Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management in Los Angeles

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Providing Compassionate Care to Our Community

There are many different types of eye diseases that can affect your eyesight or have long-term consequences if not treated promptly. At Los Angeles EyeCare Optometry, our team has years of experience diagnosing eye diseases.

Many vision problems begin with no symptoms, especially in their early stages. That’s why it’s so important to have regular comprehensive eye exams, particularly as you age. Your optometrist is an important first line of defense against sight-stealing eye diseases.

If you are diagnosed with an eye disease, our team will provide you the care you need. We’ll do everything we can to preserve your sight and improve your health.

Please book an appointment for an eye exam today.

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Eye Diseases We Diagnose & Treat

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

More than 7 million people are at risk of vision loss from age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It doesn’t impact peripheral vision, so it’s rare for AMD to cause total blindness. But, it’s the leading cause of severe vision loss in adults over the age of 50.

AMD occurs when the macula breaks down slowly over time. The macula is a small area in the center of the retina. It contains a concentration of cells that detect light, which send signals to the brain.

There are 2 main types of age-related macular degeneration: wet AMD and dry AMD.

 

Dry AMD

Dry AMD is the most common form of AMD. This disease can impact one or both eyes. It can progress slowly and without pain.

 

Wet AMD

Wet AMD is characterized by abnormal blood vessels that leak fluid into the macula. Only 10% of those with age-related macular degeneration end up with wet AMD. But, wet AMD always begins as dry AMD.

Wet AMD is more likely to cause sudden vision changes and should be treated as a serious, vision-threatening issue.

 

Some early signs of AMD include:

  • Loss of color vision
  • Straight lines that appear wavy
  • Dark, blurry areas in the central vision

 

Some factors that put you at a  greater risk of developing AMD include:

  • Smoking
  • Family history of AMD
  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular disease

 

Proper nutrition, as well as protecting yourself from UV light exposure, may help to prevent age-related macular degeneration.

Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is an infection or inflammation of the conjunctiva—the thin, protective membrane covering the inside of the eyelids and the eye’s surface.

It’s known as pink eye because the blood vessels in the conjunctiva become visible when inflamed. Pink eye is often caused by a viral or bacterial infection and is highly contagious.

 

Some common symptoms of pink eye include:

  • Crusty discharge, especially after sleep
  • Blurry vision
  • Redness in the white of the eye
  • Itchy eyes
  • Light sensitivity

 

While mild cases are usually harmless, if left untreated, pink eye can lead to corneal scarring. If you suspect you have pink eye, you should visit your eye care provider at Los Angeles EyeCare Optometry Group for an examination and treatment.

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that progressively damage the optic nerve. It often develops with no symptoms in the early stages. It’s often called “the silent thief of sight” because it can cause severe damage before you’re even aware you have it.

 

Glaucoma is characterized by high intraocular pressure. Eventually, this high pressure damages the optic nerve, which sends images to your brain.

 

Several factors can put you at increased risk for glaucoma. These include:

  • Thinner than normal corneas
  • Diabetes
  • Over the age of 40
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • High blood pressure
  • Taking certain medications, like those for bladder control or seizures

A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s normally clear lens. The proteins in the eye’s lens start to break down and clump together with age. This creates an opaque area called a cataract, which can grow over time and impact your vision.

 

There are several things to watch out for that may indicate cataracts, including:

  • Halos around lights
  • Blurry, cloudy, or dim vision
  • Frequent changes in corrective lens prescriptions
  • Increased difficulty seeing at night

In their early stages, cataracts can be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses. When cataracts continue to develop, the only treatment is surgery. If your optometrist decides you need surgery, don’t worry. Cataract removal surgery is very safe and effective. We’ll be there for you every step of the way to set your mind at ease and answer all of your questions.

Protect Your Ocular Health with Regular Eye Exams

There are hundreds of eye diseases and conditions. Regular comprehensive eye exams can detect these diseases before symptoms begin. Early diagnosis can prevent vision loss, so please book your appointment with our caring and compassionate team today.

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Where To Find Us

Our practice is located in downtown Los Angeles in Little Tokyo. We’re open outside of normal business hours to make it easier for you to schedule an appointment. 

We validate and pay for parking during your visit.

Our Address

334-B E. 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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