My name is Brett Radow. I am a practicing optometrist in the state of West Virginia and licensed to practice in Georgia, South Carolina, and West Virginia. I graduated from Southern College of Optometry in 1980, and have practiced continuously since then.
In my optometric practice, I provide a vast array of services including comprehensive eye examinations, diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and prescribing glasses, contact lenses, medicine and other needed therapy modalities for the improvement of vision and/or eye health.
Chronic open-angle glaucoma is the most common type of glaucoma. This type is symptom-less and usually occurs over the age of 40. Chronic open-angle glaucoma may develop with aging, which causes a decrease in the eye’s draining capacity. When this occurs, eye pressure slowly mounts which harms the optic nerve.
Congenital glaucoma is present at, or shortly after birth, usually caused by a defect in the draining system of the eye. Any infant who has increased sensitivity to light or eyes that easily fill up with tears should be immediately evaluated to determine the nature of the problem to prevent sight damage.
Acute angle-closure glaucoma results from immediate blockage of the drainage area. Without proper drainage, fluid back up and eye pressure increases rapidly. Person may experience rainbow-like halos or circles around lights, severe pain in the forehead and eyes, nausea and blurred vision. This type of glaucoma is a serious medical emergency resulting in blindness in a day or two without treatment. Acute angle-closure glaucoma can occur suddenly and people of any age are susceptible.
Secondary glaucoma occurs as the result of some other health problem of the eye or entire body. It may develop slowly or rapidly and have similar symptoms as acute angle-closure glaucoma.
Cataracts are most common in people over the age of 55, but can affect younger people and, although rare, can affect newborns. A loss of transparency in the crystalline lens of the eye causes disruptions in the transmission of light to the retina which results in cataracts. Chemical changes within the protein material of the lens are responsible for yellow or brown discoloration and clouding. Having cataracts is like trying to look through a foggy window.
The natural aging process seems to bring these chemical changes, however there are other contributing factors. Cataract formation, in the early stages, may cause little or no visual problems. However, some may experience a substantial decrease in vision that may require surgery. Although there is no known prevention for cataracts, they can be successfully treated. Working together, you and your eye care specialist can develop a plan that will help you maintain the best possible vision in spite of the gradual development of cataracts.
Diabetic retinopathy, a disease of the small blood vessels that nourish the retina, is the most common eye complication of diabetes mellitus, a disease in which glucose, or sugar, is not properly used by the body, allowing high levels of sugar to build up in the blood and urine.
More than 32,000 Americans are blind from diabetic retinopathy, and each year an estimated 300,000 diabetics are seriously at risk for blindness from this disease.
In the United States, macular degeneration is a leading cause of severe vision loss. In this disorder, the macula, the small area of the retina responsible for sharp central vision, is progressively destroyed, producing a blind spot or empty area in the center of focus. Each year an additional 165,000 persons, age 75 or older, develop macular degeneration.
Presbyopia is a progressive form of farsightedness that affects most people by their early 60's.
Presbyopia occurs with age as the lens of the eye gradually loses its elasticity (ability to spring back into shape). This reduces the ability of the lens to focus for near vision. The first indication of presbyopia usually is difficulty with reading.
Large print appears clearly, but small print is difficult to read except at arm’s length. Eventually the lenses of the eyes have little or no focusing ability. Simple reading eyeglasses with convex lenses correct most cases of presbyopia. Eyeglass prescriptions may need adjusting over the course of 10 to 20 years to correct the progressive nature of the disorder.