All of the doctors at Buena Vista are fully certified and have exceptional experience in finding and treating the whole spectrum of eye diseases. Here are a few of the most common diseases that we see and treat.
Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry Eye Syndrome occurs when the normal flow of tears over the eyes is interrupted, or the tear film is abnormal. In many cases, dry eye syndrome is a life long problem. You can relieve the symptoms, but not cure the original cause. Artificial tear lubricants or in some cases blocking the tear ducts will concentrate the limited tears that are available. Dr Mitchell has been successfully treating dry eye for many years. He has provided relief to hundreds of patients enabling them to lead more comfortable lives.
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. Treatment of Keratoconus is most effective with gas permeable contact lenses, designed specifically for the irregular corneal surface. If contact lens treatment is not successful, surgical corneal transplant may be necessary. We use the latest technologies in contact lens treatments for keratoconus.
Diabetic Retinopathy is a condition when a diabetic persons 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 know 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. Our founder, Dr. Cuadros, has been instrumental in expanding access to advanced technology to find this blinding disorder through his EyePACS system.
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 is 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. This is referred to as cataract surgery. Dr. Mitchell has been honored to have worked with the finest cataract surgeons in the US and has written numerous papers and lectured extensively on the diagnosis and treatment of cataract.
Macular Degeneration is a condition in which the central part of the back of the eye loses blood circulation. It is considered a natural aging process. There is a breakdown of retinal pigment epithelium cells in the macular region. As the disease progresses, central vision diminishes. It is believed that this breakdown may be due to a lack of nutrients being supplied to the region. Additional studies have found a genetic link to this disease. Treatment can range from better nutritional management, sometimes to include a tablet containing the primary minerals and vitamins that are found lacking in many patients.
Glaucoma refers to a group of conditions that affect the optic nerve of the eye. Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of glaucoma and affects nearly four million American nationwide, most of whom don’t even know they have the condition. Elevated internal pressures cause subsequent damage to the optic nerve resulting in eventual loss of vision. Glaucoma is commonly referred to as a “silent disease” as there are very few signs or symptoms of it occurring. Thus, it is vital to have a yearly comprehensive exam and monitor any changes that may be occurring. Our glaucoma certified doctors can play an essential role in early detection and a long term role in treating this disease.
Urgent Eye Care
We offer urgent/emergency eye care for foreign bodies, trauma, sudden loss of vision or other diseases that need to be evaluated and treated right away. We accept patients on their own or through referral from a primary care provider or urgent care clinic. Contact us right away.