Common Conditions of the Eye

Many eye conditions are very common and should be evaluated by one of our professional staff at Dr. Ian D. Baron & Associates. If you are experiencing symptoms similar to one of these conditions, please contact our office immediately.

Dry Eye – Do you feel like there is something in your eyes all the time? If so, you may be experiencing dry eye syndrome. Dry eye syndrome is a condition where your eyes do not generate enough tears or produce the right mixture of chemicals during tear production. This condition is common with age and can also include burning, redness, tearing and blurred vision.

Detached Retina – A detached retina is when the retina pulls away from the back of the eye. This condition is caused by aging, injury, disease, tumours or surgery. It can cause your vision to become distorted. Common symptoms include dark shadows, flashes of light, floaters, blurred vision and/or blind spots.

Conjunctivitis – Conjunctivitis is an infection of the transparent membrane that covers the eye. Commonly referred to as “pink eye” it can have a variety of causes. When the condition is caused by a bacteria or a virus, it can be very contagious. Conjunctivitis can also be caused by allergies or exposure to chemicals. If you are experiencing red, watery, itchy eyes with a yellow discharge, contact our eye care professionals today.

Cataract – As we age, the crystalline lenses of our eyes become cloudy, blocking light from entering the eye. Much like trying to look through a dirty window, it becomes harder to see especially in dim lighting and can also result in glare at night. Surgery is the recommended treatment for cataracts. Our eye care professionals can examine your eyes to determine whether this would be the right course of treatment for you.

Glaucoma – Glaucoma is a complicated group of diseases that can result in permanent vision loss. When left untreated, glaucoma damages the optic nerve, and slowly results in a loss of peripheral vision. For this reason, it is often called the "silent thief of sight", as vision loss is seldom noticed by patients until the disease is advanced. Glaucoma is usually caused by an increase in pressure in the eyes, and is common in elderly patients. However, signs of glaucoma can occur in younger patients. We screen for signs of glaucoma at every comprehensive eye examination.

ARMD – Also referred to as “Age Related Macular Degeneration”, this condition commonly affects people over 55 years of age and is a leading cause of irreversible vision loss. Symptoms are unique to the individual. Some lose sight in just one eye while others lose sight in both. Vision is commonly lost in the center of the visual field. Early diagnosis may slow the progression of this disease.

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