We take our patients Eye Health very seriously here at Molsom & Associates and offer a number of clinics to help our patients should they need them. Below we have documented some regular eye problems and how we can help you.
This is a chronic (long term) condition meaning it can be reoccurring. Although Dry Eye normally does not affect sight it can be very painful. It is caused by your eye not producing enough tears or not being effective at spreading these evenly across the front of the eye. During a Dry Eye assessment you will receive a front eye assessment , tear assessment and an individual treatment plan. So if your eyes feel gritty, burn or sting, water excessively or suffer with redness call now to book a Dry Eye assessment and see our Dry Eye Clinic page
Blepharitis is an inflammation of your eyelids. It is caused by the meibomian gland, located in your eyelid to produce the oily part of your tear, becoming blocked and the lid becoming red and uncomfortable, this is Posterior Blepharitis. Anterior Blepharitis can be caused by infection and affects the outside front edge of your eyelid. Again it tends to be a condition which comes back but there are treatments. Warm compresses, Lid scrubs, Lubricants, oral antibiotics but your Optometrist here at Molsom & Associates will identify this and help you with a course of action.
Floaters and Flashes.
Floaters are small black spots or strands which appear in your vision, they are common and normally harmless. However if a shadow spreads across the vision of one eye, your receive a blow to the head and floaters change or you experience light flashes, you have a sudden increase in floaters with flashes or you have new large floaters you must contact us immediately or seek urgent medical attention. Floaters and flashes are linked to the vitreous gel in your eye naturally shrinking and separating into a watery fluid. As this deteriorates it can pull on the retina and cause ring like floaters or flashes of light in your vision. Our OCT technology can monitor the health of the eye.
Glaucoma is a group of eye disease in which the optic nerve, which connects your eye to your brain, is damaged by the pressure of the fluid inside your eye. Risk of developing Glaucoma increases if you are aged over 40, closely related to someone with Glaucoma or you have raised pressure within your eye. With regular eye examinations Glaucoma can be detected early and treated. Chronic Glaucoma can be detected with an examination of the nerve at the back of your eye, pressure test and visual field test. If diagnosed you will be given drops to help control the pressure. Acute Glaucoma is where the drainage channels in your eyes are blocked or damaged causing pressure to rise rapidly. As there are no symptoms in the early stages of Glaucoma regular eye examinations are the best way to detect it.
Cataracts happen when the lens of the eye becomes less clear resulting in "cloudy vision". Cataracts develop in a persons lens, typically as they get older, and stop some of the light reaching the back of the eye. This can affect your sight in many ways including finding it harder to see in dim or bright light, double vision, seeing a halo of light around bright lights, colours may be faded or even have a tinge to them.Eventually surgery to replace the affected lens will be required.