The Most Experienced Team…The Most Advanced Technology…for Senior Eye Care
The physicians and staff of Hattiesburg Eye Clinic are committed to providing the most advanced care available for age-related eye conditions should you experience them as you grow older. We have the experience, training and technology to preserve and, in many cases, restore vision for our most senior patients.
Common Age-Related Eye Conditions
As your eyes age, you become more susceptible to vision problems, including the following (be sure to click on the links for each condition to receive more detailed information):
Cataracts: If your vision doesn’t seem as sharp or in focus as it once was, or colors aren’t as vivid as they once were, you may be suffering from cataracts, a clouding of the normally-transparent lens of the eye. With Hattiesburg Eye Clinic’s new Catalys® Precision Laser System, cataracts can be treated with a quick, outpatient procedure.
Glaucoma: A leading cause of blindness, open-angle and narrow-angle glaucoma are caused by an increase in pressure within the eye, resulting in damage to the optic nerve. Glaucoma can be controlled if caught early: pressure monitoring (at least once a year for African-Americans, patients with a family history of glaucoma, diabetics or the very nearsighted) is the best treatment strategy.
Retinal Disease: Any condition of the retina that results in loss of vision. Of the roughly 12 million Americans who suffer from diabetes, an estimated 90 percent will develop diabetic retinopathy.
Macular Degeneration: A retinal disease that occurs when the macula, an area at the retina at the back of the eye, begins to gradually deteriorate, usually because of age. A partial or total loss of central vision can occur. There are treatments available for some types of macular degeneration.
Flashes and Floaters: Have you ever turned your head quickly, thought you saw a small bug or a floating spot, and then reached out only to discover that there wasn’t really anything there? Sometimes these appear as a flash of light, rather than a spot. Although flashes and floaters can be alarming, an eye examination will usually confirm that they’re harmless and require no treatment.
Dry Eye: An eye condition that causes itching, burning or excessive watering of the eyes. Dry Eye has many causes and a variety of treatment options depending on the cause.
Blepharitis: An inflammation of the eyelids often caused by malfunctioning oil glands at the base of the eyelashes. Redness, frequent styes or a sticky discharge are all symptoms of this easily-treatable condition.
Helping you Take the Stress out of Healthcare Costs
Treatment of many eye conditions is covered by insurance, including Medicare. If you have questions about your coverage, contact your plan provider or provide us with a copy of your insurance card and we’ll check for you. We accept most major medical insurance plans.
For questions on Medicare in particular, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to speak to a Medicare Customer Representative. You can also go to www.medicare.gov to find out more about Medicare coverage. Our staff is also available to help you determine whether the eye care you need is covered by Medicare.
Your out-of-pocket expenses for Medicare or private insurance will depend of the type of insurance you have, whether you have supplemental insurance and whether you have a deductible on your policy. We’ll be glad to process all insurance claims for you. We also accept cash, personal checks, Visa and MasterCard. Ask us too about CareCredit, a healthcare finance source.
The Most Experienced Team… The Most Advanced Technology…for Senior Eye Care
We’ve helped thousands of older patients enjoy better vision. We’re leading the way to better eye care with new diagnostic techniques, new medications and advanced treatment procedures. You can count on us for the most advanced care available.
To learn more about age-related vision care visit our Contact Us page or call us at 1-800-624-8254. You can also use either method to request an appointment with an HEC professional at one of our convenient Mississippi locations in Hattiesburg, Columbia or Laurel about your vision needs.