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eye diseases and conditions

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetes causes your body to have difficulty managing sugar levels within the bloodstream. Over time, high levels of blood sugar can lead to damage in the tiny vessels in your retina. This is called diabetic retinopathy.


Cataracts develops when the natural lens inside the eye becomes cloudy. Cataracts are most generally part of the aging process of the eye, but can also be influenced by trauma to the eye, certain medications (especially steroids), radiation, family history, and some systemic conditions, like diabetes.


Conjunctivitis refers to inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the thin layer covering the white part of the eye (the sclera).  It is often described with the generic term “pink eye”.  Conjunctivitis can cause watering of the eyes, foreign body sensation, itch, mucous discharge/crusting, blurry vision, and soreness.

floaters and flashes in the eyes

Floaters are opacities (commonly described as “fibers,” “specks,” or “cobwebs”) that move in your field of vision.  They are very common, and most people are most aware of them when looking at a plain background.

eyelid margin disease

Eyelid margin disease refers to a set of conditions that cause chronic inflammation of the eyelids.  These types of inflammation are very common and will cause irritation, redness of the eyes, itching, and burning.


Glaucoma is a disease that causes damage to the optic nerve, the structure in the eye that transmits the images that fall on the retina to the brain for visual processing.  The optic nerve is made of many smaller nerve fibers.


Amblyopia refers to poor vision in an eye that didn’t develop properly during childhood.  Amblyopia is often referred to as “lazy eye.”  Usually, this occurs if one eye is favored for a number of reasons.

dry eye syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is a very common ocular condition, especially in a dry environment like Central Oregon.  There are two types of tears produced in eye.  The first is called basal tear secretion, which is the constant, low-level moisture produce by the eye.

macular degeneration

Macular degeneration is a disease of the retina, specifically the macula.  The macula is the central portion of the retina and is responsible for your ability to see fine detail clearly.  When you focus directly on something, it is your macula that you are using.


Strabismus refers to an eye that deviates in, out, up or down.  It is often referred to as an eye turn.  There are six muscles in each eye that ideally keep the eyes pointed forward.  If there is an imbalance in these muscles, strabismus can result.

retinal tears and detachments

The retina is the layer in the back of your eye that picks up the images you see, much like the film in a camera.  A retinal detachment occurs when the retina separates from the back of the eye. This is a serious problem that can cause blindness.

computer vision syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) refers to the set of symptoms that can occur with prolonged use of a computer.  These symptoms include eyestrain, headaches, blurry vision, dry eye, and neck/shoulder pain.