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Treatment for Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration & Other Conditions

At Katzen Eye Care & Laser Center, we provide comprehensive care for the following general eye conditions:

Glaucoma

Glaucoma Exam If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with glaucoma, you are likely seeking more information on this eye condition, including the most effective treatment. Glaucoma is an eye disease that results from damage to the optic nerve from high pressure inside the eye (intraocular pressure), due to fluid buildup.

There are two main types of glaucoma: open-angle and angle-closure, both of which lead to vision loss, and ultimately permanent blindness, if left untreated. Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of the eye condition, and is caused by the eye's drainage channels becoming gradually clogged. This type of glaucoma typically has no symptoms, which is why it is so important to have your eyes examined regularly by an eye doctor, so that they can detect and treat this vision-impairing disease in its early stages.

Angle-closure glaucoma is an eye emergency that develops suddenly, and occurs when the drainage canals in the eye are blocked, causing a quick rise in intraocular pressure. This type of glaucoma has symptoms that may include severe eye pain, blurred vision and nausea and should be treated immediately in order to prevent significant vision loss.

Though there is currently no cure for glaucoma, the vision loss that is associated with the condition can be slowed, and a significant portion of your vision preserved, through treatments that may include medications and eye surgery. To learn more about the glaucoma treatment options available to you at the Katzen Eye Care & Laser Center, contact our office today.

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Pterygium

Pterygium or Surfer’s EyeThis eye condition is sometimes called "surfer's eye" because, though the causes of it are unclear, it is thought to be linked to overexposure of ultraviolet light and wind (which carries particles into the eye) or dry eye. The result is a growth of pink, fleshy tissue on the sclera (the white portion of the eye), which is not only unattractive in appearance, but can distort or even block your vision completely. Since pterygium can lead to scarring of the cornea, it is important to have it treated before it affects your vision permanently.

If you suffer from pterygium, you might be happy to know that the condition can typically be treated by lubricating eye drops or ointments, or steroid eye drops, when treated early enough. As the condition grows more severe, however, surgical removal may be necessary. Talk to one of our experienced eye doctors to learn how you can find relief from this unsightly and uncomfortable eye condition.

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Dry Eye

West Palm Beach Dry Eye ModelAre your eyes uncomfortably dry a good portion of time? Are you tired of burning, stinging eyes that water, or difficulty wearing contact lenses due to your eyes feeling constantly irritated? You may be experiencing the common condition known as dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca), which is linked to the tear ducts' inability to produce enough, or a high enough quality of, tears to lubricate the eyes. This change in tear production can happen for a variety of reasons, including aging, the presence of medical conditions (including diabetes, lupus and thyroid disorders) and the use of certain medications (including antihistamines, antidepressants and birth control pills).

Whatever the cause, chronic dry eye is an uncomfortable problem, as people who suffer from it feel that there is always something in their eyes, which causes their eyes to feel irritated a lot of the time. If you are experiencing problems with chronically dry eyes, we offer treatments ranging from medication to surgery that manage this uncomfortable, though otherwise benign, condition.

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Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration ExamMacular degeneration, also called age-related macular degeneration (or AMD), is an eye disease the affects the macula of the eye. The macula is located in the central portion of the retina, and this disease causes it to deteriorate (often as a result of the aging process) or become damaged. There are two types of macular degeneration: dry and wet. Dry macular degeneration is the more common and less serious of the two, and leads to a gradual loss of vision, while wet macular degeneration is more aggressive and leads to more severe vision loss.

If you are a person who suffers from this condition, you likely notice your vision becoming dimmer or portions of it being lost altogether (causing "blind spots," often in your central vision). Perhaps you notice wavy lines, blurriness or visual disturbances that cause objects to appear the wrong size or shape. Colors may also be noticeably less sharp than they once were. This deterioration in vision can reach into every aspect of your life: reading, driving and even recognizing loved ones' faces can all be affected, with far-reaching effects that can affect both your personal and professional life.

Though macular degeneration cannot be cured, we have helped many people manage this vision-stealing condition by slowing its progression significantly and preserving a larger amount of their vision for a longer period of time. Learn more about treatments for macular degeneration at Katzen Eye Care & Laser Center by scheduling an appointment with one of our experienced retina/macular degeneration specialists.

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