Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management in the Heart of Illinois

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Preserving Your Vision is a Lifelong Responsibility

Eye diseases have the ability to develop over the years without any symptoms. Over time, however, these diseases can harm important faculties of your vision and eye health, resulting in permanent vision loss.

Preserve your vision and ensure you’re undergoing regular eye exams. Comprehensive eye exams are designed to help detect eye diseases and provide you the opportunity to manage them.

When was your last eye exam? Please, book your next appointment today.

Common Eye Diseases & Conditions

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a common eye disease that currently affects an estimated 3 million Americans. With glaucoma, intraocular pressure (IOP) rises due to blockages that prevent fluids from leaving the eye.

As a result, the rising pressure damages your optic nerve and permanently harms your vision. However, some types of glaucoma don’t raise IOP levels yet still damage the eye’s optic nerve.

There are 3 common types of glaucoma:

  • Open-angle glaucoma occurs when the drainage angle between the iris and cornea remains open, but the intraocular fluid doesn’t drain enough to maintain normal IOP levels. As a result, IOP levels rise, causing damage to the optic nerve.
  • Closed-angle glaucoma occurs when the drainage angle between the iris and cornea closes and rapidly increases IOP levels, leading to sudden vision loss. Closed-angle glaucoma is rare and considered an emergency that requires immediate medical attention.
  • Normal-tension glaucoma is a type of glaucoma that damages the optic nerve even when IOP levels are normal or low. Optometrists and researchers aren’t sure how this type of glaucoma develops, but a comprehensive eye exam can help detect symptoms by observing the optic nerve.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of blindness in patients over 55.

AMD deteriorates the macula, the part of your retina responsible for central vision, which affects your ability to read, drive, or recognize faces.

There are 2 common types of AMD:

  • Dry AMD occurs when small deposits of lipids, known as drusen, develop behind the macula. The drusen slowly deteriorates the macula over time, resulting in vision loss.
  • Wet AMD is responsible for the majority of AMD-related blindness and occurs when abnormal blood vessels develop underneath the macula. The vessels can then break and leak fluids on and underneath your macula, resulting in rapid vision loss. Wet AMD is considered to be a medical emergency and requires immediate medical attention.

Diabetic retinopathy is a common eye disease that can develop as a complication of diabetes. Higher blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels located behind your retina.

To help get the oxygen and nutrients it needs, the retina responds by growing abnormal, small, and delicate vessels. However, these new vessels can break, leaking blood and fluids into the retina, resulting in vision loss.

Cataracts are a common eye condition that develops when your eye’s clear crystalline lens becomes rigid and opaque, resulting in a milky, cloudy appearance that could affect your vision.

Cataracts are commonly mitigated using eyeglasses or contact lenses. But, in more severe cases, your optometrist could recommend cataract surgery, which removes the cataract lens and replaces it with a new artificial intraocular lens.

Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, can occur for various reasons, but symptoms are relatively the same regardless: redness, irritation, blurriness, and discharge.

There are 3 common types of conjunctivitis:

  • Allergic conjunctivitis occurs when your eyes react to allergens. You can mitigate your symptoms by using allergy medication or eye drops, but please consult with your optometrist before using over-the-counter products.
  • Bacterial conjunctivitis is a contagious condition that is treated with antibiotics. Please speak to your optometrist for treatment and avoid touching your eyes and face to prevent spreading.
  • Viral conjunctivitis is also contagious, but the only way to treat it is by letting it run its course. Over a couple of days, your symptoms should relax. If you’re still struggling with conjunctivitis, please consult your optometrist.

How We Detect Eye Disease

iCare Tonometer

The iCare tonometer is a handheld tonometer that uses a probe to measure your IOP levels. This reading takes only a couple of seconds to perform, but it can help detect glaucoma symptoms.

Optomap is a non-invasive imaging technology used to assess the health of your retina. The highly-detailed images allow your optometrist to see possible signs of eye diseases.

Ocular coherence tomography (OCT) is a specialized imaging technology that helps assess your retina’s health. OCTs operate similar to an ultrasound, but instead of sound, an OCT uses light to capture cross-sectional images of your retina.

OCTs can help detect diabetic retinopathy, open-angle glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic macular edema.

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Preserving your vision is a lifelong responsibility, and it starts with an eye exam. Book your next appointment with our team today!

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Our Locations

Peoria

You can find our office on the corner of West Glen Avenue and North Glen Park Place. We offer plenty of parking around our clinic with accessible parking stalls.

Contact Information

Phone: 309.670.2020
Fax: 309.693.2536

Address

4900 N Glen Park Place, Suite C
Peoria, IL 61614

Hours

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM12 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
8 AM12 PM
Sunday
Closed

You can find our office on the corner of West Glen Avenue and North Glen Park Place. We offer plenty of parking around our clinic with accessible parking stalls.

Contact Information

Phone: 309.670.2020
Fax: 309.693.2536

Address

4900 N Glen Park Place, Suite C
Peoria, IL 61614

Hours

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM12 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
8 AM12 PM
Sunday
Closed

Washington

You can find our office on North Cummings Lane, right next door to Rock Valley Physical Therapy. We offer plenty of parking in front of our clinic with accessible parking stalls.

Contact Information

Phone: 309.670.2020
Fax: 309.444.7863

Address

1009 North Cummings Lane
Washington, IL 61571

Hours

Monday
8:30 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM5 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM5 PM
Friday
8:30 AM12 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM12 PM
Sunday
Closed

You can find our office on North Cummings Lane, right next door to Rock Valley Physical Therapy. We offer plenty of parking in front of our clinic with accessible parking stalls.

Contact Information

Phone: 309.670.2020
Fax: 309.444.7863

Address

1009 North Cummings Lane
Washington, IL 61571

Hours

Monday
8:30 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM5 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM5 PM
Friday
8:30 AM12 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM12 PM
Sunday
Closed

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