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Posted on 07-25-2017

Common Types of Eye Conditions seen by Our Optometrist in Longmont

Our eye doctors in Longmont provide eye care for your vision and eye health. During an eye exam, we screen for common eye conditions that may require our treatment. Learn what our optometrists are looking for during those tests, and how we can treat any conditions we find.

Woman getting tested for eye diseases.

Eye Conditions Our Eye Doctor Sees

When you get your eyes checked, our optometrists look at the outside of your eyes, check your eye's internal structure, and evaluate your vision using reading charts. We also look for eye conditions, including: 

  • Dry eye - Dry eye causes discomfort and irritation. We can isolate the causes of dry eye to provide treatment, so your symptoms decrease. 
  • Eye allergies - Just as you suffer nasal symptoms of allergies, the eyes can be affected by environmental allergens. Symptoms include watery eyes, itchy eyes, and red eyes. We'll suggest medication and lifestyle changes to reduce allergy symptoms. 
  • Glaucoma - A serious eye disease, glaucoma causes severe vision loss. We measure your eye's internal pressure to determine your glaucoma risk. If you are at high risk, we focus on avoiding glaucoma through prevention measures; if you are in the early stages of glaucoma, we can mitigate your vision loss. 
  • Cataracts - Cataracts cause the eyes to appear hazy or cloudy. Your vision may seem foggy as cataracts develop. 
  • Macular degeneration - Often side effects of aging, macular degeneration causes vision loss -- usually slow, but can be aggressive. While there is no treatment for macular degeneration, there are many ways to slow the vision loss. 
  • Eye trauma - In some cases, the retina or macula can become damaged. If we see signs of eye trauma, such as damaged tissue, we take note.
     

Eye Care in Longmont

If our eye doctor finds any of these conditions during the eye exam, further testing may be needed to confirm a diagnosis. 

We will discuss the options for treating your eye condition and move toward improving your comfort. For instance, with eye allergies, we'll discuss your lifestyle and environment to pinpoint potential allergens, from dust to pollen. We'll then offer advice to help you stay comfortable and discuss medication. For cataracts, we'll make sure your current prescription meets your needs, then we will monitor cataracts until we feel it's the right time for surgery. 

Contact Our Eye Doctors in Longmont Today!

Would you like to make an appointment for an eye exam, or anything else? Contact us at 303-651-6700 today or reserve your appointment on our website. 

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