The doctors at Eye Associates of Georgetown provide diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases which affect the human eye and visual system. Some examples include:


Macular Degeneration

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A condition in which the central part of the back of the eye loses blood circulation. There is a breakdown of retinal pigment epithelial cells in the macular region. As the disease progresses, central vision diminishes. It is believed that this breakdown may be due to a lack of nutrients being supplied to the region. Additional studies have found a genetic link to this disease. Dr’s Paige and David work with their patients to determine the best course of treatment which can include better nutrition management and/or therapeutic intervention.


Diabetic Retinopathy

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High blood sugar levels start a series of events which end in damaged blood vessel walls. As such, the blood vessels begin to leak fluid or bleed, causing the retina to swell and form deposits know as exudates. Vision can be lost if these spots are not watched and treated. At Eye Associates, we carefully examine the back of your eyes to follow and manage this and other important eye diseases. We work closely with your primary care physician to assure that you receive the very best care possible.


Cataract

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A Cataract is a clouding or opacity of the natural internal lens of the eye.  This opacity may be a small spot or may cover the entire lens. When light enters the eye it is scattered, causing images to appear hazy and blurred. There are many different types of cataracts. The one shown here is a cortical cataract. Here the opacity forms first in the periphery of the lens and develops inward, like spokes of a wheel. Ultimately, the best treatment is to remove the cataract lens and replace it with an acrylic man made lens. This is referred to as cataract surgery.


Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome occurs when the normal flow of tears over the eyes is interrupted, or the tear film is abnormal. In many cases, dry eye syndrome is a life long problem. You can relieve the symptoms, but not cure the original cause. Artificial tear lubricants, medications and tear duct closure will help concentrate the limited tears that are available.


Keratoconus

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A disorder that occurs when the cornea, which is typically rounded, becomes cone-shaped. The progression is usually slow and can stop at any stage from mild to severe. This distortion increases as the cornea bulges and thins. The apex of the cornea often scars, reducing the vision. Treatment of Keratoconus is most effective with gas permeable contact lenses, designed specifically for the irregular corneal surface. If contact lens treatment is not successful, surgical corneal transplant may be an option.