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Ocular Disease Treatments in Chattanooga

We provide diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases which affect the human eye and visual system. Some examples of where we have special training include:

Glaucoma

Glaucoma occurs when the pressure inside of the eye increases to the point where it damages the sensitive retinal nerves that line the back of the eye. There are a multitude of tests that we provide to evaluate the possibility of Glaucoma. For example, the light color found here, in the center of the optic nerve head, is a classic observation found in Glaucoma. Other tests include evaluation of the Nerve Fiber thickness around the optic nerve. Threshold Field tests are also very important in the ongoing evaluations needed to monitor the treatment program which most frequently includes the selection of the most appropriate eye medication.

glaucoma vision at Crowder Eye Center

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy is a condition where sugar levels start a series of events which end in damaged blood vessel walls. As such, the blood vessels begin to leak fluid or bleed, resulting in hemorrhages and swelling followed by the formation of yellow deposits known as exudates. Vision can be lost where some of these hemorrhages and exudative spots occur. The best treatment is to have a yearly eye examination to identify if these spots are present. We carefully examine the back of your eyes and provide you with the results and additionally offer these to other physicians for a multidisciplinary treatment program.

diabetic retinopathy vision at Crowder Eye Center

Cataract

Cataract is a clouding or opacity of the natural internal lens of the eye. This opacity may be a small spot or may cover the entire lens. When light enters the eye it is scattered, causing images to appear hazy and blurred. There are many different types of cataracts. The one shown here is a cortical cataract. Here the opacity forms first is the periphery of the lens and develops inward, like spokes of a wheel. Ultimately, the best treatment is to remove the cataract lens and replace it with an acrylic man made lens. This is referred to as cataract surgery. We work closely with specialized eye surgeons. We provide pre- and post-cataract surgery management.

cataract vision at Crowder Eye Center

Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration is a condition in which the central part of the back of the eye loses blood circulation. As a result, there is a breakdown of retinal pigment epithelium cells in the macular region. As the disease progresses, central vision diminishes. This breakdown is due to a lack of nutrients and oxygen needed for the extreme number of light sensitive nerve cells concentrated in the central vision area. For those who genetically inherit small blood vessels, this can be an important piece of information. Nicotine is known to shrink blood vessels and contributes to an additional risk factor for Macular Degeneration. We provide specialized tests to evaluate your personal risks. We can also provide health and nutritional counseling to reduce this risk. In advanced cases, we work closely with specialized Retinal Surgeons who may be needed to treat Macular Degeneration.

macular degeneration vision at Crowder Eye Center

What People are Saying About Crowder Eye Center

Brandon

A welcoming office with friendly faces. Dr. Prodan was kind and did a great job explaining what she was doing during the appointment. Sadly, I have to wait a whole year until I get to go back.”

Stephanie

“I am a new patient to Crowder Eye Center. When I called to make my first appointment, I was able to be seen within two weeks. The staff is very nice and helpful. I was able to see Dr. Adams. He listened to my concerns and questions and offered great advice regarding my treatment. I am very pleased to have chosen this office for my eye care!”

Dawn T.

My family saw Dr. Adams today. He was excellent! All of the staff was friendly and helpful. They also have appointments available later in the afternoon than most providers’ offices.

Marie N.

“I am so impressed with the office and with Dr. Prodan. She was very thorough with my daughter’s examination and very knowledgeable.”

Leslie M.

“Always a pleasant experience here, and Dr. Adams is the best! We recently moved about an hour away, but it’s worth the drive.”

Melissa F.

“Dr. Crowder is efficient and personable and his staff is very pleasant! I highly recommend Crowder Eye Center!”

Shannon R.

“Service was phenomenal from the moment I walked in the door. The office has been remodeled and provides a relaxing but upscale feel.”

Greg H.

“Dr. Crowder pays such great attention to detail and explains the process and everything he is doing. He is more thorough than any eye doctor we have been to in the past”

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