Caribou Office: (207) 496-5111 Presque Isle Office: (207) 764-5111
Doctors Of Optometry
Dr. Craig K. Small 37 Herschel Street, Caribou, Maine 04736 (207) 496-5111 491 Main Street Presque Isle, Maine 04769 (207) 764-5111
Our doctors at Family Eye Care can diagnose, monitor and treat eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. We develop individual treatment plans that can include ongoing screening, treatment, medications, and surgery. If ever your eye health needs specialized attention, our office will place you in the care of a nearby specialist who can further treat your condition.
Cataracts are cloudy areas in the lens of the eye that can cause changes in vision. Symptoms of cataracts include cloudy or fuzzy vision as well as sensitivity to glare. Cataracts are treated with surgery.
Glaucoma results from damage to the optic nerve. Usually damage is from increased pressure in the eye. The damage to the eye is irreversible and glaucoma can lead to blindness. The most common form, open-angle glaucoma, generally appears in middle age and seems to have a genetic component. In this type of glaucoma, vision loss is gradual, and one eye is oftentimes worse than the other. Other types of glaucoma are closed-angle glaucoma and congenital glaucoma. Most forms of glaucoma are successfully treated with eye drops. Laser treatments and eye surgery are secondary treatments that offer alternative ways to treat more advanced glaucoma.
Macular Degeneration (AMD):
Macular degeneration is caused by deterioration of the retina and can severely impact vision. There is no cure for macular degeneration, but it can be treated with vitamins, laser therapy, medications, and vision aids.
Retinopathy caused by complications of diabetes, which can eventually lead to blindness. There is no cure for diabetic retinopathy, but laser treatment is usually very effective at preventing vision loss. All people with diabetes - both type 1 and type 2 - are at risk, therefore, everyone with diabetes should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year.