When it comes to vision and eye health, there are many ocular condition to consider. Some conditions may affect your eyesight or could have long-term consequences if not treated properly or promptly. Listed below are some of the more common ocular conditions. Many complications may arise if these conditions are not addressed properly. If you think you or someone in your family has one of these conditions, please contact Rockford Family Eyecare to schedule an exam and discuss recommendations.
Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
Ambloypia refers to vision in one or both eyes that cannot be corrected to 20/20. It usually begins with an inherited condition (such as an eye-turn or a very high prescription) and appears during infancy or early childhood. Amblyopia must be diagnosed between birth and early teen years since it is during this period that the visual pathway is still actively developing. If diagnosed early enough, the eyes may have the opportunity to develop to normal 20/20 vision with or without glasses. Because of this, it is recommended that all children, including those with no symptoms, have a comprehensive eye examination by the age of three and sooner if there is a family history of any eye condition or disease. If you suspect a problem, or need to set up your child’s first eye examination, contact Rockford Family Eyecare to schedule an appointment or schedule an appointment online.
A cataract is a clouding (usually yellowing) of the eye’s normally clear lens, which leads to a progressive blurring or dimming of vision. Although there can be multiple causes for cataract formation, most cataracts form naturally due to age. In fact, it is the world’s leading cause of blindness and among the most common conditions related to aging. As a cataract progresses, people often experience difficulty in appreciating colors, driving, reading, recognizing faces, and coping with glare from bright lights. Ultimately it becomes harder to read and perform other normal tasks. In the early stages, your doctor may recommend stronger eyeglasses and adjusting your lighting to reduce glare. When cataracts disrupt your quality of life, your doctor may recommend cataract-removal surgery. Although it is currently one of the most frequent and successful procedures performed in the U.S., it is surgery and does therefore come with some risks. For more information contact Rockford Family Eyecare.
Computer Vision Syndrome
Computer Vision Syndrome can have a wide range of physical symptoms. Usually it is characterized by neck pain, blurry vision, stiff shoulders, headache and watery eyes when working in front of a computer screen. The symptoms are typically due to posture, dry eyes, eye muscle coordination and/or improperly corrected vision. Since computer monitors are typically 20 to 26 inches from your eyes, your regular reading or distance glasses may not be the best option for computer work. Special lenses designed for computer work provide you with a larger intermediate area for viewing the computer. At Rockford Family Eyecare, the doctors can fit you with the perfect glasses that will cover all your computer vision needs.