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Are You Susceptible To Vision Loss?

Ask Our Eye Doctor in Atlanta, Georgia, how To Prevent Vision Loss

Vision loss is more common than you may think! In fact, it’s among the most prevalent disabilities in adults and children. Knowing what puts you at risk of developing vision loss is important and can help you to be proactive about caring for your eyes.

Below, we’ll explore the most common causes of vision loss and the risk factors associated with each.

Spreading awareness and education about visual health is just one way that our eye doctors near you can help. To schedule your Comprehensive eye exam, call us today 770-400-9200.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases caused by a buildup of pressure within the eye. Too much inner-eye pressure can damage the optic nerve and lead to vision loss.

Since symptoms don’t usually manifest in the early stages of glaucoma, getting regular eye exams is all the more crucial. Advanced or rapidly progressing glaucoma can show a variety of symptoms, such as blurred vision, headache, severe eye pain and redness, seeing halos around lights, and nausea.

Risk factors for developing glaucoma include:

  • Being 60 years or older
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • African, Asian, or Hispanic descent
  • High myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness)
  • Previous eye injury or certain eye surgeries
  • Certain medications, like corticosteroids
  • Thin corneas
  • Certain medical conditions, like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and sickle-cell anemia

Cataracts

Cataracts occur when the eye’s lens becomes cloudy. A healthy lens is clear and allows light to pass through it undisturbed.

Common cataract symptoms include cloudy or blurred vision, difficulty seeing at night, light sensitivity, double vision in the affected eye, and seeing colors as faded or yellowish.

Risk factors for developing cataracts include:

  • Aging
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Smoking
  • Previous eye surgery, injury, or inflammation
  • Alcoholism
  • Extended use of corticosteroids

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

AMD is the leading cause of severe vision loss in adults over the age of 60. It occurs when the macula (the small central portion of the retina, which is responsible for sharp, colorful, central vision) begins to wear down.

Early stages of AMD usually go unnoticed, but later stages of the disease can produce symptoms like blurred vision, dark or blurry areas in your central vision, and problems with color perception.

There’s not yet a cure for AMD, but certain treatments can help prevent vision loss.

Risk factors for developing AMD include:

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Aging
  • Long-term sun exposure
  • Hypertension
  • Heart disease
  • Family history of AMD
  • Light-colored eyes
  • Farsightedness

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a complication of Type 1 or 2 diabetes that affects the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye called the retina.

Initially, diabetic retinopathy shows no symptoms but can eventually lead to blindness. As it develops, it can cause increased floaters, impaired color vision, dark spots in your visual field, and blurred vision.

Risk factors for developing diabetic retinopathy include:

  • Length of time from diabetes diagnosis — the longer you’ve had it, the higher your chances of developing visual complications
  • Uncontrolled blood sugar
  • Obesity
  • High cholesterol or blood pressure
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • African American, Hispanic, and Native American ethnicities
  • Family history of DR

So, what’s the bottom line?

Multiple factors contribute to eye disease and vision loss, and some may even be relevant to you. If you think you may be at risk for vision loss or experience any of the symptoms listed above, speak with your eye doctor in Atlanta as soon as possible. We also recommend you have your eyes thoroughly examined every 1-2 years, or as often as your eye doctor recommends. To schedule your comprehensive eye exam, call Dr. Steven R. Warstadt & Associates today.

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Can blindness be prevented?

When caught early, many eye diseases can be treated to halt or slow the progression of the disease and potentially prevent vision loss. The best things you can do to preserve your vision for the long term is to lead a healthy lifestyle and make sure you undergo a comprehensive eye exam every 1-2 years.

Which eye diseases are genetically inherited?

More than 350 ocular diseases have some sort of genetic component. Certain diseases, like retinitis pigmentosa and albinism, are directly inherited through chromosomal information. In other cases, a predisposition to the disease is inherited, rather than the disease itself.

What You Should Know About Night Blindness

Our Optometrist in Atlanta, explains About The Causes of Night Blindness

Our eye doctor can help diagnose, manage and treat your night blindness so that you can enjoy being out at night again.

