Below are brief descriptions of the various ocular conditions we commonly see and treat at Nappanee Family Eyecare.
There are many different types of ocular conditions that could be affecting your eyesight or could have long-term consequences if not treated properly or promptly. If you think you or someone in your family has one of these conditions, please contact Nappanee Family Eyecare in Nappanee for an exam and recommendations.
Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
Lazy eye, medically known as amblyopia, is a loss or lack of development of vision, usually in one eye. This degenerative process usually begins with an inherited condition and appears during infancy or early childhood. Lazy eye needs to be diagnosed between birth and early school age since it is during this period that the brain “chooses” its visual pathway and may ignore the weaker eye permanently.
Lazy eye is not always easy to recognize since a child with worse vision in one eye does not necessarily have lazy eye. Because of this, it is recommended that all children, including those with no symptoms, have a comprehensive eye examination by the age of three and sooner if there is a family history of any eye condition or disease. If you suspect a problem or need to set up your child’s first eye examination, contact Nappanee Family Eyecare to set up an appointment.
Cross-eyed, medically known as strabismus, refers to a condition in which eyes are misaligned. It commonly occurs when the muscles that control eye movement are not properly working together. The result is one or both eyes turning inward, outward, upward or downward, or one or both eyes moving irregularly.
Strabismus is usually diagnosed during childhood and affects about 4 percent of children, afflicting boys and girls equally. Though it cannot be prevented, its complications can be avoided with early intervention. Even if you notice symptoms intermittently – when your child is ill, stressed or fatigued – alert your eye care provider.
Computer Vision Syndrome
Computer Vision Syndrome is characterized by neck pain, blurry vision, stiff shoulders, headache, and watery eyes when working in front of a computer screen. The symptoms are typically due to posture, dry eyes, eye muscle coordination, and poorly corrected vision.
Since computer monitors are typically 20 to 26 inches from your eyes, your regular glasses may not be the best option for computer work. This distance range is considered intermediate – closer than what you use to drive a car but farther away than what you use to read. Special lens designs for computer work provide you with a larger intermediate area for viewing the computer and your immediate work area like the top of your desk. Nappanee Family Eyecare can help you determine if these special lenses are appropriate for you.
When a person develops cataracts, their natural lens becomes cloudy, blocking or diffusing the light that passes through. The result is cloudy and blurry vision that will only worsen over time. In a healthy clear lens, light passes effortlessly through the lens for crisp vision. Cataracts are the world’s leading cause of blindness and among the most common conditions related to aging – by age 65, you have a 50 percent chance of developing a cataract, and, by age 75, it jumps to 70 percent.
A cataract starts out small and initially has little or no effect on vision. As the cataract progresses, it becomes harder to read and perform other normal tasks. In the early stages, your doctor may recommend stronger eyeglasses and adjusting your lighting to reduce glare. When cataracts disrupt your daily life, your doctor may recommend cataract-removal surgery, which is one of the most frequent and successful procedures done in the U.S.
A stye, medically known as a hordeolum, is an inflamed gland on the edge of an eyelid or at times the inner portion eyelid. A stye is caused by bacterial infection at the base of an eyelash or meibomian gland. As the stye grows, the eyelid may become red, painful, swollen and crust may form around the eyelid. Styes may take up to 10-14 days to fully resolve, though you can quicken the healing process with simple treatments. Warm compresses, or a stye kit, will greatly improve comfort, lessen symptoms and reduce overall healing time. The warmth from the compresses or stye kits will help dissolve the infection and allow the stye to drain naturally. It is important not to squeeze or attempt to express the stye too soon for complications may develop. If multiple styes develop or there has been no improvement with the use of warm compresses, contact our office to prescribe an oral antibiotic.
Nappanee Family Eyecare has the experience and equipment necessary to diagnose and often treat the eye conditions detailed above in our office. For more information please schedule an appointment with your eye care provider, and we will be in touch with you shortly.