Eye Disorders in Fort Myers, FL


Adult Disorders

Most adults have taken their eyesight for granted. We look and see the eyes as the windows to our souls. To an Ophthalmologist as Dr. Aouchiche, the eyes are a barometer for overall eye health to his patients.
Adult eye disorders can occur from a number of factors. It may be due to something as simple and common as aging, medication, or a simple illness. It may also be more serious. Adults with diabetes, who have had a stroke or have multiple sclerosis, may find these are contributing factors to the issues they are having with their eyesight.
Strabismus, which is another example, may be intermittent, only occurring with fatigue or illness, or it may be present all the time. There are many reasons that adults may be having difficulty with their sight, which is why your yearly examination is so important to diagnose, care, and treat your eyes.

Nearsightedness (Myopia)

Myopia refers to the way light enters the eye. If a patient has perfect vision, light reaches all the way to the retina and macula allowing for sharp vision at 20 feet. However, if the cornea (clear part of the eye) is steep, light doesn't make it all the way to the retina and focuses somewhere in front of the macula.
Patients with nearsightedness usually have a difficult time seeing in the distance but can see things brought close to their eyes clearer. Nearsightedness is treated with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or refractive surgery. Refractive surgery is not recommended for children under the age of 18 because eyes are still growing and changing.

Farsightedness (Hyperopia)

Patients with hyperopia usually have a shallow or flatter cornea allowing light to focus somewhere behind the retina. Mildly farsighted patients can usually see relatively clearly in the distance and may need no correction to see items far away.
However, the closer they come to an object, the blurrier it becomes. Patients with more advanced farsightedness have difficulty seeing both far and near. Hyperopia also is corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses and after 18 years of age, refractive surgery.

Adults with Amblyopia and Strabismus

Many adults with amblyopia and strabismus have struggled through the discomfort of having misaligned eyes. Studies have shown that often applicants are passed over for jobs or promotions because of the appearance of their eyes.
Others find that customers or clients have difficulty trusting them if their eye wanders. Misaligned eyes can be corrected at any age. Although surgery to align eyes will not restore lost vision, straightening eye muscles for cosmetic purposes is common.

Strabismus (Misaligned Eyes)

Strabismus refers to eyes that point in different directions—in or out, up or down. Eyes that turn in are called esotropic and those that turn out are called exotropic. This disorder can be present all of the time or just some times.
Patients with strabismus are usually unaware of the problem but with a thorough eye exam, the disorder can be identified and treated with special lenses called prisms or in some cases, muscle surgery will be used to correct the problem.

Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

Treatments for amblyopia include finding the underlying cause as well as treating the amblyopia itself. Misalignment of the eye and focusing problems may be treated with special prism lenses or surgery or sometimes both.
Once the source of the problem is addressed, patching or using blurring drops in the good eye forces the weak eye to step up and start pulling its weight. Under the supervision of an ophthalmologist or a certified orthoptist, patching and other interventions force the brain to develop vision in the lazy eye.
West Coast Eye Care in Fort Myers, Florida, can educate you about the different optical disorders that people suffer from. To learn more, call (239) 466-3111.