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Dry Eye Syndrome

In Dry Eye Syndrome, the tear glands that moisturize the eye don’t produce enough tears, or the tears have a chemical composition that causes them to evaporate too quickly. Persistent dryness, scratchiness and a burning sensation on your eyes are common symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment for an evaluation. Most Dry Eye evaluations are covered under your medical insurance.

Ocular Allergy Treatment At Our Glendale Eye Care Clinic

Similar to processes that occur with other types of allergic responses, the eye may overreact to a substance perceived as harmful even though it may not be. For example, dust that is harmless to most people can cause excessive tear production and mucus in eyes of overly sensitive, allergic individuals. Eye allergies are often hereditary.

Allergies can trigger other problems, such as conjunctivitis (pink eye) and asthma. Most of the more than 22 million Americans who suffer from allergies also have allergic conjunctivitis, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Common signs of allergies include: red, swollen, tearing or itchy eyes; runny nose; sneezing; coughing; difficulty breathing; itchy nose, mouth or throat, and headache from sinus congestion. If you think you might be suffering from these symptoms, schedule an appointment with our doctors for an eye evaluation.

Macular Degeneration Evaluation

Macular Degeneration (also called AMD, ARMD, or age-related macular degeneration) is an age-related condition in which the most sensitive part of the retina, called the macula, starts to break down and lose its ability to create clear visual images. The macula is responsible for central vision – the part of our sight we use to read, drive and recognize faces. So although a person’s peripheral vision is left unaffected by AMD, the most important aspect of vision is lost.

AMD is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in Americans of ages 65 and older. And because older people represent an increasingly larger percentage of the general population, vision loss associated with Macular Degeneration is a growing problem.

For patients with a family history of macular degeneration, we recommend- Nordic Natural ProDHA Eye® with FloraGLO Lutein, a specific formulation to protect eyes and support healthy vision by combining concentrated omega-3s with natural carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin.* This unique blend supports eye health while also protecting against damaging ultraviolet blue light.  This supplement is available in our office

Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

If you think you may have pink eye, please call right as way, as we will most likely be able to see you that day.

The hallmark sign of pink eye is a pink or reddish appearance to the eye due to inflammation and dilation of conjunctival blood vessels. Depending on the type of conjunctivitis, other signs and symptoms may include a yellow or green mucous discharge, watery eyes, itchy eyes, sensitivity to light and pain.

How can you tell what type of pink eye you have? The way your eyes feel will provide some clues:

Viral conjunctivitis usually causes excessive eye watering and a light discharge.

Bacterial conjunctivitis often causes a thick, sticky discharge, sometimes greenish.

Allergic conjunctivitis affects both eyes and causes itching and redness in the eyes and sometimes the nose, as well as excessive tearing.

Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC) usually affects both eyes and causes contact lens intolerance, itching, a heavy discharge, tearing and red bumps on the underside of the eyelids

Cataract Evaluation in Denver Area

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil.

It starts out small, and at first has little effect on your vision. You may notice that your vision is blurred a little, like looking through a cloudy piece of glass or viewing an impressionist painting. However, as cataracts worsen, you are likely to notice some or all of these problems:

  • Blurred vision that cannot be corrected with a change in your glasses prescription. Ghost images or double vision in one or both eyes.
  • Glare from sunlight and artificial light, including oncoming headlights when driving at night.
  • Colors appear faded and less vibrant

When symptoms of cataracts begin to appear, you may be able to improve your vision for a while using new glasses, stronger bifocals and greater light when reading. But when these remedies fail to provide enough benefit, it may be time for cataract surgery. When that time comes, Dr. McCleery and Dr. Rogers refer to a group of qualified surgeons. After your procedure, you may continue your care with Peepers Optical in Denver, CO for all of your surgical post-op visits.