Treatment Of Eye Diseases


Optometrists located in Nye County, Pahrump, NV

Eye diseases can cause bothersome symptoms like itching, blurry vision, and eye pain, and without prompt and proper care, they can also result in permanent blindness. As a leading optometry practice in Pahrump, Nevada, G. Dennis Leaks, OD, LTD, offers advanced eye disease treatment customized to each patient’s unique needs, helping men, women, and children maintain optimal eye health and avoid serious complications. If you’re experiencing any sort of unusual eye symptoms or vision issues, call the office or use our convenient online tool to schedule an exam right away.

Treatment of Eye Diseases Q & A

What is conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis is a highly contagious inflammation that affects the thin, clear covering of the sclera or white portion of your eye and your eyelids. Some types of conjunctivitis are caused by contact with irritants like smoke or chlorinated water. Other types are caused by bacterial or viral infections. These infections (sometimes called pink eye) are highly contagious and can be easily spread from one person to another. In addition to a pink coloration in the sclera and the lids, conjunctivitis can also cause symptoms like:

  • Itching or burning sensations in the eyes
  • Excessive tearing
  • Blurry vision
  • Eye discharge and crusty eyelashes
  • Increased sensitivity to light

If your eye doctor thinks you have pink eye, he or she will use a cotton swab to remove a little fluid from the edge of your eye for evaluation in a lab. The evaluation helps determine the cause of the inflammation so it can be treated appropriately.

What is iritis?

Iritis (or anterior uveitis) is an inflammation of the colored portion of your eye called the iris. The most common causes are trauma, certain underlying infections, or diseases like psoriasis or inflammatory bowel diseases. If you have iritis, you may have symptoms like:

  • Eye redness, especially around the iris
  • Blurry vision
  • Pain in the eye or around the brow area
  • Very small or oddly shaped pupils
  • Eye pain that often becomes worse in bright light
  • Headache

Without proper treatment, iritis can cause permanent vision loss.

What are the signs of eye allergies?

Eye allergies typically cause symptoms like:

  • Itchy eyes
  • Burning sensations
  • Excessive tearing
  • Red eyelids or red eyes
  • Hypersensitivity to light

Eye allergies can be caused by smoke, pet dander, molds and spores, chemical irritants, and other airborne allergens. Because the symptoms of eye allergies are similar to those of infections like conjunctivitis, you should always be evaluated by an eye doctor to ensure you receive appropriate treatment.

How does an eye doctor treat eye diseases?

Eye disease treatment can vary based on the type of disease and its cause. Most eye disease treatment involves the use of eye drops to control infection and eradicate harmful germs. Eye allergies can also be treated with drops to reduce irritation. Some diseases may also require oral medications. It’s also vitally important to have follow-up exams as directed by your doctor to ensure your treatment is effective and to prevent serious complications from occurring. If you have an eye infection, you should also get rid of your eye makeup to avoid reinfecting the eye.