Laurie Boquet Dory, MD
901 Travis Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Phone: (817) 332-5585
Fax: (817) 332-5377
We are open during the following hours:
Mon. - Thurs. 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - Noon
Saturday - Sunday: Closed
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Learn More About Your Eyes!
On this page you will find several educational resources to learn more information about common eye conditions that you may be experiencing. All of the links you see here on this page are recommended by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. We always encourage you to learn more about your health and your eyes!
A cataract is a loss of transparency, or clouding, of the normally clear lens of the eye. As we age, chemical changes occur in the lens, causing this loss of transparency. Sometimes this clouding can be so mild that your vision is hardly affected at all. However, cases can be so sever that no shapes or movements are seen, only light and dark. When the lens gets cloudy enouch to obstruct vision to any significant degree, it is called a cataract. Unlike other decreases in vision, if a cataract is present glasses or contact lenses cannot sharpen your vision. While some causes of cataracts include trauma, medications such as steroids, systemic diseases (eg. diabetes), and prolonged exposure to UV light, the most common cause is aging. The typical symptom of cataract formation is a slow, progressive, and painless decrease in vision. Other changes include: blurring of vision; glare, particularly at night; frequent eyeglass prescription change; a decrease in color intensity; a yellowing of images; and in rare cases, double vision. Cataract surgery removes and replaces your eye's natural and cloudy lens with a clear artifical lens implant to restore vision. To learn more about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of cataracs visit the link below.
Glaucoma, usually associated with increased fluid pressure in the eye, is a disease of the eye in which the optic nerve is damaged. This can permanently damage vision in the affected eye(s) and in severe cases can lead to blindness if left untreated. There are several types of glaucoma known as open-angle glaucoma, normal-tension glaucoma, closed-angle glaucoma, congenital glaucoma, and secondary glaucoma. Glaucoma generally progresses slowly and usually does not present early symptoms; therefore, early detection and treatment in the form of glaucoma eyedrops and/or glaucoma surgery are key to maintain vision. To learn more about the types of glaucoma, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment visit the link below.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, develops when the macula of the eye begins to breakdown and deteriorate. The macula is a small part of the retina that is made of light-sensitive tissue to allow for much greater detail. The macula is what allows us to thread a needle or read small print, for example. Several kinds of problems with the macula can develop but the most common is age-related, part of the body's natural aging process. Macular degeneration causes blurriness, dark areas, distortion, or decreased vision in your central vision and usually begins in just one eye. For more information on the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of AMD visit the link below.
Diabetic retinopathy, caused by a change in the blood vessels of the retina, is one of the most common diabetic eye diseases that can develop as a complication of diabetes. Specifically what kinda of change in the blood vessels occurs can vary. The vessels could close off completely or alternatively swell and leak fluid. In some cases, completely new blood vessels actually grow on the surface of the retina. Diabetic retinopathy usually develops in both eyes and shows few signs of vision change in the early stages of the disease. It is a progressive disease that can ultimately lead to irreversible vision loss. To learn more about the causes, symptoms, disgnosis, and treatment of diabetic retinopathy visit the link below.
Floaters & Flashes
Small specks or clouds moving in your field of vision as you look at a blank wall or a clear blue sky are known as floaters. Most people have some floaters normally but do not actually notice them until they become more numerous or prominent. These ditractions in your field of vision are actually little clumps of materials or cells floating inside the vitreous, which is the clear and gel-like fluid that fills the inside of the eye. Somtimes this vitreous gel can pull on the retina of the eye, giving the appearance of flashing lights or a similiar sensation to seeing "stars" when you get hit in the head. In most cases, flashes and floaters are part of the natural aging process of the eye but can begin to get in the way of clear vision. In more serious cases, floaters and flashes can somtimes be associated with retinal tears. To learn more about causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of floaters and flashes visit the link below.
Tears are crucial to your comfort and the general health of your eyes. Everytime you blink, a thin film of tears covers the eye to both smooth and clear its surface. This film is vital to clear vision. However, a condition known as dry eye can develop when people do not produce enough tears or tears of the right quality. To learn more about causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of dry eye visit the link below.