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Comprehensive Eye Exams

 

Regardless of your age or physical health, it is important to have annual comprehensive eye exams.

During your comprehensive eye exam, Dr. Walsh will determine the prescription for glasses and/or contact lenses. She will also perform a thorough evaluation of your eye health. Dr. Walsh will evaluate you for eye diseases and conditions including glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, retinal detachments, and other retinal vascular diseases.

 

Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic eye disease is a general term for a group of eye problems that may result from having Type I or Type II Diabetes. Typically, there are no symptoms in the early stages of diabetic eye disease, so it is important that you do not wait for symptoms to appear before having a comprehensive eye exam. Early detection and treatment of diabetic eye disease will dramatically reduce your chances of sustaining permanent vision loss.

 

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is an eye condition that causes damage to the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain. The damage causes permanent loss of peripheral vision. In the early stages of glaucoma, there are no signs or symptoms. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to total blindness. While there is no cure for glaucoma, there are medications and surgical options that can help halt further vision loss. Early detection and regular eye exams are vital to initiating treatment to slow the progression of the disease.

 

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a chronic, progressive disease that gradually destroys sharp central vision. It is commonly associated with aging and therefore known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). There are two forms of AMD called “dry,” most common and with no known treatment, and “wet,” less common and treated with laser or injection procedures.

Recent studies have shown that nutritional supplements can slow the progression of AMD.   There is also genetic testing available to help identify those most likely to develop macular degeneration. Dr. Walsh can discuss if these options are right for you.

 

Call Premier Eye Care of Naples to schedule your comprehensive eye exam with Dr. Walsh.