Caring for your eyes and ensuring good eye health means more than just checking your vision once every year or two. Measuring visual acuity is just one part of an eye screening in Fairview. At Sunrise Optical we believe that nothing is more important than providing our patients with quality comprehensive eye care that goes well beyond visual acuity and looks for and deals with significant eye disease. Our doctors are highly trained and experienced in diagnosing and treating diseases of the eye. Our examining rooms are equipped with the latest diagnostic equipment and technology to assist us medical team in the early detection of eye disorders, many of which exhibit no symptoms until they are very advanced and can do severe and permanent damage to your sight.
Our doctors conduct annual eye screening in Fairview because these eye conditions can appear from one year to the next and generally are progressive. Many of these conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration are often age related and appear as a patient gets older. A potentially devastating eye disease is macular degeneration this is actually several different disorders that affect central or detailed vision. Age-related macular degeneration is the most common type and generally affects people over 60. The disease can occur in two forms, wet or dry macular degeneration. The “dry” form of the disease is the most common and progresses more slowly in causing vision loss. In the dry form of the disease light sensitive cells in the macula at the back of the eye start to slowly break down causing less central vision. The cause of dry macular degeneration is unknown. Wet macular degeneration occurs when abnormal blood vessels begin to grow underneath the retina. These blood vessels are extremely fragile and tend to leak, which raises the retina from its normal position interfering with the functioning of the retina and causing blurred vision. In the wet form of the disease vision loss tends to be rapid and severe.
Our doctor will conduct an eye screening in Fairview to diagnose macular degeneration. First our doctor will measure your visual acuity and the clarity of your vision, comparing it to measurements from your last exam on the Amsler grid. Then he will dilate your eyes so that they can be examined closely using a slit-lamp microscope to get a close look at the retina, as well as measure the pressure in your eyes. If detected wet macular degeneration can be treated with laser surgery, photodynamic surgery and injections into the eye, however, none of these treatments is a permanent cure. There is no treatment for dry macular degeneration but the disease is manageable due to its slow growth and patients can usually live a normal life. The best way to combat macular degeneration is to have your eyes checked by our doctors once a year.