We treat a variety of conditions here at Insight Eyecare & Eyewear in Chandler. The eye conditions we treat include dry eye, eye surgery, hard to fit contacts, sports vision, vision therapy, computer vision treatment, nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC), keratoconus, presbyopia, and more. Read on for some more information about several of these conditions we treat.

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Near and Farsightedness

Nearsightedness causes a person to have a hard time seeing objects far away. Farsightedness is the reverse. These are common conditions that patients come in to get treated for, generally with glasses or contacts.

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Eye Strain & Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer vision occurs in people who spend hours per day looking at a computer. Dry eyes, headaches, blurred vision, and eye strain are all signs of computer vision. Please come in for a checkup if you have any of these symptoms.

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Astigmatism is a common condition where the front of the eye curves into a bulge, causing blurry vision. This can be corrected with special contacts.

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Giant Papillary Conjuntivitis

Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis, also known as GPC, is a type of conjunctivitis that is caused by the inner part of the eyelid becoming inflamed.

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Keratoconus is where the cornea thins out, making the eye bulge forward. Special contacts can often minimize the effects of this condition.

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Presbyopia is where the eyes have a hard time focusing on objects nearby. This condition is more common in patients that are over 40 years old.

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Macular Degeneration

For many aging Americans, macular degeneration is a fact of life. The American Optometric Association estimates that it’s the leading cause of blindness. In fact, this eye disease causes more cases of blindness annually than glaucoma and cataracts combined.

For that reason, your eye doctor at Insight Eyecare & Eyewear in Chandler wants to diagnose and start treating your case or that of a loved one as soon as possible. While there is no cure, early diagnosis can be key to slowing the progress of the disease and avoiding severe blindness.

First, understand that when we speak of this disease, it usually refers to the most common type: Age-related Macular Degeneration, or AMD.

Deterioration of the Macula

The macula is the central region of the retina, the organ in the eye that records what we see and transmits the data to your brain via optic nerves. AMD is a slow deterioration of the macula, the retina part that sharpens the focus on the images sent to your brain. As the disease takes effect, your peripheral vision isn’t at risk, but the central part of your vision gradually blurs.

Dry and Wet Forms

There are two forms of AMD: wet and dry. Dry macular degeneration is what was just described — this slow breakdown of the functionality of the macula. This is the form taken in 85 to 90 percent of cases.

The wet form of the eye disease is much rarer, but often the next stage of dry macular degeneration. With this disorder, new and leaky blood vessels are formed behind the retina. The leakage of blood and other fluids causes the retinal cells to malfunction.

Avoiding the Risk

Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to avoid the threat. The main risk factors are age, race (it strikes Caucasians at a higher rate than other races) and heredity.

However, there is one risk you can control: smoking. In addition to the other health risks posed to smokers, the AMD risk is heightened.

How We’ll Address Your Issue

Our first step is a diagnosis. We’ll run tests that will tell us if you’re experiencing macular degeneration. We’ll also be able to tell you if you have the dry or the wet form of the disease.

With that, we can begin addressing your issue. The treatment for dry macular degeneration can involve a supplement formula that contains vitamins shown to slow the progression of the disease.

Photodynamic laser therapy can stop the growth of the weakened blood vessels that cause the wet form of the disease. And an injection of anti-angiogenic drugs can stop the dry form from turning wet.

In addition, if you only have the disease in one eye, your eye doctor will begin to regularly monitor your other eye to being earliest possible treatment if we see early signs of the disease. We’ll also show you how to monitor your own sight for signs of dry macular degeneration turning wet.

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Common Eye Injuries

An eye injury can occur when you least expect it. Whether it happens on the sports field, around the house, at work, or out and about in your community, our Chandler optometry team at Insight Eyecare and Eyewear is here to help you minimize damage and optimize recovery.

Common Types of Eye Injury

Common types of eye injury include:

  • Chemical burn: when a caustic or toxic substance gets into the eye
  • Photokeratitis: essentially an eye sunburn, it’s caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation, especially if the sun reflects off water, snow, or sand
  • Corneal ulcer: this is a corneal scratch, which often occurs after a poke in the eye or if you itch your eye when there’s debris in it
  • Broken eye socket: a heavy blow to the face can cause the bones around your eye to fracture; in severe cases, the eye itself can rupture which can cause a person to lose their eye; a black eye is bruising and swelling around the eye but is generally less severe
  • Penetrating foreign object: this happens when something like a shard of metal lodges into the eye

Eye injuries can be extremely uncomfortable and lead to problems like photosensitivity, pain, itchiness, discharge, and infections.

Injured Your Eye? Here’s What to Do

If your eyes become severely injured, do NOT rub or touch them, nor try to remove any large penetrating objects. Call 911 and get yourself to the emergency room for appropriate urgent care.

You may want to cover your eye with a cool compact or sterile gauze to protect it while you get yourself to an emergency room.

Keep in mind that certain eye injuries may become worse if you try to flush out your eyes with water. So, only flush your eyes if you’ve been advised to do so by a professional or by your occupational protocols.

What to Do if You Injure Your Eye

At Insight Eyecare and Eyewear, our optometry team offers a variety of follow-up services to help resolve eye injuries. We often recommend oral or eye drop medications to reduce the risk of infection and decrease painful inflammation. We can also make recommendations for better eyewear (protective and/or prescription) so you can reduce your risk of future injury.

