We certainly can take our eyes for granted… until something goes wrong with them. Fortunately the current way of thinking in healthcare is preventative medicine. This means keeping regular check-ups to monitor your health and catch any abnormalities early, before they can do damage.
Optic Nerve with Glaucoma
The doctors of Eyecare Associates are trained in the detection and management of all types of eye disease and believe in the preventative medicine approach to eye care. Many eye diseases are without symptoms until much damage has been done. Glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration are a few. Routine annual eye evaluations are the best way to ensure that your vision is not affected by any of these.
If you need a referral, the doctors of Eyecare Associates work with the best specialists in Colorado. We are able to analyze your needs, and, if needed, refer you to the most appropriate person. We are an excellent resource if your eye health care needs are more unique and specialized.
Many eye diseases are more manageable and less damaging if caught early. Let’s work together to ensure your eyes remain as healthy as they can, for as long as they can.
Health Problem Detection
Many systemic diseases can have affects in the eyes. Your family physician may refer you to us in order to determine if this happening. On occasion, however, you may be in to see us for a routine vision evaluation and we detect a previously undiagnosed systemic problem. The following are a few of the ways that these diseases can affect the eyes.
*Through a series of changes that happen in the blood, diabetes can often cause blindness.
*Hypertension can cause blood vessel abnormalities in the eyes leading to vision loss.
*Multiple sclerosis can affect the optic nerve altering your central or peripheral vision.
*Arthritis can painfully dry out the surface of the eyes or cause inflammation inside the eyes.
*Changes in your side, or peripheral, vision can signal certain types of brain tumors.
*Risks of heart disease can even manifest themselves inside the eye. This can be seen with cholesterol deposits in the cornea, hardening and narrowing of retinal arteries, or emboli that have become lodged in the eye.
The doctors of Eyecare Associates are highly trained in the detection and treatment of the ocular signs of systemic diseases. We work closely and communicate with all types of physicians in Fort Collins making sure that your eyes stay healthy if you are currently undergoing treatment for a systemic problem or if we detect one during our evaluation. By working with family doctors, neurologists, endocrinologists, dermatologists, cardiologists, and many other types of specialists, healthcare becomes a team effort. Eyecare Associates is part of your team.