Your Eye Doctor Specialist for Eye Infections & Diseases
Do you have eye pain or redness in one or both eyes? Are you experiencing increased sensitivity to light? Do you have a yellow, green, bloody or watery discharge from the eye?
If you are experiencing one or more of the above symptoms, you need to schedule an appointment right away. You could have an eye infection or the early symptoms of an eye disease. If left untreated, your symptoms can worsen or in some cases become severe or lead to blindness.
Most people experience some type of eye infection during their lives. In fact, all parts of your eye are susceptible to infection. Eye infections can be viral, bacterial or fungal in origin. Eye infections can occur in just one eye or in both eyes, and can affect people of any age—from newborns to older adults.
William Fruchtman O.D. is your eye doctor specialist in Florida and New Jersey. Ocular disease treatment includes infections, inflammations, and foreign body removals. Our specialized team is highly trained in diagnosing and treating many eye infections, diseases, and disorders.
If you have an eye infection, you may have one or more of these symptoms:
Continued itching or irritation
Blurry or reduced vision
Flaky skin on the eyelids
Swelling around the eye
Eye Infection Treatments
Some eye infections are highly contagious and can be easily transmitted by simply touching your eye, then touching a common object, such as a television remote, light switch or a doorknob. When another person touches that same object and then touches their own eye, they can easily contract the same infection.
That’s why it’s important to be seen and treated as soon as possible after your first symptoms appear. At William Fruchtman O.D., our eye doctors and technicians have been highly trained to diagnose and treat conditions of the eye.
Depending on the type of eye infection you have, we’ll prescribe a specific course of treatment to return your eye (or eyes) back to normal function. Your treatment may include eye drops, compresses, creams or oral antibiotics.
At William Fruchtman O.D., we have diagnosed and helped to heal many eye infections in our Florida and New Jersey patients:
Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
Trachoma (usually more common in underdeveloped regions)
Herpes simplex virus
Herpes zoster (shingles)
Your Eye Doctor Specialist for Eye Diseases
Annual eye exams are essential for catching eye diseases in their early stages. Many eye diseases have no early symptoms. They can often be painless, and you may not notice a change in your vision until the disease has become fairly advanced.
At William Fruchtman O.D., we have diagnosed and helped patients with the following eye diseases and conditions:
Age-related macular degeneration
Crossed eyes (Strabismus)
Diabetic macular edema
Eyelid twitching (continuous)
Diabetic Eye Screenings: Diabetic Retinopathy
If you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, we strongly recommended a diabetic eye screening every year. Diabetic patients are particularly susceptible to many eye conditions. However, most cases can be prevented with appropriate care, control of your diabetic condition, and regular eye screenings.
At William Fruchtman O.D., our doctors are specifically trained to detect and identify damage to the retina’s blood vessels caused by diabetic retinopathy. Later symptoms of this debilitating eye disease can include blurred vision, vision spots caused by very small specks of blood, and blindness. However, the disease often takes hold with no symptoms at all. That’s why it’s important to catch the occurrence of diabetic retinopathy early—before any severe symptoms appear.
The best time to treat diabetic retinopathy is before your vision is affected. This is the time when treatment can have the best possible outcome to restore your eye health. Your treatment may include a surgical procedure, laser surgery or medicine injected into the eye.
Eye Screenings: Glaucoma
Glaucoma occurs when a build-up of fluid in the eye creates pressure, which damages the optic nerve. Glaucoma can often be difficult to diagnose with certainty because there are different forms of glaucoma. Only a complete and comprehensive eye exam and several tests can fully detect all cases of glaucoma.
In addition, family history, ancestry, and prior eye trauma can be factors for the occurrence of glaucoma. Those patients of African, Asian, and Hispanic origins may be more susceptible to contracting certain types of glaucoma.
When diagnosing glaucoma, we’ll test for the following conditions:
Intraocular pressure measurement
Optic nerve inspection
Dr. Fruchtman O.D. uses the following technologies to track macular degeneration and glaucoma:
Retinal imaging—Available in Florida soon!
State-of-the-art visual field analyzer—Available in Florida soon!
Eye Screenings: Cataracts
Dr. Fruchtman O.D. co-manages both cataract and Lasik surgery in Florida and New Jersey.
If you are over 60 and your vision has become permanently blurred, you may have cataracts. In fact, cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40. And it is the leading cause of blindness worldwide.
Cataracts are a degenerative form of eye disease in which proteins in the eye clump together and affect vision. The eye lens progressively becomes opaque and vision is further blurred. Cataracts can occur in one or both eyes. Without treatment, this condition is permanent and can lead to total blindness.
Risk factors for cataracts include the following:
Ultraviolet radiation from sunlight and other sources
Prolonged use of corticosteroid medications
Previous eye injury or inflammation
Previous eye surgery
Hormone replacement therapy
Substantial alcohol consumption
Initially, our patients find improved vision through the use of glasses, strong bifocals, magnification, and lighting or other eyesight aids. Once the cataracts have progressed to the point of major eyesight impairment, it’s time to consider cataract surgery.
Nine out of 10 people experience their vision as successfully restored (between 20/20 and 20/40) after cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is a very common procedure. More than three millions Americans undergo cataract surgery each year. Our patients find the procedure to be relatively pain free.
Your eyesight is one of the most important of your five senses. At William Fruchtman O.D., we want to help you maintain the best vision possible throughout your life. We encourage you to make an appointment today for your annual eye screening. We’ll take the time to understand your family history as well as your vision history before we perform a complete eye exam. If all is well, then we will only need to see you once each year.