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Maintaining a crisp and crystal-clear vision is an important part of your overall health. Deteriorating vision doesn’t just burden you with glasses or contact lenses, but it also impacts your quality of life. Our optometrists in Ladera Ranch use the latest cutting-edge diagnostic technologies to identify the slightest warning signs of vision problems and eye diseases — early diagnostics and treatment are crucial for overall eye health. The following is an overview of some of the common vision problems we regularly diagnose and treat in Ladera Ranch.

Refractive Errors

“Refractive error” refers to a group of vision problems caused due to an irregular shape of the cornea, i.e., the lens at the front of the eye. Refractive errors occur when your cornea’s shape is incapable of bending light correctly, leading to blurry vision.

The following are the various types of refractive errors.

  • Myopia/ Nearsightedness: Faraway objects seem blurry, but closer objects are clear. 
  • Hyperopia/ Farsightedness: Objects close to your field of vision are clear, but distant objects are blurry.
  • Presbyopia: The cornea hardens and becomes rigid after the age of 40, resulting in blurry vision regardless of the distance.
  • Astigmatism: You have blurry or distorted vision, regardless of the distance, because of an irregular curvature in your cornea.
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Macular Degeneration

As the name suggests, macular degeneration is a vision problem that afflicts the macula, i.e., the central part of the retina. Macular degeneration is most commonly found in patients over the age of 60, which is why it’s also called age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

If left untreated, the macula continues degenerating until you have a complete loss of vision. Macular degeneration can be slowed down, stopped, or treated with injections or laser treatments.

Cataracts

Cataracts can occur in both children and adults, but they’re mostly common amongst patients over 60 years of age. Cataracts are cloudy formations on the lenses of the eyes, usually due to the continued accumulation of protein on the lenses. The continued accumulation of proteins on your cornea leads to cloudy formations that make it seem like you’re constantly looking through a foggy window.

If left untreated, cataracts continue clouding your vision until you suffer from complete loss of vision. However, cataracts are extremely treatable, especially if diagnosed at an early stage. Initially, cataracts can be treated or slowed down with specialized glasses or contact lenses, but you may eventually need laser surgery.

Retinal Damage/ Detachment

Retinal damage or detachment is an emergency situation that necessitates immediate optometrist intervention. Retinal detachment happens when the retina at the back of the eye pulls away from its normal position, disconnecting it from the network of blood vessels that supply blood, oxygen, and nourishment to your eyes.

If left untreated, you may soon suffer from permanent loss of vision. As such, you must contact your optometrist at Ladera Ranch Optometry the moment you identify the warning signs of retinal damage — tiny specks in your field of vision, floaters, blurred vision, flashes of light, and a curtain-like shadow on your vision. Retinal damage can be treated with laser or surgical procedures.

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Comprehensive Eye Care at Ladera Ranch Optometry

At Ladera Ranch Optometry, our goal is to prevent your eye conditions and vision problems from escalating. We take a proactive rather than a reactive approach to eye care. As such, we run numerous tests during your regular eye exams to identify warning signs and symptoms of vision problems. If we notice any troubling signs, we identify and treat the root cause of the problem before it worsens. For more information, please schedule your comprehensive eye exam in Ladera Ranch 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.

Sincerely,
The Total Vision Care Family of Eyecare Professionals