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Your optometrist’s primary goal is maintaining perfect eye health and eyesight. However, the only way to ensure you maintain perfect eye health for a lifetime is through proactive and early diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases using cutting-edge diagnostic solutions and technologies.

At David W. Stemley, O.D., we follow a proactive eye care philosophy — instead of waiting for symptoms to show up, we identify eye conditions at the earliest stages to stop them in their tracks before they inflict any damage. We strive to provide the very best eye care Carlsbad has to offer. The following are some of the eye conditions we diagnose and treat at David W. Stemley, O.D.

Types of Diseases

Below are some of the common eye conditions we treat in Carlsbad and what our optometrists do to treat such conditions.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) generally afflicts individuals over 50 years of age, and it’s one of the leading causes of vision loss in that demography. AMD doesn’t cause complete blindness, but it causes enough loss of vision to affect your quality of life. People with macular degeneration have difficulty recognizing faces, driving, or even performing simple household tasks.

Macular degeneration is a progressive eye condition that rapidly worsens if left untreated. It doesn’t exhibit any obvious symptoms at the initial stages, so you must go for regular eye exams to catch it before it worsens. While there’s no cure for macular degeneration, your optometrist in Carlsbad can halt its progress through injections or medications.

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Color Blindness

Color blindness doesn’t mean you see in grayscale but rather that you have trouble telling certain colors apart. Our comprehensive eye exam in Carlsbad also includes a color blindness test. The color blindness test is administered to children and adults but for different reasons.

The color blindness test is administered to children to determine if they have color blindness. But it’s administered to adults to identify possible underlying eye conditions. There’s no cure for color blindness, but it can be corrected with specialized glasses and contact lenses.


Keratoconus is a progressive eye condition that results in the progressive thinning and bulging of the cornea, i.e., the lens on the front surface of the eyes. Over time, keratoconus leads to blurry vision, nearsightedness, light sensitivity, double vision, irregular astigmatism, and other vision problems.

Your optometrist in Carlsbad may recommend contact lenses or specialized glasses to correct keratoconus at the initial stages. If diagnosed early, you can prevent keratoconus from worsening. However, if the condition worsens, your eye doctor may eventually recommend surgery.


Conjunctivitis, also called a “pink eye,” is an extremely common eye infection that occurs due to the inflammation or infection of the inner transparent membrane of the eyelid (conjunctiva). Inflammation of the conjunctiva makes the blood vessels appear prominently in the white parts of your eyes, leading to a reddish and pink appearance.

Your optometrist in Carlsbad will prescribe some eye drops and antibiotics to control the infection. Failure to seek treatment may lead to severe complications and vision problems, including scarring in the eye and secondary infections in other parts of your body.

Maintain Perfect Eye Health in Carlsbad

At David W. Stemley, O.D., our exceptional team of optometrists guides you through every stage of your eye care journey, from the early diagnosis, to treatment, to post-treatment care and recovery. We always put your eye health first, using the latest eye care technologies to accurately diagnose eye conditions at the earliest stage possible. Visit our conveniently located center providing eye care in Carlsbad for diagnosis and treatment today.

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COVID-19 Update:

Dear Patient,
We are pleased to announce that the California Department of Public Health has given us permission to resume full scope eye care, including preventative care and postponed exams.

At Total Vision Care, the health of our patients, doctors, and associates is our top priority. We are taking precautions to ensure the safety of our community.

Health and safety protocols we are taking:

  • All visits are by appointment to ensure social distancing. This includes picking up of glasses/contact lenses, adjustments on glasses, and ordering new products.
  • Patients are asked to arrive to their appointment alone and notify us from your vehicle once you arrive (a parent/guardian may accompany a minor and a family member/caretaker may assist a senior). Please call the office and someone will greet you at the door.
  • Prior to your entry a team member will take your temperature, provide you with hand sanitizer and ask you a series of questions regarding your health and possible COVID-19 exposure. Our team members are all subject to these same screening protocols.
  • All doctors, associates, and patients must wear masks.
  • Our team sterilizes all equipment and surfaces after every patient and disinfects all frames prior to placing them back on display.

What we ask of patients:

  • If you have any of the following symptoms, you must reschedule your appointment for a future date: Fever, fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, gastro-intestinal symptoms (diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, or stomach pains), recent loss of smell or taste.
  • Please bring a mask which must be worn in our facilities at all times.
  • Your patience in adhering to new safety protocols.
  • Please feel welcome to communicate any questions that you have to your Total Vision Care practice associates.

In addition, we will continue to monitor CDC, WHO, governmental, and optometric associations guidelines and make changes as appropriate to protect our community. Thank you so much for your continued support of our practices. We appreciate your patience throughout this process and for trusting us with your eyecare needs.

The Total Vision Care Family of Eyecare Professionals