Eye Diseases

At Dr. Obermark Eye Health Care, we strive to give you the best quality service possible. We have a full range of optical equipment to ensure that you receive the quality care you have come to expect. Give us a call today!

The expert team at Dr. Obermark Eye Health Care diagnoses and treats eye diseases ranging from dry eye and conjunctivitis to more serious diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration.

When diagnosed and treated early, many eye diseases can be controlled so patients can preserve their eyesight.

Lasik

If you are one of the thousands of people considering LASIK laser eye surgery, then you will probably be gathering as much information as possible about the treatment. By this point, you are probably aware of the benefits that LASIK offers, such as a reduced or eliminated need for glasses or contact lenses and greater convenience in your day to day life.

Here at Dr. Obermark Eye Health Care, we are proud to offer exams to qualify for LASIK and refer you to the right doctor for a consultation.​​​​​​​

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Amblyopia

Amblyopia, also known as a “lazy eye”, is described as a reduced vision in one eye compared to the other. There are some rare forms of amblyopia that involve both eyes. Amblyopia is the most common cause of partial or total blindness in one eye in children.

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Cataracts

If you’ve been diagnosed with cataracts, you may wonder if cataract surgery is right around the corner. Not to worry. There are many preventive steps you can take to slow the progression of cataracts and preserve your vision. That doesn’t mean you won’t eventually need surgery, but you can at least delay the need for quite a while.

Cataracts are caused by protein build-up on the lens of the eye, causing a yellow like a cloud over the eye, which can cause blurred vision and in some cases blindness if left untreated. Most of the time cataracts happen over time and come with old age, however, they can also appear when the eye endures an injury or after eye surgery. Cataracts can also be present at birth; this is a rare occasion called Deprivation amblyopia (see amblyopia tab for more information). They can also be caused by health issues such as diabetes, glaucoma, or certain prescription medications. Smokers have a higher chance of developing cataracts, along with abuse of alcohol.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Conjunctivitis "pink eye"

Commonly called “pink eye,” is caused by a contagious virus or bacteria. Your body’s allergies to pollen, cosmetics, animals, or fabrics often bring on allergic conjunctivitis, and irritants like air pollution, noxious fumes, and chlorine in swimming pools may produce the chemical form of conjunctivitis. Viral and bacterial forms of conjunctivitis can be treated with eye drops if caught early in the disease process. If you are experiencing symptoms of conjunctivitis your Grove Eye Care optometrist can diagnose the cause and prescribe effective treatment.​​​​​​​

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Dry eye diseases

Dry eye is a chronic disease, meaning it’s long-lasting and doesn’t go away easily. Dry eye is a very common eye condition. Not everyone experiences dry eye the same way, some may experience a gritty feeling, while others may result in itchiness. Some may have both symptoms. Stress could also cause dry eye symptoms, leading to an inflammation on the surface of the eye. Healthy tears help lubricate, heal and protect the eyes but when you have poor-quality tears, they could contribute to inflammation of the surface as well. If you leave symptoms untreated, they get worse and are harder to treat. If you’re having any of the symptoms mentioned above, it's time to talk to your doctor to figure out the first step to healing and lubricating your dry eyes.
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While dry eye isn’t a serious condition, it can have a major impact on your quality of life. You may find your eyes get tired faster or you have difficulty reading. Not to mention the discomfort of a burning sensation or blurry vision. Let’s take a look at dry eye treatments – from simple self-care to innovative prescriptions and therapies – to help you see clearly and comfortably.​​​​​​​

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Glaucoma

If you’ve been diagnosed with glaucoma, you’re probably already familiar with the typical options in glaucoma treatment – eye drops, laser treatment or traditional surgery. While these are certainly effective, especially when glaucoma is diagnosed early, researchers have been working hard to offer new glaucoma treatments. Their goal is not only to improve outcomes but also to reduce the treatment’s side effects and frequency of use.​​​​​​​

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Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a terrifying diagnosis to those that have experienced it. To compound issues, many patients complain that they had poor initial treatment due to a lack of understanding about the disease. If proper treatment is not achieved, individuals may experience a rapid deterioration in their ability to see. This leads to a reduced quality of life. You can reduce the stress related to a keratoconus diagnosis and increase the benefits of treatment by understanding your treatment options.​​​​​​​

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Macular degeneration

Macular degeneration, commonly referred to as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is the single largest cause of sight loss in the developed world and affects more than 10 million Americans. It usually affects people over the age of 60 but has been known to affect those who are younger. It is a painless condition that usually affects both eyes with the loss being experienced in the central vision. It does not affect the peripheral vision, meaning that it does not cause total blindness.

Age-related Macular Degeneration or AMD is a condition in loss of central vision in one or both eyes resulting in damage to the macula, a small area near the center of the retina. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss affecting more than 10 million Americans, more than cataracts or glaucoma combined.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Eye Surgery

At Dr. Obermark Eye Health Care, we are happy to provide you a recommendation for the right doctor for your eye surgery. We practice the highest standards of care and we utilize state of the art technology to ensure that you are receiving the best.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Pre & Post Surgery

When preparing for surgery, we take our time explained what to expect before and after surgery and educating our patients about their options.​​​​​​​

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Diabetic Eye Exam

An article was recently published in The Atlantic noting that in the U.S. it is harder to get a prescription for contact lenses and glasses than it is in other countries. If your patients were to question you as to why they should have to visit your office to be prescribed glasses or contact lenses, what would you tell them?​​​​​​​

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Ortho-K

Ortho-K is short for Orthokeratology, which is an alternative procedure for LASIK. This non-surgical procedure improves vision by gently reshaping the front surface of the eye while you sleep using specially designed contact lenses. You just put the lenses in before bed and while you sleep and when you wake you have a crisper clearer vision. This effective treatment can correct farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism, and Presbyopia safely. It’s a great alternative to LASIK for patients who don’t want to risk surgery.​​​​​​​

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We Also Treat Eye Diseases Including:

  • Retinal detachment

  • Retinitis pigmentosa

  • Uveitis/iritis

  • Vitreous detachment

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Poplar Bluff:
(573) 435-3400
Sikeston:
(573) 444-5200
5734445200 5736202020 1250 North Main Street,
Sikeston, MO 63801