The Amsler Grid Chart should be used to check the central part of your visual field, the area that can be damaged by Macular Degeneration.
Instructions for Use:
- View the chart (with your reading glasses on) at normal reading distance.
- Completely cover one eye and look at the central dot on the chart.
- Notice if there are any areas within the grid that appear gray (or black), or if there are any areas where the straight lines appear bent, crooked, or missing.
- Check the chart regularly (daily or weekly).
- Call your doctor if new changes occur.
- Call our office immediately at 800-331-6634 if your vision worsens in any way or you experience pain.
- Many patients have a “scratchy” or “sandy” sensation in their eye following the injection. Artificial tear drops or gel can be used to soothe the eye.
- A red spot or area of blood on the white of the eye at the injection site may occur. This typically resolves within two weeks.
- New floaters on the day after the injection are common and should subside within days. They should not worsen over time. If so, call the office promptly.
- A small bubble may appear in the bottom of your vision and should disappear within 48 hours.
- No swimming for four(4) days.
- Keep your next appointment as scheduled.
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Blepharitis is a condition meaning inflammation of the eyelids. It usually results from a problem of the small oil glands in the eyelids not secreting the oils that form part of the tears well enough.
Blepharitis can result in eye and eyelid redness, irritation, crusting, and a dry or sandy feeling in the eyes. It is often found in association with dry eyes. Blepharitis is very common, and it does not indicate the presence of a serious illness. In general, it does not cause any sight threatening problems except in very severe cases. Nevertheless, the symptoms may be annoying, and treatment may be initiated if the symptoms are severe enough to warrant this.
Blepharitis is usually treated in a step-wise fashion. Initial treatment includes:
- Warm compresses: Warm tap water on a clean wash cloth placed over both eyes for 10-15 minutes 2-4 times a day. The wash cloth cools off in a few minutes, so it usually needs to be reheated several times.
- Eyelid scrubs: Baby shampoo mixed 50:50 with warm tap water placed on a clean wash cloth (or cotton swab if you prefer) is used to gently scrub and massage the edges of the eyelids near where the eye-lashes come out for 5 minutes 2 times a day.
- Antibiotic ointment: ¼ inch of Erythromycin or Bacitracin ointment is applied to the eyes near the lowers lids at bedtime. It causes some temporary blurring of vision, so use it right before going to sleep.
For more extreme cases, additional treatment may be indicated by your doctor, but this is not usually necessary.
It often takes several weeks to notice significant improvement after starting treatment. Once improvement is noted, the frequency of the treatment can often be reduced. If the treatment is stopped, the blepharitis can return.