We provide diagnosis, treatment, and management of diseases which affect the human eye and visual system. Some examples include:
Dry Eye Syndrome is very common in our arid, high altitude environment. In many cases, dry eye syndrome is related to chronic eyelid dysfunction, which can cause long term dry eyes. Dr. Hoover takes great interest in the latest advancements in dry eye therapy. Therapy modalities are individually tailored towards the patient’s specific condition to enhance eye comfort. Patients may also notice better vision after starting their dry eye therapy.
Keratoconus is a disorder that occurs when the cornea, which is typically rounded, becomes cone-shaped. The progression is usually slow and can stop at any stage from mild to severe. This distortion increases as the cornea bulges and thins. The apex of the cornea often scars, reducing the vision. Keratoconus may be effectively treated with gas permeable contact lenses, designed specifically for the irregular corneal surface. If contact lens treatment is not satisfactory there are several new exciting alternatives to stabilizing the corneal distortion.
Diabetic Retinopathy is a condition when a diabetic person’s blood sugar gets too high. High blood sugar levels start a series of events which end in damaged blood vessel walls. As such, the blood vessels begin to leak fluid or bleed, causing the retina to swell and form deposits known as exudates. Vision can be lost if these spots are not watched and treated. Here, at our office, we carefully examine the back of your eyes to follow and manage this and other important eye diseases.
A Cataract is a clouding or opacity of the natural internal lens of the eye. This opacity may be a small spot or may cover the entire lens. When light enters the eye it is scattered, causing images to appear hazy and blurred. There are many different types of cataracts. The one shown here is a cortical cataract. Here the opacity forms first in the periphery of the lens and develops inward, like spokes of a wheel. Ultimately, the best treatment is to remove the cataract lens and replace it with an acrylic man made lens. New advancements in intra-ocular lens designs has allowed for greatly improved visual outcomes following cataract surgery.
Macular Degeneration is a condition in which the central part of the retina develops areas of atrophy. There is a breakdown of retinal pigment epithelium cells in this macular region. As the disease progresses, central vision diminishes. Treatment may include better nutritional management, including vitamin supplements containing the primary compounds found lacking in many of our patients suffering from macular degeneration. Careful monitoring of our patient’s retinal health is recommended to reduce the chance of severe loss of vision from this very prevalent eye disease.
Our office is open five days a week and accepts major medical insurance as well as Medicare.
We also provide an urgent care phone number that is accessible 24 hours a day.