Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelid which leads to lid and ocular irritations. It is a common ocular disorder caused by either bacteria or a skin condition, such as rosacea. It affects people of all ages. Symptoms of blepharitis include a gritty or burning sensation in their eyes, excessive tearing, itching, red and swollen eyelids, dry eyes or crusting of the eyelids. In mild cases, good lid hygiene and warm compresses can help control the condition. However moderate to severe forms of blepharitis will need topical medications.
A cataract is a condition in which the normally clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy or opacified. Depending on the severity and the location of the opacification, the cataracts can interfere with normal vision. The cataracts usually developes in people over age of 55, but it can occasionally occur in infants and young children. Usually cataracts develop in both eyes, but one may be worse than the other. The common symptoms of cataracts are glare, blurry or cloudy vision and difficult focusing.
Glaucoma is a optic nerve disorder which leads to progressive loss in peripheral vision and ultimately central vision as well. Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of blindness in the U.S. It most often occurs in people over age 40, although an infant (congenital) and juvenile form of glaucoma exist. High intraocular pressures, family history of glaucoma, African American and Hispanic decents, trauma, and chronic inflammation are some of risk factors for glaucoma.
Glaucoma cannot be prevented or treated but with early diagnosis and management, the condition can be effectively controlled.
The American Optometric Association recommends an annual dilated eye examination for people at risk for glaucoma. Depending on your risk factors, more frequent examinations may be necessary.
Diabetic retinopathy is a serious sight-threatening condition which occurs in people with uncontrolled or long history of diabetes. Over time, diabetes weakens the retinal blood vessels, which leads to bleeding and progressive damage to the retina. This results in cloudy or blurred vision and if left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness. The American Optometric Association recommends that everyone with diabetes have comprehensive dilated eye examination at least once a year. Early detection and treatment can limit the potential for significant vision loss from diabetic retinopathy.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of severe vision loss in adults over age 50. This disease occurs when the macula, central portion of the retina, undergoes significant damage. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1.8 million people have AMD and another 7.3 million are at substantial risk for vision loss from AMD.
Some of risk factors for AMD are age, race, smoking and UV exposure. Symptoms include
Central vision that is lost to macular degeneration cannot be restored. However, low-vision devices, such as telescopic and microscopic lenses, can maximize existing vision.
Research shows strong correlation between nutrition and the progression of dry AMD. Making dietary changes and taking nutritional supplements can slow vision loss in certain cases.
The average American worker spends over 7 hours a day on the computer. Computer Vision Syndrome, also referred to as Digital Eye Strain is ocular and vision-related problems which result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and cell phone use. Many individuals experience discomfort, strain and vision problems while viewing digital screens for extended periods of time.In many cases, glasses prescribed specifically for computer use can eliminate or reduce symptoms of computer vision syndrome
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam between 6 to 12 months of age. Children then should receive additional eye exams just before they enter kindergarten or the first grade at about age 5 or 6. Pre-school children can have their eyes thoroughly tested even if they don’t yet know the alphabet or are too young or too shy to answer the doctor’s questions.
Myopia (nearsighted) is a condition that develops and continues to worsen during school years, especially with the advent of digital devices. As myopia increases so does the risk of developing many eye diseases and complications such as retinal detachment and glaucoma. Myopia control is a series of treatment which slows down the progression of myopia, but it also has long-term benefits by reducing risks of eye diseases in the later years of life. In the past, there was little we could do to help slow down myopia progression, but now we have 3 methods to help curb children’s vision from worsening rapidly.
The three most common modes of treatment in myopia control are CRT lenses, bifocal contact lenses and low concentration atropine drops.
Certain ocular and visual conditions (keratoconus, corneal scars and high astigmatism) require use to specialty rigid contact lenses for optimal visual correction.
Bellport Perspective Eye Care utilizes CRT, rigid gas permeable, hybrid, and scleral lenses to maximize visual and ocular issues which are uncorrectable with glasses or standard soft lenses.
Bellport Perspective Eye Care offers a large selection of designer and vintage frame styles to satisfy all personalities, fashions, and budgets. Our Optician is highly experienced and trained to aid our patients find the right style and fit of eyeglasses and lens options to insure the best vision, comfort and style. We offer a full range of spectacle lens options: digital HD single vision and progressive lenses, premium coatings, ultrathin and ultralight lens design to reduce the lens weight and thickness. As well, prescription sunglasses, polarized lenses, and Transitions® all providing full UV protection.