Common Eye Problems

Gain insights into common eye problems - empower yourself with knowledge of diagnosis and treatment options.

Diagnosing Common Conditions

When it comes to clear vision, there is no room for compromise.

Clear, crisp vision is vital to your safety and well-being, regardless of age. At Garden State Eye Center, our doctors are experts at treating everything from cataracts to glaucoma and other vision impairments. And now, thanks to new developments in the field, treating these conditions is much simpler and easier than ever before. Learn more about the eye care treatments provided at our center below.

Refractive errors



Corneal Abrasion


Dry eye syndrome


age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

Refractive Errors

Refractive error is a common eye condition where the shape of the eye prevents light from focusing directly on the retina, resulting in blurred vision. This can manifest as nearsightedness (difficulty seeing distant objects clearly), farsightedness (difficulty seeing nearby objects clearly), or astigmatism (blurred or distorted vision at any distance). At Garden State Eye Center, our expert team, led by Dr. Rothkopf, M.D., offers personalized treatment options, such as eyeglasses, contact lenses, or refractive surgeries, to correct refractive errors and restore clear and focused vision, tailored to each individual's unique needs and preferences.


Cataracts are a common eye condition characterized by the clouding of the natural lens in the eye, resulting in blurred or hazy vision. As cataracts progress, they can cause difficulty with daily activities such as reading, driving, or recognizing faces. At Garden State Eye Center, our dedicated team specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cataracts. We offer advanced surgical options to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear artificial lens, restoring clear vision and improving quality of life. Our goal is to provide comprehensive care and personalized solutions for patients affected by cataracts.


Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases characterized by damage to the optic nerve, often caused by increased pressure within the eye. It is a progressive condition that can lead to permanent vision loss if left untreated. Glaucoma typically develops gradually and may initially have no noticeable symptoms. Regular eye examinations are crucial in detecting and diagnosing glaucoma early to prevent further vision deterioration. Treatment options for glaucoma include eye drops, oral medications, laser therapy, or surgery, depending on the severity of the condition. It is essential to seek timely medical attention and ongoing management to preserve vision and maintain eye health.


Floaters are tiny specks, dots, or cobweb-like shapes that drift across your field of vision. They are most commonly caused by changes in the gel-like substance called the vitreous, which fills the back of the eye. These floaters cast shadows on the retina, resulting in the perception of floating particles. While floaters are generally harmless, they can be bothersome and may affect visual clarity. It is important to have regular eye examinations to ensure there are no underlying issues associated with floaters and to receive appropriate guidance on managing and monitoring them.


Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye, is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva, the thin and transparent layer of tissue that covers the front surface of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelids. Various factors, including viruses, bacteria, allergies, or irritants, can cause it. Conjunctivitis typically presents with symptoms such as redness, itching, watering, and discharge from the eye. Depending on the cause, treatment options may include prescription eye drops or ointments, antihistamines for allergic conjunctivitis, or simply using warm compresses and practicing good hygiene to alleviate discomfort and promote healing. It is essential to seek professional medical advice for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management of conjunctivitis.

Corneal Abrasion

A corneal abrasion refers to a scratch or injury to the cornea, the clear, dome-shaped outer layer of the eye. It can occur due to various causes, such as foreign objects in the eye, accidental injury, or contact lens misuse. Symptoms of a corneal abrasion may include pain, redness, tearing, sensitivity to light, and a feeling of something being in the eye. Prompt medical attention is necessary to prevent potential complications and aid in the healing process. Treatment may involve the use of antibiotic or lubricating eye drops, wearing an eye patch for comfort, and avoiding activities that may further irritate the eye. It is important to follow the recommended treatment plan and attend follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing and prevent any long-term damage to the cornea.

Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition that occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears or when the tears evaporate too quickly. This can result in symptoms such as dryness, redness, itching, a gritty sensation, and blurry vision. Dry eye syndrome can be caused by various factors, including age, hormonal changes, environmental conditions, certain medications, and underlying health conditions. Treatment options for dry eye syndrome may include the use of artificial tears, prescription eye drops, lifestyle modifications, such as using a humidifier or avoiding dry and windy environments, and in some cases, punctal plugs or other procedures to help retain tears on the ocular surface. It is important to seek professional evaluation and guidance from an eye care specialist to manage and alleviate the symptoms of dry eye syndrome effectively.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive eye condition that affects the macula, leading to vision loss. It can be categorized as dry or wet AMD, with the latter causing more rapid vision deterioration. While there is no cure, early detection and management are crucial. Treatment options for wet AMD include anti-VEGF medications to control abnormal blood vessel growth. Regular eye examinations and a healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk and slow the progression of AMD. If you experience changes in vision, seeking prompt evaluation from an eye care specialist is important for personalized management.

Suffering From Any of These?

Look no further than Garden State Eye Center.

Our experienced team, led by Dr. Rothkopf, M.D., specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions like refractive errors, cataracts, glaucoma, floaters, conjunctivitis, corneal abrasions, dry eye syndrome, and age-related macular degeneration. With our advanced treatments, personalized approach, and commitment to patient satisfaction, we are dedicated to improving your eye health and vision. Schedule an appointment at Garden State Eye Center today and take the first step towards clearer, healthier eyes.