High quality optical shop/glasses services with dr. Aarti Pandya: Dr. Pandya was born in New York and raised in the Southeast. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was accepted to the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at the age of 19. After receiving her medical degree from UNC, Dr. Pandya completed an internship training program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and went on to complete her ophthalmology residency training at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. She is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Find more information on Aarti Pandya, MD.
It’s Safe, Effective and Inexpensive: More than 2 million cataract surgeries are performed every year in the United States alone. It’s considered to be one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures available. The benefits of restored vision speak for themselves. No more issues with bright lights or struggles to see the road clearly while driving at night. Colors will appear brighter and double vision will be a thing of the past. But the benefits of cataract surgery go far beyond these day-to-day lifestyle improvements.
If you are one of the more than 30 million Americans living with diabetes, you’re no doubt aware of the many adverse health issues associated with the metabolic disease. In addition to maintaining general health checkups to manage your diabetes, it’s also imperative that you schedule regular eye exams to check for diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of vision loss among working-age Americans. African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans all face higher rates of diabetic retinopathy. If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or are not effectively managing your blood glucose levels your risk of diabetic retinopathy is increased substantially. Tobacco use and pregnancy also can increase your risk.
Once our team assesses the full extent of your condition, we can design a treatment plan that is tailored to your unique condition. In some cases, artificial tears (eye drops) can provide sufficient relief. Behavior modifications such as taking more frequent breaks from your computer at work or avoiding air conditioning can help relieve your symptoms. For optimal eye health, we recommend a diet rich in omega-3 foods (e.g., salmon, nuts, flaxseed oil) or supplements.
Most cases of glaucoma are caused by a buildup of fluid in the front of the eye that increases ocular pressure to dangerous levels (ocular hypertension). The increased pressure can damage the optic nerve — which is essential for transmitting the images we see to the brain for visual recognition — and result in permanent blindness. Your initial glaucoma treatment plan will include medication and eye drops designed to lower intraocular pressure and stem optical nerve damage. Depending on your specific type of glaucoma and its severity, surgery may also be required.