Diagnosis & Treatment of Eye Disease in St Louis and St Charles, MO
Our eye doctors care about your vision and the health of your eyes. With cutting-edge technology and advanced skill, we will monitor and treat your eye disease to prevent complications and vision loss. At Overland Optical Family Eye Care, we will provide you with first-rate care for eye diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. With two convenient locations, in St Louis and St Charles, we aim to make your eye care experience as efficient and comfortable as possible.
Most people do not notice the early signs of ocular disease, and regular comprehensive eye exams are the only dependable way to detect or rule out a diagnosis. Our offices are equipped with advanced technology and digital imagery technology, so we can identify the beginning signs of eye disease and treat it – way before symptoms appear. Treatment for eye disease is advancing rapidly, and our eye doctors are committed to staying up-to-date.
If you are diagnosed with an eye disease, our optometrists in St Charles and St Louis will meet with you to explain your condition and answer all of your questions. We believe that optimal eye care is based on a good, open relationship between patient and optometrist. Together, we’ll determine the most appropriate treatment for you. Contact us for an appointment - we look forward to helping you maintain your clear and healthy vision!
Common Ocular Diseases that we manage:
Cataracts describe a clouding of the natural lens of your eye. As a result, clear images do not appear on your retina. You may experience blurred vision, which could be mild or severe. Fortunately, surgery provides an effective treatment to restore functional vision. During cataract surgery, your natural lens will be taken out and replaced with a transparent, synthetic lens. Our eye doctors in St Louis and St Charles will monitor and manage your condition expertly, so you benefit from crisp eyesight once again!
Although there is no cure for macular degeneration, an early diagnosis goes far towards slowing the progression of this disease. The macula is the center portion of your eye, and when it deteriorates, you lose the ability to see the middle of an image and to view fine details. The type of treatment is determined largely by the type of macular degeneration that you have. We may treat you with medications or injections into your eye, or we may recommend laser surgery. With regard to preserving your lasting, quality vision, our St Charles and St Louis optometrists will discuss the best options with you.
Glaucoma defines a group of eye diseases that injure the optic nerve and damage clear vision. There are often no early symptoms of this disease, which underscores the need for regular eye exams. One diagnostic tool that we may use is a tonometer, which measures your inner eye pressure. An inspection of your inner eye tissues is necessary to make a firm diagnosis of glaucoma.
Treatment may involve eye drops, laser surgery, conventional surgery, or all of the above. If glaucoma is left untreated, it can lead to vision loss and blindness.
This disease, which only occurs in people with diabetes, causes retinal blood vessels to swell or leak. At the beginning, most people don’t notice any symptoms of diabetic retinopathy, but your eye doctor may identify them during a comprehensive eye exam. For those who have diabetes, they're required to have an annual eye exam to help maintain and prevent any harm to the eye. Part of a diabetic eye exam includes an eye dilation and retinal imaging through a fundus camera to record a visible record of the eye's health. Most optometrists will provide this as part of the overall eye exam for patients with diabetes.
An early diagnosis is important, as it allows treatment to begin as soon as possible.
Typical treatments include injections or laser surgery to seal leaky blood vessels and to shrink or eliminate the growth of new, unhealthy blood vessels. Many encouraging studies on new treatment for diabetic retinopathy are ongoing, and our St Louis and St Charles eye doctors follow these medical advances. This way, you’re ensured the most progressive treatment available!