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Eye Conditions

Below are brief descriptions of the various eye conditions we commonly see and treat at The Focal Pointe in Tallahassee.

There are many different types of eye conditions that could be affecting your eyesight or could have long-term consequences if not treated properly or promptly. We list some of the more common conditions below. If you think you or someone in your family has one of these conditions, please contact The Focal Pointe in Tallahassee for an exam and recommendations.

Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

Lazy eye, also known as amblyopia, is a loss or lack of development of vision, usually in one eye. This developmental deficiency usually begins as an inherited condition and appears during infancy or early childhood. Lazy eye is best diagnosed between birth and early school age since it is during this period that the brain learns to interpret the information sent from the eyes, and after a certain point there is less opportunity to recover from poor development.

Lazy eye is not always easy to recognize, since a child with just one normal eye may function normally. Because of this, it is recommended that all children, including those with no symptoms, have a comprehensive eye examination by the age of three. If you suspect a problem, or need to set up your child’s first eye examination, contact The Focal Pointe to set up an appointment.

Blepharitis

Blepharitis is a general term for an inflammation of the eyelid and eyelashes. It is a common and stubborn eye condition which may result from a low-grade bacterial infection (usually staphylococcal), an allergic reaction and/or abnormalities in meibomian oil gland function.

Like some other skin conditions, blepharitis can be controlled but not cured. The main goals in treating it are to reduce the amount of bacteria along the lid margin and to open plugged glands. Contact The Focal Pointe to assess the severity of your problem and the best treatment method.

Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s normally clear lens, which leads to a progressive blurring or dimming of vision. It is the world’s leading cause of blindness and is among the most common conditions related to aging–everyone who lives long enough develops cataracts to at least some degree.

The earliest evidence of cataract can generally be observed by age 50. As a cataract progresses, it becomes harder to read, drive at night and perform other normal tasks. In the early stages, your doctor may recommend stronger eyeglasses and adjusting your lighting to reduce glare. When cataracts mature enough, your doctor may recommend cataract-removal surgery, which is one of the most frequent and successful procedures done in the U.S.

Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome is characterized by neck pain, blurry vision, stiff shoulders, headache and watery eyes when working in front of a computer screen. The symptoms are typically due to posture, dry eyes, eye muscle coordination and poorly corrected vision.

Since computer monitors are typically 20 to 26 inches from your eyes, your regular glasses may not be the best option for computer work. This distance range is considered intermediate Рcloser than what you use to drive a car but farther away than what you use to read. Occupational lens designs for the computer viewing distance can provide you with a larger  area for viewing the computer and eliminate the strenuous postures required to use general purpose glasses. The doctors at the Focal Pointe can help you determine if these special lenses are appropriate for you.

Strabismus

Cross-eyed, medically known as strabismus, refers to a condition in which eyes are misaligned. It commonly occurs when the muscles that control eye movement are not properly working together. The result is one or both eyes turning inward, outward, upward or downward, or one or both eyes moving irregularly.

Strabismus is usually diagnosed during childhood and affects about 4 percent of children, afflicting boys and girls equally. Though it cannot be prevented, its complications can be avoided with early intervention. Even if you notice symptoms intermittently – when your child is ill, stressed or fatigued – alert your eye doctor.

The Focal Pointe has the experience and equipment necessary to diagnose and often treat the eye conditions detailed above at our office in Tallahassee. For more information please schedule an appointment with us.