Eye Conditions

At Heinsight Eyecare in Milford, MI, we encounter many different eye conditions, below you will find a list of the most common problems.

There are many eye conditions that could affect your eyesight and if left untreated could have long lasting consequences not only on your eyesight but even your general health. We have listed some of the more common conditions we see below. If you are concerned that you or someone you know may have one of these conditions, please contact us at Heinsight Eyecare in Milford, MI, right away for an exam and recommendations.

Lazy Eye (Amblyopia)

Amblyopia, commonly know as lazy eye, is a lack of development or loss of vision, most commonly just in one eye. This condition usually appears during early childhood or even infancy, it is normally caused by an inherited condition and is a degenerative process. It is vital that lazy eye is diagnosed early, as the brain “chooses” its visual pathway between birth and early school age. If lazy eye is not addressed during this time the brain may permanently ignore the weak eye.

Because having worse vision in one eye does not necessarily mean a young patient has a lazy eye, it can be hard to diagnose this condition. For this reason, it is highly recommended that every child, including children displaying no symptoms at all, undergo a comprehensive eye exam by the age of 3 or sooner if there is a history of any eye disease or condition in the family. If you have concerns or would like to have your child undergo their first eye exam, contact Heinsight Eyecare to set up an appointment.

Blepharitis

Blepharitis is an eye condition characterized by an inflammation of the eyelids which causes redness, itching and irritation. The common eye condition is caused by either a skin disorder or a bacterial infection. Blepharitis is generally not contagious and can affect patients of any age. While it can be very uncomfortable, it usually does not pose any danger to your vision.

Treatment for blepharitis depends on the cause of the condition but a very important aspect is keeping the eyelids clean. Warm compresses are usually recommended to soak the lids and loosen any crust to be washed away. It is recommended to use a gentle cleaner (baby soap or an over the counter lid-cleansing agent) to clean the area. For bacterial infections, antibiotic drops or ointments may be prescribed, and in serious cases, steroidal treatment (usually drops) may be used. Contact Heinsight Eyecare to assess the severity of your problem and the best treatment method.

Cataracts

A cataract is one of the most common eye condition among aging patients. The majority of individuals diagnosed with cataracts are 40 and over. The reason for this is that a cataract, a cloudy lens over the eye, takes years to develop. The lens is vital to our vision.

Treatments for cataracts include wearing UV blocking, anti-glare sunglasses or updating your prescription eyeglasses lens. Surgery to remove the cataract is only necessary if the cataract is interfering with your vision.

Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer vision syndrome is akin to overuse of a muscle—too much use with poor strategies and ergonomics can lead to uncomfortable symptoms which can severely disrupt the workday. You may be suffering from a case of computer vision syndrome if, following a long bout of computer or smartphone use, your eyes feel tired, sore, and achy; your eyes feel dry, itchy, and burning; your eyes are red; your vision is blurry; and your head and neck aches.

Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eyes are a result of a chronic lack of adequate lubrication and moisture on the surface of your eye or eyes. Various things may cause dry eye syndrome, including a lack of balance in your tear-flow system; natural aging; side effects of drugs such as antihistamines; diseases such as Sjogren’s syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis; or exposure to things such air conditioners and heaters which may dry out your tear film.

If you have some of the associated with dry eye, it is advisable that you visit our eye doctor in Milford, MI, for dry eye tests to determine if you are suffering from the syndrome.