Here are 4 things you should know about night blindness:

The inability to see well at night can be the result of a condition such as:

  • Vitamin A Deficiency Vitamin A helps keep your cornea, the layer at the front of your eye, clear; it’s also an important component of rhodopsin, a protein that enables you to see in low light conditions. Although uncommon in North America, deficiency of this vitamin can induce night blindness.
  • Cataracts
    A buildup of protein clouds the eye’s lens, leading to impaired vision, especially at night and in poor lighting conditions.
  • Diabetic retinopathy
    Damage to the eyes’ blood vessels and nerves can result in vision loss, including difficulty seeing at night.
  • Glaucoma
    This group of eye diseases is associated with pressure build-up in the eye that damages the optic nerve. Both Glaucoma and the medications used to treat it can cause night blindness.
  • Myopia
    Also called nearsightedness, Myopia makes distant objects appear blurry, and patients with it describe a starburst effect around lights at night.
  • Keratoconus
    An irregularly shaped cornea causes blurred vision and may involve sensitivity to light and glare which tend to be worse at night.
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
    A progressive genetic eye disease which can be associated with other diseases, RP leads to night blindness and peripheral vision loss.
  • Usher Syndrome
    This genetic condition causes both hearing loss and vision loss, including night blindness and RP, mentioned above.

Symptoms of Nyctalopia

Since night blindness is a symptom of some serious vision problems, it’s important to get your eyes checked regularly to ensure that everything is in good working order. Contact your eye doctor as soon as possible if you notice that you don’t see as well in dim light as you used to, such as when driving at night or when adjusting from being outdoors in the sunshine to being indoors.

Symptoms of Night Blindness Include:

  • Reduced contrast sensitivity
  • Difficulty seeing people outdoors at night
  • Difficulty seeing in places with dim lighting, like a movie theater
  • Trouble adapting to the dark while driving
  • Excessive squinting at night
  • Trouble adjusting from bright areas to darker ones

Treatments for Night Blindness

Your eye doctor will want to diagnose the cause of your night blindness in order to treat it. For example, in the rare case of vitamin A deficiency, it can be treated with vitamin supplements and vitamin-A rich foods; Myopia can be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Other conditions may require medications or surgery.

If night blindness is caused by a birth defect, Usher syndrome, or retinitis pigmentosa, low vision aids and devices can help you make the most of your remaining vision.

Prevention

While there is no proven way to prevent night blindness resulting from genetic conditions or birth defects, consuming healthy, nourishing foods and taking certain vitamin supplements may prevent or slow the onset of some eye conditions that cause night blindness.

If you experience poor vision at night or in dim lighting, we can help. Contact Steven Warstadt & Associates in Atlanta to schedule your appointment today.

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Frequently asked questions answered by our Eye Doctor in Atlanta, Georgia:

  • What are the reasons for Cataract Removal?

    Cataracts can interfere with your ability to live normally. They may make it impossible to drive, read, use a computer, watch TV, climb staircases, or identify faces. Cataracts can also get in the way of medical treatment for other eye diseases, such as macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy because they prevent your eye doctor from inspecting the back tissues of your eye thoroughly. These are all reasons why your eye doctor may recommend cataract surgery.

  • Why Diabetic Eye Exams are Essential?

    At present, one in 10 Americans has diabetes – and the trend is continuing upwards. While routine comprehensive eye exams are important for diagnosing the early signs of diabetes, that doesn’t mean eye exams become insignificant after diagnosis!

  • What is glaucoma?

    Glaucoma describes a type of ocular disease that causes damage to your optic nerve and destroys your quality of vision. With no early symptoms, glaucoma can only be detected by a complete eye examination. When left untreated, glaucoma can result in detrimental vision loss. When treated early by one of our professional, knowledgeable eye doctors, we can help preserve your healthy eyesight.

  • What is Myopia?

    Cataracts can interfere with your ability to live normally. They may make it impossible to drive, read, use a computer, watch TV, climb staircases, or identify faces. Cataracts can also get in the way of medical treatment for other eye diseases, such as macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy because they prevent your eye doctor from inspecting the back tissues of your eye thoroughly. These are all reasons why your eye doctor may recommend cataract surgery.

 

Dr. Steven R. Warstadt & Associates

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Dr. Steven R. Warstadt & Associates Are Proud To Serve All Your Eye Care Needs!

Dr. Steven R. Warstadt, Dr. Sonal Patel, Dr. Radhakrishna Patel, Dr. Melina Friedman, and Dr. Thuan Tran are your local family Eye Care Specialists. We provide quality eye care services in Atlanta; we truly care about the health of your eyes and provide Comprehensive Vision Care to all family members. We are conveniently located in Atlanta, Georgia and service Tucker, Doraville, Chamblee, Scottdale, Avondale Estates, Clarkston, Stone Mountain, Lilburn, North Druid Hills, Norcross and the entire Northeast Atlanta area. We stock contact lenses that you can conveniently order online; we also offer eye exams, emergency treatment as well as the management of eye diseases. Thanks to our partnership with LensCrafters, you can conveniently get the latest in designer eye frames and sunglasses.

