Ocular Disease Management Specialist

UltraVision

Laser Eye Surgery & Ophthalmology located in San Antonio, New Braunfels & Eagle Pass, TX

Your eyes are a vital part of your health and well-being. To ensure your eye health, it’s important to see the optometrists at UltraVision in San Antonio or Eagle Pass, Texas for a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years. These regular visits can identify any ocular disease that requires routine management, such as glaucoma or macular degeneration. If you’re overdue for your eye checkup, call today or schedule an appointment online.

Ocular Disease Management Q & A

What are ocular diseases?

Ocular diseases include any disease or anomaly that affects your eye. Common ocular diseases include:

  • Conjunctivitis (pinkeye)
  • Dry eye
  • Floaters and flashers
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy

The eye care experts at UltraVision can diagnose, treat, and manage any ocular issue you may have.

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes damage to your optic nerve. It’s most often caused by an increase in fluid in the front of your eye that causes pressure on your optic nerve, leading to damage.

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States for adults over age 60, but if you’re diagnosed and receive treatment early, you can prevent further damage to your optic nerve and reduce your risk of total vision loss.

Eye drops provide a conservative treatment for glaucoma, but in more serious cases, your UltraVision specialist may recommend laser surgery. If you do need laser surgery to relieve the pressure on your optic nerve, Tomy Starck, MD or Ricardo N. Sepulveda, MD are experienced ophthalmologists at UltraVision, specially trained in a variety of surgical techniques.

What is macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration is a condition that occurs if your retina has been damaged, leading to central vision loss. With macular degeneration, you can’t see fine details of things when you look straight at them, but you can see them clearly in your peripheral vision.

There are two types, dry macular degeneration and wet macular degeneration. Your treatment depends on which type you have.

Dry macular degeneration is more common and current treatment includes supplementation with vitamin and minerals, such as vitamin C and E, lutein, zeaxanthin, copper, and zinc. Wet macular degeneration is less common, but can usually be treated with medication.

What is diabetic retinopathy?

If you have diabetes, you should have your eyes examined regularly by the UltraVision optometrists, Dr. Cody Harrison and Dr. Sara Wyatt, to monitor for diabetic retinopathy. This occurs when the nerves in your eyes have become damaged due to high blood sugar.

Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include:

  • Double vision
  • Floaters
  • Difficulty reading up close

If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can lead to vision loss. Keeping tight control of your blood sugar may help prevent diabetic retinopathy. If needed, your UltraVision optometrist may recommend laser surgery to treat your retinopathy and improve your vision.

If you have or suspect an ocular disease, call UltraVision or schedule an appointment online today to explore your treatment options.