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Below is information on some of the conditions Balin Eye & Laser Center can diagnose and treat.

Dry Eye

Dry eye is a condition that occurs when the eye does not produce enough tears to keep the eye moist. Symptoms of dry eye may include stinging, scratchiness, eye mucus and even excess tearing. The condition can be the result of natural aging, Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, associated with certain medical conditions or it can be caused by certain medications. There are many options available to treat dry eye. It is important to be accurately diagnosed in order to establish the best treatment protocol. If you feel you may have dry eye, contact our office today to learn more about your options.

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Macular Degeneration

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Macular Degeneration is a disease that affects the central part of your vision. The loss of vision may be gradual or it may come on suddenly. The disease occurs in the macular of the eye attacking the cells and destroying clear vision. Macular Degeneration can be detected during an eye exam. Treatment options include injections, laser surgery, drug and supplement therapy.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Individuals with diabetes are at risk of having Diabetic Retinopathy. Diabetic Retinopathy occurs when high blood sugar levels damage retinal vessels within the eye. The two types of Diabetic Retinopathy are Nonproliferative Diabetic Retinopathy and Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy. An ophthalmologist can detect Diabetic Retinopathy at a dilated eye exam. Treatment options include shots, laser surgery, and Vitrectomy. If you have been diagnosed with Diabetes, it is very important to keep your blood sugars under control to avoid being diagnosed with Diabetic Retinopathy. Routine eye exams are essential in maintaining good eye health.

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Glaucoma is a series of conditions that exist in the eye that causes pressure to build up against the optic nerve. This nerve carries visual information from the retina to the brain. Excess pressure against the nerve can affect the vision and cause permanent loss of vision. Glaucoma is considered the second most common cause of blindness in the US. Glaucoma can be detected at a dilated eye exam. Treatment options include eye drops, laser treatments, eye surgery, and medications. If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, it is important to have regular checkups to assess the pressure in the eye.

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