A medical eye exam encompasses comprehensive testing for the early detection of a range of eye problems including cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. If any eye health issues are detected, an individualized treatment plan will be recommended by the physicians.
Medical Eye Exams
A medical eye exam produces a diagnosis, like conjunctivitis, dry eye, glaucoma or cataracts, to mention a few. Depending on your policy, your medical insurance may cover a medical exam, but not pay for the exam if it is a routine eye exam. Examinations for medical eye care, assessment of an eye complaint or to follow up on an existing medical condition are billed to your medical insurance plan.
Age-related Macular Degeneration
A medical condition that affects the macula, the part of the retina responsible for the crisp, detailed central vision needed for reading or driving. It is the leading cause of vision loss in Americans over 60 years of age. Macular degeneration can make it difficult or impossible to read or recognize faces. Central vision can slowly deteriorate which can significantly affect a patient’s quality of life.
diseases of the retina
The retina is a thin sheet of nerve tissue in the back of the eye where light rays are focused and transmitted to the brain. The vitreous is a gel-like substance that fills the eye and is connected to the retina, optic nerve and many blood vessels. Problems with the retina and vitreous — including retinal tear and detachment, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, infection and trauma — can lead to vision loss and blindness. Early detection and treatment are critical in correcting problems before vision is lost and preventing further deterioration from occurring.
Signs of retinal tear or detachment include flashes of light, a group or web of floaters, wavy or watery vision, a sense that there is a veil or curtain obstructing peripheral vision, or a sudden drop in vision quality. If you experience any of these symptoms, call Eye Florida immediately.
diseases of the cornea
There are many diseases that can affect the cornea, causing pain, or loss of vision. Disease, infection, or injury can cause the cornea to swell (called “edema”) or degrade (become cloudy and reduce vision). Treatment for corneal disease can take many forms, depending on the underlying problem as well as the patient’s preferences. Some conditions resolve on their own and many can be treated with medication. If the cornea is severely damaged, or if there is a risk of blindness, a corneal transplant may be recommended to preserve vision. Eye Florida has the latest testing instruments to evaluate cornea conditions include the Corneal Topography.
Systemic Eye Diseases
Systemic diseases affect the entire body or many of its parts. When the eyes are involved a diagnosis can often be made from an initial finding in an eye examination. Unlike other organs, the eye is made up of several different types of tissue, making it more likely to be affected by various diseases.
The transparency of the eye gives doctors a good view of the blood vessels, and problems with them are often an extension of difficulties with the veins and arteries throughout the body. Some of the illnesses commonly involving the eyes are drug-related toxicity such as Plaquenil, Diabetes, Grave’s disease, Lupus, and hypertension, among others.