Eye Conditions

Our highly-trained doctors and staff, bring a combined 52 years of experience with various eye conditions that can not only have immediate effects on your eyesight but can have long-lasting consequences if not treated quickly or diagnosed properly.  Some of the more common eye conditions that our Black Hills eye care facilities frequently diagnose and treat include lazy eye, digital eye strain, or cataracts.  If you think you or someone in your family has one of the following eye conditions, please contact Vision Source Specialists for a comprehensive eye exam and recommendation for treatment or prevention.

Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

Lazy eye, medically known as Amblyopia, is a loss or lack of development of vision, usually in one eye. This degenerative process usually begins with an inherited condition and appears during infancy or early childhood. Lazy eye needs to be diagnosed between birth and early school age since it is during this period that the brain “chooses” its visual pathway and may ignore the weaker eye permanently.

Lazy eye is not always easy to recognize since a child with worse vision in one eye does not necessarily have lazy eye. Because of this, it is recommended that all children, including those with no symptoms, have a comprehensive eye examination by the age of three and sooner if there is a family history of any eye condition or disease. If you suspect a problem, or need to set up your child’s first eye examination, contact Vision Source Specialists to set up an appointment.


Blepharitis

Blepharitis is a general term for an inflammation of the eyelid and eyelashes. It is among the most common and stubborn eye conditions usually resulting from poor eyelid hygiene, a low-grade bacterial infection, an allergic reaction, or abnormalities in oil gland function.

Like some other skin conditions, Blepharitis, can be controlled but not cured. The main goals in treating it are to reduce the amount of bacteria along the lid margin and open plugged glands. Contact Vision Source Specialists to assess the severity of your problem and the best treatment method.


Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s normally clear lens, which leads to a progressive blurring vision or even potentially blindness. It is the world’s leading cause of blindness and  over 22 million Americans suffer from cataracts.  It is one of the most common conditions related to aging – by age 65, you have a 50 percent chance of developing a cataract, and, by age 75, it jumps to 70 percent.

While the cataract may begin small and have little or no effect in vision, as the cataract progresses it will become increasingly harder to read or perform normal daily tasks.  Through preventative care and extensive personalized diagnosis, Vision Source Specialists are able to recommend various methods to treat cataracts, prevent cataracts, and eventually remove them from impairing your vision. Learn more about cataract prevention or treatment options by contacting Vision Source Specialists today.


Computer Vision Syndrome

We all have been there, after working for long lengths on the computer we tend to be plagued by neck pain, stiff shoulders, headaches, and even blurry vision or watery eyes.  These symptoms are usually due to Computer Vision Syndrome.  This is a combination of many different attributes including poor posture, dry eyes, strain on eye muscle, and even poorly corrected vision.  Many computer monitors are between 20-26 inches from your eyes, and regular glasses may not be the best option for computer work.  With special lens designs for computer work, you can be provided with a larger viewing area for the computer that will help the strain computers may cause to your eyes or vision.  Contact Vision Source Specialists, your leader in Black Hills eye care, to learn more about what you can do to prevent Computer Vision Syndrome and what you can do to seek relief from digital eye strain.

 


Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome refers to a breakdown in the quantity or quality of tears to moisten, cleanse and protect the eyes. This is significant because, with each blink, tears protect the surface of the eye, washing away dust and microorganisms. When this protective coating dries up, the eyes may feel “gritty” or burn and can be more sensitive to light. In extreme cases, vision can be blurred.

If you suspect that you have dry eye, see your eye doctor. Proper care will not only increase your comfort – it will protect your eyes from further damage. Vision Source Specialists can perform a series of tests to determine if you have dry eyes, offer guidance on treatment, and even help with specialized care for prevention of this common eye condition.  Contact Vision Source Specialists today for more information on dry eyes or other eye conditions.


Strabismus

Cross-eyed, medically known as Strabismus, refers to a condition in which eyes are misaligned. It commonly occurs when the muscles that control eye movement are not properly working together. The result is one or both eyes turning inward, outward, upward or downward, or one or both eyes moving irregularly.

Strabismus is usually diagnosed during childhood and affects about 4 percent of children, afflicting boys and girls equally. Though it cannot be prevented, its complications can be avoided with early intervention. Even if you notice symptoms intermittently – when your child is ill, stressed or fatigued – contact your Black Hills eye care provider, at Vision Source Specialists, and schedule an eye exam.