Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management in Spanish Fort

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Protect & Preserve Your Vision

Many different eye diseases have the potential to steal your vision. However, at Perspective Eye Center, we have the knowledge and ability to pinpoint early signs of illness so we can protect and preserve your vision. It’s important to us that you get the care you need to enjoy good ocular health and clear vision for as long as possible.

Often, common eye diseases don’t show symptoms in their early stages. This makes it incredibly difficult for you to recognize a vision-threatening eye condition before it’s too late. That’s why it’s imperative to visit your optometrist regularly so they can detect eye diseases, recommend treatment, and protect your vision.

Common Eye Diseases

Cataracts

Cataracts are cloudy or opaque areas in the naturally clear lens of the eye. They vary in size, from specks to the entire lens, which can effectively block vision. Cataracts commonly occur in people over 55 but can develop in infants and young children. They may also develop as a result of trauma or medications.

The lens inside the eye is responsible for focusing light on the retina, which sends images through the optic nerve to the brain. When the lens becomes clouded, it can no longer focus light properly, causing blurred or “hazy” vision.

Glaucoma refers to a group of eye diseases that cause damage to the optic nerve. Without prompt intervention, glaucoma can lead to severe vision loss and even blindness.

There are 3 main types of glaucoma:

  • Primary open-angle glaucoma often develops slowly, without any symptoms. With this type of glaucoma, the eye’s intraocular pressure rises gradually due to a buildup of fluid. The elevated pressure puts stress on the optic nerve, damaging it.
  • Closed-angle glaucoma is the most severe form of glaucoma and is considered a medical emergency. With this type, the drainage angle in the eye closes suddenly, causing a rapid rise in intraocular pressure. Symptoms include severe pain, halos around lights, nausea, and redness in the eye. You should visit the nearest emergency room as soon as possible if you experience any symptoms of closed-angle glaucoma.
  • Normal-tension glaucoma is the most puzzling of the 3. Glaucoma is most commonly characterized by elevated intraocular pressure, where normal-tension glaucoma occurs without a change in eye pressure. It remains unknown why the optic nerve is damaged with normal pressure levels. However, it can be diagnosed by observing your optic nerve during an eye exam.

Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is an eye disease that affects the central part of the retina, called the macula. The macula is responsible for identifying fine details within central vision, so when it’s damaged, significant central vision loss can develop.

There are 2 main types of AMD:

  • Dry AMD is the more common of the 2, affecting around 80% of AMD patients. Dry AMD occurs when the macula begins to thin with age, and tiny clumps of a protein called drusen form.
  • Wet AMD is less common, but much more serious. Wet AMD causes new, abnormal blood vessels to grow under the retina, which may rupture and leak blood and other fluids into the eye. Wet AMD is a medical emergency, so please call a medical professional for help immediately if you start to experience these symptoms.

We’d love to help you feel confident you’re getting the care you need to protect your vision. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

Our Location

Where Can You Find Us?

We’re in the Eastern Shore Plaza beside Stix Restaurant and in front of Best Buy.

Where to Park?

The Eastern Shore Plaza has ample free parking throughout.

Our Address

10184 Eastern Shore Blvd
Spanish Fort, AL 36527

Contact Information

Hours of Operation

Monday
9 AM6 PM
Tuesday
9 AM6 PM
Wednesday
9 AM6 PM
Thursday
9 AM6 PM
Friday
9 AM6 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Please note we are closed 12-1PM for lunch

Our Services

Did you know that your athletic performance heavily relies on your eyes? We offer specific training for athletes to help strengthen your hand-eye coordination, focus, and other visual skills.

Sports Vision Training

Your child’s vision plays a significant role in their development. Some eye exams can feel intimidating, but our children’s eye exams help your child learn a little more about their eyes in an environment where they can feel comfortable.

Children’s Eye Exams

Examinations from an eye care professional are crucial for pinpointing early signs of eye disease, which may not always show symptoms. Our highly trained staff know precisely what to look for to help preserve your eye health.

Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management

Your eyesight and ocular health will change significantly with age and increase your risk of developing certain diseases and conditions. But, having an eye exam is the first step to maintaining your eye health and vision.

Adult & Senior Eye Exams

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