- A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens.Glaucoma
- A disease that affects the optic nerve when the fluid inside the eye does not flow out of the eye properly.Keratoconus / Cornea Transplants
- Keratoconus is an uncommon condition in which the normally round, dome-like cornea (the clear front window of the eye) becomes thin and develops a cone-like bulge.Dermatochalasis
- Droopy eyelids that decreases peripheral vision.Flashes / Floaters
- Floaters are tiny clumps of gel/cells inside the vitreous, inside of your eye. Flashes are caused when the vitreous pulls on the retina. Pterygium - A triangle shaped growth of tissue on the white part of the eye that eventually extends over the cornea.
Pinguecula - A yellowish patch/bump on the conjunctiva, near the cornea.
Macular Degeneration - Deterioration or breakdown of the macula (the small area in the retina that allows you to see fine details clearly). Two types of macular degeneration are Dry AMD and Wet AMD. Symptoms are distortion or loss of central vision. It is the leading cause of decreased vision as we age. While there are no available treatments for patients with Dry AMD, there are available treatment options for patients with Wet AMD. Dr. Carter utilizes injectable medications such as Lucentis, to treat patients with Wet AMD.
Diabetic Retinopathy - If you have diabetes mellitus, your body does not use and store sugar properly. High blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels in the retina. The damage to retinal vessels is referred to as diabetic retinopathy. All people with diabetes should have an annual dilated retinal examination.
Detached / Torn Retina - A retinal detachment occurs when the retina is pulled away from its normal position, causing your vision to be blurry. A retinal detachment is a very serious problem that almost always leads to blindness unless it is treated. The symptoms of a detached or torn retina are floaters, flashes or a curtain over the vision.