Our vision center is located at 4800 Briarcliff Road North East, Suite 1173, Atlanta, 30345. Call: (770) 400-9200 to make an appointment or Click here to schedule an appointment online.

Dr. Steven R. Warstadt, Dr. Sonal Patel, Dr. Radhakrishna Patel, Dr. Melina Friedman, and Dr. Thuan Tran are your local family Eye Care Specialists providing:

  • Comprehensive Vision care to all family members
  • Eye Examinations
  • Contact lens fitting and evaluations
  • Hundreds of contact lenses in stock
  • Online contact lens store for your convenience
  • Emergency eye treatment
  • Management of eye diseases
  • Cataract and Lasik evaluation
  • Located in Atlanta, Georgia serving the areas of Tucker, Doraville, Chamblee, Scottdale, Stone Mountain, Avondale Estates, Clarkston, Lilburn, Norcross, North Druid Hills, and the entire Northeast Atlanta area
  • Partnered with LensCrafters where they offer the latest in designer eyeglass frames, high-quality spectacle lenses and sunglasses

Our vision center is located at Northlake Mall in Atlanta, Georgia 30345. Call: (770) 400-9200 to schedule an appointment or click here to schedule an appointment online.

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What’s unique about your practice?

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If you experience loss of vision, double vision, swelling, infection or any eye emergency, contact us immediately for guidance. We’ll help you with the best treatment to prevent complications and promote long-lasting clear eyesight.

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Dr. Steven R. Warstadt & Associates Are Proud To Serve All Your Eye Care Needs!

Dr. Steven R. Warstadt, Dr. Sonal Patel, Dr. Radhakrishna Patel, Dr. Melina Friedman, and Dr. Thuan Tran are your local family Eye Care Specialists. We provide quality eye care services in Atlanta; we truly care about the health of your eyes and provide Comprehensive Vision Care to all family members. We are conveniently located in Atlanta, Georgia and service Tucker, Doraville, Chamblee, Scottdale, Avondale Estates, Clarkston, Stone Mountain, Lilburn, North Druid Hills, Norcross and the entire Northeast Atlanta area. We stock contact lenses that you can conveniently order online; we also offer eye exams, emergency treatment as well as the management of eye diseases. Thanks to our partnership with LensCrafters, you can conveniently get the latest in designer eye frames and sunglasses.

Our vision center is located at 4800 Briarcliff Road North East, Suite 1173, Atlanta, 30345. Call: 770-400-9200 to make an appointment or Click here to schedule an appointment online.

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Meet our eye doctors in Atlanta, Georgia. We offer a full range of eye health services to clients of all ages – all with personalized attention and a smile. In our eye care clinic, every patient is treated warmly and effectively. Individualized attention is the foundation of our care, to ensure that your eyes remain healthy. We’re dedicated to optimizing your vision!

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Dr. Steven R. Warstadt, Dr. Sonal Patel, Dr. Radhakrishna Patel, Dr. Melina Friedman, and Dr. Thuan Tran are your local family Eye Care Specialists providing:

        • Comprehensive Vision care to all family members
        • Eye Examinations
        • Contact lens fitting and evaluations
        • Hundreds of contact lenses in stock
        • Online contact lens store for your convenience
        • Emergency eye treatment
        • Management of eye diseases
  • Cataract and Lasik evaluation
  • Located in Atlanta, Georgia serving the areas of Tucker, Doraville, Chamblee, Scottdale, Stone Mountain, Avondale Estates, Clarkston, Lilburn, Norcross, North Druid Hills, and the entire Northeast Atlanta area
  • Partnered with LensCrafters where they offer the latest in designer eyeglass frames, high-quality spectacle lenses and sunglasses

Dr. Steven R. Warstadt & Associates Our vision center is located at Northlake Mall in Atlanta, Georgia 30345. Call: (770) 400-9200 to schedule an appointment or click here to schedule an appointment online.

What's Unique About Your Practice?

Since I began practicing optometry in the Northlake area in 1988, the community has experienced tremendous growth and change. In that time I have examined many of my patients from young adulthood into middle age and cared for many families across multiple generations.

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Because we provide both medical and routine eye care, we accept a number of insurance plans to help cover the cost depending on your individual needs.

If you need help figuring out your coverage, we invite you to call our office for guidance before you come in for your visit. Our staff has extensive experience working with many major insurance companies and will be glad to help you understand what benefits are available for your specific case.

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