Dr. Ward and Dr Philpy regularly diagnose and treat eye injuries, infections, inflammations, burning, redness, pain, sensitivity, pink eye and remove foreign bodies from the eye. Our doctors also treat, prescribe medication for and manage many different eye diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
For eye conditions like cataracts, retinal tears and retinal detachments that may require surgical or specialized care, our Optometrists provide initial diagnosis as well as referral, co-management and follow-up care in coordination with an Ophthalmologist.
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Many eye problems like glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy don't have obvious symptoms in their early stages. Changes in vision are often so gradual that you unconsciously adjust to your sight without realizing your vision has changed. You may think you are seeing as well as you were a year ago and don’t have problems, but you can't be sure until you've had your eyes thoroughly examined.
How the eye works
The cornea (the clear window on the front of the eye) and the lens of the eye (the transparent structure inside the eye) focus light onto a layer at the back of the eye known as the retina. The cornea and lens focus light rays entering the eye such that images appear clearly on the retina, which in turn transmits these images to the brain for processing. When images focus perfectly on the retina, the result is 20/20 vision.
Near Sighted (Myopia)
When the cornea is too curved relative to the length of the eye, light rays focus in front of the retina causing blurry distance vision and clear up close vision. Myopia is usually diagnosed in children, may worsen as the child matures, but generally stabilizes in the late teens or early twenties. Myopia is treated with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Once the eye stabilizes, vision correction procedures can change the shape of the cornea to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contacts.
Far Sighted (Hyperopia)
When the cornea is too flat relative to the length of the eye, light rays focus behind the retina causing blurry vision up close and clear vision far away. Hyperopia is treated with contacts or glasses. There are also vision correction procedures that can reduce or eliminate hyperopia.
Presbyopia begins affecting people in their early to mid-40's. The condition occurs when the lens of the eye becomes less flexible, making it difficult to focus on small print. Presbyopia is easily corrected by glasses or contact lenses and there are a number of options available.
When the cornea is shaped more like a football than a basketball, it causes distortion and blurry vision as light enters the eye. When this condition is coupled with myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness), light focuses on more than one point of the retina. Astigmatism is treated with contact lenses or eyeglasses. There are also vision correction procedures available to treat astigmatism as well.