The health of your eyes is just as important as having clear vision with glasses or contacts. The American Optometric Association takes the increase in eye diseases and eye problems, such as macular degeneration, very seriously and so does Dr. Gindi. As a highly trained medical optometrist, eye care services with Dr. Gindi will include 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 to check for any eye disease or other vision problems. Her specialized qualifications combined with our state-of-the-art technology enables Dr. Gindi to screen for sight-threatening diseases to catch them early and to take any necessary preventative measures.
One of the most common and oftentimes silent culprits behind vision loss 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. Dr. Gindi and her eye doctor team use this latest technology to image your optic nerve in order to help prevent future vision loss. Aside from wearing proper safety glasses when needed, maintaining a healthy ocular pressure is essential in glaucoma management.
Frequently Asked Questions About Glaucoma
How To Know If You Are At Risk for Contracting Glaucoma?
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 this eye disease, or have diabetes, hypertension, or any type of vascular issues.
How Is Glaucoma Diagnosed?
Diagnosis involves specialized testing such as tonometry, which is used to check the intraocular pressure within your eyes. Additionally, imaging of your optic nerve using a high-powered camera known as an OCT allows us to view any damage done to your optic nerve, while Visual Field testing helps determine any peripheral vision loss.
What Are The Treatment Options For Glaucoma?
The most common form of treatment is the use of drops prescribed by the eye doctor, along with maintaining follow-ups to check your eye pressure and continue monitoring eye health.
You or a loved one might have been diagnosed with diabetes (type 1 or 2) and were told to have an eye exam performed by your general practitioner, and you’re probably wondering why. Diabetes can affect the eyes in many ways. When you are diagnosed with diabetes, it also increases your chances of developing eye diseases like glaucoma and cataracts. Along with diabetes, you can also develop diabetic retinopathy.
NPDR stands for nonproliferative retinopathy. It is the more common type of retinopathy. This is when the vessels get blocked and cause the capillaries to swell. There are 3 stages (mild, moderate, and severe) which are determined by how much blockage exists.
Proliferative retinopathy is when the vessels are so blocked that there is no longer proper blood flow which causes leaking under the retina. When the vessels can no longer support blood flow to the retina, the eye starts producing more vessels to help maintain blood flow. Unfortunately, this can eventually lead to retina detachment of vitreous hemorrhage, and eventually blindness.
What can I do to prevent that?
The best way to prevent diabetes from negatively affecting your eye health is by maintaining a healthy blood sugar and regularly undergoing 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.
Conjunctivitis, more commonly known as pink eye, is a term that refers to a type of infection, inflammation, or swelling of the eye membrane called the conjunctiva. This membrane is the tough white fiber layer that lines your eyeballs and the inside of your upper and lower eyelids. Its purpose is to protect against eye infections.
When it comes to conjunctivitis, there are three different types of infections: 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 office than with any general practitioner.
Allergic conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the conjunctiva that is caused by an allergic reaction. The most common symptoms are itchiness, tearing, and general discomfort. Luckily, this type of conjunctivitis is not contagious. Our most effective treatment for allergic conjunctivitis is using over-the-counter drops or prescription eye drops.
Typically, when people hear the term pink eye, they are probably referring to bacterial conjunctivitis. This comes from the telltale symptom of bloodshot or pink-colored eyes. This type of infection is typically contracted when you transfer bacteria by scratching or rubbing around your eye with unwashed hands. Other potential ways to contract bacterial conjunctivitis are by wearing contact lenses for too long and/or poor lens-cleaning habits.
Unlike the allergic form of conjunctivitis, bacterial conjunctivitis is extremely contagious. Along with the red and bloodshot eyes, patients can have pain, light sensitivity, and oftentimes crusty discharge. We advise that our patients perform frequent and thorough hand washing, and avoid all contact with their eyes to keep from contracting this type of conjunctivitis. However, if you do end up contracting it, we are able to supply you with prescription eye drops to help quickly clear up the infection.
Viral conjunctivitis is similar to its bacterial counterpart when it comes to symptoms (pain, light sensitivity, bloodshot eyes). The main differences are this is caused by a virus instead of bacteria and the onset of symptoms tends to be faster than that of 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 their hands frequently and try not to touch or rub their eyes. If you are sick with a respiratory or intestinal virus, it can potentially spread to your eyes via touching or rubbing. It is also commonly advised that you wash your pillowcases, sheets, and blankets daily to help prevent the spread, especially in households with more than one person (or animals, as they are equally susceptible to pink eye).