic drops, ointments and sometimes oral antibiotics.

Macular Degeneration

Symptoms

The most common symptoms, when detected, include a spot of blurry vision, dark vision, or distorted vision. Both forms of macular degeneration can cause blindness.

Treatment

Currently, there is no cure for it, but there are treatments for the wet kind to slow and improve the vision. At Requis Eye Care, we can detect and treat macular degeneration.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Symptoms

  • “Floaters” – small specks that pass across your field of vision, made up of cells floating in the transparent gel of your eyeball
  • Difficulty reading or seeing things close-up
  • Sudden loss of vision
  • Flashes

Risk Factors and Treatment

If you have diabetes, make sure you control your blood sugar level. This will reduce your risk of getting diabetic retinopathy. If you are experiencing some of the symptoms listed above, give us a call. If diagnosed properly, diabetic retinopathy can be treated with a laser procedure or a Vitrectomy.

Glaucoma

Symptoms

With most cases of glaucoma until the end stage of the disease there are no symptoms. Those suffering from open-angle glaucoma experience a type of tunnel vision, where their field of vision gradually decreases. It can eventually lead to blindness.

Risk Factors

Heredity seems to be a risk factor. Having a first degree family member with the disease increases your chance NINE TIMES!!! Also, you may be at greater risk if you are over 45, of African descent, near-sighted, or diabetic. Finally, if you have used steroids or cortizone for a long period of time, or if you have suffered an eye injury in the past, you have a greater chance of developing glaucoma.

Our Optometrists and Consulting Ophthalmologists are glaucoma specialists and have the latest modern day high tech equipment to diagnose and treat glaucoma.

Prevention is important and that starts with a yearly eye exam, vision exam and eye health examination.

  • Eye Exam
  • Glaucoma
  • Eye Allergies

Requis Eye Care consists of staff Optometrists and affiliated Ophthalmologists provide the highest quality eye care inclusive of routine eye exams, vision exams, eye health testing, the detection and treatment of eye disorders and eye diseases. The objective of our examination is to prevent blindness or serious vision loss and increase the quality of a patient’s life by using the most advanced equipment and technology.

Our eye exam is second to none in that we are obsessively compulsive to detail. I have practiced eye care for over 20 years yet my staff and I attend continuing education throughout the year and we are always questing to improve our level of care. Eye care is a very dynamic profession and there is always new technology, research and instrumentation to keep up with.

Glaucoma is an eye disease resulting in the death of optic nerve fibers that eventually results in the loss of visual field of vision (peripheral vision) and if not detected early and treated results in blindness. Usually glaucoma has no symptoms.

A good number of Nigerians are blind from glaucoma. Glaucoma is the second overall leading cause of blindness in the country. The symptoms of glaucoma are virtually non-existent and the disease has often been referred to as the Silent Thief of Vision. With the exception of narrow angle glaucoma often referred to as acute angle closure glaucoma, the majority of glaucoma is without symptoms.

The risk factors for and causes of glaucoma are family history, age (over 40), nearsighted, diabetic and hypertensive. Please remember glaucoma can happen to anyone even if you don’t fit the profile. If you have a first degree relative with glaucoma you chances of inheriting the disease is nine times greater.

We use to think that glaucoma was high intraocular eye pressure. Now we know that it’s a multi factorial disease. Some of the reasons and causes beyond high pressure in the eye are poor blood supply to the nerves, genetic and the unknown. Studies are taking place in Universities all over the world to attempt to identify the causes of glaucoma. A recent study in China points to tight neckties cutting off the blood supply to the upper head area resulting in nerve damage and glaucoma. We have much to learn..

When something comes in contact with the surface of your eye, either airborne or from your hands a cellular reaction takes place. Allergic conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the clear membrane covering the white of the eye. Common signs and allergy eye symptoms include redness, swelling, itching scratchiness, watering and foreign body sensation. Particles in the air like animal dander, dust, odors and pollens are called antigens.

 

These foreign substances (antigens) are not recognized by the eye’s defense system (immune system). A protective reaction takes place causing the release of histamine by cells in the blood stream called mast cells. This reaction of your immune system results in allergy symptoms.

In most cases allergic conjunctivitis affects both eyes as opposed to other causes of red eye (pink eye) that often time effects one eye. Not to confuse things allergy can affect one eye as well. That’s why it’s important to visit your eye doctor if you have eye discomfort.

Allergy eye drops for the most part provide eye allergy relief. In some cases oral antihistamines can be beneficial. Avoidance of the causal agent is important. Topical eye drops in the form of decongestants, antihistamines, mast cell inhibitors or combinations are useful in the treatment of eye allergies. In addition cold packs are often used.

While it is often difficult to prevent allergic conjunctivitis, you can control symptoms by avoiding exposure to antigens. Try to stay indoors when pollen counts are high and do not have pets if you are sensitive to animal dander. Use artificial teardrops to keep your eyes lubricated, wash your hands frequently and avoid rubbing your eyes. If necessary The doctor can prescribe medication for your eyes.