NH's Leading Eye Care Provider
Dedicated to informing you about the best and safest vision correction, NH Eye Associates, P.A. strives to provide quality eye care and vision correction. At NH Eye Associates, we emphasize excellence in eye care and take great pride in offering people of all ages the very latest in diagnostic and surgical equipment and techniques.
Common eye problems
- Macular Degeneration
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Flashes & Floaters
- Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
- Dry Eye
The eye has about one million tiny nerve fibers that run from the back of the eye to the brain. Glaucoma is a disease that causes the destruction of these fibers. It was once thought that the loss of these fibers was due to strictly to high pressure in the eye. But now it is known that even patients with normal eye pressure can have glaucoma and loss of these nerve fibers.
The macula is the tiny central part of the retina that is responsible for fine detail vision and color perception. Macular degeneration is a disease that causes deterioration of this very important portion of the retina. It usually affects both eyes, but often begins in one eye.
Diabetes is a disease that affects the blood vessels throughout the body, particularly vessels in the kidney and eye. When the blood vessels in the eye are affected, this is called diabetic retinopathy. The retina lies in the back of the eye and is a multi-layered tissue that detects visual images and transmits these to the brain. When blood vessels in the retina are damaged due to diabetes, they may leak blood or fluid. Fluid leakage, known as diabetic macular edema, affects the ability of the retina to detect and transmit images.
Our eyes are filled with a jelly-like material called the vitreous. Throughout much of our life, the vitreous remains attached to the retina, which is the nerve tissue that lines the back wall of our eye. As we age, the vitreous can start to pull away from the retina. This is called a posterior vitreous detachment.
Amblyopia, or ‘lazy eye’, is poor vision in an eye that does not develop normally during childhood. Vision loss occurs because pathways between the brain and eye are not properly stimulated during development. As a result, the brain does learn not to see from one eye and can lead to impaired vision if left untreated.
The eye has a tear film that coats the outer layer of the eye. This tear film is very important for the lubrication and comfort of the eye as well as for the clarity of vision. As we age, this protective tear film diminishes, and leaves the eye more exposed to the drying effects of the air, wind and dust. In many people the dryness is worse in the afternoon and evening.
Cataracts occur as part of the normal aging process. Studies show that virtually everyone over age 65 has some cataract formation in their eyes! Cataracts can severely reduce your vision. At one time, cataracts were a leading cause of blindness in the world. But today, fortunately they can be treated. Modern surgical techniques, intraocular lens implantation and "same day surgery" make cataract surgery safe, fast and effective.