Catonsville Eye Group
Optometrists located in Catonsville, MD
You rely on clear vision for just about everything you do. Having regular comprehensive eye exams is critical to ensuring your vision is clear and the health of your eyes is protected. The optometrists at Catonsville Eye Group include state-of-the-art iWellness scans in monitoring your eye health. If you live in or around Catonsville, Maryland, and need an eye exam, call the team at Catonsville Eye Group or book an appointment online for friendly and expert eye care for every member of your family.
iWellness Q & A
What is iWellness?
State-of-the-art iWellness eye scans provide your Catonsville Eye Group optometrist with a comprehensive view of your eye, including your retina, macula, and optic nerve. The iWellness exam is noninvasive and pain-free. The equipment doesn’t even require the flash of bright light, contrast dye injections, or drops that other tests need to create an image of the interior of your eye.
Many eye diseases develop because of irregularities in the blood vessels in your eye. When other health conditions such as diabetes cause your ocular blood vessels to swell or new vessels to grow, extra fluid can build up in your eye, ultimately damaging your optic nerve.
The iWellness scan shows your doctor the thickness of your retina and your ganglion cell complex. It provides a comparison with healthy eyes and metrics to determine the severity of any signs of eye disease.
Why do I need regular eye exams?
Like many health conditions, eye diseases don’t always cause symptoms in their early stages. Having comprehensive eye exams every 12-24 months ensures that your Catonsville Eye Group optometrist can monitor your eye health and visual clarity to protect and preserve your sight.
The iWellness scan can show signs of eye disease earlier than other tests, ensuring you get the treatment you need as soon as possible.
What eye health conditions can iWellness help diagnose?
The optometrists at Catonsville Eye Group use iWellness scans to diagnose a variety of eye diseases. The detailed images show abnormalities in your retina and other signs of eye disease.
Diabetic retinopathy is a condition in which your high blood sugar levels increase the blood pressure in the capillaries in your eyes, causing them to leak. The leakage increases the pressure in your eyeball, scarring and damaging your retina.
Glaucoma is another condition where excess pressure in your eye damages your retina. Glaucoma doesn’t cause any symptoms until your retina is damaged and your vision is affected. The iWellness scan checks for extra pressure in your eye and reveals signs of retina damage. Your optometrist can recommend treatments to reduce the pressure in your eye and save your vision.
Macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of blindness in adults over the age of 55. It develops when your macula, a specific part of your retina, either thins and develops protein deposits or is damaged by new blood vessel growth and leaking. As with many other diseases, the earlier your optometrist diagnoses macular degeneration, the earlier you can begin treatment to protect your eyesight.
If you’re due for an eye exam, call Catonsville Eye Group or schedule an appointment online for expert care that uses innovative technology for accurate results.