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Can Glaucoma be Treated by an Optometrist?

Many people are understandably confused about the difference between different types of eye doctor and what they mean for their care. The simplest explanation is that they all differ in their levels of training and in what they can diagnose and treat.


What is a Cataract Evaluation?

Cataracts are one of the most common eye conditions in the world and a leading cause of blindness. They occur when advancing age causes changes to the proteins that are found in the natural lens of the eye. These are usually evenly-dispersed across the lens so that they don’t obstruct your vision. However, as you get older they start to clump together, causing the cloudy patches that characterize cataracts. These get increasingly larger until your vision is significantly obscured.


Common Types of Cornea Disease

Did you know that the cornea filters out some of the sun's UV rays? The cornea is the clear tissue that covers the front of the eye. It is transparent to allow light to pass through to the inner part of the eye. It comprises three primary layers: the epithelium, the outer layer; the stroma, the middle layer; and the endothelium, the inner layer. The cornea is curved and focuses the light rays that come through it. It is a tough and clear tissue that protects your eyes from foreign materials and is a barrier to infection.


How Often Do I Need a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

At a minimum, the American Optometric Association (AOA) suggests getting a comprehensive eye exam once every year. This is even if you have never experienced any eye problems. A comprehensive eye exam is not just for fixing eyesight problems. It can help assess the general health of your eyes and help you understand how well your eyes work. Besides, the exam can help alert you to potential problems your eyes may develop in the future.


How Does LipiFlow® Treat Dry Eye?

Most patients with dry eye have been going for treatments that do not deal with the root cause. Currently, ophthalmologists prefer not to send their patients home with remedies they may not follow. LipiFlow® presents a drug-free, safe, and effective method of treating dry eyes.


What to Expect From a Lipiflow® Procedure

Dry eye, a very uncomfortable disease, is one of the most common eye conditions among Americans. There are several treatments available for managing it, but the challenge is finding the best option that works for you. One treatment that is FDA-approved for dry eye therapy is Lipiflow®. Lipiflow can provide a long-term solution for people who have been living with dry eye syndrome. 


Am I a Candidate for Glaucoma Treatment?

Glaucoma is a collective term for eye conditions that progressively damage the optic nerve. A healthy optic nerve means you have good vision. Glaucoma damages the optic nerve by increasing the pressure in the eye. For people over the age of 60, it is a leading cause of blindness. 


Please Welcome Dr. Fadee Bittar to the ECVA team!

As many of our patients are already aware, Dr. Kasprenski has moved on from the practice to return to his hometown in Pennsylvania. He has provided our patients with exceptional care and we wish him well.


Dry Eye Symptoms and Causes

Dry eye syndrome is quite a common eye condition. It is the inability of your eyes to produce enough tears for the lubrication of the eyes. The tears become of little quantity or poor quality. This unreliability in tear production can lead to irritation, inflammation, and destruction of the ocular surface. 


Dr. Schultz Focuses on Total Body Health & Wellness As Seen Through the Eyes

“In general many people have the misconception that their eyes are disconnected from their bodies. That’s a myth that is perpetuated by insurance carriers who continue to offer vision plans separate and apart from general health plans,” says Dr. Gregory Schultz, an optometrist who has been specializing in ocular disease for 21 years.


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