Chronic ocular diseases are diseases that tend to develop slowly over time, although they can also have periods of rapid development. Management of chronic ocular diseases requires vigilant treatment, including the ongoing use of medications and prescription eye drops and regular eye exams to monitor the disease progress so treatment can be altered as needed. Three of the most common ocular diseases are cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Cataracts are actually your eyes own lenses that have become clouded over as a result of “clumped-up” proteins. Cataracts tend to develop slowly causing symptoms like dimming vision, making it difficult to read and perform other tasks, especially in low-light conditions. They can also cause glare and blurry vision. Management of cataracts requires regular exams to monitor their development and recommendation to a specialist to have them removed if their impact on vision becomes too great. Once cataracts are removed, the Burbank Optometric Center can provide follow-up care to help you adjust.
AMD is a progressive eye disease that typically affects older adults and affects the macula, the portion of your retina responsible for central vision. The disease can develop very slowly or its progress can be quite rapid. As it develops, it causes central vision to deteriorate. Although there is no cure for AMD, it can be managed with careful management to help slow its progression.
Because many eye diseases cause few if any symptoms in their earliest stages, having regular dilated eye exams is one of the most important things you can do to ensure they're diagnosed early. Comprehensive eye exams that dilate your pupils enable the retina and optic nerve to be examined, and they can also help identify increases in pressure that can indicate glaucoma.
The cost of routine eye exams and prescription eyewear can be of real concern, especially for large families. In many cases, vision insurance can lower these annual expenses. A vision insurance policy is not the same as health insurance. Regular health insurance plans protect you against financial losses due to unexpected eye injuries or disease. Vision insurance, on the other hand, is a wellness benefit designed to provide routine eye care, prescription eyewear and other vision-related services at a reduced cost.
Because we provide both medical and routine eye care, we accept a number of insurance plans to help cover the cost depending on your individual needs. Here are just some of the plans that we accept:
In-Network Medical Plans: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medicare.
Vision Plans we accept: Vision Service Plan (VSP) and EyeMed
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