Many men and women develop vision problems or eye diseases as they age. Glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy are two of the most common age-related eye conditions in America and are leading causes of blindness worldwide. Although there is not a cure for either of these conditions, our skilled eye surgeon in Loveland can help prevent further vision loss through laser eye surgery.
Glaucoma & Laser Surgery
Glaucoma causes an increase in eye pressure and is common in those over 60, but also involves your genetics. You’re more likely to develop glaucoma if there’s a history of the eye disease in your family. Glaucoma is treatable, especially when caught early. Your glaucoma treatment depends on the severity of your vision impairment and which variation you suffer from.
There are two main forms of glaucoma:
- Open-angle glaucoma is the most common type and impairs the eye’s ability to drain fluid.
- Closed-angle glaucoma occurs when the iris is abnormally positioned and blocks the drainage system of the eye.
Dr. Kirk offers several laser eye surgery options to alleviate the mounting pressure in your eye and give you better vision. The type of glaucoma you suffer from determines which laser procedure or medical treatment is right for you.
Diabetic Retinopathy & Laser Surgery
Diabetic retinopathy is often caused by uncontrolled diabetes. High blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels in your eye and cause severe vision loss or blindness. This damage can lead to retinal leakage or swelling. Treatment for diabetic retinopathy depends on the severity of damage to your retinal blood vessels. Laser retina treatment can seal the leaking blood vessels in your eye and stop abnormalities from forming.
There are two stages of diabetic retinopathy:
- Non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy is the beginning phase of this eye disease, and the symptoms are minimal. Diabetics usually don’t notice any vision changes in this stage, and it’s important to have regular eye exams with Dr. Kirk to catch retinal damage early.
- Proliferative diabetic retinopathy is the stage in which you may notice double vision, eye pain and other common symptoms.
If you’ve been diagnosed with either of these eye conditions or are experiencing vision changes, please call Kirk Eye Center in Loveland at 970-669-1107 to schedule your eye exam. Our laser eye surgeon is dedicated to providing excellent eye care to patients in Loveland, Fort Collins, Windsor and surrounding Northern Colorado areas.