Conjunctivitis, commonly called pink eye, is an infection or inflammation of the conjunctiva – the thin, protective membrane that covers the surface of the eyeball and inner surface of the eyelids. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses, allergens and other irritants like smoke and dust.
What most people are referring to when talking about pink eye is the contagious, viral type of conjunctivitis that your classmates and co-workers are afraid of. Viral conjunctivitis is very similar to catching a cold and Dr. Goble can help you treat the symptoms you are having (redness, irritation, discharge) while the virus runs its course. Viral conjunctivitis is not the end of the world like some would make you think!
While many cases improve within two weeks, in rare cases some can develop into serious corneal inflammation and threaten sight. If you suspect any form of conjunctivitis, give Dr. Goble a call and we’ll make sure you’re taken care of.
Glaucoma is an increase in the intra-ocular pressure of the eyes, which causes damage to the optic nerve. The disease presents with no signs or symptoms in the early stages and if left untreated can lead to a decrease in peripheral vision and eventually blindness.
While there is no cure for glaucoma, there are medications and surgery available that can help halt further vision loss. Early detection and regular eye exams are vital to slowing the progress of the disease.
Macular degeneration is a chronic, often progressive disease that gradually destroys sharp central vision due to a deterioration of the macula. The macula is a tiny spot in the central portion of your retina with the highest density of light-sensing cells. This disease is commonly associated with aging, so it is also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). There are two forms of AMD called “dry” and “wet.” The former is most common and has no known treatment other than methods to try to slow the progression including lifestyle modification and supplements. The latter is less common and treated with laser procedures.
Diabetic Eye Disease
Diabetic eye disease is a general term for a group of eye problems that can result from having type 1 or type 2 diabetes, including diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma. Generally there are no symptoms in the early stages of diabetic eye disease. This is why it is so important that you don’t wait for symptoms to appear before having a comprehensive eye exam. Early detection and treatment of diabetic eye disease will dramatically reduce your chances of sustaining permanent vision loss.