Chronic Eye Diseases
The leading cause of blindness and low vision in the U.S. are chronic age-related diseases such as:
- Macular Degeneration
- Diabetic Retinopathy
We offer extensive testing for these diseases and are able to monitor progression right in our office.
We monitor cataracts and do referrals for cataract patients when it’s time for surgery. We are also able to do all post op care in our office making the recovery time easy and close to home.
We also offer low vision and referrals to Texas division for the blind for those patient that have a debilitating disease and are legally blind.
Dr. Malouf is also a certified glaucoma specialist so she can treat and monitor glaucoma right here in our office.
Chronic Eye Disease Explanation
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is an eye disease that results from pressure on the optic nerve. Although glaucoma does cause a gradual decrease in vision, you can minimize vision loss and avoid blindness if you get diagnosis and treatment right away.
Because glaucoma often causes no obvious symptoms in its early stages, it’s vital that you have comprehensive eye exams every 1-2 years as recommended by Dr. Malouf. During each exam, Dr. Malouf checks for early signs of glaucoma so she can make an early diagnosis and start treatment right away if needed.
What is Diabetic Eye Disease?
What are Cataracts?
What is Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration occurs when the middle part of the retina, the macula, deteriorates and affects central vision. Eventually, it can cause total central vision loss. Macular degeneration impacts 10 million Americans today, making it the most common vision disease by far. Although macular degeneration isn’t curable, it’s very much manageable with Dr. Malouf’s help.
What are the Treatment for Chronic Eye Diseases?
In the early stages, eye disease treatment often focuses on avoiding further damage and slowing progression wherever possible. Even if your eye disease isn’t curable, as in the case of macular degeneration, you can do a great deal to manage your vision problems effectively.
Management of eye disease in its early stages can involve lifestyle changes, for example, always wearing sunglasses to avoid the advancement of cataracts.
When eye disease is in advanced stages, treatment options like steroid injections or laser surgery can sometimes prevent the disease from advancing even further or becoming disabling. Dr. Malouf will work closely with you to create an effective eye disease management and treatment plan.
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20/20 Vision Care
140 W James St,
Wills Point, TX 75169