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Eye Disease Specialist in Hoover, AL

You cannot underestimate the importance of regular eye exams when it comes to caring for your eyes, especially aging eyes. Many eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration may not show symptoms early on.

regular eye exam with Inverness Eye Care might prevent some of these diseases before they become too advanced. Dr. Ansley and Dr. Hill diagnose and treat all of the following conditions and more:

  • Diabetic Retinopathy

    • Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in American adults. It is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye and is necessary for good vision.

    • Patients with diabetic retinopathy have blood vessels may swell and leak fluid. In patients with severe retinopathy, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina.

  • Glaucoma

    • ​Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that damages the optic nerve. That’s the nerve that carries information from the eye to the brain. Left untreated, this disease can lead to vision loss and blindness. Many times patients do not know they have glaucoma until it is very advanced. That is why it is so important to have eye exams on a regular basis to evaluate intra-ocular pressure and optic nerve health.

    • Glaucoma is primarily hereditary, and not controlled by environmental factors. However, it is sometimes caused by eye injuries, eye surgery, or medications such as corticosteroids. 

  • Macular Degeneration

    • Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a condition where the central part of the retina, the macula, is damaged.  The result is a wavy vision, blurry spots, or dark spots in the center of vision.  AMD may not necessarily lead to total blindness, but it can affect or limit many activities such as driving, reading, writing, and other daily activities essential to daily living. As you age, the disease progresses so that it is less effective in focusing images on your retina.

  • Keratoconus

    • Keratoconus is a progressive disease that causes abnormal thinning and protrusion of the cornea. Keratoconus often causes decreased vision even with prescription glasses. In this case, rigid gas permeable contact lenses may be necessary in order to eliminate irregular astigmatism and obtain optimal vision.

    • Corneal crosslinking has been FDA approved for the treatment of progressive keratoconus. During this procedure your doctor applies liquid Riboflavin eye drops to the cornea, followed by sessions of UV light exposure. 

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