Regular eye exams with our Bronx optometrist, Dr. Alan Vilinsky, are important to keep prescriptions current as well as diagnosing common eye diseases. Early detection is always best for proper and thorough treatment and as experts at Eye Express, we pride ourselves on personal attention and educating all patients on common eye diseases. After cataracts, glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide. Glaucoma is caused by a number of different eye issues that result in gradual vision loss due to damage to the optic nerve.
There are two main types of glaucoma in adults: primary open-angle glaucoma and closed-angle glaucoma. Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form and occurs when the pressure inside the eye rises because of fluid backup. Over time, as this pressure builds up, it damages the optic nerve and results in permanent and irreversible vision loss. Closed-angle glaucoma is more rare and occurs when the drainage canals of the eye get blocked causing a rapid increase in pressure inside the eye. According to research and our Bronx optometrist at Eye Express, individuals at high risk for glaucoma should have a dilated pupil eye examination at least every two years. Our doctors use several tests to detect glaucoma and when proper testing is conducted, like the exams offered at Eye Express, not only can glaucoma be caught early on, but other vision threatening diseases as well, such as cataracts.
With cataracts, screenings are so important because cataracts can develop slowly with no pain or loss of vision and when detected early further damage may be avoided and treatment can begin. Our Bronx optometrist will begin by conducting a comprehensive eye exam that includes a cataract screening. A cataract is a clouding of the clear lens in the eye and makes it look as if you’re looking through a fogged-up window. Some signs that you should definitely have a cataract screening are increased eye strain, difficulty driving at night, irritated by bright lights, blurry or double vision, fading colors, and frequent changes in your eyeglass prescription.
Diabetes increases your risk of glaucoma and cataracts but can also cause the harmful eye disease known as diabetic retinopathy. As a leading cause of blindness, this is the most common diabetic eye disease in American adults. You may not notice any changes to your vision, if you have diabetic retinopathy, but over time it can get worse and cause vision loss. Our Bronx optometrist will perform a comprehensive eye exam which is the only reliable means of detecting diabetic retinopathy and other common eye diseases.