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Eye Conditions and Treatments

LarrazabalEye has helped thousands of people enjoy better vision. When you have a problem with your eyes, you know you can turn to us for help. Leading the way with new medications and surgical procedures, LarrazabalEye can diagnose and treat a wide range of diseases and conditions. Advances in technology have impacted all aspects of vision care. Surgical procedures that once required a hospital stay and lengthy recovery are now performed by our doctors on an outpatient basis, with most patients returning to their normal activities within hours.

For your convenience, we've developed an overview of common eye conditions. Click on any of the conditions on this page to learn more about symptoms, causes and treatments.

We are unable to list all ophthalmic conditions here. This section covers only the most common conditions. If we have not covered a condition you are interested in, This site (Eye Conditions) may be able to help you.

You know your eyes better than anyone. If they don't see, feel or look as well as you'd like them to, schedule an appointment with one of our doctors by calling 412 - 2020.

Corneal Transplant
Other Eye Conditions

Anatomy of an Eye

LASIK stands for LASER IN-SITU KERATOMILEUSIS. It is a form of laser surgery that is capable of correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The procedure uses a computer controlled excimer laser to reshape the cornea to correct your vision. The laser reshaping is done under a protective flap of tissue to promote a very rapid recovery of vision and minimize discomfort.
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Cataracts FAQsCataracts - What is a Cataract?
With a clear normal lens, the images are focused clearly on the retina. Vision is clear. With a cataract, the lens is cloudy, causing the image to become blurred and yellowed. Vision is hazy and colors become faded. Most cataracts are related to the natural aging process of the eye. Other causes include radiation, diabetes, systemic diseases, ocular injury or certain medications.
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NearVision CK FAQsCK - What is CK?
Conductive Keratoplasty® (CK) is a procedure designed to treat farsightedness without using a laser. The CK treatment utilizes a controlled release of radiofrequency (RF) energy to increase the temperature of corneal tissue. The treatment is applied with a probe that is introduced 8 to 32 times into the cornea in a circular pattern, which results in an increased curvature of the cornea to correct your vision.
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Glaucoma FAQsGlaucoma - What is a Glaucoma?
Glaucoma (pronounced glaw-coma) is a disease of the eye in which damage occurs to the optic nerve, typically as a result of an elevated pressure within the eye. The optic nerve is responsible for sending messages from the eye to the brain, which allow us to see. Damage to the optic nerve causes progressive loss in peripheral vision and can eventually lead to blindness.
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Pterygium FAQsPterygium - What is a Pterygium?
A pterygium is a fleshy triangular tissue that grows over the cornea, usually on the inner corner of the eye. Sometimes, it grows big enough that it interferes with vision. As the pterygium develops, it may alter the shape of the cornea, causing astigmatism. Pterygia are benign lesions that can be found on either side of the cornea.
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Strabismus FAQsStrabismus - What is Strabismus?
Strabismus is a visual defect in which the eyes are misaligned and point in different directions. One eye may look straight ahead, while the other eye turns inward, outward, upward or downward. You may always notice the misalignment, or it may come and go. The turned eye may straighten at times and the straight eye may turn.
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Corneal Transplant FAQsCorneal Transplant - What is the Cornea?
The cornea is the clear front window of the eye. It transmits light to the interior of the eye allowing us to see clearly. Corneal injury, disease, or hereditary conditions can cause clouding, distortion, and scarring. Corneal clouding, much like frost on a glass windowpane, blocks the clear passage of light to the back of the eye, reducing sight sometimes even to the point of blindness.
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Diabetic Retinopathy Retinopathy - What is Retinopathy? Types of Retinopathy
Retinopathy refers to diseases that affect the retina, the collection of light-sensitive cells lining the back half of each eye. The retina contains nerve cells that translate what you see into electrical impulses. These impulses are transmitted to the brain, where they are interpreted. The retina contains many blood vessels. Abnormalities in these vessels cause several forms of retinopathy.
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Corneal Transplant FAQsOther Common Eye and Vision Conditions
The skilled team of vision care professionals at LarrazabalEye provides care and monitoring for a wide variety of common conditions affecting the eye. We have included here other eye and vision conditions aside from the ones listed above that are most frequently encountered during routine eye care.

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Anatomy of an Eye

The cornea is a transparent tissue in the front part of the eye. It is a curved spherical structure that is responsible for focusing the light onto the inside of the eye. Contact lenses sit on top of the cornea to change it's curvature and eliminate the need for glasses. The Vision Correction Procedures discussed in this website attempt to improve vision by changing the shape of the cornea.

The iris is the colored part of the eye. It opens up in dark rooms and at night to let more light into the eye. Conversely, in bright lights the iris constricts to decrease the amount of light that enters the back of the eye.

The pupil is the black spot in the center of the iris. Actually, the pupil is the name given to the opening in the iris through which light passes.

The lens is responsible for helping to fine adjust the focus of the eye. The lens changes shape to allow clear vision both in the distance and for reading.

The vitreous is a clear jelly-like material which fills the inside of the eyeball. Light passes through the vitreous on it's way to being focused onto the retina.

The retina is a thin film of tissue (like film in a camera) where images are brought into focus. The retina lines the inside surface of the eyeball. The retina is connected to the brain where the visual signals are processed.

Anterior Chamber
Between the cornea and the iris is a space called the anterior chamber. This space is filled with a clear water-like solution.

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Early detection of most eye conditions leading to visual impairment increases the possibility of effective treatment, although, in most cases, it is only possible to prevent progression of further sight loss rather than to restore vision to its former level. Eye examinations at two yearly intervals are therefore advisable for every one. More frequent examinations may be required where pathology is present or where there is an increased risk of an eye condition indicated by family history because many conditions that affect the eye, and subsequently your vision, do tend to run in families. If you have family members with eye disease, or vision problems, and would like to know how to protect yourself, please do not hesitate to contact our doctors.

The information provided on this site is for general information and educational purposes only and is not intended and does not create a doctor-patient relationship. Individuals seeking or considering any of the medical procedures or treatments discussed on the site should consult with a physician trained and experienced in this area of medicine.