30. January 2012 13:00
Orbital cellulitis refers to the inflammation and bacterial infection which affects the skin and tissues of eyes and its surrounding areas. The eyelids, eyebrows and cheeks may also get affected with this infection. One must never ignore this infection as if it is not treated on time, it may result in complete blindness and even death.
- The localized symptoms occur at the location of the infected area, it includes immense pain, bulging of the eyes, reduced movement of affected areas, swelling of eyelids, red or purple appearance of eyelids, double and poor eye vision.
- The systematic symptoms include fever (mid-range or high), fatigue and a lot of discomfort.
- Orbital Cellulitis is said to be caused by a number of bacteria. In adults, this infection is caused by bacteria in the genera Staphylococcus and Streptococcus.
- In children, a bacterium named Haemophilus influenzae type B is associated with the causes of this infection.
- Risk Factors:
- It is said that there are various factors which can make a person susceptible to develop this infection. These factors include infections affecting the teeth, face or ear, trauma to the eye and sinus infections.
- Also, chronic infections are more likely to develop orbital cellulitis than the acute infections. This is because the acute infections be treated with antibiotic treatment unlike the chronic ones.
- The first step involves a course of antibiotics. After treatment for several days with Intravenous antibiotics, oral antibiotic medications may be given. However, it is very important to let your doctor know if you have any drug allergies before undergoing the antibiotic treatment.
- In complicated cases, surgical intervention is necessary. This is done when the antibiotic treatment does not work, if vision is endangered or the person is facing severe problem with swelling due to the infection.
For more information about Orbital Cellulitis and its treatment or to know about any other eye disease, visit us at Killeen Eyecare Center 416, North Gray Street, Killeen, TX 76541, and Downtown Killeen. You can also call us at 254- 634- 7805.
Contact Lenses Killeen - Optometrist Fort Hood
20. January 2012 06:59
Aniridia is a Greek word which means ‘without iris’. It is a genetic eye disorder which causes incomplete formation of the Iris of either one or both the eyes. It is an extreme form of Iris Hypoplasia which affects the eye vision to a great extent. A person having Aniridia has huge pupils which are also called ‘black iris’. Aniridia can be in four forms AN-1, AN-II, AN-III and AN-IV.
- Inherited from the parents and affects the eye vision adversely.
- The gene responsible for the development of iris ‘PAX6’ does not function properly.
- Absence of iris.
- Opaque corneas.
- May even lead to blindness.
- Worsening of eye vision.
- Absence of muscle controlling the pupil.
- Results in Glaucoma, Cataract, Nystagmus, Stabismus, Micro Cornea etc.
- Leads to diseases like dysosmia, dysnomia, Gillespie syndrome, WAGR etc.
- Regular eye examinations.
- Eyeglasses (for glaucoma and cataract).
- If glaucoma develops, eye drops are used for treatment.
- In case the vision worsens due to cataract, removal of lens (with or without intraocular lens implant) may be required.
- A recent development is an artificial iris which can be placed after removal of cataract. It improves the eye vision by reducing the amount of light entering the eyes.
If you are searching for the best optometrist in Killeen, Killeen Eyecare Center is all you need. We are a team of highly specialized Optometrists who diagnose, treat and manage a number of eye diseases. We use sophisticated and modern optometric instrumentation and therapeutic eye treatments to our patients.
We also provide complete information and guidance for various eye related medical conditions like keratoconus, glaucoma, dry eye therapy, ocular allergies/infections, corneal or conjunctival foreign body removal, eyelash removal, color vision disorders, learning-related vision disorders, amblyopia and strabismus.
To know more about various eye diseases or our services, feel free to visit us at Killeen Eyecare Center 416, North Gray Street, Killeen, TX 76541, and Downtown Killeen. You can also call us at 254- 634- 7805.
