Eye disease management is important for maintaining clear vision and preventing further vision loss. Early detection and treatment of eye diseases are crucial to preserving vision and preventing vision impairment. Regular comprehensive eye exams at Ingram Comprehensive Eye Care are the best way to detect and manage eye diseases. We provide quality eye care for our patients in Forest Acres, Columbia, and the surrounding communities.
Common Eye Diseases
There are many different types of eye diseases, but some of the more common ones include:
Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that damages the blood vessels in the retina, the light-sensitive layer of tissue at the back of the eye. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in adults ages 20 to 74.
Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, which is vital for good vision. It is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a deterioration or breakdown of the eye's macula. The macula is the small central area of the retina that provides sharp, clear vision. AMD affects your central vision for reading, driving, and seeing fine details.
A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens. Cataracts are common in older adults but can occur at any age.
Treating Eye Diseases
Treatment for eye diseases depends on the specific disease diagnosed. In some cases, treatment may delay the progression of the disease or prevent vision loss. Some common treatments for eye diseases include:
- Medications: Oral or topical medications may be prescribed to treat eye conditions.
- Surgery: Surgery may be necessary to treat certain eye diseases.
- Laser Therapy: Laser therapy can be used to destroy abnormal blood vessels, shrink tumors, and relieve pressure in the eye.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Optometrist
Be sure to tell Dr. Ingram about any changes in your vision, medications you are taking, medical conditions, or family history of eye disease. If you are due for an eye exam or experiencing any vision issues, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ingram at Ingram Comprehensive Eye Care, serving Columbia and Forest Acres, SC. Call our team today at (803) 782-7080 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.