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Eye Diseases

Dr. Mitnick evaluates and diagnoses eye diseases and monitors for any complications related to medical diseases such as diabetes or hypertension. He provides treatment of certain eye diseases such as glaucoma, red eyes, dry eyes and allergies.


Dry eyes


Dry eyes are very common. It has recently been concluded that most dry eyes come from infection and inflammation of the tear glands in the eyelids, called meibomitis. Dr. Mitnick usually treats this problem with prescription drops and lid hygiene or a new procedure called meibomian gland probing. To view a video showing how to do the lid hygiene, click on the video below. As we get older, we may produce less tears. Artificial tears and a prescription drop called Restasis can help. There are many possible causes and treatments for dry eyes, so if you are being treated, it may require patience and persistence on your part to get relief. Dry eyes may also be associated with medical diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or other connective tissue diseases.

Red Eyes 


If one or both eyes are red, there are many possible causes. Some of the more common causes include allergies, infection, or trauma. Usually if allergies are the problem both eyes are affected. Dr. Mitnick can prescribe drops or oral antihistamines. A very common source of infection in the eye comes from infection of the tear glands in the lower eyelid. Sometimes this can lead to an abscess, which is commonly referred to as a stye or it can assume a more chronic form which is called meibomitis. Another fairly common cause of red eyes is called rosacea. You may be familiar with rosacea as a skin disease. It is not uncommon for this to affect the eyes. This can occur with or without the skin disease.


Glaucoma


Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerves. Usually it is caused by high pressure in the eye, but not always. Dr. Mitnick can diagnose, and if need be, treat glaucoma with drops. The important thing to remember about glaucoma is that it is one of those sneaky diseases where if you wait until you notice a problem, it’s too late. That’s why it’s important to check carefully for any early signs of glaucoma, long before you might notice a problem.


Flashes and floaters


Flashes and floaters most commonly are caused by something called a posterior vitreous detachment. This usually happens to people after the age of 50. They usually experience flashes of light on the outside of their vision. Usually this will pass uneventfully, but in a small number of people this can lead to a retinal tear or a retinal detachment. For that reason, it is very important to see the doctor, like Dr. Mitnick, within two days of seeing the flashes. Floaters are very common. Some people are born with floaters. They can be left over material from the making the eye. Sometimes they can also be an indication of something more serious, from a blood vessel bursting, to a retinal detachment.