At Sylvester Eye Care & Aesthetics, we have years of experience providing Oklahoma City residents with reliable eye care. Our ophthalmologists, Dr. Carl and Deena Sylvester will evaluate your condition and provide you with the necessary vision care services, including surgery if necessary. The conditions we treat include the following.
Our eye surgeon has extensive experience identifying and addressing cataracts. Cataracts are a consequence of the natural aging process, and occur when the eye’s lens becomes cloudy. Cataracts can only be treated with surgery. Certain factors will increase your chances of developing cataracts, including:
- High blood pressure
- Previous eye injury or surgery
- Excessive drinking or sun exposure
- Taking corticosteroid medications for extended periods
Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve. The eye has a clear fluid circulating within. Glaucoma causes this fluid to drain too slowly, increasing pressure within the eye and damaging the optic nerve. Optic nerve damage leads to the development of blind spots and a reduction in peripheral vision. If glaucoma remains untreated, it can progress into permanent vision loss. Glaucoma risk factors include:
- Being over the age of 60
- A family history of glaucoma
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in diabetics. The condition causes damage to the retina, which is the portion of the eye that receives light and transfers images to the brain. Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include a loss of central vision, floaters, black spots, and blurred vision.
There are two types of diabetic retinopathy. Nonproliferative retinopathy causes the small vessels in the back of the eye to swell, cutting off the retina’s blood supply. Proliferative retinopathy causes new blood vessels to grow, preventing the retina from getting enough blood. Dr. Sylvester will assess your eyes to determine whether or not you are suffering from diabetic retinopathy and provide treatment accordingly.
If your eyes are dry, they will be red and inflamed. You may experience a burning or stinging sensation. Sometimes your vision will be affected. Dry eye is caused by the eyes not producing enough tears or producing poor quality tears. Dry eye can also occur due to extensive screen time.
Dr. Sylvester treats a variety of corneal disorders. Keratoconus causes your cornea to thin, leading to double vision, astigmatism, light sensitivity, blurred vision, and nearsightedness occur. Fuchs' dystrophy causes cellular death and fluid buildup, leading to blurred vision, swelling, distorted vision, glare, and difficulty seeing at night. Lattice dystrophy causes deposits in the stroma of the cornea. Over time, these deposits will cause vision impairment and could cause painful curvature of the cornea. These are just a few of many corneal disorders treated by Dr. Sylvester.
Typically, a minor scratch or wound to the cornea will heal on its own. But deeper injuries can cause scarring. You could experience:
- Reduced vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurry vision
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For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Sylvester Eye Care & Aesthetics at (405) 607-8948.