Dr. Chung evaluates and treats:

Dry Eyes
A very common problem that can have many causes, from an overly dry or dusty environment to simple aging.  Spending long hours in front of a computer screen, temporary inflammations, hormonal changes that come with menopause, contact lens wear, eye surgery – all can result in a problem with dry eyes.  Although serious complications are not common, if left untreated dry eyes can damage the surface of the cornea.

Glaucoma
An eye condition that develops when too much fluid builds up inside the eye.  The increase in pressure can damage the optic nerve; if this continues untreated, glaucoma will cause loss of vision.  There are usually no noticeable early symptoms of glaucoma so it is important that you are checked regularly, especially if you have a family history of the disease.

Cataracts
A clouding in the lens of the eye which can impair vision.

Macular Degeneration
A disorder that includes a variety of eye diseases that affect central vision. Central vision is what you see directly in front of you rather than what you see at the side (or periphery) of your vision.

Corneal Disease
The cornea is the clear, protective outer layer of the eye; it acts as a barrier against dirt, germs and other particles that can harm the eye.  If your cornea becomes damaged through disease, infection or injury, the resulting scars can interfere with vision by blocking or distorting light as it enters the eye.  Usually the cornea repairs itself; however, if you experience pain, blurred vision, tearing, redness or extreme sensitivity to light, you will need to be seen by the doctor. 

Red Eye
Redness in or around the eye.  It can be caused by foreign bodies (metal, insects), scrapes, sores, injury, infection, and glaucoma.   If you are experiencing red eye, you should be seen by the doctor to determine proper treatment.  One form of red eye can be spread to others easily so precautions have to be taken until it is healed, i.e., not attending school or going to work.

Blepharitis and Other Eyelid Conditions
Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids, causing itching and swelling with a scaly appearance at the base of the eyelashes.  Blepharitis cannot be cured but it can be managed with proper eyelid hygiene. If left untreated, it can develop into a more serious condition.

Eyelid Growths
The most common types of eyelid growths are styes and chalazia; these are lumps in or along the edge of an eyelid causing swollen, red eyelids.  Most will go away on their own.

Dr. Chung provides:

Diabetic Eye Exams
These exams require that your eyes be dilated. The doctor can perform several tests that address eye issues associated with diabetes.  For example, he can check for cataracts, changes in the retina, glaucoma and determine the frequency needed for your eye exam visits.

Glasses and Contact Lens Prescriptions
Patient’s vision can be corrected with either glasses or contact lenses.  Myopic (nearsighted) patients have difficulty seeing distant objects but can see more clearly up close.  Those patients with hyperopia (farsightedness) cannot see so well up close.  Corrective lenses in both cases help to focus light on the retina properly.

Cataract Surgery
Cataracts are diagnosed by the doctor and he will determine when/if surgery is needed.  Generally surgery is done on an outpatient basis during which the doctor replaces your lens with an intraocular lens implant.
 
 
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