Common Eye Conditions Monterey, CA | Monterey Bay Eye Center

Common Conditions

At Monterey Bay Eye Center, an eye doctor will provide you with a wide range of ophthalmology services that help keep your eyes as healthy as possible for you and your family. Our eye doctors are fully trained and experienced to diagnose, treat and prevent conditions from myopia and hyperopia to glaucoma, cataracts and everything in between.

Our Monterey Bay Eye Center eye doctors strive to provide our patients with safe, minimally invasive treatments to effectively relieve symptoms and preserve vision and overall eye health. As a comprehensive ophthalmology practice, some of our services include:

Schedule a Visit With an Eye Doctor for Those Dry Eyes

Suffering from dry eyes in our Monterey demographic is very common. Complaints most noted by patients may include redness, intermittent blurring of vision, and/or a sandy, gritty sensation in the eyes (sometimes more in one eye than the other), and/or burning and stinging.

First of all, the underlying cause essentially comes down to two issues. The first is poor tear production and the second, too rapid evaporation of the produced tears in our eyes. Poor production can be a result of other medications that are being taken by the patient. Allergy medications are the most common suspect here in Monterey County. Other autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis can be associated with increased dryness in the eyes as well as the mouth and skin. The hormonal changes that accompany menopause can cause overall dryness that involve the ocular surface similarly.

An evaluation by one of our physicians is imperative to differentiate the likely cause of your dry eye syndrome and appropriately manage your individual situation.

Treatments start with regular use of artificial tears. Preservative free artificial tears may be recommended in some of the more severe cases where one might use the tears every couple of hours and for those already using other drops for medical issues like glaucoma. Lubrication of the eyes with ointment at night can be very helpful, especially to those patients who wake up with pain and redness in their eyes.

As inflammation can exacerbate dryness of the eyes, dryness leads to more inflammation. This becomes a very detrimental cycle in some patients. Restasis is an eyedrop medication that modulates inflammation. In the case of moderate and severe dry eye syndrome, Restasis can break this cycle and subsequently, decrease the inflammation improving production of your natural tear and overtime decreasing the redness and irritation. Other anti-inflammatory medications can help in a similar manner.

Finally, tears drain out of the eye through channels into your nose (this is why your nose runs when you are crying). After underlying inflammation is subsiding, it may be necessary to close the inferior drain in each eye using punctual plugs. This treatment decreases the outflow of the tears in your eyes and results in more tear persisting on the surface of the eye longer.

Other helpful ideas include avoiding overly warm rooms, wind and cigarette smoke or smoke from open fires. There are also certain vitamins including omega 3 fatty acids, flaxseed oil and mucin that one may take to improve tear production and quality. If you are experiencing symptoms of dry eyes, contact our office today. A Monterey Bay Eye Center eye doctor can evaluate the surface of your eyes and recommend an individual treatment that best fits your needs.

Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in the US, but affects only the central vision and not peripheral vision. Patients usually experience a gradual loss of ability to see objects clearly, loss of color vision and overall distorted vision as this condition progresses.

Although there is no cure for macular degeneration, there are several treatment options available to help patients manage the symptoms of this condition and preserve their vision, including intraocular injection, photodynamic therapy or vitamin and mineral supplements. The best treatment for your individual condition will be determined after an eye exam by an eye doctor at Monterey Bay Eye Center.

Retinal Conditions

Retinal detachment is a common condition that occurs as patients age and the vitreous, the clear liquid that fills the eyes and gives them shape, thins and separates from the retina. As this happens, the retina can tear or become completely detached from the vitreous, causing permanent vision loss. Retinal tears and detachments can vary in type and severity, but usually involve fluid leaking into the retina and obstructing vision.

Treatment for retinal conditions is most effective when the condition is detected and treated early, and may include surgery or laser photocoagulation to preserve vision and sometimes restore lost vision as well.

Flashes and Floaters

Flashes in vision are caused by pressure on the retina, causing flashing lights or lightning streaks, while floaters are described as small specks or dots that are commonly seen against clear backgrounds as a result of fibers moving within the vitreous humor. Although common, flashes and floaters may be symptoms of serious eye problems, including injury and retinal or posterior vitreous detachments.

Upon completion of an eye exam, your Monterey Bay Eye Center eye doctor will be able to distinguish between harmless flashes and floaters. As well as, those that may require treatment for an underlying condition. Most flashes and floaters will become less noticeable over time, but patients should still seek medical attention and routine exams to detect any permanent vision changes.

Ocular Trauma

Ocular trauma refers to any type of injury to the eye. These injuries can occur from sports, accidents, chemicals and other causes, and may lead to serious complications including vision loss. Patients usually experience redness and pain in the affected eye and may cause damage as they penetrate or perforate the eye.

It is important to treat these cases quickly and thoroughly in order to prevent permanent vision loss from occurring. If any ocular trauma occurs, it should be considered a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment. Eye trauma can be treating through irrigation, patching or suturing, depending on the type of trauma experienced.

General Ocular Health

In addition to treating many different eye conditions, Monterey Bay Eye Center eye doctors also provide general eye care services to help patients maintain their ocular health. We perform comprehensive eye exams and help treat general refractive conditions such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism with glasses, contact lenses and refractive surgery.

eye doctor using a slit lamp on patientOur eye doctors also perform routine screening procedures for conditions such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy to help detect these serious conditions as early as possible and prevent permanent damage. Many eye diseases develop slowly without causing pain, vision loss or any other symptoms. Therefore, early detection through regular eye exams can help reduce the risk of further harm and allow for a greater choice of treatment options.

We also treat the following conditions:

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