Francis Skilling, MD
Location and Office HoursEye Associates of Tallahassee PA
Tallahassee, FL 32308
What is an ocuplastic specialist?
Laura Fine, Ophthalmology, answeredAn ocuplastic specialist is an ophthalmologist (a physician who specializes in medical and surgical care of the eyes and visual system, as well as in prevention of eye disease) who has received advanced training in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the eye and surrounding structures. Ocuplastic specialists are often consulted for problems with the eyelids, tear drainage, and skin cancer around the eyes.
How serious are cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration?
Healthy Humans answered
A prior article discussed two eye problems to consider: conjunctivitis and dry eyes. This article focuses on three others that should be considered: cataracts, glaucoma, and maculardegeneration.
Cataracts: Opacification of the normally clear lens of the eye. Since the lens of the eye has no blood vessels or nerves it accumulates sun damage that cannot readily be cleared. Carnosine eye drops have been effective in the lab studies with dogs in stopping early cataracts; some human cataracts have even been reversed. Consider a low saturated fat diet, UV blocking sunglasses, drinking lots of water, 1,000 mg of vitamin C and a glutathione booster (eg. MSM, SAMe, alpha?lipoic, cysteine).
Glaucoma is a wasting of the optic nerve, which can be due to high eye pressure, injury, low blood flow to the optic nerve and perhaps certain chemicals that may contain glutamine. Eye doctors have many tests and many therapies for glaucoma such as eye drops, surgery or oral medications. An herbal formula called Ifolia may be effective in improving the optic nerve. The ultimate goal in glaucoma management is to preserve the optic nerve. People with a family history or 45+ in age are encouraged to get an eye check up every two years.
Macular degeneration is the loss of retina receptors in the center of the retina, called the macula. The dry form is most common and is managed through nutritional counseling and vitamin supplementation. The macula is the most active part of your body and is constantly barraged by light. Some important recommendations are sunglasses, 5+ hours of sleep and good diet and supplementation.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
How should I treat bloodshot eyes?
Avoid the regular use of get-the-red-out drops. These drops are short-acting blood-vessel constrictors, and their use beyond a few days may actually cause your eyes to appear more bloodshot than they would otherwise. Upon discontinuing their use, it may take several weeks for the tone of the muscles in the blood vessels to return to normal. You may wish to increase your eye's lubrication with artificial-tear supplements. If you are unable to make your eyes comfortable with four drops per day, you should consider making an appointment with your eye doctor. There are other treatments that only your eye doctor can prescribe.
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