Eye Health

The health of your eyes is just as important as having clear vision with glasses or contacts. Dr. Gindi is a highly trained medical optometrist, an eye examination with her is much more than just a vision test to see if you need glasses or not. Every comprehensive eye examination entails quality time with Dr. Gindi for an inside out examination of the whole structure of your eyes. Her specialized qualifications combined with our state of the art technology enables Dr. Gindi to screen for sight threatening diseases to catch them early to take preventative measures before it’s too late.

Glaucoma

One of the most common, and oftentimes silent thieves of vision is Primary Open Angle Glaucoma. Dr. Gindi specializes in glaucoma management by using high end technology to provide the best course of treatment for you, the patient. Dr. Gindi and her team use this technology to image your optic nerve in order to help prevent future vision loss. Maintaining a healthy ocular pressure is essential in glaucoma management. 

Are you at risk? While glaucoma can occur in anyone, you are more at risk if you are above the age of 35; are of African-American or Latino descent; have a strong family history of glaucoma; have diabetes or hypertension or any type of vascular issues. 

How do you diagnose glaucoma? Diagnosing glaucoma involves diagnostic testing such as tonometry, which is used to check the intraocular pressure within your eyes; imaging of your optic nerve using a high powered camera known as an OCT which allows us to view damage done to your optic nerve and having Visual Field testing, which helps determine peripheral vision loss. 

How do you treat glaucoma? The most common form of treatment for glaucoma is by using drops prescribed by the doctor along with maintaining follow ups to check your pressure and have continued testing. 

You or a loved one might have been diagnosed with diabetes (type 1 or 2) and were told to make sure you go have an eye exam by your general practitioner and you’re probably wondering why? Diabetes can affect the eyes in many ways.  When you are diagnosed with diabetes that also increases your chance of developing glaucoma and cataracts. Along with diabetes you can develop diabetic retinopathy. 

NPDR stands for nonproliferative retinopathy. It is the more common type of retinopathy. This is when the vessels get blocked and causes the capillaries to swell. There are 3 stages (mild, moderate and severe) which is determined by how much blockage. 

Proliferative retinopathy is when the vessels are so blocked that there is not proper blood flow that they start leaking under the retina. When the vessels no longer can support blood flow to the retina the eye starts producing more vessels to help keep blood flow. Unfortunately 

What can I do to prevent that?

With diabetes the best way to prevent that from affecting the eyes is maintaining a healthy blood sugar and routine eye exams. 

Diabetic Eye Care

Diabetic Eye Care

You or a loved one might have been diagnosed with diabetes (type 1 or 2) and were told to make sure you go have an eye exam by your general practitioner and you’re probably wondering why? Diabetes can affect the eyes in many ways.  When you are diagnosed with diabetes that also increases your chance of developing glaucoma and cataracts. Along with diabetes you can develop diabetic retinopathy. 

NPDR stands for nonproliferative retinopathy. It is the more common type of retinopathy. This is when the vessels get blocked and causes the capillaries to swell. There are 3 stages (mild, moderate and severe) which is determined by how much blockage. 

Proliferative retinopathy is when the vessels are so blocked that there is not proper blood flow that they start leaking under the retina. When the vessels no longer can support blood flow to the retina the eye starts producing more vessels to help keep blood flow. Unfortunately 

What can I do to prevent that?

With diabetes the best way to prevent that from affecting the eyes is maintaining a healthy blood sugar and routine eye exams. 

Pink Eye

Conjunctivitis, more commonly known as pink eye, is a term that means that there is some type of an infection, inflammation or swelling of the membrane called the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva (the tough white fiber layer of your eye) is a membrane that lines the eyeball and the inside of the upper and lower eyelids. This membrane is meant to protect the eye against infections. 

When it comes to Conjunctivitis there are three different types : allergic, bacterial, and viral. If you suspect you may have pink eye, we recommend that you call our office for further assistance. We have specialized equipment to quickly diagnose if you have an infection and hone in on the best treatment for you. It doesn’t hurt that it usually ends up costing you less at our eye doctors office than with any general practitioner.

Allergic Conjunctivitis

Allergic conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva that is caused by an allergic reaction. The most common symptoms are some itchiness, tearing, and general discomfort. Luckily this type of conjunctivitis is not contagious. Our most common and effective treatment for allergic conjunctivitis is using over-the-counter drops or prescription eye drops. 

Bacterial Conjunctivitis

Typically when people hear the term pink eye they are probably referring to bacterial conjunctivitis. This comes from the telltale symptom of bloodshot eyes and the eye having a pink color. This type of infection typically stems from someone transferring bacteria by scratching or rubbing around the eye with unwashed hands.A risk factor in contracting bacterial conjunctivitis is wearing contact lenses for too long and/or poor cleaning habits.

Unlike the allergic form of conjunctivitis, bacterial conjunctivitis is very contagious. Along with the red and bloodshot eyes patients can have pain, light sensitivity, and oftentime crusty discharge. We advise our patients to do their best in hand washing and avoid all contact with your eyes as the best way to avoid contracting conjunctivitis. However if you do end up with getting it we are able to get you prescription eye drops to help clear things up quickly. 

Viral Conjunctivitis

Viral conjunctivitis is similar to its bacterial counterpart when it comes to symptoms (pain, light sensitivity, bloodshot eyes). The main difference is that this is caused by a virus instead of bacteria and the onset of symptoms tends to be faster than bacterial conjunctivitis. There are many different ways to treat viral conjunctivitis but the most common treatment is through a course of steroid drops, or in some cases, oral medications for a short period of time.

Viral conjunctivitis is also highly contagious. To prevent the spread of the virus patients should wash hands frequently and not touch or rub eyes. If one is sick with a respiratory or intestinal virus, it can be spread to the eyes via touching or rubbing eyes. It is also commonly advised that you wash pillow cases, sheets and blankets daily to help prevent spread, especially in households with more than one person (or animals, as they are equally susceptible to pink eye!).

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