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Eye Disease

 

Dr. Saeed provides diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases which affect the human eye and visual system. Ocular disease may be isolated to the eye or associated with a systemic disease like diabetes. Some examples include:

 

Dry eye


Dry Eye Syndrome
occurs when the normal flow of tears over the eyes is interrupted or the tear film is abnormal. Symptoms include dryness, scratchiness, grittiness or foreign body feeling. Dry eye syndrome is generally a chronic life long problem. Dry eye syndrome is more common in women than in men. Frequent use of artificial tears is the first line treatment of dry eye syndrome. For more severe dry eyes, prescription eye drops and plugs in the tear drainage system may be necessary

 

 

 

 

Keratoconus

Keratoconus is 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. A patient with keratoconus will experience an increase in astigmatism and eventually blurring and distortion of vision even with the best spectacle prescription. The distortion and blurring increase as the cornea bulges and thins. The apex of the cornea often scars, reducing the vision further. Management of keratoconus is most effective with gas permeable contact lenses designed specifically for the irregular corneal surface. If the gas permeable contact lenses do not provide sufficient visual acuity, surgical corneal transplant may be necessary.

 

Diabetic retinopathy

 Diabetic Retinopathy is damage to the eye's retina that occurs with long-term diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy is caused by damage to the blood vessels of the retina. The chance of diabetic retinopathy occurring increases with the duration of the diabetes but is more likely to to occur earlier and be more severe with poor control of the systemic diabetes. Non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy is the most common type while proliferative diabetic retinopathy is the most severe. Because diabetic retinopathy often has no symptoms until the changes are severe, annual eye examinations with dilation and/or optomap retinal imaging are recommended for anyone who has been diagnosed with systemic diabetes.

 

 

 

Cataract

Cataract is a clouding or opacity of the crystalline lens inside the eye. When light enters the eye it is scattered, causing images to appear hazy and blurred. Patients may also notice impaired color perception and halos around lights at night. There are many different types of cataracts, most of which are associated with aging. Cataract surgery is indicated when the vision is impaired and daily function is impacted by the decreased vision. The crystalline lens is removed and replaced with an artificial intraocular lens implant. Today the implant may be a monofocal implant, a multifocal implant or a toric implant to correct astigmatism. Dr. Saeed and the surgeon you select for your cataract evaluation and surgery will discuss the different intraocular lens implant options and recommend what is best for you.

  

 

ARMD

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a chronic condition that causes central vision loss. The older you are, the greater your chance of being affected. With macular degeneration there is loss of the fine detail in the "straight ahead" vision that is needed for reading, driving and recognizing faces. Symptoms include blurriness, waviness of straight lines, a blind spot, or impaired color vision. The dry form of AMD is the most common and occurs as the light sensitive cells of the retina slowly break down. The more severe wet form occurs when abnormal blood vessels grow behind the macula.
 

 

Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that lead to damage of the optic nerve which carries visual information from the eye to the brain. Open angle glaucoma is the most common form. Increase in eye pressure occur slowly over time and pushes the optic nerve and retina with gradual loss of peripheral or side vision. Glaucoma is diagnosed by evaluating the intraocular pressure level, the appearance of the optic nerve head at the back of the eye and the peripheral visual field. Once glaucoma has been diagnosed, it is usually managed with eye drops and frequent monitoring.

 

Surgery Co-Management


For patients needing surgery for cataracts, Dr. Saeed will work with local ophthalmologists to provide care before and after the surgical procedure. Additionally, we have working arrangements established with other specialized eye care doctors to manage conditions like diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, retinal tears, and hemorrhages.