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At Anklin Eye Care, we provide comprehensive eye care and treatment for a broad range of eye conditions for our patients in the Adrian, MI, and Tecumseh, MI areas.

 

Common Eye Conditions

Cataracts – The lens of the eye works similar to a camera lens, as light enters the lens and passes to the retina, which processes the images. A cataract is a cloudy area on the lens that impairs vision. The problem usually forms gradually and causes no pain. Vision problems only happen when the cataracts grow larger and obstruct the field of vision. Surgical solutions are available to remove cataracts and restore clear vision.

 

Conjunctivitis – This condition is also called pink eye and affects the tissue inside the eyelids that covers the cornea. The most common symptoms of this condition include itching, burning, redness, tearing, and discharge from the eyes. Conjunctivitis can happen at any age and usually results from infection, allergies, irritants, or chemical exposure.

 

Corneal Diseases – The cornea is the dome-shaped area located at the front of the eye. The job of the cornea is to focus light, as it enters the eye. The cornea can be damaged by infection, injury, disease, or toxic substances. Symptoms of a problem with the cornea include pain, watering, redness, vision problems and a halo effect. Depending on the specific problem, medicated eye drops glasses or surgery are treatment options.

 

Dry Eyes – When the tear glands are not producing enough tears, the eyes can become dry. The condition can cause some discomfort, burning or itching. Treatments may include special eye drops, plugs in the tear ducts, use of a humidifier in the home, or prescribed medication to increase natural tear production.

 

Eyelid Problems – The eyelids control the amount of light entering the eye, offer protection for the eye, and distribute tears. An eyelid problem usually causes light sensitivity, pain, tearing, itching, spasms, inflammation, or droopy eyelids. The problems may be treated with medication, improved hygiene, or surgery.

 

Floaters – This term refers to specks or spots that float in the field of vision. They are more commonly noticed in bright light, or outside on a sunny day. While they are usually normal, floaters can also signal a problem, such as retinal detachment. We encourage you to contact our office if you notice a change in the spots or you see floaters and flashes of light.

 

Glaucoma – In this condition, the optic nerve deteriorates and blood pressure in the eye increases. There are no symptoms or pain, so the problem is usually found during a routine eye exam. Treatment options range from eye drops to surgery, depending on the severity of the condition.

 

Presbyopia – This is the normal process of losing the ability to see small print and objects clearly. Although the process happens gradually, most people don’t notice a problem until around the age of 40. Reading glasses are prescribed to correct this problem.

 

Retinal Disorders – The retina is the lining of cells at the back of the eye, where light images are collected and transferred to the brain. Retinal disorders include macular degeneration, retinal detachment, and diabetic retinopathy. Diagnosing and treating these disorders early is essential to maintain a healthy vision.

 

Tearing – This condition is caused by excessive tearing, usually from wind, temperature changes, and light sensitivity. Eye protection or sunglasses often solves the problem. However, tearing can be caused by another problem, such as a blocked tear duct or eye infection.