As the crystalline lens inside the eye ages, oxidation occurs and causes the lens to initially become yellow and in later stages brown and cloudy. As this process progresses, the vision may change and require updates to corrective lenses, glasses or contact lenses. At the point where the decreased vision is uncorrectable with lenses and is unacceptable to the patient our doctors would recommend a consultation with a cataract surgeon for removal.
The conjunctiva is a thin clear protective mucous membrane overlying the eyeball and inside of the eyelids. When this structure becomes inflamed from allergens, toxins, bacteria or viruses it is called conjunctivitis. Viral conjunctivitis, or “pink eye”, is very contagious and every precaution should be taken to prevent the spread of the illness. Our physicians recommend an examination to determine the cause and best course of treatment.
Flashes and Floaters
Flashes and floaters are technically not a type of pathology but a symptom of a couple of different types of pathology. Vitreous degeneration is the liquefaction of the vitreous as it ages, this causes the floaters seen in the vision but also as the vitreous “sloshes” more in the globe vitreous adhesion points can be strained and pull away from the retina. This form another type of floater called a posterior vitreous detachment or PVD. As this happens it tugs on the retina causing flashes,a complication of this is retinal tear which if not caught early, often progress to retinal detachment. It is very import to be examined as soon as possible to the onset of flashes or floaters.