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Spring Valley Eye Doctor

Spring Valley Eye Doctor

Our Spring Valley eye doctor, Glenn Roter, OD, takes the time to explain to our patients that diabetes increases your risk of glaucoma and cataracts, but can also cause the eye disease known as diabetic retinopathy. As the most common diabetic eye disease, and a leading cause of blindness in adults, diabetic retinopathy is caused by changes in the blood vessels of your retina that may swell and leak fluid. Our diabetic eye exam is especially important because if you do have diabetic retinopathy, you may not initially notice any changes to your vision, but in time it can worsen and cause vision loss.

Diabetic Eye Disease Spring Valley

Diabetic Eye Disease Spring Valley

During our comprehensive exam, which is the only reliable means of detecting diabetic retinopathy, your pupil is dilated, a device called an ophthalmoscope is used to view your retina, and the extent of the retinopathy will be determined. The best therapy is prevention and studies show that strict control of blood sugar levels can greatly lower the risk of vision loss from this disease. Sometimes the first treatment recommended by our Spring Valley eye doctor is laser surgery, or laser “photocoagulation.” This treatment uses heat from a laser to seal or destroy abnormal, leaking blood vessels in your retina and reabsorb the excess fluid. The main goal of this treatment, of course, is to prevent further vision loss.

To explain another surgical treatment for diabetic retinopathy, vitrectomy, is the removal of the vitreous gel. Vitrectomy does not cure the disease, but it can improve vision in some patients who have developed bleeding into the vitreous gel. Earlier detection of retinopathy, through dilated eye exams, can help you decide to have surgery when it is most effective. Dr. Roter will explain the best treatment options for you so you know what to expect as you proceed

If you have diabetes, we can’t stress enough how important regularly scheduled diabetic eye exams are, especially to prevent loss of vision. Not only are they necessary to detect any threatening problems, but to help treat them as well. Research shows that in the United States, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people under the age of 65. Our Spring Valley eye doctor is here to diagnose, treat, prevent and educate you, so you not only know what your best treatment options are but understand them. We are aware that the general doctor who treats your diabetes also checks your eyes, but you should still get an eye exam every 1-2 years by an eye doctor who specializes in people with diabetes.

Diabetic Eye Care Spring Valley
5200 S. Fort Apache Road
Las Vegas, NV 89148
702-368-0092

Spring Valley Nevada Optometrist

Spring Valley Nevada Optometrist

As much as we parents would like for our babies to have perfect health, we live in an imperfect world, and this simply isn’t always the case. While most children come into the world with great visual acuity — often better than 20/20 — a minority end up having (or developing) some kind of pediatric vision problem. Unlike with older children, teenagers or adults, however, babies and young children aren’t able to describe their symptoms to you very well. This is why it’s so important to start bringing your child in to see our Spring Valley Nevada optometrist, Glenn Roter, OD, for routine eye exams early on. While it may seem like a major inconvenience to add yet another appointment to your already very busy schedule, there are eye problems only an expert can detect — eye problems that are best dealt with as soon as possible.

Children's Eye Exams Spring Valley

Children’s Eye Exams Spring Valley

Three pediatric vision problems we see relatively often here at the Spring Valley Nevada optometrist practice of Glenn Roter, OD, are congenital cataracts, amblyopia and strabismus. Like their adult counterparts, congenital cataracts are a cloudiness of a child’s eye lens impedes incoming light, resulting in distorted vision. The only difference is that, instead of being caused by eye trauma or excess exposure to UV radiation, these cataracts stem from flukes of genetics and/or pre-natal development. Though you may not like the idea of having your baby undergo eye surgery to remove the damaged lens and install a new plastic lens, this is the only way to deal with the problem. Thankfully, it’s become routine procedure over the last several decades. Amblyopia happens when, for one reason or another, one eye’s visual signals to the brain aren’t as strong as the other. If left untreated, it can lead to significant visual impairment in the effected eye as well as strabismus (a.k.a. “lazy eye”). Fortunately, however, amblyopia is fairly easily treated if caught before the age of nine or ten.

The eye experts here at the Spring Valley Nevada optometrist practice of Glenn Roter, OD, definitely don’t want to freak you out. Again, odds are that your child won’t have any vision problems at all until they get older. Still, we would like to strongly encourage you to have your baby’s eyes checked on a regular basis. Vision is extremely important, and it’s always better to address vision problems sooner rather than later.

Spring Valley Pediatric Vision Problems
5200 S. Fort Apache Road
Las Vegas, NV 89148
702-368-0092