Conditions We Treat
Diabetic retinopathy occurs when there is a weakening or swelling of the tiny blood vessels in the retina or back of your eye.
In the early stages, diabetic retinopathy can be treated with laser therapy to seal leaking blood vessels. In more advanced cases, ocular surgery may be necessary. Early detection of diabetic retinopathy is crucial.
During a routine eye examination, your optometrist can diagnose potential threats that may be treated to prevent blindness.
Glaucoma is an eye disorder that causes progressive damage to the optic nerve and loss of nerve tissue.
If diagnosed at an early stage, glaucoma can often be controlled and further vision loss may be minimized. The most common treatment of glaucoma is prescription eyedrops, but in some cases, laser therapy or surgery may be required to prevent vision loss.
During a comprehensive dilated eye examination, your optometrist will perform a number of tests and evaluations designed to detect signs of glaucoma.
Macular degeneration is an eye disease that occurs when there are changes to the macula, a small portion of the retina that is used to focus on fine details.
The symptoms of macular degeneration can also indicate other eye health problems. So is it important to detect this disease as early as possible, especially in people over the age of fifty.
During a thorough eye examination, your optometrist can perform a variety of tests to determine if you have eye health problems such as macular degeneration.
A cataract is a cloudy or opaque area in the lens of the eye. Depending upon its size and location, it can interfere with vision.
A common and safe surgical procedure may be necessary if the cataract becomes too large.
Cataracts generally form very slowly, and can be diagnosed early by your optometrist through a comprehensive eye examination.
Foreign Body Removal
A corneal foreign body is an object such as glass, wood, or sand that is either stuck to or embedded in the eye.
If corneal foreign bodies are not removed, they can cause prolonged pain and lead to complications such as infection and ocular necrosis.
Your Dakota Vision optometrist will be able to safely remove any foreign bodies and safeguard your vision.
Dry Eye Evaluation
Dry eye occurs when your eyes do not produce enough tears or produce poor quality tears which do not have the proper chemical composition.
The most common symptoms of dry eye include stinging, scratchiness, general discomfort, or overly teary eyes.
During a comprehensive eye examination, your optometrist can diagnose and advise treatment for dry eye.
Aging, eye trauma, eye surgery, or being drastically nearsighted may cause retinal tears or detachments. Symptoms of these retinal conditions may include seeing flashes or floaters, sudden blurry vision, and areas of dark vision.
Retinal tears can be treated with laser surgery or an advanced “freezing” process. Both of these treatment options attempt to keep the retina in place and keep it from fully detaching.
During a comprehensive eye examination, your optometrist can diagnose and advise treatment for ocular trauma.
Red Eye Issues and Conjunctivitis
More commonly known as "pink eye", conjunctivitis is an irritation or infection of the eye membrane and the inside lining of the eyelid.
Conjunctivitis is treated differently depending on the cause. Most cases can be successfully treated with antibiotics, eye drops, or ointments.
During a comprehensive eye examination, your optometrist can diagnose and advise treatment for conjunctivitis.
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In addition to medical exams, Dakota Vision Center offers an entire spectrum of eye care services, including eye examinations, contact lens evaluations, specialty contact lenses, pediatric and InfantSEE exams, and vision therapy for the whole family. Simply stop in to either of our convenient locations or make an appointment with an eye care specialist today.
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