Eye Disease Treatment

We treat most eye diseases and eye injuries. Our doctors are certified and have advanced training to prescribe medications to treat glaucoma, conjunctivitis, ocular allergies, iritis, dry eyes, and treat eye emergencies. Our doctors also have advanced training in working with patients that have cataract, macular degeneration, diabetes, dry eye syndrome and most retinal diseases.

The natural lens in the eye gradually becomes less clear as we get older. When opacities develop in the lens and the lens gets too hazy, vision will be impaired. Our office can diagnose and manage cataract care. When the cataract affects the vision to the extent that you cannot read or see distant objects comfortably, we will recommend cataract surgery. Our office co-manages with cataract specialists that are proven experts in cataract surgery. Cataract surgery can provide you with a bright new world of vision.
Glaucoma gradually destroys the optic nerve tissue in the back of the eye. The greatest danger of glaucoma stems from the fact that the disease is painless and without obvious symptoms until significant damage has occurred. The most common cause is from pressure being too high inside the eye, but vascular disease and other diseases can also cause glaucoma. We always monitor for glaucoma during routine eye examinations. Tests include checking the pressure of the eye, screening for peripheral vision defects and analyzing the appearance of the optic nerve. If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, we typically prescribe medications that lower the eye pressure. Most forms of glaucoma are successfully treated with eye drops. Laser treatments and eye surgery are secondary treatments that offer alternative ways to treat more advanced glaucoma.
Diabetic patients should have a dilated retinal examination each year. Laser treatments have proven to slow the progression of retinal eye disease for many patients. Diabetes often stimulates the growth of new blood vessels in the back of the eye, which ultimately leak and damage the retina. If this condition is discovered early, laser treatment can destroy these vessels. We have the latest instruments used to detect changes in the back of the eye. If we discover advancing diabetic eye disease that can be treated or needs further evaluation, we will refer you for consultation and further testing to a board certified retinal specialist.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is related to age. As you get older, you begin to lose your central vision, things start to get fuzzy or wavy, and colors begin to be less vibrant or saturated. The macula is an area on your retina that gives you your central, clearest vision. Over time, the macula becomes thinner and stops working properly. There are two types of macular degeneration: “Wet” (which is uncommon) and “Dry.” There is no cure for dry AMD, but doctors believe there is a link between dry AMD and nutrition. Various diets favoring low- fat content, dark green leafy vegetables, and certain vitamins may slow vision loss. Wet AMD is less common, and occurs when fluids leak under the macula and blur central vision. If it’s detected quickly, it can be treated and cured with lasers (called photocoagulation). The laser seals the leaking vessels and prevents the issue from recurring.



Age-related macular degeneration is the most common cause of severe vision loss in adults over 50. If you have any concerns about your own vision, we will be happy to help diagnose the issue and make recommendations.

Dry Eyes: Symptoms include scratchy eyes, burning, mild redness and gritty feeling eyes. Oral medications, reading, computer tasks and dry environments may aggravate marginally dry eyes. Dry eyes can be diagnosed by using dyes to observe tear patterns, evaluation of the amount of tears on the front of the eye and from review of your symptoms. Treatment may include artificial tears; eye drops for treating allergies; and/or punctal plugs inserted in the tear drainage canals.

Treating dry eye problems is important not only for comfort, but also for the health of the cornea.

If you think you may have dry eye, contact us us or schedule an appointment so we can perform the necessary tests to diagnose dry eye and determine its severity. Even before your visit, however, you can use a simple indicator called the Symptomatic Tear Break-Up Time (SBUT) test to determine if you might be suffering from dry eye.

 

 Contact us with any questions you may have or to  schedule an appointment.

Please call 717.266.5661 for emergencies or after hours.

OFFICE HOURS

Wheatlyn Eye Care
234 Rosedale Drive
Manchester, PA 17345

717.266.5661
info@wheatlyneyecare.com

Monday8:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday9:00am - 5:30pm
Wednesday8:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday9:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday8:00am - 12:00pm*
SundayCLOSED
*Office closed 1st and 5th Sat.