As a Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma specialist, Dr. Murrell is capable of diagnosing, treating, and co-managing a wide variety of eye disorders including Glaucoma, Dry Eyes, Allergies, Uveitis, Cataracts and Macular Degeneration. Patient conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and many autoimmune diseases may manifest in the eye without visible symptoms to the patient. Early detection and treatment is critical in preventing irreversible damage. We incorporate the latest medical training and technology to help diagnose and treat these diseases.
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States, making it an important public health priority. Although there are several factors that cause glaucoma, all types of glaucoma are characterized by damage to the optic nerve. This damage prevents the brain from receiving appropriate visual information, resulting in vision loss. If you experience any change in vision, contact an eye care provider immediately for a full examination.
Many body parts begin to change as you age, and your eyes are no exception. One of the most common age-related eye changes is the development of cataracts. Although cataracts do not occur exclusively in older adults, they affect approximately half of all Americans by age 80.
One of the most important reasons for regular examinations by your eye care provider is evaluate for the development of macular degeneration. According to the Bright Focus™ Foundation, this condition is the primary cause of loss of vision and blindness in older individuals ages 60 and above and is known under these circumstances as age-related macular degeneration. Studies conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) indicate that 10 to 15 million Americans have a diagnosis of age-related macular degeneration. Moreover, macular degeneration is a world-wide problem as the second most frequent cause of irreversible blindness globally.