Over 5% of people have serious eye diseases or vision problems. Unfortunately, many eye diseases are silent - with subtle or no symptoms, even in some of the most serious conditions and vision loss may be permanent. Every week we see concerned people who have lost vision or have a serious eye problem because they didn't know (or forgot) that eye disease can be detected with a regular eye checkup. Don't put off eye care. It is important for you to visit us regularly, not just when your glasses need changing."I thought I was normal - what diseases?"
The most common conditions are glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, intraocular inflammations, hemorrhage and retinal detachments.
Also, there are many systemic diseases which affect the eyes such as diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, and hardening of the arteries. Some medications are potentially harmful to the eyes.
We, as ophthalmologists, are medical doctors who have taken special training and have become board certified specialists in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of medical and surgical diseases of the eye. We have also been trained in the prescription and fitting of glasses, low vision aids and contact lenses of all types.