Medical Eye Exams & Treatment
A medical eye exam includes diagnosis and treatment of eye related medical diseases, infections or injuries. Medical eye exams differ from comprehensive vision eye exams in that they are typically covered by medical insurance, not vision insurance. If an eye health condition is detected during your routine eye exam then it is likely that another appointment will need to be scheduled for you to return and see us for a medical eye exam. If the intention for your visit is to be evaluated for a medical eye condition, then notify our appointment scheduler that you need a medical eye exam. If the reason for you visit is to receive a diagnosis for medical issue then we will expect to bill your medical insurance for the exam. If your insurance requires a referral please contact them to ensure one is on record before your appointment.
Listed below are medical eye conditions we screen and provide treatment for:
Diabetic retinopathy is the distortion of vision caused by changes to retinal blood vessels that cause them to bleed or leak fluid. It is the most common cause of vision loss among diabetics.
Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the optic nerve. Some forms of glaucoma are caused by increased pressure inside the eye.
Macular Degeneration is the build-up of fluid in a part of the eye called the macula. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in Americans age 65 and older. There are two forms of AMD: dry (non-neovascular) or wet (neovascular).
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens. Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40 years old and leading cause of blindness.
Chronic Dry Eye Syndrome
People with dry eye syndrome either do not produce enough tears or have poor quality of tears. Those with dry eyes may experience the following symptoms: irritated, itchy or burning eyes, excess watering, a feeling of something in their eye or blurred vision.
Conjuctivitis, or pinkeye as it’s more commonly known, is redness and inflammation of the whites of the eye and the inner part of the eyelids. It is most often caused by a viral or bacterial infection.
Iritis is inflammation that affects the part of the eye called the iris, the colored part of your eye that surrounds your pupil. The cause of iritis is often unknown. However, it is a serious condition that could lead to glaucoma or vision loss if left untreated.
A chalazion, or stye, is a benign bump inside the upper or lower eyelid. Many chalazia resolve on their own, but oral or topical antibiotics may be prescribed if advanced treatment is necessary.
A corneal abrasion is a scratch on the cornea, which is the protective covering over the iris. There are many situations that could cause a corneal abrasion including, but not limited to: being poked in the eye, dirt or some other foreign matter getting caught under the eyelid and poor fitting or dirty contact lenses.