Advanced Care for Eye Diseases and Disorders
Our New Orleans eye doctors use technology and evidence-based strategies to support treatment.
Eye diseases often exhibit no initial symptoms but can cause serious damage and even blindness if left untreated. If you’re experiencing eye pain, soreness, irritation, or other vision changes, schedule an appointment at one of our eye clinics for a comprehensive evaluation of your eye health.
Our optometrists employ both proven techniques and the latest technology to help detect diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration early, and to produce a permanent and historical record of changes in your eye to help get an even deeper understanding of your ocular health. Learn more about some of the most common eye diseases and disorders that we encounter at our New Orleans eye care clinics.
Dry Eye Treatment
Dry eye is a condition that can cause significant discomfort if not diagnosed and properly managed. Your tear film is made up of three different layers: a mucous layer, a watery layer, and an oily layer. If one of those layers is not sufficient, then your tear film may become unstable and cause significant discomfort.
People with dry eye disease might experience a burning sensation in their eyes, a feeling that a foreign object is in their eyes, or even tear over-secretion. Advanced dry eye disease can damage your cornea, resulting in impaired vision.
Some causes of dry eye syndrome are aging, refractive surgery, hormonal imbalance, nutrition, environmental factors, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, pregnancy, poorly fitting contact lenses, and poor contact lens care, among others. Our optometrist can thoroughly evaluate your condition and prescribe the appropriate therapy needed to provide you relief.
Blepharitis, an inflammation of the eyelid and eyelashes, may result from poor hygiene, overgrowth of normal bacteria or flora, an allergic reaction, or oil gland disfunction. It is prevalent among people with oily skin, dandruff, or rosacea, and can often lead to bouts of conjunctivitis (pink eye).
Blepharitis cannot be cured but can be controlled by reducing the bacteria present along the base of the eyelid and opening clogged oil glands. Common treatments for blepharitis include warm compresses, eyelid scrubs, eyelid sprays, eye drops, and antibiotic ointments.
Lazy eye (amblyopia) is a degenerative eye disease involving the loss or lack of vision, typically in one eye. Usually inherited, lazy eye appears during infancy or early childhood, and needs to be diagnosed between birth and early elementary school age because it is during this timeframe that the brain selects its visual passageway and the weaker eye could be ignored permanently if the condition is not corrected.
Because lazy eye is not always easy to diagnose, it is recommended that all children, including those without symptoms, have a comprehensive eye exam by the age of three, or sooner if a family history of the disease is present.
A cataract typically develops slowly and has little or no effect on vision early on, but will eventually cloud the eye’s normally clear lens, leading to progressive blurring or dimming of vision. People age 65 and over have a 50 percent chance of developing a cataract, and by 75, the risk increases to 70 percent. In the beginning, stronger eyeglasses and reducing glare can counteract the negative effects of cataracts on vision, but once reading and the performance of normal tasks becomes difficult, cataract removal surgery might be recommended.
Glaucoma, the leading cause of blindness in the U.S., is a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve. Glaucoma usually occurs when the fluid pressure in the eyes slowly begins to rise, damaging the optic nerve. Without treatment glaucoma will result in the loss of peripheral (side) vision and over time, total blindness will occur.
Certain people are more at risk for glaucoma and should obtain an eye examination at least every year. These include African Americans age 40 and over; persons over 60 years of age, particularly Mexican Americans; and those with a family history of glaucoma. The risk of developing glaucoma is also twice as high among diabetics. With many people having no warning signs, measuring the pressure of the eyes each year is the best way to monitor for the disease.
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Our optometrists offer more than just a routine check-up. We promise you’ll leave satisfied, informed, and confident in your eye care decisions. Schedule an appointment at one of our conveniently located clinics by using the forms below.