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Ophthalmology — Conditions We Treat

The following conditions are some of the most common conditions treated by specialists in this area. These specialists offer expert care for many other related medical problems. If you need care for a condition not listed here, please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to find a doctor who can help you.

  • Amblyopia

    Amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye,” is a condition in which vision is reduced in one eye. Amblyopia is a treatable, common form of visual impairment in children.
  • Astigmatism

    Astigmatism is a common vision condition that causes blurred vision. Astigmatism is known as a refractive error because it affects how the eye bends or “refracts” light. It frequently occurs with nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia).
  • Cataracts

    Cataracts occur when a normally clear lens in the eye becomes cloudy. Cataracts can lead to blindness. However, with treatment, any visual impairment is often reversible. Cataracts symptoms include cloudy or blurry vision, excessive glare, double vision, weak night vision and frequent eyeglass prescription changes.
  • Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is a common eye infection, especially in children. It affects the tissue inside the eyelid and on the white part of the eye. Conjunctivitis usually does not affect vision.
  • Corneal Dystrophies

    Corneal dystrophies are rare, inherited and usually progressive eye disorders. They affect both eyes. Corneal dystrophies alter the cornea, which is the clear, dome-shaped surface of the eye. Any of the five layers of the cornea can be involved. The result may be decreased vision, discomfort or corneal scarring.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy

    Diabetic retinopathy is damage to the blood vessels of the retina caused by diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy is one of the leading causes of blindness in American adults. It is the most common eye disease caused by diabetes.
  • Dry Eye

    Dry eye is a condition in which the body does not produce enough tears or when the tears do not have all the correct elements. Dry eye symptoms include having the sensation that something is in the eye, excessive watering of the eyes and a decrease in visual clearness.
  • Eye Cancer

    Eye cancer is cancer that begins in the eye. If the cancer starts inside the eyeball, it is known as intraocular. The two most common forms of intraocular eye cancer are intraocular melanoma and intraocular lymphoma. The most common type of eye cancer in children is retinoblastoma, which starts in the retina.
  • Glaucoma

    Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve. If not treated, glaucoma can result in the loss of peripheral, or side, vision and eventually total vision. Glaucoma is typically the result of fluid pressure building up in the eye and damaging the optic nerve.
  • Hyperopia

    Hyperopia, or farsightedness, is a condition in which objects in the distance appear clear, while objects close-up appear blurry. When a person with hyperopia reaches his or her late 30s or early 40s, the near vision typically gets worse, and patients with hyperopia often need reading glasses.
  • Macular Degeneration

    Macular degeneration is the degradation of macula, a part of the eye that helps people see directly in front of them. Often related to age, it is the most common reason for vision loss among older adults.
  • Myopia

    Myopia is nearsightedness, or difficulty seeing things in the distance. People with myopia can use glasses or contact lenses to correct their vision. Another option is laser eye surgery.
  • Presbyopia

    Presbyopia is sometimes called the aging eye disorder. It is the inability to focus on things at arm’s length or closer. It usually develops in people who are older than 40.
  • Retinal Detachment

    Retinal detachment occurs when the retina, a part of the eye that senses light, pulls away from its normal position in the back of the eye. People who have it might think they see flashing lights or more than the usual amount of floaters (floating specks in their field of vision). Retinal detachment can lead to loss of vision and requires immediate medical attention.
  • Strabismus

    Strabismus is an eye movement disorder. People with strabismus have trouble focusing both eyes on the same thing. In many cases, glasses, eye exercises or surgery can correct the problem.
  • Uveitis

    Uveitis refers to a group of eye diseases that cause swelling and destroy eye tissue, including the lens, retina, optic nerve and vitreous. Milder forms of uveitis may slightly reduce vision, while others forms can lead to severe vision loss.