Eye Conditions & Disorders
Ophthalmologists treat a variety of eye conditions and disorders from cataracts to glaucoma. Many of the conditions that affect the eyes are linked to the cornea, which is the outer layer of the eye. Cornea Consultants of Nashville also serves Murfreesboro and Franklin, and we have been treating eye conditions and disorders for many years. Read on to learn more about some of the corneal conditions our eye doctor diagnoses and treats.
Keratitis is an inflammation of the cornea. Viruses are the most common causes of this condition. It can also be caused by bacteria and chemical irritation. In some cases, the cornea becomes inflamed due to an injury impacting the eye or wearing your contact lenses for too long. If the condition is caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotic eye drops will be prescribed for treatment.
Dry eyes are red, inflamed, and uncomfortable. If you notice burning or stinging, you may have dry eyes due to your eyes not creating tears of adequate quality or quantity. Treatment for dry eye may include prescription eye drops or lifestyle adjustments to prevent your eyes from drying out.
Glaucoma refers to any condition that damages the optic nerve typically due to increased interocular pressure. Glaucoma is often treated with eye drops. In severe cases, surgery will be necessary. Without treatment, glaucoma can lead to permanent vision loss. This is why it is important to schedule regular eye exams with an ophthalmologist.
If you have diabetes, you may experience diabetic retinopathy. This condition can cause blindness if it is not kept under control. Symptoms of this condition include blurry vision, floaters, and loss of central vision.
Cataracts occur when the lens becomes clouded, leading to poor vision and dull colors. If your cataracts are severe, our eye surgeon will remove your clouded lens and replace it with a clear artificial one.
Keratoconus is a condition that occurs when the cornea begins to thin and bulge into a cone shape. Treatment options will depend on what is causing your cornea to thin. Our eye doctor often recommends orthokeratology (ortho-k) lenses to patients with this condition.
The macula, situated at the center of the retina, can deteriorate for a variety of reasons. If left unaddressed, macular degeneration will lead to permanent vision loss. Controlling your diet and some unhealthy behaviors can help you control macular degeneration. Our ophthalmologist will examine your eyes and determine the severity of your condition and appropriate treatment measures.
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Call Cornea & Cataract Consultants today at (615) 320-7200 for more information on our eye care services or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor.