Early Diagnosis & Treatment for Eye Diseases
Nearly 10% of the U.S. population has an eye disease that could cause blindness. Once vision loss occurs, it usually can’t be reversed—but regular visits to your eye doctor can prevent it.
At Hollywood Vision Center, we can diagnose eye diseases during eye exams and treat or manage them before they threaten your vision. Let us prevent you from struggling with the problems eye diseases can cause, and book your eye exam today.
Common Eye Diseases & Their Symptoms
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) often causes vision loss in people over 50. AMD results from deterioration of the macula, the part of the eye that helps you see things in your central field of vision. Those with AMD can find it challenging to drive safely, read, and recognize other people’s faces.
Since AMD can create significant visual problems, it’s vital to diagnose this disease early and manage it effectively. Having eye exams more often after you turn 50 allows your eye doctor to help you preserve your functional vision for as long as possible.
Glaucoma damages the optic nerve and is one of the world’s leading causes of permanent blindness. Many kinds of glaucoma are linked to high eye pressure, although some have other causes.
Glaucoma can develop slowly or quickly, depending on the type you have. Acute angle-closure glaucoma is an urgent medical emergency, but all forms are potentially severe and should be taken seriously. Often, glaucoma shows no symptoms before it affects your vision, so regular eye exams are the best ways to catch it and control it effectively.
When proteins form in your eye’s natural lenses, they create foggy patches called cataracts that obscure your vision. As cataracts grow, they can eventually impact your vision. More than 20 million people over 40 in the US have cataracts, but risk factors like diabetes can cause you to get them sooner.
Fortunately, vision lost to cataracts can usually be restored by surgically removing the affected lenses and replacing them with clear artificial ones. If you think you might have cataracts, please contact us for a diagnosis and a plan to remove them.
Conjunctivitis is often called “pink eye” since it makes the whites of your eyes look pink or red. This color change results from an inflammation of the normally clear membrane covering the whites of the eye and inner eyelid. When conjunctivitis isn’t treated, it can also threaten your vision by inflaming the cornea.
Different kinds of conjunctivitis include:
- Viral conjunctivitis: This type is often caused by the same viruses that cause the common cold. When you have viral conjunctivitis, you might be more sensitive than usual to bright light and notice a green or yellow discharge.
- Allergic conjunctivitis: You can get allergic conjunctivitis when your eyes are exposed to allergens like pollen and dust. Allergic conjunctivitis isn’t contagious, but it might cause cold-like symptoms. You might also notice your eyes itching, watering, or burning.
- Bacterial conjunctivitis: This type of conjunctivitis spreads via bacteria and is often transmitted by bugs, other people, and touching your face with dirty hands. Bacterial conjunctivitis is highly contagious and can make a thick green or yellow discharge form in your eyes while you sleep, gluing the lids together in the morning.
- Chemical conjunctivitis: This type of conjunctivitis is considered an eye emergency and requires medical attention to prevent the possibility of vision loss. Chemical conjunctivitis isn’t contagious, but it can occur when your eyes are exposed to toxic liquids, fumes, or smoke. If you ever get chemicals in your eyes, please contact your optometrist right away.
Diabetic Eye Disease
Almost 8 million Americans currently have a diabetic eye disease, and the number is growing. Diabetes puts you at risk for diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema while increasing your chances of developing cataracts and glaucoma.
With regular eye exams, your eye doctor can diagnose these diseases before they become severe and work with you to treat or manage them. Eye exams can also find signs of diabetes in people who don’t know they have it.
The Best Defense for Your Eyes
Don’t let eye diseases put your vision at risk. Please contact us today and book your next exam with our practice.
Our Location in Hollywood
Our practice is just off Carrillo Drive, in the scenic Carthay Circle Garden Plaza.
We offer valet parking in the building, and there is ample street parking in the neighborhood.
- 955 Carrillo Drive, Suite 105
- Los Angeles, CA 90048
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed