Acute & Chronic Eye Disease Treatment Specialist

West Vision

Jacob West, OD

Optometrist located in Tyler, TX

Acute and chronic eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy require regular attention and care from an expert. Dr. Jacob West, the optometrist at West Vision in Tyler, Texas, diagnoses these diseases and provides acute and chronic eye disease treatment that preserves vision in the best way possible. Patients in Tyler, Noonday, New Hope, Antioch, Walnut Grove, Athens, Canton, Lindale, Palestine, Flint, Bullard, Winnsboro, Brownsboro, Chandler, Arp, Mineola, Quitman, Van, and Ben Wheeler, Texas, can book an appointment with Dr. West online or call the office to plan a visit today.

Acute & Chronic Eye Disease Q & A

What's glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an eye disease that results from pressure on the optic nerve. Although glaucoma does cause a gradual decrease in vision, you can minimize vision loss and avoid blindness if you get diagnosis and treatment right away.

Because glaucoma often causes no obvious symptoms in its early stages, it's vital that you have comprehensive eye exams every 1-2 years as recommended by Dr. West. During each exam, Dr. West checks for early signs of glaucoma so he can make an early diagnosis and start treatment right away if needed.

What's diabetic eye disease?

Eye diseases including diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, glaucoma, and cataracts are common in diabetic sufferers. If you have diabetes, regular comprehensive eye exams are a critical part of maintaining your health. While these diseases can lead to blindness, they don't have to if you're diagnosed and treated early.

What are cataracts?

Cataracts are a clouding on your eye's lens. They're most common in older adults. Cataracts can eventually cause blindness if they're not treated, but there are effective cataract removal treatments available today.

What's macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration occurs when the middle part of the retina, the macula, deteriorates and affects central vision. Eventually, it can cause total central vision loss. Macular degeneration impacts 10 million Americans today, making it the most common vision disease by far. Although macular degeneration isn’t curable, it’s very much manageable with Dr. West’s help.

What’s the treatment for acute and chronic eye diseases?

Treatment for acute and chronic eye disease depends on factors such as your symptoms, the stage of the disease, and your own wishes for treatment.

In the early stages, eye disease treatment often focuses on avoiding further damage and slowing progression wherever possible. Even if your eye disease isn't curable, as in the case of macular degeneration, you can do a great deal to manage your vision problems effectively.

Management of eye disease in its early stages can involve lifestyle changes, for example, always wearing sunglasses to avoid the advancement of cataracts.

When eye disease is in advanced stages, treatment options like steroid injections or laser surgery can sometimes prevent the disease from advancing even further or becoming disabling. Dr. West will work closely with you to create an effective eye disease management and treatment plan.

Book your appointment online now or call the West Vision office to arrange your next visit.