Dr. Flores recommends a Comprehensive Eye Exam which includes 3 main parts:
- Personal Medical History and Family Medical History is taken to find any potential sight threatening conditions. Examples of conditions which may threaten your vision are: diabetes, high blood pressure, glaucoma, cataracts, retinal holes and/or tears, macular degeneration.
- Measuring the refractive status in order to verify the need for visual correction (eyeglasses/contact lenses/ LASIK surgery).
- The Dilated Fundus Exam is an extensive health evaluation which includes an in depth view of the front and back of the eye. This is important in determining any health conditions that may threaten your overall vision. In order to insure that you get home safely, it is recommended to bring a driver to take you home.
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Cataracts: (click on image for a larger view)
An acute sudden onset cortical cataract in a person with Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes.
A hypermature age-related cortico-nuclear cataract with a brunescent (brown) nucleus.
A white congenital cataract.
Cataratas. La lente del ojo se nubla y se ve borroso.
A scene as it might be viewed by a person with cataract.
Glaucoma: (click on image for a larger view)
A clear fluid flows continuously in and out of the anterior chamber and nourishes nearby tissues. The fluid leaves the chamber at the open angle where the cornea and iris meet. When the fluid reaches the angle, it flows through a spongy meshwork and leaves the eye.
In many people, increased pressure inside the eye causes glaucoma. In the front of the eye is a space called the anterior chamber. A clear liquid flows continuously in and out of this space and nourishes nearby tissues.
Diabetic Retinopathy: (click on image for a larger view)
See What I See: (click on image for a larger view)
Cataract — clouding of the eye's lens. Cataracts develop at an earlier age in people with diabetes.
Diabetic Retinopathy — damage to the blood vessels in the retina.
Glaucoma — increase in fluid pressure inside the eye that leads to optic nerve damage and loss of vision. A person with diabetes is nearly twice as likely to get glaucoma as other adults.
Macular Degeneration — a disease associated with aging that gradually destroys sharp, central vision. Central vision is needed for seeing objects clearly and for common daily tasks such as reading and driving.
Retinitis Pigmentosa — tunnel vision.