Eyeglasses Harker Heights - Optometrist Fort Hood
13. January 2012 13:15
Contact lenses have made life simpler for millions of people across the globe. These are a great option for all those who do not feel comfortable wearing eye glasses. There are also majority of people who still hesitate to wear contact lenses, fearing the myth that these may damage their eyes.
With advancement in contact lens technology, a series of contact lenses like Silicone hydrogel lenses, high definition lenses, soft lenses have gained a lot of popularity. These lenses not just keep your eyes healthy but also make you enjoy crystal clear vision. The best part is that many of these contact lenses are available in a series of colors.
If you are interested in wearing colored lenses, you can choose from the following types as per your requirements:
- Visibly tint: These lenses are usually with tint of light blue or green color. This color is just for the sake of differentiating the lenses in case you drop it down. Slightly colored lenses also help you to see it better while inserting and while removing the lenses. They usually do not affect your original eye color.
- Enhancement tint: These lenses have a darker color tint than the visibly tint lenses. It does affect and enhance the original color of your eyes. These are best for people having light colored eyes.
- Opaque color tint: These are the ones with most solid colors. Being opaque they completely change your eye color. You get a variety of colors to choose from, like hazel, green, blue, violet, amethyst and gray.
- Costume or theatrical contact lenses: These are mostly used in the movies. These are often termed special-effect contact lenses and can give the wearer an alien or vampire look! These are often worn by people in Halloween parties too.
No matter which type of lens you choose, expert fitting and daily maintenance is very crucial task. We at Killeen Eyecare Center provide you with highest quality eye exam, training and follow up as required in the complete eye care plan. We will suggest you the right contact lenses as per your eye vision and social needs.
To know more about contact lenses or our services, visit us at Killeen Eyecare Center 416, North Gray Street, Killeen, TX 76541, and Downtown Killeen. You can also call us at 254- 634- 7805.
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6. January 2012 13:57
Eyes are the most sensitive part of our body. A person needs to give additional attention to maintain eye health and prevent any eye problems. Eye diseases affect not only the smooth functioning of the eye but it also hampers your vision. Eye tumors can be diagnosed through various eye examination and tests that also include CT scan, MRI and Ultrasound tests.
Some of the most common types of Eye Tumors that affect the eyes are given as under:
- Conjunctival Tumors: These are malignant cancers that grow on the outer surface of the eye. The most common of them are squamous cell carcinoma, malignant melanoma, and lymphoma. These can be treated through surgery, cryotherapy or chemotherapy.
- Eyelid Tumors: Tumors of the eyelid may be benign cysts, inflammation, or malignant skin cancers. The most common is the basal cell carcinoma that can be removed with surgery. Additional cryotherapy and radiation therapy can also be used sometimes, after surgery.
- Iris Tumors: Tumors can also grow within and behind the iris. Most of the pigmented iris tumors do not grow and if they do, then treatments like surgery or radiation plaque therapy or enucleation.
- Melanocytoma: It is a slow-growing tumor that is found on the surface of the optic disc. It is probably present at birth and typically, there are no symptoms. In the majority of cases, close observation is recommended. If malignant transformation does occur, enucleation, may be considered.
- Orbital Tumors: Tumors and inflammations can also occur behind the eye that push the eye forward causing bulging of the eyes called proptosis, caused due to thyroid eye disease and lymphoid tumors. Other tumors include hemangiomas tumors, lachrymal gland tumors, and growths that extend from the sinuses into the orbit.
According to a latest research published in Science Daily, ‘a specific small segment of RNA can play a key role in the growth of a type of malignant childhood eye tumor called retinoblastoma. The tumor is associated with mutations of a protein called Rb (retinoblastoma protein). Dysfunctional Rb is also involved with other types of cancers, including lung, brain, breast and bone.’
To know more about the various eye diseases and for seeking consultation or for any kind of information on eye care, feel free to visit us at Killeen Eyecare Center 416, North Gray Street, Killeen, TX 76541, and Downtown Killeen. You can also call us at 254- 634- 7805.
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