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Eye Doctors Diagnose & Treat Ocular Disease in Joplin Missouri

older woman who needs ocular disease supportHealthy eyes are necessary for healthy vision. To help preserve the precious gift of sight, we will perform thorough eye exams to diagnose and monitor eye disease, as well as design the best treatment plan for your needs. We keep our Joplin, MO office equipped with state-of-the-art technology and digital imagery, so that your experienced optometrist, Dr. David Coleman or Dr. Jeff Coleman, can provide you with a precise diagnosis.

Ocular diseases can be detected during a comprehensive eye exam, even before the eye disease progresses and presents with noticeable symptoms such as pain or vision loss. The earlier we uncover signs of eye disease, the earlier we can begin managing it – which leads to a much better prognosis. That’s why routine eye exams are critical to your long-lasting, healthy vision.

Whether you need a short-term emergency treatment or ongoing management for eye disease, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, our eye doctors will work with you and other specialized healthcare professionals to optimize your vision and well-being. Treatment for eye disease is constantly advancing, and we are committed to staying current with the latest medical developments, so you’ll benefit from the best eye care possible!

Some Common Eye Diseases - Diagnosis, Management & Treatment:

Cataracts

Cataracts are a clouding of the natural lens of the eye. Like viewing the world through a dirty window, cataracts prevent your retina from capturing clear images. As a result, you may experience mild to severe blurry vision. Fortunately, surgery is an effective treatment to remove cataracts and restore sharp vision.

The most common and successful treatment for cataracts is cataract surgery. During this procedure, the eye surgeon will remove natural lens and replace it with a synthetic, transparent intraocular lens. Although optometrists don't perform cataract surgery, we will make the diagnosis and refer you to a cataract specialist in the Joplin area, and we will continue to manage your post-operative care as well at Coleman Vision will provide full pre-operative and post-operative care in the comfort of our convenient eye care clinic. We will support you and continue to monitor your future eye health.

Macular Degeneration Care

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is more common in older patients. The macula is the part of the retina - at the back of the eye - that is allows you to focus on what is in the center of your visual field. When it deteriorates, the  person loses clear central vision. Patients with AMD have trouble seeing the middle of an image or viewing fine details. An early diagnosis of macular degeneration makes a big difference in the progression of this disease.

Macular degeneration treatment depends on the type and severity. Possible options include oral medication, ocular injections and laser surgery. We will consult with you to discuss the most appropriate treatment, and if necessary, we’ll refer you to a leading ophthalmologist in the Joplin, MO region. Our eye doctors will monitor your condition with regular follow up exams to ensure that you receive the best treatment for macular degeneration.

Glaucoma Treatment

Glaucoma describes a group of ocular diseases that damage the optic nerve and cause blurred vision. It is associated with increased pressure in the inner eye fluid. When left untreated, glaucoma can cause vision loss and blindness. Often, there are no early symptoms – which points to the importance of regular comprehensive eye exams!

A tonometer is one diagnostic tool that we may use to measure intraocular pressure. We may also inspect your inner eye tissues during a dilated eye exam in order to confirm diagnosis of glaucoma. Treatment may involve medicated eye drops, laser surgery, conventional surgery, or all of these options. It's really important to follow the treatment regimen prescribed by your doctor to prevent vision loss, because prevention is much more successful than recovering lost vision. We will monitor your condition regularly over the long-term to provide expert management for glaucoma.

Diabetic Retinopathy Management

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease that only occurs in people with diabetes. Leaky blood vessels in the retina are the primary characteristic. During the early stages, people do not usually notice any symptoms. However, a dilated eye exam – which is an essential part of diabetes eye care – will detect the signs. An early diagnosis leads to early treatment, such as injections or laser surgery to seal the leaks and eliminate the growth of new, unhealthy retinal blood vessels. If necessary, we’ll refer you to the most appropriate surgical eye care specialists in Joplin. Our optometrists will inspect your eyes closely to diagnose and monitor diabetic retinopathy, and to make sure your condition is receiving proper management.

Ocular Hypertension

This condition refers to when your intraocular pressure is higher than normal. If fluid doesn’t drain properly out of the front of your eye, pressure will build up to a dangerous level. When left untreated, it can lead to glaucoma and damage to the optic nerve. In general, people who have ocular hypertension are regarded as “glaucoma suspects”, which means they require regular eye exams. Our Joplin, MO, eye doctors will administer precise eye exams to monitor your eyes for a diagnosis of ocular hypertension. If treatment is needed, we will typically prescribe medicated eye drops to lower the pressure. We advise regular follow up exams for responsible management of this eye condition.

Treatment for Ocular Disease in Joplin MO

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