Limit Vision Loss
Even the most serious eye diseases can develop with no symptoms. Particularly in the early stages of a disease, it might be difficult to tell there’s something wrong.
That’s where optometrists come in. Regular, comprehensive eye exams allow eye doctors to look at the eye’s internal structures and assess your overall ocular health.
Many eye diseases can have devastating effects, from permanent vision loss to total blindness. At The Bixby Eye Center, we have years of experience in diagnosing and treating eye diseases.
Book an appointment to preserve your sight today.
How Do You Test for Eye Diseases?
One of the best ways to really get a look at your eyes is to dilate them. We will examine your undilated pupils during a comprehensive eye exam and check for their response to light stimuli. But, when the eyes are in their normal state, it’s difficult to get a clear view of some important parts.
It takes between 15 and 30 minutes for the eyes to fully dilate. They might be enlarged—and sensitive to light—for 4 to 6 hours after the exam, so bring some sunglasses and someone to drive you home if you have a dilated eye exam.
Often called “the silent thief of sight,” glaucoma can stealthily rob you of vision before you realize there’s a problem.
Glaucoma is not just one disease—it’s a group of them characterized by damage to the optic nerve. Usually, the damage is due to high intraocular pressure, but not in all cases. There are several forms of glaucoma that can lead to blindness.
- Severe headache
- Blurry vision
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
A Threat to Your Central Vision
Your central vision is responsible for your ability to do those close-up tasks like reading, writing, knitting, and painting. It helps you recognize faces and drive to the grocery store. The portion of your eye responsible for this all-important part of your vision is the macula.
As you age, the macula breaks down naturally, leading to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). While this degradation is common and related to age, there are some things you can do to help prevent it.
There are 2 forms of AMD.
What To Watch For
Some warning signs of AMD include:
- Loss of color vision
- Decreased clarity of vision
- Straight lines appearing distorted or wavy
- Dark spot in the center of vision
If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s time to make an appointment with your optometrist.
A Common Cause of Vision Loss
They are also common, developing in most people over the age of 60. Don’t let the statistics scare you. Vision loss from cataracts is rarely permanent. If vision can’t be restored with corrective lenses, cataract surgery is a safe and effective treatment.
So, What Is a cataract?
Depending on their size and location, they might be easily managed with corrective lenses. But, if the cataract gets too big, you will need to speak with your optometrist for options.
Symptoms of Cataracts
Regular Eye Exams Save Sight
An annual, comprehensive eye exam can help your optometrist detect and diagnose the early stages of eye diseases before they become sight-threatening.
The Bixby Eye Center team is experienced with the diagnosis and treatment of all types of eye diseases. Book your appointment today.
- 6807 N. Knoxville Ave.
- Peoria, IL 61614
- Phone: 309-692-0000
- Fax: 309-692-8082
- Monday: 8 AM – 5 PM
- Tuesday: 8 AM – 5 PM
- Wednesday: 8 AM – 5 PM
- Thursday: 8 AM – 5 PM
- Friday: 8 AM – 5 PM
- Saturday: 8 AM – 12 PM*
- Sunday: Closed
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Thank you for helping me select my first pair of glasses! I thought I would have to search the shelves by myself, but Robin and Don were so kind and helpful. I felt like they really had my best interest in mind.”
All the staff is great!
Tricia helped me with my appointment, and she was very friendly and helpful with figuring out my insurance and ordering contacts.
I’ve been seeing Dr. Kern for several years, and he is wonderful. I think I have a complicated prescription, and he seems to totally understand how to examine and treat me. I also saw Don to help me choose frames. He is one of the best opticians I’ve encountered. I’ve been wearing glasses for 63 years, so I’ve been to a lot of opticians!
I wouldn’t change a thing!