“Eye diseases” is a term used for various diseases that relate to the function of the eye. Many eye diseases range in commonality and severity. With any eye diseases, it is imperative to not only have prompt diagnosis but also proper treatment, to avoid any long-lasting vision problems that may arise such as blindness. Vision Source Specialists concentrates on the specialty care, education, and prevention strategies for various eye disease such as glaucoma, pink eye, and more. To learn more about various eye diseases that Vision Source Specialists diagnose, treat, and work with patients to actively prevent contact us today or schedule your next eye exam at one of our four locations in Downtown Rapid City, Rushmore Mall, Hot Springs, or Philip, SD.

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) 

Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is an infection or inflammation of the conjunctiva – the thin, protective membrane that covers the surface of the eyeball and inner surface of the eyelids. Caused by bacteria, viruses, allergens and other irritants like smoke and dust, pink eye is highly contagious and is usually accompanied by redness in the white of the eye, increased tearing, or discharge. Pink eye is often seen in children, as it is highly contagious and can spread easily through classrooms, day cares, and places where children are interacting with other children.

While many minor cases improve within two weeks, some can develop into serious corneal inflammation and threaten your sight. If you suspect you may have conjunctivitis or your child may, contact your eye care providers at Vision Source Specialists to schedule an examination and set up a comprehensive treatment plan.

Diabetic Eye Disease 

Diabetic eye disease is a general term for a group of eye problems that can result from having type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Some of the complications can include but are not limited to diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma.

Often there are no symptoms in the early stages of diabetic eye disease, so it is important that you do not wait for symptoms to appear before having a comprehensive eye exam. Through early detection and comprehensive treatment of diabetic eye disease, Vision Source Specialists can help you dramatically reduce your chances of sustaining permanent vision loss from diabetic eye disease. For more information on diabetic eye disease or learning ways to stabilize your vision if you have diabetes, contact Vision Source Specialists today.


Often called “the silent thief of sight,” glaucoma is an increase of certain pressure of the eyes, which causes damage to the optic nerve. Glaucome often has no signs or symptoms in the early stages of the disease but if left untreated, glaucoma can lead to a decrease in peripheral vision and eventually blindness. While there is no cure for glaucoma, there are medications and surgery available that can help stop further vision loss. Vision Source Specialists, can provide early detection through vital regular eye exams helping to slow the progression of glaucoma. Contact Vision Source Specialists to learn more about glaucoma and treatment options to keep your eyes healthy for years to come.

Macular Degeneration 

Macular degeneration is a chronic, progressive disease that gradually destroys sharp central vision due to a deterioration of the macula, a tiny spot in the central portion of your retina comprised of millions of light-sensing cells. Since it is so commonly associated with aging, it is also known as age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). There are two forms of AMD. The “dry” version is most common with no known treatment, while the “wet” version is the less common form that can be treated through a series of laser procedures. Genetic testing is now available to help identify those most likely to develop “wet” Macular Degeneration.

In most cases, reversing damage caused by AMD is not possible, but supplements, protection from sunlight, eating a balanced diet and quitting smoking can reduce the risk and progression of Macular Degeneration. For suggestions, contact with your eye care provider at Vision Source Specialists.

Vision Source Specialists has the experience and equipment necessary to diagnose and often treat the eye diseases detailed above, as well as many other eye diseases, at our offices throughout the Black Hills. We offer experienced eye doctors in Rapid City, Hot Springs, and Philip, SD. For more information please schedule an appointment with Vision Source Specialists.

Dr. Jared Pearson O.D.

Dr. Dawn Wattenhofer O.D.