When temperatures start to drop, protecting your eyesight may be the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, your eyes can be damaged whether it's 90 degrees outside or 5 degrees. Keep these four ...View Article
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Most anyone would agree that eyesight is a precious gift -- but diseases, disorders, and injuries can threaten the eyesight of you and your loved ones. Fortunately, our Kailua-Kona eye doctor at Wally Kojima, O.D. and Associates can diagnose and treat these conditions, including:
Cataracts cause the eye's lens to become opaque, resulting in blurry vision, changes in your low-light and color perception, and distracting "halos" around light sources. Most cataracts are slow to progress, allowing us to monitor them carefully and prescribe corrective lenses and lifestyle changes as needed. If you need surgery to remove cataracts, Dr.Kojima can provide pre-operative and post-operative care.
When your eyes cannot produce enough tears or the balance of ingredients in the tears cannot maintain the necessary protective film, dry eyes are the result. Symptoms include itching redness, foreign body sensations, and vision problems. We can discover why your eyes are drying out and prescribe the right combination of remedies to keep them hydrated.
Glaucoma causes permanent damage to your optic nerves, usually because the eye's inner fluid isn't draining well enough to maintain safe pressure levels. We can prevent glaucoma from robbing you of your eyesight by administering medications that regulate intraocular pressure.
Macular degeneration is an age-related condition that affects an area of the retina called the macula. Overtime, destruction of the macula can cause you to lose your central visual field. Early detection enables us to monitor the condition's progress, recommend dietary and lifestyle changes to minimize its effects, and prescribe injectable medications to control advanced cases.
Diabetic eye disease is the result of excess blood sugar damaging the delicate blood vessels in the retina. This damage not only causes macular swelling and retinal destruction, but it can also promote the growth of abnormal blood vessels. We will urge you to take steps to control your diabetes while recommending any necessary treatments to save your eyesight.
Conjunctivitis is a common but irritating infection of the sensitive membrane that lines your eyelid and the white of the eye, producing the characteristic redness that earns it the nickname "pinkeye." We can identify the cause of your conjunctivitis and prescribe antibiotics, soothing eye drops and home care practices to help you get over this affliction.
Even a tiny piece of grit can cause corneal scratches, while other foreign objects, chemicals or impacts may produce even more serious problems. We can provide prompt treatment to remove objects, cleanse the eyes and tend to wounded tissues.
Protect yourself against eye diseases and disorders by going to an optometrist in Kailua-Kona who can help look after them properly -- starting with regular eye exams to catch dangerous problems early. Call 808-331-8081 today to schedule an exam for anyone and everyone in your family! We look forward to meeting with you!