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Gilbert, AZ 85296 
 
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Ocular Disease & Trauma

  

Our office provides emergency services for eye infections and eye injuries. Please call our office at 480-840-6888 during office hours or our emergency number; 480-251-5585 after hours or on weekends. Our staff will work with you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

  

State of the art microscopes allow us to examine the front surface of the eye and facial areas around the eye for infection or injury. After assessing the extent of the injury or infection a treatment plan will be formulated and explained to you. Treatment may include medications and supportive care. Follow-up visits to monitor your recovery will be scheduled as needed. We provide diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases which affect the human eye and visual system.  Some examples include:

  

Dry Eye Syndrome (DES)  is one of the most common problems treated by eye physicians.  Over ten million Americans suffer from dry eyes.  It is usually caused by a problem with the quality of the tear film that lubricates the eyes.

Dry eye syndrome has many causes.   One of the most common reasons for dryness is simply the normal aging process. Many other factors, such as hot, dry or windy climates, high altitudes, air-conditioning and cigarette smoke also cause dry eyes.

When it comes to treating dry eyes, everyone’s needs are a little different. Many find relief simply from using artificial tears on a regular basis. Closing the opening of the tear drain in the eyelid with special inserts called punctual plugs is another option. There are also simple lifestyle changes that can significantly improve irritation from dry eyes. 


 Keratoconus is a disorder that occurs when the cornea, which is typically rounded, becomes cone-shaped.  The progression is usually slow and can stop at any stage from mild to severe.  This distortion increases as the cornea bulges and thins.  The apex of the cornea often scars, reducing the vision.  Treatment of Keratoconus is most effective with gas permeable contact lenses, designed specifically for the irregular corneal surface.  If contact lens treatment is not successful, surgical corneal transplant may be necessary.

 

 

Diabetes:  Diabetes can affect the eyes and vision in a number of ways. It may lead to frequent fluctuations in vision, cataract in young age, decreased vision due to involvement of optic nerve, temporary paralysis of the muscles controlling the movement of eyes and thus double vision.

Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye problems that people with diabetes may face as complications. All can cause severe vision loss or even blindness. Diabetic eye disease can often be treated before vision loss occurs. 

 

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common eye disease in persons with diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina. In some people with diabetic retinopathy, retinal blood vessels may swell and leak fluid, while in others, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. These changes may result in vision loss or blindness.

 

The treatment of diabetic retinopathy is decided on the basis of the stage of the disease. Specific treatment will be determined by Dr. Kniep based on:

  • Your age, health and medical history. 
  • Extent of the disease.
  • Tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies.
  • Expectations for the course of the disease.
  • Your opinion or preference.

 

 Cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil.

 

No one knows for sure why the eye's lens changes as we age, forming cataracts. But some factors that may lead to development of cataracts at an earlier age include excessive ultraviolet-light exposure, diabetes, smoking, or the use of certain medications, such as oral, topical, or inhaled steroids, etc. 

 

To detect a cataract, Dr Kneip will perform  a comprehensive eye examination. When symptoms begin to appear, you may be able to improve your vision for a while using new glasses, strong bifocals, magnification, appropriate lighting or other visual aids. Cataract surgery is very successful in restoring vision. In fact, it is the most frequently performed surgery in the United States, with more than 3 million Americans undergoing cataract surgery each year.

 

Macular degeneration is a medical condition predominantly found in elderly adults in which the center of the inner lining of the eye, known as the macula area of the retina, suffers thinning, atrophy and in some cases, bleeding. This can result in loss of central vision, which entails inability to see fine details, to read, or to recognize faces.

 

Commonly named risk factors for developing macular degeneration include:

 

  • Aging
  • Smoking
  • Family History
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Obesity and Inactivity
  • Lighter Eye Color
  • Drugs

Dr. Kneip will detect early signs of macular degeneration before symptoms occur. Usually this is accomplished through a retinal examination.

 

Treatments for macular degeneration depend on whether the disease is in its early stage or dry form or more advanced, wet form that can lead to serious vision loss; nutritional intervention may be valuable in preventing its progression to the more advanced, wet form.