Disease Management

Our optometry office can help you in the management of eye diseases.

Some common eye diseases Meyer Eyecare treats are dry eye, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.

  • Dry Eye– Dry eye is a noticeable lack of moisture on the surface of the eye and results in an irritation of the eye. There are many causes of dry eye. Dr. Ingelse and Dr. Ahrens will find the correct treatment for each patient. Products such as Restasis and punctal plugs (Tear Savers) are easy to use and often provide relief for dry eye.
  • Cataracts– A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Cataracts are most commonly caused by chemical changes within the lens of the eye, which is thought to be part of the natural aging process, but may also result from ultraviolet damage, heredity, alcohol, smoking, trauma, disease, or prolonged use of certain medications. Nearly half of the population over age 65 will have some degree of cataract formation in their lifetime. Routine medical eye examination is necessary to diagnose this common condition. Meyer Eyecare can help in the detection and treatment of cataracts. Fox example, ultraviolet protection can be placed within spectacle eyewear and sunwear can help prevent cumulative photochemical damage to the lens from solar and man-made sources. Our doctors can also advise you on cataract surgery so that you make an informed decision. You can learn more about cataract disease at the American Optometry Association website – just click here.
  • Glaucoma– Glaucoma is an insidious disease in which damage to the optic nerve results in slow vision loss over time. There are different types of Glaucoma. To detect glaucoma, our optometrists analyze important factors such as age, your ethnicity (for example – African Americans are 8 times more likely to get glaucoma), family history, and intraocular pressure.
  • Macular Degeneration– Macular Degeneration destroys the 20/20 area of your vision until peripheral vision is all that remains. Macular degeneration runs its course uniquely in each person, affecting patients very differently. Dr. Ingelse and Dr. Ahrens are able to detect macular degeneration in patients and will be attentive to each patient’s specific needs. They can call in our Low Vision consultant to meet with you right in our office. Meyer Eyecare also has an instrument – MPOD (Macular Pigment Optical Density) – which can measure the macular pigment and assist with early detection and treatment. Additionally, our doctors recommend eye vitamins, such as ones from ZeaVision, to promote prevention of this disease or slow its progression. Click here to learn more about ZeaVision products.

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  • Diabetic Retinopathy– Diabetic retinopathy refers to the eye damage caused by diabetes. It is crucial that diabetics are faithful with their annual eye exams, whether they have just been diagnosed or have been dealing with diabetes for years, in order to prevent blindness. Meyer Eyecare doctors can show patients photographs of their retina. They can also detect signs unnoticeable to patients. Findings from eye exams, such as hemorrhages that appear in the retina, help our doctors prescribe treatments that work. Meyer Eyecare has had much success in the past through critical monitoring and timely referrals to retinal specialists such as Illinois Retinal Associates and Retina Vitreous. Click here to learn more about diabetic retinopathy.