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Is your vision blurred or cloudy? Seeing dark spaces in the center of your vision? You might have an eye disease. Contact us for effective treatment and experience a heightened quality of life.

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Eye Disease Diagnosis and Treatment

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Your eyes keep changing with every year that goes by, and this affects vision. At Drs. Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick & Associates, we can detect these changes and identify eye conditions or diseases early enough to treat and prevent vision loss. Whether you have diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts, or macular degeneration, we’re here to help you maintain the best vision and eye health possible.

Eye Disease Treatments

We diagnose, manage and treat diseases like diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. The earlier the diagnosis, the better your chances for successful treatment.

What is Diabetic Retinopathy and How Can It Be Treated?

Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the retina's tiny blood vessels weaken and inflate as a result of high blood sugar levels. As the blood vessels grow, they bleed—causing severe vision loss, and in extreme cases even blindness.

The early and intermediate phases of this disease typically show no symptoms or warning signs. However, as the macula (central part of the retina) becomes inflamed and the disease progresses, discomfort or blurred vision may develop.

Note that diabetic retinopathy can be treated before any vision loss occurs. Treatment and management options include:

  • Medication
  • Anti-VEGF or steroid injections
  • Laser surgery
  • Vitrectomy
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Ortho-K Testimonial

I was 11 when I first came to this practice’s Roslyn location after failing my eye screening in the fifth grade. My mom was a long-time patient, and her near-sighted genes were passed on to me, so going to the eye doctor became a family affair. From my first appointment, we decided to go ahead with ortho-k contact lenses because of the many benefits it had. I was an athlete, spent a lot of time reading or studying, and had environmental allergies – all of which were made easier by wearing contact lenses at night rather than during the day. The best part of all is that I am now 23 and my eye prescription has been stable and pretty much the same as what it was 12 years ago.

When I tell people about my ortho-k lenses, they either are shocked that such a lens exists or don’t believe me. At sleepovers, my friends were always amazed at how I was putting in my hard lenses while they were taking their soft lenses out. Even with the lenses in, I watch TV comfortably while I drift into sleep and let the lenses do their thing. On lazy mornings, I leave the lenses in while I doom scroll on my phone until I finally get out of bed. I am still amazed at how great my vision is when I take them out. To be able to see clearly without anything during the day is so beneficial for my lifestyle. I am extremely grateful that I have been able to wear these lenses, and I plan on continuing to wear them for as long as I can!

The icing on the cake is that this practice, because of the process and follow-up appointments, has become like family to me. The doctors and technicians have been incredible all these years and always addressed any questions I had. When I had concerns about skipping a night of sleeping in the lenses, they calculated a glasses prescription that would work for a one-day reversal of my prescription. When I was having severe allergies, we worked out a way to temporarily wear soft lenses until they resolved. I know that this practice always has my back. For all these reasons, I would recommend ortho-k lenses to anyone who is eligible – they are truly life-changing.

- JD - July 26th, 2022
Dr. Susan Resnick

What Is Glaucoma and How Can It Be Treated?

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases caused by a buildup of pressure within the eye. The longer the pressure builds, the more damage it causes, especially to the optic nerve.

In the absence of medical intervention, the nerve will continually deteriorate, resulting in permanent vision loss or blindness.

While glaucoma cannot be cured, there are several treatments that can help slow down the progression of this disease. These treatments include:

  • Eye drops
  • Oral medications
  • Filtration surgery
  • Laser therapy
  • Drainage tubes
  • Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS)
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What Are Cataracts and How Can The Disease Be Treated?

A cataract occurs when the clear lens inside our eye becomes cloudy. Cataracts develop slowly and reduce the amount of light that can get through the lens, rendering it difficult to see. Those with cataracts feel as if they’re perpetually looking through a dirty window that cannot be cleaned.

If the cataract is at an advanced stage, your eye doctor will likely recommend cataract surgery, a safe procedure where the cloudy lens is replaced with a new intraocular lens (IOL).

What is Macular Degeneration and
How Can It Be Treated?

Macular degeneration is the deterioration of the central part of the retina, the part of the eye that records the images we see and sends them back to the brain. As the macula deteriorates, the brain receives blurred or distorted images instead of clear and bright images.

There are two types of macular degeneration: dry AMD and wet AMD.

While there is currently no treatment for dry AMD, those with significant vision loss might benefit from taking certain nutritional supplements.

For wet AMD, treatment options include:

  • Anti-VEGF Injections
  • Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
  • Laser Photocoagulation
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Eye Disease Management | FAQ

medical-plus medical-plus How Are Eye Diseases Diagnosed?

Most eye diseases, including glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration are diagnosed through a combination of tests. The specific tests used differ depending on the disease, but for the most part, a general comprehensive eye exam, as well as a review of your medical history and risk factors to determine which in-depth eye exams are further needed to best diagnose the eye disease.

medical-plus medical-plus How Can I Prevent Eye Diseases?

There are a number of ways to prevent eye diseases. These include:

  • Knowing your risk factors
  • Undergoing annual eye exams
  • Noticing any vision changes
  • Wearing UV light protection glasses
  • Maintaining a healthy diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Quit smoking

medical-plus medical-plus What Are Common Symptoms of an Eye Disease?

Each eye disease is accompanied with its own signs and symptoms. These may include:

  • Night blindness
  • Light sensitivity
  • Floaters or dark spots in the center of your vision
  • Blurred, distorted, or double vision

 

We believe that a person’s quality of life is profoundly associated with the quality of their vision. Vision problems, whether due to glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy, affect all aspects of one’s life. We at Drs. Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick & Associates can help prevent further vision deterioration and manage your current symptoms.

Schedule a consultation with our optometric team and we’ll help you find the best solution for your condition and lifestyle.

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