Detection & Treatment of Eye Injuries & Diseases

Paul Trapeni Jr., OD has worked diligently for more than 25 years to protect his patients’ vision. He strongly believes in a proactive approach to eye health beginning with regular eye exams, open communication, and patient education. Whether he is treating eye injuries or eye diseases, Dr. Trapeni thoroughly evaluates the best treatment options available for each individual patient.

Proactive vs. Reactive

Age may increase the potential for vision loss due to age-related eye diseases. The best choice people can make when they turn 40 is to schedule a routine eye exam. Outcomes are significantly improved when conditions are caught early and steps can be put in place to stop or slow progression, or to correct damage before vision is seriously impacted. Annual eye exams are recommended for anyone with certain medical conditions or a family history of eye disease. Waiting until symptoms occur can make treatment more complex, so being proactive is clearly more beneficial than being reactive when it comes to vision.

A Quick Glimpse of Common Eye Diseases

Many people have a basic knowledge of cataracts, glaucoma, and dry eye, but macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and keratoconus are often understood best by those who have already received a diagnosis. Dr. Paul Trapeni Jr. and his staff at The Optical Shoppe believe that knowledge is power. New technologies offer more positive outcomes than previously available for those who are diagnosed with many common eye diseases.

  • Cataracts appear as protein clumps together in the lens, causing cloudy sections which block light from entering the eye.
  • Glaucoma is a group of conditions that result in damage to the optic nerve due to increased pressure in the eye.
  • Macular Degeneration occurs when the small central area of the retina, called the macula, is damaged.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy is the consequence of damage to blood vessels in the eye caused by high blood sugar. As fragile new vessels grow, they are prone to leaks which cause swelling.
  • Dry Eye is caused by a lack of tears or poor quality tears. When the mucous, water, and oil that make up tears is out of balance, dry eye tends to follow.
  • Keratoconus is the progressive thinning of the cornea which causes the cornea to become cone-shaped.

Keep a Lookout for Symptoms of Eye Injuries

It is wise to take eye injuries seriously to prevent complications down the road. If it is clear that an injury has occurred, such as a foreign body or chemicals in the eye, a trip to see Dr. Trapeni is in order. Sometimes the effects of eye injuries do not appear right away, so it is important to pay attention to symptoms like:

  • Sudden Vision Loss
  • Double Vision
  • Spots or Flashes of Light
  • Areas of Blurred or Distorted Vision.

Trust Experience

Dr. Trapeni is the premier Smyrna Optometrist with experience on his side. Eye injuries and diseases experienced by the residents of Smyrna, TN are no match for the compassionate care of the team at The Optical Shoppe.