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Blurry Vision

Most people consider occurrences of blurry vision as something that happens when their eyes get tired and fatigued. For many people that indeed may be the case, however, our optometry professionals here at Insight Eyecare & Eyewear in Chandler, want people to be aware that recurring episodes of blurred vision can be a sign that there is a sign of refractive errors which are common conditions that affect the eyes. Blurry vision can also be an indicator of serious health conditions as well. Here is some information about blurred vision and how it can provide insight into the overall condition of your health.

Eye Fatigue And Blue Light Exposure

If you spend a fair amount of time using a computer, tablet, smartwatch, or any other type of mobile device, you probably experience frequent episodes of blurred vision. Looking at small screens can be taxing on the eyes. It is important to note that electronic devices like the ones mentioned, as well as television screens, expose the eyes to blue light. Blue light can cause vision to blur and can cause the eyes to become fatigued and irritated.

Blue light exposure along with staring at the screens of electronics for extended periods can cause dry eyes. The eyes can appear red, become itchy, sting, or burn. If you experience these types of symptoms more than once a week, our optometrist recommends you take frequent breaks when using electronic devices, and make a conscious effort to blink more often. You need to make sure you keep your eyes moisturized to avoid damage to your cornea. You can use eye drops to help moisturize your eyes.

It is Time To Take Your Blurry Vision Seriously

Blurry vision can be an indicator of several serious medical conditions like multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease, diabetes, and much more. If you are currently experiencing ongoing instances of blurry vision, our optometrist recommends you have your symptoms evaluated by your optometry professional as soon as possible. To learn more about blurry vision, and how it can affect your overall eye health, which is why we recommend seeing an optometrist. When you visit us you will be able to speak with a member of our experienced optometry team here at Insight Eyecare & Eyewear in Chandler. For the eye care you deserve, call 480-883-0900 to schedule your appointment today!

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Pink Eye

Pink eye causes your eyes to feel itchy. The condition is uncomfortable and it prohibits you from wearing contacts. Plus, if it arises from an infection, it’s very contagious. At Insight Eyecare & Eyewear, serving Chandler, AZ, and the surrounding region, we can diagnose and address your pink eye.

General Information About Pink Eye

Also known as conjunctivitis, pink eye causes your eye to appear pink. It can affect one or both of your eyes. The affected eye may feel gritty or itchy, you might notice excess tearing as well. Sometimes, you’ll notice you have discharge coming from your eye. The discharge can often form a crust on your eye, so you may notice you have trouble opening your eyes when you wake up.

Sometimes, pink eye stems from inflammation of the conjunctiva member. However, an infection is often the underlying cause of pink eye. The conjunctiva membrane of your eye is the portion that covers the white of your eye. The membrane consists of tiny blood vessels. Whenever the membrane becomes irritated, these vessels become more noticeable. This is why your eyes turn pink when you have this condition.

The Causes of Pink Eye

Viruses and bacteria are often the culprits behind pink eye. In fact, in most cases of pink eye, the contributing factor is an infection. You might have cold symptoms along with pink eye. However, allergies, chemical exposure, a foreign object in your eye, or a blocked tear duct can also cause pink eye.

How Our Optometrist Helps

When you come into our office, our optometry specialist will examine your eyes. Often, this is enough to diagnose your condition without any further testing. However, in more severe cases, our optometrist may collect a sample of the fluid in your eye to test for an infection, including a sexually transmitted disease.

After our optometry specialist determines you have pink eye, the optometrist may prescribe an antibiotic eye drop to combat the infection. If we believe a sexually transmitted disease caused your pink eye, our optometry specialist may prescribe an antiviral medication for the infection.

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Diabetic-related eye disease

While it’s true that the primary symptom of diabetes is high blood sugar (hyperglycemia), it can lead to many other problems throughout the body, including wreaking havoc on your eyes. Some of the most common eye conditions caused by hyperglycemia are cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy, which occurs when the tiny blood vessels in your eyes become damaged by the high blood sugar levels over time.

If diabetes is well-managed, these secondary conditions can often be avoided altogether…

Below are some helpful tips to help care for your eyes when you have diabetes:

  • Keep blood sugar under control by maintaining a healthy diet low in sugar and refined carbohydrates and high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein
  • Keep cholesterol in check by eating a heart-healthy diet low in saturated fats
  • See your optometrist at least once each year so that any developing eye conditions can be caught early and treated
  • Have your A1c checked every few months, if possible, and try to keep it at or below 7%
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) is also prevalent amongst those with diabetes and should be kept below 130/80 to prevent additional problems with your vision caused by damaged blood vessels

It is important to be aware of any changes to your vision. Contact your optometrist right away if you notice any of the following:

  • Blurry vision
  • Flashes of light
  • Black spots or “floaters”
  • Loss of sight in one or both eyes

If you have questions about how diabetes can affect your eyes or to request an appointment, please call Insight Eyecare & Eyewear at (480) 883-0900 today!

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Glaucoma occurs from damage to the eye’s optic nerve and can often lead to loss of vision and blindness. To detect glaucoma, our highly trained doctors will perform a proper screening to determine severity, examine the damage, and help you manage your glaucoma.

Early detection of glaucoma is crucial in preventing vision loss and blindness; the earlier the better. However, there is no official cure for glaucoma. There are several treatment methods that manage, slow down, or halt the process. Treatment for glaucoma will vary depending on the stage and severity for each individual patient.

To learn more about what treatment plan best fits your unique visual needs, please don’t hesitate to call us today at (480) 883-0900!

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