Eye Disease Management Provided in Sacramento, CA
As we age, the chance of developing an eye disease increases. They can affect your vision, sometimes to the point where you're legally blind. In order to preserve your vision and keep your eyes healthy for as long as we can, Arena Eye Care Optometry, serving Sacramento, CA and the surrounding area, offers eye disease management.
Types of Eye Diseases
Glaucoma is one of the diseases we manage, and it's one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. It's a condition that damages the optic nerve, which is the portion of your eye that sends messages to your brain. Often, it stems from increased pressure in the eye.
We also assist those who have cataracts. This occurs when there's a clouding over the lens in your eye. People experience symptoms like dim or cloudy vision. They might see halos around lights. It can affect activities like reading and often interferes with your ability to drive at night.
Patients who have diabetes may develop diabetic retinopathy. It happens when uncontrolled blood sugar levels lead to damage in the vessels in your eyes. Because it affects the retina in your eye, you could develop sensitivity to light. You might also have blurry or fluctuating vision, floaters, impaired colored vision, or vision loss.
Sometimes, vision problems are the result of keratoconus. The cornea thins in people who have this disease. As it shrinks, the cornea begins to bulge. Since light doesn't enter your eye and focus on the retina as it does in a healthy eye, you experience distorted vision. You might also be sensitive to glare and light. Often, this is a genetic issue but can be impacted by bad habits.
Diagnosing Your Eye Disease
Before we can begin managing your condition, we must diagnose it. To do so, our optometrist will ask you to undergo a comprehensive eye examination to determine if you have any vision or eye health problems. Our optometrists, Dr. Krister L. Holmberg and Dr. Shephali Patel will perform a series of tests and use a specialized microscope to evaluate the inside of your eye.
Managing Your Eye Disease
How our optometrist monitors your eye disease depends on the disease. It may consist of eye drops that decrease the pressure in your eye if you have glaucoma. For patients who have diabetic retinopathy, we'll advise you to visit your primary care physician or endocrinologist to better manage your diabetes. With cataracts, we provide you with eyewear and help you optimize your vision. We continuously monitor the condition and intervene if it progresses to a point where you need surgery.