Eye Problems & Eye Diseases
Experienced and knowledgeable care for eye diseases
In addition to providing friendly, competent care for corrective lenses and contacts, New Era Eye Care specializes in helping people with their long-term eye health. This includes the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and problems. Learn about types of eye disease and conditions.
Dr. Brian O’Donnell wants to help you keep your eyes healthy for life. He does this through regular eye health examinations, accurate diagnosis, correct treatment and patient education. This page lists a few of the most common eye diseases and conditions. Simply scroll down to learn more about them.
We’ll help you save your vision! Accurate diagnosis and treatment
Dr. O’Donnell is passionate about helping people maintain great vision. He combines over two decades of experience with extensive continuing training in eye diseases and conditions. Dr. O’Donnell has equipped his office with the latest technology in eye care.
During your comprehensive eye examination, Dr. O’Donnell will conduct a series of tests to detect any problems with your eyes. He performs a very thorough check of your eye health and uses a variety of advanced diagnostic tools which will show up any irregularities.
Dr. O’Donnell has the experience and training to make sure you receive the very best care and treatment if needed. In come cases, surgery, such as cataract surgery might be necessary, in which case he works with a trusted and proven specialist and personally guides your whole treatment, conducting all the follow-up himself.
Common eye diseases and conditions
Glaucoma: This is a disease of the eye where damaged optic nerves can lead to worsening and irreversible loss of vision if not treated. It is normally associated with increased fluid pressure in the eye. Read about our treatment for glaucoma …
Macular Degeneration: This is caused by changes in the macula, which is the part of the retina responsible for clear vision. As this condition advances, a distorted, dark or empty space appears in the center of your field of vision. Read about our treatment for macular degeneration …
Cataracts: Your eye’s lens is normally clear. A cataract is the clouding of part or all of your eye’s lens. Read about treatment for cataracts …
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): Conjunctivitis is a redness of the eye that’s often accompanied by a discharge (clear, yellow, or white) and itching in the eye. The most common causes are bacteria, viruses and allergens. Other causes include fungi, chemicals, certain diseases and improper contact lens use. Dr. O’Donnell can treat conjunctivitis with lubricant eye drops, antibiotics or allergy medication, depending upon the cause.
Red Eyes: Red eyes are commonly caused by allergens, infection, dryness or tiredness. Dr. O’Donnell can treat red eyes with medicated eye drops, lubricant eye drops, oral antihistamines or oral decongestants, depending upon the cause.
Dry Eyes Syndrome: Dry eye syndrome is caused by a lack of, or poor quality of, tears and causes your eyes to be constantly itchy or dry. Dr. O’Donnell can treat dry eye syndrome with lubricant eye drops and other medications, including topical steroids.
Amblyopia: Amblyopia (also known as lazy eye) is an eye disorder in which one eye is weaker in focusing than the other. It usually occurs in early childhood. Detecting the condition early increases the chance of successful treatment, especially if detected before the age of five.
Astigmatism: This eye condition occurs when the eye cannot focus light clearly onto the back of the eye or the retina. Objects tend to appear blurred from all distances.
Keratoconus: This occurs when the normally round cornea (the front part of the eye) becomes thin and irregular (cone) shaped, causing distortion of vision and sensitivity to light. Corrective lenses fitted by a specialist are effective enough to allow the patient to function normally, however, further progression of the disease may require surgery.
Pterygia: A pterygium is a benign growth of the conjunctiva. It commonly grows from the nasal side of the white part of the eye and may grow across the cornea. They are thought to be caused by exposure to sunlight, low humidity, and dust.
Strabismus: This is an eye disease that occurs when there is a misalignment between the eyes, causing them to focus in opposite directions or causing one eye to wander.
Hyperopia: Hyperopia or farsightedness is an eye disease characterized by difficulty in seeing objects near the eyes.
Myopia: Myopia or nearsightedness is an eye condition wherein it is difficult to see things at a distance.
Diabetic Retinopathy: This is caused by the leaking, swelling or branching of the small blood vessels in the retina. As it progresses, you might notice your vision is cloudy and you might develop blind spots or floaters.
Retinal Detachment: This involves the retina separating from the underlying layer. Causes are holes in the retina, trauma, infection or a tumor.
Retinitis Pigmentosa: This is a condition of the retina where the cells, called rods, degenerate over time.
Eye complications for diabetics
Patients with diabetes are at risk for eye complications. Many people with diabetes will get some form of retinopathy, which is a disorder of the retina. Diabetics are also 60% more likely to develop cataracts and 40% more likely to suffer from glaucoma than people without diabetes.
Over the years, huge strides have been made in the treatment of all of these eye problems. However, the key to successful treatment is early detection. The earlier a problem is diagnosed, the more successful Dr. O’Donnell’s treatment plan can be.