Sansum Clinic’s highly skilled and specialized optometrists and ophthalmologists provide complete evaluation and treatment of eye problems and vision disorders. Patients ranging from infants to the elderly have access to everything they need—comprehensive exams, custom frames and lenses, laser and surgical treatments and more—at one convenient location.
Eye Conditions We Treat
Eye problems aren’t always apparent—and can quickly worsen without care. For more information about any of these conditions, or to schedule an appointment, call the Sansum Clinic Eye Care Center today at (805) 681-8950.
Astigmatism is a common eye condition that occurs when the cornea is shaped like a football (more curved in one direction than the other). This causes light to focus on more than one point on the retina, resulting in blurry and distorted vision. Astigmatism is often associated with nearsightedness and farsightedness and can be easily corrected with glasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery, which reshapes the cornea.
A cataract is a painless, cloudy area in the lens of the eye that blocks the passage of light to the retina, leading to foggy vision and/or sensitivity to glare. These issues can make it difficult to read or drive, especially at night. Most people get along well with the help of eyeglasses or contacts. Surgery is an effective option as well, but usually only if the cataract severely affects quality of life.
Double Vision (Diplopia)
Double vision is an eye problem where a person sees two images of a single object, some or all of the time. Normally, each eye creates its own, slightly different image, but the brain can control the eye muscles so you perceive only one image. However, if the eye muscles are damaged, or if some health condition has weakened them, the muscles may not be able to control the eyes correctly. Double vision could be a symptom of a serious medical condition, including nerve and brain problems, and should receive immediate medical attention.
Eye Muscle Disorders
Eye muscle disorders can cause the eyes to not move correctly or in unison, or cause the eyelids to droop. Common conditions include: Grave’s eye disease, where the muscles and tissues become swollen and cause the eyeball protrusion; Duane syndrome, which causes difficulty rotating one or both eyes; and nystagmus, which creates rapid, involuntary eye movements. Treatment may include glasses, eye muscle exercises or surgery.
Farsightedness occurs when the cornea is too flat in relation to the length of the eye. This causes light to focus at a point beyond the retina, resulting in blurry close vision and sometimes blurry distance vision as well. Common treatments include corrective lenses or LASIK surgery.
Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve at the back of your eye, often associated with an increased pressure on the eye. This can cause vision loss, and is one of the most common causes of legal blindness. While glaucoma can’t be cured, additional damage can be prevented with prescription eye drops or surgery.
Macular degeneration, or age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 and older. It’s a chronic eye condition that destroys the center of your field of vision, which you need for tasks like reading, driving and recognizing faces. There is no cure for macular degeneration, but it can be treated with vitamins, laser therapy, medications and vision aids.
Nearsightedness occurs when the cornea is too curved or the eye is too long. This causes light to focus in front of the retina, resulting in blurry distance vision. Most people who are nearsighted use eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct their vision, though LASIK surgery is another popular option.
Presbyopia is a naturally occurring eye problem in which there is diminished power of the eyes’ near vision, making it increasingly difficult to clearly see close objects or small print. This arises from loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye, as is typical after age 40. Presbyopia is often corrected with reading glasses or contact lenses.
Strabismus is a vision problem in which both eyes do not look at the same point at the same time (misaligned). Strabismus most often begins in early childhood, and is sometimes called crossed-eyes, walleye or squint. A child rarely outgrows strabismus after it has developed, and it can lead to permanent vision problems, so early treatment is critical. The most common treatments include glasses, temporary eye patch or surgery on the eye muscles.