Eye Disease Management
We co-manage, with our patient’s General Practitioner and Opthalmologist, eye diseases such as Glaucoma and Macula Degeneration as well as monitoring cataracts and diabetic related eye changes.
Dry eye is caused by chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye. It is a common condition found in people of all ages and is often encountered by Judi in clinical practice. There are a number of causes and contributors to dry eye, the most common are computer use, contact lens wear, air conditioning, windy climates, flying, smoking, ageing, hormones, medication, health conditions and eye lid problems.
The effects of dry eyes range from subtle but constant eye irritation to significant inflammation and even scarring on the front surface of the eye.
Dry eye disease can be extremely frustrating for the patient as its effect on their lifestyle is often underestimated. Luckily, there are many products available to relieve dry eye ranging from Manuka Honey drops, sprays, gels and lubricants which are also available in preservative free options. Judi also offers temporary punctal plugs for the very symptomatic patients. Dissolvable punctal plugs are tiny biocompatible devices inserted into tear ducts to block drainage. These help to increase tear film and surface moisture ultimately relieving dry eyes.
Glaucoma is defined as an optic neuropathy, characterised by progressive damage to the optic nerve head and associated visual field loss. It is one of the leading causes of preventable visual impairment and blindness in the world. Unfortunately, around 50% of Australians with glaucoma are undiagnosed. In most people the damage is caused by high intraocular pressure (IOP) – a result of blockage to the circulation of aqueous, or it’s drainage. In other patients the damage may be caused by poor blood supply to the vital optic nerve fibres, a weakness in the nerve structure, and/or a problem in the health of the nerve fibres. Below is an example that demonstrates the affect glaucoma can have on vision.
A cataract occurs when the lens in the eye becomes cloudy. Cataracts most often occur with age but can also develop in younger patients, some people are even born with cataracts.
Here on the Sunshine Coast, we have access to some of the best cataracts surgeons in Queensland. They play a pivotal role in ensuring the best possible outcome following surgery. Judi’s role is to diagnose and monitor the cataracts until a referral is required to see an Ophthalmologist.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of permanent visual loss and legal blindness in Australians over the age of 50 years. The macular is a small area of the retina, located at the back of the eye. It is responsible for detailed central and colour vision. Macular degeneration occurs when the macula deteriorates, affecting a person’s ability to see fine detail. The macula is the area of the retina most densely packed with the photoreceptors and neurons required to transmit signals to the brain.
Keratoconus is a condition that causes the cornea to thin and bulge forward resulting in distorted vision. It can be managed with glasses and rigid (hard) contact lenses which may help to stop any further changes to the shape of the cornea. There is also a new procedure to prevent the progression of keratoconus called Corneal Collagen Crosslinking which can be performed by a Corneal surgeon.
At Judi Coey Optometry, our aim is to deliver the highest standard of personalised eye care to our patients.