Glaucoma is a complicated eye disease in which damage to the optic nerve leads to progressive, irreversible vision loss. Elevated eye pressure (intraocular pressure) is the primary risk factor for glaucoma, along with family history, age, and ethnicity. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness. Dr. Jeffrey Liegner and our staff physicians can help you manage your glaucoma, and preserve your vision.
The risk of developing diabetic retinopathy is present, whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy accounts for 12,000 to 24,000 new cases of blindness each year. But you can help prevent the development of this disease, by carefully controlling your blood glucose (sugar), and diligently scheduling dilated eye examinations. Only optometrists and ophthalmologists can detect the signs of retinopathy, and only ophthalmologists can treat retinopathy.
Eye Muscle Care
Strabismus is a visual problem in which the eyes are not aligned properly and point in different directions. Due to inconsistent tightness of the eye muscles, one eye may look straight ahead, while the other eye turns inward, outward, upward, or downward. This misalignment of the eyes can often be cured with vision therapy or surgery. Strabismus surgery loosens or tightens eye muscles, correcting the alignment of the eyes relative to each other.
Pediatric Eye Care
While scheduling regular checkups with the pediatrician, and even the dentist, may be automatic for parents, many don’t realize that their children should also have regular eye exams – even if the child doesn’t wear glasses. With an estimated 1 in 4 children having a vision-related condition, routine eye exams can detect vision problems and help protect your child’s vision. Beyond vision, these conditions can have effect a child’s learning, development, athletic performance, and overall health, if left untreated.