For almost everyone, sight is by far the most important of their five senses — up to 80% of the information our brains receive is received from our eyes. People want an easy way to maintain their vision long-term and gain the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their eyes are healthy.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens within the eye. Normally, light passes through the clear lens and is focused onto the retina. However, the natural aging process can cause the lens to become cloudy.
Myopia is the medical term for nearsightedness. Nearsighted eyes are good at seeing objects that are up close but have trouble seeing objects that are far away. This is due to a refractive error in the eye.
The cornea, lens and retina contribute to clear vision at all distances. In astigmatism, vision is blurred due to either an irregularly shaped cornea or lens which can distort our vision.
Macular degeneration a common disease that affects mainly elderly individuals. In this disease, the sight-sensing cells in the macular zone of the retina malfunction or lose function resulting in a debilitating loss of vital central or detail vision.
For many, the feeling of grittiness, dryness, burning or stinging or even excessive tearing cannot be relieved simply with over the counter methods. These are signs of a chronic condition known as dry eye syndrome. Yes, even tearing eyes can be a sign of dry eye. If left untreated, in extreme cases, individuals can suffer permanent impaired vision.
Glaucoma is actually a group of eye diseases that lead to damage of the optic nerve (the nerve fibers that carry information from the eye to the brain), which can then cause vision loss and the possibility of blindness. Optic nerve damage usually occurs in the presence of high intraocular pressure but often presents with no symptoms. In some cases, glaucoma can occur with normal or even below-normal eye pressure.
Strabismus is a visual problem in which the eyes are not aligned properly and point in different directions. One eye may look straight ahead, while the other eye turns inward, outward, upward or downward.
This is the medical term for the most common diabetic eye problem and also the leading cause of blindness in American adults. Uncontrolled diabetes can damage the blood vessels in the retina, the light-sensitive nerve tissue in your eye that sends visual images to your brain.
Computer Vision Syndrome affects 3 in 4 computer users. It is a series of symptoms related to extended periods of computer usage. Although it is no cause for panic, measures can be taken to relieve symptoms of CVS to reduce eye fatigue and increase efficiency.
Working on tasks up-close causes your eyes to drift outward, forcing your eyes to constantly work to turn the eyes back in. This process often leads to a number of symptoms like headaches, blurred vision, eye strain, double vision, burning and tearing.
Dry Eye is an increasing common issue that Dr. Chan was seeing among her patients. After much research, Dr. Chan felt that there was strong need for a local clinic to treat this pervasive disease. She decided to bring in the latest technology and establish the first Dry Eye Center of Excellence in Vancouver, WA.
If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, we can help you treat your dry eye and get back to enjoying your life.
Burning and redness
Foreign body sensation
Sensitivity to light
Contact lens intolerance