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Eye Doctor in Davie

When did you last have an eye exam? If it’s been more than a year, you should call us at 2020 Vision Place because a yearly eye exam is recommended for everyone. This is not only to check your current vision needs, which do change with time, but also screen you for common eye diseases. Our eye doctor in Davie, Ralph Bourjolly, O.D., is dedicated to your eye health and to ensuring you have the best vision you’re capable of having.

An eye exam will determine if you need corrective lenses, or if you already wear contacts or eyeglasses, then it will determine if you need an updating of your prescription. If you are nearsighted, farsighted, have an astigmatism, or presbyopia, then our eye doctor in Davie will prescribe corrective lenses for you. There are few things that feel as liberating as no longer squinting when you try to read something or getting rid of headaches that result from eye strain.

The second, and equally important, part of an eye exam is to screen for diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, and other common eye concerns. Most of the time, eye diseases don’t present any noticeable symptoms, particularly during the early stages of them. This is why it’s vital to be checked yearly. The best results are linked to early detection. Certain baseline tests, such as tonometry, which measures your internal eye pressure to check for possible glaucoma, or a slit-lamp test, using light to see inside your eye, used as part of the diagnostic process for cataracts. Other common eye diseases are tested for conditionally. For example, macular degeneration typically occurs in those 55 or older; and diabetics, either type one or type two, are susceptible to diabetic retinopathy. Our optometrist in Davie will only test you for those if they may affect you.

Your vision and the well-being of your eye are reason enough to schedule a yearly eye exam, but as an added incentive, clues to other potential health problems can be found through an eye exam. The blood vessels in your eyes may indicate high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or even diabetes. Arrange your eye exam right now. Our eye doctor in Davie knows that your eyes are too valuable to be left to chance.

Local Sunrise Eye Doctor

Local Sunrise Eye Doctor

There are numerous eye diseases that affect central vision but age-related macular degeneration is the most common of these disorders. Macular degeneration occurs in two forms, wet and dry, and mainly affects people over 60. “Wet” macular degeneration is not as common but more vigorous in its development, prompting loss of central vision. “Dry” macular degeneration is more common and a much slower progression before causing vision loss. Our local Sunrise eye doctor, Dr. Ralph Bourjolly, will give you a comprehensive exam to not only detect the disease but determine if you are at risk of developing it.

Local Sunrise Optometrist

Local Sunrise Optometrist

Wet macular degeneration occurs when abnormal blood vessels begin to grow underneath the retina and begin to leak blood and fluid. The blood and fluid lift the macula from its normal place, at the back of the eye, interfering with the proper function of the retina, causing the central vision to blur. Under these conditions, loss of vision loss may be quick and severe. With dry macular degeneration light-sensitive cells in the macula break down slowly. Often occurring in one eye initially, central vision diminishes with less of the macula functioning. Much more common than wet, the cause of dry macular degeneration is unknown. Our local Sunrise eye doctor at 2020 Vision Place will explain how dry macular degeneration can advance and cause vision loss without turning into wet macular degeneration but dry macular degeneration may rapidly turn into the wet form by the growth of new blood vessels.

Our local Sunrise eye doctor can assure you that both forms of macular degeneration don’t cause any pain and the most common early symptom is blurred vision. This blurred vision can affect your quality of life, making reading, driving, and recognizing faces difficult. Other symptoms may include reduced night vision as well as a decrease in the intensity of colors and overall vision becoming much hazier. All of these symptoms can also be present with the wet form of macular degeneration but the most common symptom in wet macular degeneration is straight lines appearing wavy or crooked.

Once Dr. Bourjolly has diagnosed which form of macular degeneration is present, treatment options will be discussed. Wet macular degeneration can be treated with laser surgery, photodynamic therapy, and injections into the eye. Unfortunately, these treatments are not a permanent cure and the disease and loss of vision may continue to grow despite treatment. There is currently no treatment available to reverse dry macular degeneration but on a more positive note, dry macular degeneration usually develops at a much slower pace and the majority of our patients with this condition are able to live relatively normal, productive lives.

Sunrise Florida Optometrist
12801 W Sunrise Blvd, Suite 931
Sunrise, FL 33323
(954) 357-0530