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Management of Ocular Diseases and Conditions

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Many eye problems and diseases can be corrected if they are identified early. That is because vision problems often develop slowly and present no warning signs.

At Hartsdale Family Eyecare, Dr. Arlene Schwartz is specially trained in the treatment of eye diseases. With over 40 years of experience along with the latest instrumentation she can promptly diagnosis and treat vision problems and ocular disease.

Dr. Schwartz is experienced and certified in the treatment and management of many ocular conditions including: cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, dry eye syndrome, blepheritis, conjunctivitis (pink eye), allergies, retinal detachment, and floaters. She works closely with health specialists in the community when necessary to make sure the proper preventive medical care and treatment is achieved to ensure a lifetime of eye health and the best vision possible.

Since eye disease is medical and not routine vision care, we will be glad to file your claims with your insurance provider. We will answer any questions you have regarding your coverage.


  • Cataracts are a common cause of vision loss after age 55. Learn more about recognizing cataracts symptoms, protecting your eyes and understanding cataract surgery.
  • Glaucoma testing involves measuring internal eye pressure and a detailed scan of the retina for signs of disease.
  • The macula is the portion of the retina which provides sharp, central vision, and is involved in processing the fine details of the image. The breakdown of the macula is a disease called macular degeneration.
  • Diabetes and vision go hand in hand. If you have diabetes, you need to know that having this systemic disease puts you at greater risk for developing vision problems.
  • Dry eyes result from the chronic lack of lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye, which can cause minor irritations, an inability to wear contact lenses and an increased risk of corneal inflammation and eye infections.
  • Red, swollen eyelids and crusty debris at the base of your eyelashes are signs you may have blepharitis.
  • This acute and contagious form of conjunctivitis is particularly common among preschoolers and school-age children.
  • Low vision is the term used to describe reduced eyesight that cannot be fully corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses or eye surgery. The primary causes of low vision are eye diseases, but low vision also can be inherited or caused by an eye or brain injury.
  • Healthy levels of carotenoids (specific nutrients found in the pigment of the Macula) are clinically proven to lower the risk of vision loss from macular degeneration. Recent studies also show lower levels of Alzheimer's with people who have healthy levels of Zeaxanthin and Lutein.