The experienced doctors at Westside Family Eyecare can help you with a number of common eye conditions.
Itchy, watery, red eyes are often a sign of eye allergies. Your eyes are reacting to the presence of an allergen such as pollen or dust. The best course of action is to avoid the allergen, but that’s often easier said than done. Talk to your eye doctor about treatment options, which may include eye drops or oral medication to help reduce symptoms.
Foreign Bodies in Eye
A little speck of dirt in your eye isn’t usually much more than a minor irritation, but sometimes a foreign object in the eye can cause major damage. If you are unable to gently flush the irritant out of your eye with water, we’re happy to help. Objects in the eye can cause scratches and other damage, so be careful not to rub your eye until the object is gone. If there is a larger object in your eye like a splinter or piece of glass, please visit your nearest emergency room as soon as possible to safely get it removed. Always remember to wear protective eye gear when working with potentially flying objects and dangerous liquids.
Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is a common eye infection, especially among children. Red, swollen eyes with discharge are the telltale signs of pink eye. Fortunately, the infection is usually not serious although it is highly contagious. Your eye doctor or medical doctor can provide you with medication to help clear up the infection. You can also use a warm compress to help relieve the irritation.
Macular degeneration is a condition caused by the thinning of the eye’s macula as a patient ages. This causes the patient to lose vision in the center of their field of view. Unfortunately, there is no real treatment for macular degeneration, but if caught early, vitamins and eye-healthy foods can help slow the progression.
Glaucoma is a condition affecting the optic nerve, often caused by high pressure in the eye. Many times, there are no signs of glaucoma until damage is already done, so it’s important to get regular eye exams so that your eye doctor can diagnose the problem as early as possible. Although the damage caused by glaucoma can’t be reversed, there are different treatment options to help slow vision loss. People over the age of 60 and with a family history of glaucoma are at higher risk for developing the condition.