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We don't just make beautiful glasses. Managing chronic eye disease is something we love to do everyday at Winston Eye and Vision Center. The most common chronic eye problems we diagnose and treat include: dry eye, macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma.
Dry Eye is a common complaint from patients. Please let us know if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: dryness, pain, grittiness, blurry vision that improves with blinking. Any one of these symptoms could be explained with dry eye. We have special procedures that we can do in office to assess your dryness and treat it appropriately to reduce your symptoms.
Macular Degeneration is a disease process that destroys the central vision. There are two types of macular degenration: dry and wet. The dry form slowly destroys the macula and depending on the degree of vision loss, suppliments may be suggested by Dr. Winston to slow the progression of the disease. The wet form of the disease, characterized by bleeding in the back of the eye, can take away a patients vision very quickly. Our newest piece of equipment, The Cirrus OCT, helps the doctors at Winston Eye and Vision Center diagnose and manage macular degenration like never before. If you are in your fifties or older, caucasian, a smoker, or have a family history of macular degeneration then you could be at risk for developing the disease.
Cataracts initially cause blurry vision, significant changes in your glasses prescription, difficulty driving at night, and the need for more light to read. Severe cataracts cause blindness and should be removed by a skilled surgeon before the cataract becomes severe. As your primary eye care provider we will walk you through the surgery process and the different lens options available if you want to be less dependent on glasses post-surgery.
Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve that is characterized by slow destruction of the nerve. Each patient is screened for high eye pressure, which may lead to glaucoma, and the optic nerve is evaluated during each annual comprehensive eye exam. Unlike macular degeneration, the peripheral vision is the first to be affected in glaucoma. The patient is asymptomatic during this time so annual eye exams and early diagnosis is key to the prevention of blindness. The Cirrus OCT is a state-of-the-art analyzer of the optic nerve and helps Dr. Winston diagnose and manage glaucoma better than ever before. Risk factors for glaucoma include: high eye pressure, 60 years of age or older, african american, and a family history of glaucoma. If you have any of these risk factors please make an apppointment today with Dr. Sam Winston.