Allergies: affect many people in the Dallas / Fort Worth area. Ocular discomfort can occur when the eye releases histamine in response to the allergens in the air. The redness, itching, burning, and irritation commonly caused by allergies can be completely alleviated with prescription eye drops that inhibit the mast cell production of histamine.
Blepharitis: is very common and characterized by the chronic swelling of the eyelids. Treatment usually consists of daily warm-compress application followed by lid scrubbing and antibiotic ointment.
Cataracts: can be a normal part of aging and affects the lens of the eye, the window through which we see. A cataract will make the lens cloudy, requiring more light when reading at first, eventually impairing vision as it becomes more opaque. Dr. Taroyan works with specialists on a referral basis to make sure his patients have their cataracts removed and a new lens replaced when it is time.
Conjunctivitis (also called PinkEye): is the infection and inflammation of the conjunctiva, the clear layer over the white part of the eye. It can be either bacterial or viral and is usually treated with antibiotic drops or in some cases with oral antibiotics if the infection is systemic.
Dry Eye Syndrome: is an extremely common problem especially associated but not limited to the aging population and menopausal/post-menopausal women. The eyes may be irritated, burn, water excessively, and just feel sore and tired at the end of the day. It is simple to diagnose with testing and is treated with prescription drops.
Glaucoma: is a complex disease that ultimately wears down the nerve fiber layer of the optic nerve causing peripheral visual field defects at first, possibly ending in full blindness if gone undetected. Glaucoma is easily caught during routine eye examination.
Diabetic Eye Disease: is a disease of the small blood vessels of the retina of the eye in people with diabetes. In this disease, the vessels swell and leak liquid into the retina, blurring the vision and sometimes leading to blindness.
Kerataconus: is a disorder affecting the front surface of the eye, changing its shape from round to cone-shaped. The vision becomes distorted and can interfere with reading and driving. This disorder can be diagnosed by keratometry and pachymetry during routine examination. The vision can be corrected with a rigid gas permeable (RGP) lens in most cases.