Our Washington DC ophthalmologist does more than vision testing. While vision is our eyes’ primary purpose, many of us suffer eye disorders without any loss or disturbance in our sight. These disorders may be benign, or affect our eyes with irritation, discharge and other complications. Many of these conditions are easily treatable, but if left unattended, can occasionally lead to more severe issues and possibly damaged vision, so it is important to speak to a qualified eye specialist in Washington DC as soon as you notice something is amiss. Here we will outline a few common eye problems, which can be treated by a qualified Washington DC ophthalmologist:
- Dry eyes- Sometimes our tear glands are unable to produce the quality or quantity of tears necessary to lubricate the eyes, leading to itching, burning and, in very rare cases, vision loss. If you are experiencing these symptoms, your Washington DC ophthalmologist may diagnose you with dry eye and prescribe appropriate treatment. Treating dry eye may be as simple as buying a humidifier or using eye drops that simulate real tears. Or, your specialist may recommend more advanced treatment, like placing plugs in the tear ducts to decrease drainage, or a new procedure known as Lipiflow, which uses heat and pressure to treat dryness.
- Excessive tearing- Some of us, conversely, produce too many tears, which may come from light, wind, or temperature sensitivity. Shielding your eyes, as with sunglasses, is a simple and often effective way to manage the condition. However, your tearing may be resultant of a more serious condition such as an infection or a blocked tear duct, both of which can be treated by a qualified ophthalmologist in Washington DC.
- Eyelid problems- Eyelid problems make us susceptible to pain, itching and tearing, as the eyelid protects us from excessive light and other harsh elements. They also distribute tears. There are many of eyelid problems that are common and may subside on their own, such as twitching, or that are easily treatable. Treatments may range from cleaning to surgery or medication prescribed by a Washington DC ophthalmologist. However, a seemingly simple eyelid disorder, such as twitching, may be a sign of something more severe, and should be examined if it persists too long or too frequently. Twitching may also be a symptom of some of the other disorders mentioned here,
- Conjunctivitis may be allergy related or stem from a viral or bacterial infection, as well as chemical exposure. Commonly known as “red eye” or “pink eye,” this disorder’s known symptoms include redness, itching, discharge, tearing, burning, or a feeling of something in the eye. Pink eye is characterized by the inflammation of the tissues that line the eyelids and cover the cornea.
We rely heavily on our eyes. It is important to treat them with care and pay regular visits to your Washington DC ophthalmologist, to ensure they function healthily. Many eye disorders are easily treatable, but should not be taken lightly. They still require the treatment of a qualified eye specialist in Washington DC. If you are experiencing the symptoms above, contact our Washington DC ophthalmologist today.