Here at Paradise Canyon Eye Care in St. George, Utah, we monitor and treat eye diseases: Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Cataracts, Diabetes, Dry Eyes, Allergies, Eye Infections and more.
Macular Degeneration (AMD):
Why lose the First eye?
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in people over age 50. Fifty-three to 65% of patients who have dry to wet AMD lose legal vision in their first eye: the first eye is lost! Ninety-two percent of patients with the wet form of AMD when treated by retinal specialists maintain near to normal vision in their second eye: the second eye is saved! According to Dr. David Nelson, a past president of the AOA, “130,000 people in the U.S. lose sight in the first eye every year. 80% is preventable.” Why do we wait until the first eye is lost? Why not try to save the first eye before blindness occurs?
Based on the findings from AREDS-2 as well as other studies that have gone on concurrently, we now are able to develop preventable strategies to protect against vision loss from macular degeneration. The earlier we detect the conversion of dry AMD to wet AMD the greater the ability to prevent vision loss in the first eye. We owe it to our patients to provide this new knowledge to help them avoid vision loss.
When it comes to AMD, prevention truly is the best medicine. We do this best by filtering out harmful UV and short wavelength blue light through wearing proper sun and blue filtering lenses such as BluTech, Crizal Prevencia or Sapphire, maintaining overall health by not smoking and controlling health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension and through consistent exercise, eating healthy and/or taking supplements such as MacuHealth which is designed specifically for eye nutrition, and monitoring those who are at greatest risk determined by a comprehensive eye examination in conjunction with the genetic testing when appropriate.
The natural lens in the eye gradually becomes less clear as we get older. When opacities develop in the lens and the lens gets too hazy, vision will be impaired. Our office can diagnose and manage cataract care. When the cataract affects the vision to the extent that you cannot read or see distant objects comfortably, we will recommend cataract surgery. Our office co-manages with cataract specialists that are proven experts in cataract surgery. Cataract surgery can provide you with a bright new world of vision.
Allergies can be particularly annoying to contact lens wearers. In the past many people had to quit wearing their lenses for a month or two during the allergy season. New lens materials and allergy medications have made it possible for these people to eliminate itchy eyes. These medications such as Patanol and Alocril are amazingly effective and safe even in children as young as three.
You or someone you know noticed your eye is red. It’s a little irritated and you have a little discharge which may be yellow-green, clear stringy, and watery. Eye infections can range from being infectious to not infectious. They can be viral, bacterial or allergy related. They can also be related to contact lens wear or rather ‘over-wear’ or from swimming in lenses. Needless to say, schedule an appointment right away.