The Eye Care You Need, When You Need It
Urgent Care & Eye Health
Serving Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Eye Health & Emergency Care
No matter your age or eye care needs, we have the tools and experience to properly care for your eye health and vision!
Urgent medical eye care is always available during normal office hours, and Dr. Menard is a phone call away after-hours for eye emergencies. Eye pain and vision issues can be serious — don’t risk losing your vision. Urgent eye problems are best evaluated and managed by an eye doctor.
Dr. Menard’s specialized equipment and expertise allow him to evaluate and manage your urgent eye needs fast and accurately. Call us at any time at (337)478-ISEE (4733).
Eye Conditions & Diseases
Many common eye problems have telltale signs that may indicate serious eye health issues. Hover over the images below to see how these common eye conditions may affect your vision. If you are experiencing changes in your vision, don’t wait to contact us.
Patients with eye diseases and conditions have better treatment outcomes when they are diagnosed and treated in the early stages. This makes regular eye exams and vision tests a crucial piece of maintaining good eye health.
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A cataract is a cloudy area in the normally clear lens of the eye. Depending upon its size and location, it can interfere with normal vision. Most cataracts develop in people over age 55, but they occasionally occur in younger people. Usually, cataracts develop in both eyes, but one may be worse than the other.
Glaucoma is an eye disease in which the internal pressure in your eyes increases enough to damage your optic nerve and cause vision loss. The increased pressure occurs when the passages that allow fluid in your eyes to drain become clogged. The reasons the passages become blocked are not known.
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in America. It results from changes to the macula, a portion of the retina that is responsible for clear, sharp vision and is located at the back of the eye.
Diabetes is a disease that interferes with the body’s ability to use and store sugar and can cause many health problems. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when small blood vessels in your eyes become damaged. These blood vessels nourish your eye’s retina, the delicate, light-sensitive lining of the back of the eye.
Hypertensive retinopathy is caused by high blood pressure, which can damage the blood vessels within the retina. The higher your blood pressure and the longer it remains at a high level, the more damage it causes to your vision. Those with the condition may experience headaches, visual disturbances and occasionally sudden vision loss.
Cataract Care at Menard Eye Center
When cataracts significantly interfere with vision, cataract removal surgery can restore clear vision.
Menard Eye Center offers pre- and post-surgery management for patients undergoing cataract surgery.
With an eye exam, Dr. Menard can diagnose cataracts and determine how advanced they are. If cataract removal surgery is indicated, Dr. Menard will explain your options and let you know what to expect after the procedure. Menard Eye Center can refer you to an eye surgeon best suited to your needs and, after surgery, Dr. Menard can provide follow-up care to help you get the most out of your new cataract-free vision.
COMMON EYE CONDITIONS
The tears your eyes produce are necessary for overall eye health and clear vision. Dry eyes occur when the body can’t produce enough tears or the specific components that make up tears.
Nearsightedness/Myopia: Close objects are seen clearly, but objects at a distance appear blurred.
Farsightedness/Hyperopia: Objects at a distance are seen clearly, but closer or near objects appear blurred.
Astigmatism: Vision appears blurry, because there is an irregularity in the shape of the cornea, or in the curvature of the lens within the eye.
Presbyopia: This is an age-related condition, affecting people age 40 and over, in which one gradually loses of the ability to focus on near objects.
STRABISMUS / CROSSED EYES
Strabismus occurs when one or both of your eyes turns in, out, up or down. Poor eye muscle control usually causes strabismus. This misalignment often first appears before a child reaches 21 months but may develop as late as age 6.
COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME
Computer Vision Syndrome is a grouping of eye and vision-related problems that can result from prolonged computer use. Symptoms can include sensations such as burning, irritated or tired eyes, and fluctuating vision.
BLEPHARITIS / MEIBOMIAN GLAND DYSFUNCTION
Belpharitis and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction are conditions caused by an inflammation of the eyelids and eyelashes. Symptoms can include: red, irritated or itchy eyelids and the formation of dandruff-like scales on the eyelashes.
Red eyes are caused by enlarged, dilated blood vessels, which can lead to the appearance of redness on the surface of the eye. Red eyes can occur for a number reasons, ranging from minor conditions to emergencies. The amount of redness does not signify the severity of the condition.