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Posted on 05-12-2017

Screening for Eye Diseases with Your Ophthalmologist in Chapel Hill

During an eye exam, our Chapel Hill ophthalmologist screens for eye diseases, such as cataracts and glaucoma. Learn about the symptoms of these eye diseases, how we screen for them, and treatments available from our eye doctor in Chapel Hill. 

Ophthalmologist patient getting eye exam

Diseases Our Eye Doctor in Chapel Hill Screens For 

Our Chapel Hill eye doctor screens for: 

  • Cataracts - Cataracts blur your vision, growing slowly over time until you can't see clearly to drive, read, or complete other activities. 
  • Glaucoma - Glaucoma damages your optic nerve, robbing you of sight. The most common type of glaucoma sets on slowly, although angle-closure glaucoma can cause an immediate sight loss. 
  • Macular Degeneration - This age-related eye condition causes blurry vision and usually sets on slowly over time. We recommend annual eye exams so we can find signs of macular degeneration in early stages and treat it, preserving your sight. 

Eye Disease Treatment in Chapel Hill 

Our Chapel Hill eye doctor uses medication, lifestyle changes, and surgery to manage these eye conditions. 

Our ophthalmologist in Chapel Hill typically leaves cataracts alone during early stages. Once the cataracts have begun to affect your ability to complete your typical activities, we can schedule cataract removal surgery. This is quick, safe, and restores your vision since cataracts will not grow back. 

Glaucoma cannot be cured, but our Chapel Hill eye doctor can help you manage the disease to preserve vision. Pills and eye drops can decrease your internal eye pressure and avoid vision loss. If medication is not controlling your glaucoma, we may recommend traditional or laser eye surgery. Surgery alters your eye's drainage, decreasing pressure. 

For macular degeneration in the early stages, getting the right vitamins and minerals can slow the disease's progression. The wet type of macular degeneration responds positively to photodynamic therapy and eye medication. Finally, laser surgery can restore your vision. 

See a Chapel Hill Ophthalmologist 

Would you like to see our ophthalmologist in Chapel Hill for an eye exam that screens for these conditions? Reserve your appointment on our website or call us today.

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