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Dr. Vincent Cerceo, Optometrist
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Common Eye Disorders

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Definition - What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases causing optic nerve damage. The optic nerve carries images to the brain so we can see. In glaucoma, eye pressure plays a role in damaging the delicate nerve fibers of the optic nerve. When a significant number of nerve fibers are damaged, blind spots develop in the field of vision. Once nerve damage and visual loss occur, it is permanent. Most people don't notice these blind areas until much of the optic nerve damage has already occurred. If the entire nerve is destroyed, blindness results. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the world, especially in older people. Early detection and treatment are the keys to preventing optic nerve damage and vision loss from glaucoma.



A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens. The vast majority of cataracts are related to age. Most people do not even realize they have a cataract, as cataracts grow very slowly and may not impede vision early on. After a number of years vision will likely be affected.

What Causes a Cataract?
The human lens is transparent so that light can travel through it easily. It has no blood supply. It is 65% water. Although new cells are being made for the lens continuously throughout our lifetime, many factors combine as we age to cause areas in the lens to become cloudy, hard, and dense. The lens can then no longer transmit a clear picture to the retina where it can be processed and sent through the optic nerve to the brain.

Eye Exam, Designer Eyeglasses, Contact Lenses, Family Eye Care Serving the Trevose, Longhorn, Feasterville, Pennsylvania, areas.

Eye Exam, Designer Eyeglasses, Contact Lenses, Family Eye Care Serving the Trevose, Longhorn, Feasterville, Pennsylvania, areas.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a degenerative eye disease that causes damage to the macula (central retina) of the eye. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in our senior population. Macular Degeneration impairs central vision. People who are affected by Age-Related Macular Degeneration have problems reading, driving and performing activities that require clear central vision. There are two stages of Macular Degeneration; the more common Dry Stage and the Wet Stage.

Macular degeneration causes damage to the macula of the eye. The macula is the central part of the retina at the back of the eye that allows us to see fine details clearly. Macular degeneration makes close work like threading a needle or reading a book difficult or impossible. When the macula does not function correctly, we experience blurriness or darkness in the center of our vision. Although macular degeneration reduces vision in the central part of the retina, it does not affect peripheral vision.


Conjuctivitis, or pink eye as it is more commonly know, is an inflammation or infection of the thin clear membrane that covers the eye and eyelid.  This layer is the conjunctiva. When an infection occurs the blood vessels swell and cause a pink or reddish discoloration of the conjunctiva.

Some symptoms of conjunctivitis are:

  • Discharge from one or both eyes
  • Itching and burning of the eyes
  • Excessive tearing
  • Pink discoloration of the white of the eye
  • Swollen eyelids

Conjunctivitis can be caused by a bacterial or viral infection, allergies or a reaction to a chemical.  It may be easily spread and can be contagious for up to 2 weeks.  Make an appointment with Dr. Cerceo as soon as symptoms become apparent as early treatment will protect you and those around you.

The course of treatment is dependent on the type of conjunctivitis diagnosed.  The doctor may prescribe antibiotic drops for a bacterial infection.  Viral infections would need to run its course, just as with a cold, but warm compresses may help to alleviate some discomfort.  Warm and cold compresses are effective for allergic reactions.  The doctor will review the best course of treatment for you during your appointment.

If you are a contact lens wearer, you may want to cease wearing your contact lenses for the duration of the infection.  Your contacts may cause further irritation and contamination.  If your symptoms do not improve in 12 to 24 hours, contact Feasterville Family Eye Care and make an appointment with the doctor.  Let's make sure you don't have a more serious problems caused by your lenses.

There are several steps you can take to shorten the duration of conjunctivitis.  Try to avoid touching or rubbing your eyes.  Make sure to wash your hands frequently.  We suggest woman discard any eye cosmetics (i.e. eye liner, mascara).  Do not share eye care or facial products, or hand towels.  And of course, always follow the doctors instructions for properly maintaining your contact lenses.

If you believe you may have conjunctivitis, call us at 215-354-4480 for an appointment.

Conjunctivitis - Pink Eye