Dr. Shipley & Associates is your go-to Petaluma eye doctor. We are a full service eye care practice, dedicated to the expert care of our patients. Our staff of dedicated professionals works tirelessly to ensure that all of our patients get the friendly and individualized care that they deserve. Because it is our mission to ensure the health and protection of your vision, we have made sure that our office is a state-of-the-art facility, a place that you will feel comfortable bringing your whole family. When you visit us you will see that our office is welcoming and stress free. Whether you are coming in for a comprehensive eye exam or new pair of sunglasses, you will feel at ease. And because we care about our patients we make it a point to educated them about good health care for their eyes. We truly believe that the best patients are well informed patients, and when it comes to the health of your eyes you can never have too much information. \\
Petaluma Glaucoma Eye Care
Getting regular eye exams from your local Petaluma eye doctor is one important way in which we get the information we need to properly monitor your eyes for possible problems. Many eye conditions, like glaucoma, do not present symptoms to patients, and when symptoms finally do present themselves it’s often at a time when irreversible vision damage has already been done. Glaucoma, which is a group of eye conditions that lead to the damage of the optic nerve, has several forms: open angle glaucoma, and there is low-tension glaucoma or normal-tension glaucoma. We are able to test for glaucoma with a comprehensive eye exam once the eyes are dilated with dilation drops. It’s important to catch the development of glaucoma early because there is no cure, and vision damage that occurs due to glaucoma is permanent.
As your go-to Petaluma eye doctor, Dr. Shipley & Associates is here to make sure that your eyes are healthy and strong, so make an appointment to see us today. There is no reason to risk damage to the precious gift of sight.
Ocular allergies, just like allergies anywhere in the body, can be traced back to your immune system. At Dr. Shipley & Associates, we know that the burning and watery eyes, redness, itching, and swollen eyelids that often accompany eye allergies can leave you feeling frustrated and uncomfortable. Our eye doctor in Petaluma will work with you to find the remedy that offers you maximum relief from your symptoms and offer advice to help you avoid them in the first place. About one in five people suffer from ocular allergies, with many of them also experiencing nasal symptoms in addition to those in the eyes. The reason you have ocular allergies is that your body is trying to get rid of what it perceives to be a threat to your health. The annoying symptoms are a part of that process, but they aren’t dangerous nor will the lead to any serious vision concerns.
In order to alleviate the effects of ocular allergies, if your symptoms are mild to moderate, you may be able to experience relief with the use of over the counter products. When your symptoms are moderate to severe, though, or over the counter medications have not been effective for you, our eye doctor in Petaluma can prescribe stronger options that can make you feel better. It is also wise to be proactive and employ precautions such as keeping windows closed during times when the pollen count is high. If the weather is too warm to be comfortable, use air conditioning instead. Avoid rubbing your eyes. Although itchiness may make that tempting, doing so will only worsen your symptoms. Bedding materials are often responsible for ocular allergy symptoms, so be sure to wash all of your sheets, pillow cases, blankets, comforters, etc. Use water that is at least 130 degrees for optimal effectiveness. Allergens do accumulate over time in mattresses, so if yours is older you may need to replace it. Allergen resistant bedding materials are available and they are a good idea to consider.
The result of ocular allergies can leave you feeling as if there is no way to overcome them. But there are paths to relief, so don’t just suffer needlessly. Call us today and schedule an appointment with our eye doctor in Petaluma.