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Treatment of Eye Diseases

At First Eye Care Bedford we use the latest technologies to help determine risk factors for diseases such as diabetes, macular degeneration or other retinal diseases.  Here are some of the specialized tests that we offer in the office:

First Eye Care Bedford is proud to feature the 4th ClearPath DS-120 Lens Fluorescence Biomicroscope in Texas.  When we eat, one of the roles of the body is to properly process sugar.  If this doesn’t occur, the extra sugars attach to certain proteins to form molecules called AGEs (Advanced Glycated Endproducts).  These AGEs are stored within the crystalline lens and they glow when you shine a certain wavelength of light on them.  The ClearPath DS-120 is an ophthalmic tool designed to quickly detect these proteins and compare the results to the norm.  It only requires 8 seconds to complete the scan and the results are instant.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 90% of 79 million people with prediabetes don’t know they have the condition.  With this instrument, we have been able to help patients determine their risk factor for diabetes and increase awareness to promote a healthier lifestyle.

Bringing the most advanced technology to our patients, we recommend Optomap ultra-wide digital retinal imaging as part of your comprehensive eye exam today. The Optomap retinal imaging system helps you and your eye doctor make informed decisions about your eye health and overall well-being.  The retina is the inner-lining of the eye, like the film of a camera.  It gathers all of the information that the eye takes in and sends it to the brain.  It is the only place in the body where we can see blood vessels in their natural state.  This means that in addition to eye conditions, signs of other diseases (for example, stroke, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes) can also be seen in the retina.  Without a comprehensive eye exam, you may not be aware of a potential problem.

At First Eye Care Bedford, we utilize a macular densitometer to measure the amount of pigment found within the macula. This is useful to help predict a patient’s risk factor for Age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Reduced pigment levels are often associated with patients that smoke, have light-colored eyes, a strong family history of AMD, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. We recommend the densitometer in conjunction with a nutritional supplement to get a quantitative measure of wither the treatment is helping.

MacuHealth with LMZ3 is a patented natural eye health supplement consisting of the three primary protective pigments found in the macula. This nutritional supplement that contains all three components found in the Macula: Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Meso-Zeaxanthin. Taking this one small, easy-to-swallow softgel once a day has been clinically proven to restore macular pigments to normal levels for enhanced vision and vision protection for those suffering with age-related macular degeneration.

What symptoms do you have?  Here is a list of the common eye diseases:

Allergy – Are you bothered by red, itchy eyes?  You may have allergies.
Blepharitis – Red, swollen eyelids and crusty debris at the base of your eyelashes are signs you may have blepharitis.
Cataracts – A common cause of vision loss. Learn more about recognizing cataracts symptoms and understanding cataract surgery.
Conjunctivitis – This is an infection or inflammation of the transparent membrane that covers the white part of the eye.
Corneal Endothelial Dystrophy – The back of the cornea is called the endothelium, and diseases of the corneal endothelium are called corneal endotheliopathies.
Corneal Neovascularization – This condition is characterized by new blood vessels growing into the cornea.
Diabetic Retinopathy – How does diabetes affect vision?  Learn more about eye problems resulting from diabetes.
Digital Eye Fatigue – Digital eye strain is the physical discomfort felt after prolonged exposure to digital screen and is associated with the close to mid-range distance of digital screens, including desktop and laptop computers, tablets, e-readers and cell phones.
Dry Eye Syndrome – Dry eye syndrome is an eye disease that results in symptoms of ocular discomfort.
Glaucoma – Early detection is key, and patient education is important when you are being treated for glaucoma or are considered suspicious for developing glaucoma.
Macular Degeneration – Macular degeneration is an eye disease that affects the portion of the eye responsible for processing fine detail and providing sharp central vision.
Ocular Migraine Headaches – This condition is characterized by visual disturbances accompanied by a headache.
Pingeucula and Pterygium – These common conjunctival degenerations can cause increased eye redness and produce ocular discomfort.
Spots and Floaters – “Floaters” are usually normal and harmless.  However, if you notice a sudden increase in floaters or floaters accompanied by flashes of light, see your eye doctor immediately.
Styes and Chalazion – These common problems are usually caused by infected or inflammed glands in the eyelids.  Learn about prevention and treatment.
Subconjunctival Hemorrhage – This condition is characterized by the sudden appearance of blood on the white part of the eye.
Uveitis – This inflammatory eye disease can cause permanent vision loss if not promptly treated.
Vitreous Detachment – As we get older, the fluid inside the eye may condense, contract and separate from the back of the eye.