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Westlake Hills Vision Center provides comprehensive eye disease management and treatment. Our team is dedicated to helping you to have the best possible vision quality and to preserve your vision as much as possible. As a trusted, experienced Austin optometrist, we recommend coming in to see our team for diagnostics, preventative care, treatment, and ongoing care.
It’s imperative for people at risk of developing glaucoma or macular degeneration, and for patients who have diabetes to be seen on a routine basis. This may be just annually, but for many individuals, more frequent care is necessary. We diagnose and treat each of these conditions.
Do you suffer from diabetes? If so, diabetic eye care is necessary. Our optometrist will work closely with you to ensure you get the care you need.
Diabetes can cause swelling and bleeding of the retina in the back of the eye. Fortunately, these patients usually only need to be monitored closely, and the body will heal itself once blood sugar levels get under control. Occasionally, depending on where the swelling and bleeding is occurring in the retina, there is a need to consult with a retina specialist and consider either a laser procedure to stop the bleeding or an injection into the eye to dry tissue up.
Every diabetic patient needs an annual eye exam that includes either dilation or fundus photography of the retina to check for diabetic changes. We have the technology to do both of these in my office.
As a licensed glaucoma specialist in Texas, our optometrist is available to help you with any glaucoma screening, diagnostic testing, or treatment you need. There are a lot of people walking around out there that are glaucoma suspects. Glaucoma causes a higher-than-normal amount of pressure in the eyes. This, over time, damages the optic nerve and can lead to vision loss.
Most can be monitored yearly, others more often. We treat and manage all types of glaucoma at the office. We manage them by monitoring their eye pressure, photography of their never, and visual field testing that measures vision loss.
As our population continues to age, more patients are becoming at risk of developing macular degeneration. There are 2 types of macular degeneration. the dry and the wet form. Most elderly patients will develop some retinal changes. The dry form is more common but does not tend to affect vision as dramatically. This is treated with supplements we know are good for retinal health. More specifically lutein, zeaxanthin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Zinc.
The wet form is rarer but can have a devastating impact on vision. However, it can be treated by injecting a medication into the eye to dry up leaky blood vessels. This would be done by a retina specialist. We work closely with these professionals to help our patients with this type of care. We manage macular degeneration in this office until intervention by a retinal specialist is warranted.
Are you suffering from these eye conditions or have you experienced changes in your vision recently? Don’t put off your annual eye exam. It can not only protect your vision, but also save your life. Call your Austin eye doctor at Westlake Hills Vision Center for an appointment and vision screening with a full eye health exam. Call: 512-651-5186.
New patients receive co-pay waiver upon first visit!
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