Preserve Your Optimal Vision
Your eyes are precious parts of your body and need to be well looked after. During our comprehensive eye exams, we test your ocular health using proven diagnostic technology. We look for signs of eye diseases, even if you are asymptomatic, because many conditions start without causing changes to your vision.
The risk of developing an eye disease is unique to each person. With every patient, we strive to find any eye conditions early and start treatment to prevent them from causing potentially irreversible damage.
Common Eye Diseases & Conditions
Your eyes are the only ones you have, and taking care of them can mean preserving your future vision. Learn about some common eye diseases, possible symptoms to watch for, so you can discuss your visual health at your next eye exam.
Glaucoma describes a group of eye conditions that affect the optic nerve, which sends messages from the retina to the visual centre in the brain. We can test your eye pressure (intraocular pressure) using tonometry.
The most common type of glaucoma we see in patients is open-angle glaucoma, in which excess fluid can cause increased pressure in the eye. Typically, symptoms aren’t apparent in the early stages of open-angle glaucoma and it can cause vision loss behind the scenes. Other types of glaucoma, including angle-closure, normal tension, or congenital glaucoma, can cause symptoms early on, including hazy vision, severe eye pain, or sudden sight loss.
Unfortunately, if any kind of glaucoma progresses undetected or untreated, it can lead to blindness. Treatments to slow or prevent vision loss include eye drops, oral medication, laser treatment, or a combination.
Later in life, many people will experience cataracts, so it might be helpful to understand what this condition is.
Cataracts appear as your eye’s lens becomes more rigid with age, affecting your vision with symptoms like blurry or foggy vision, washed-out colours, light sensitivity, and the feeling that there’s a film over your eye.
In its early stages, we can correct vision impacted by cataracts with an updated glasses or contact lens prescription. However, if it progresses to the point that it impairs your vision significantly, we may recommend cataract surgery, a safe and effective method for removing cataracts and restoring vision.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common eye disease among adults over 55. This disease slowly deteriorates your macula, the tiny but powerful part of your retina needed to maintain sharp central vision.
AMD appears in 2 forms: dry and wet. Dry AMD, the more common of the 2, slowly thins your macula as the disease progresses. With wet AMD, the macula swells due to abnormal blood vessels in your retina breaking and leaking. Wet AMD can cause irreparable vision loss.
We can easily look for signs of AMD during your eye exam to help prevent any future vision loss.
Diabetic retinopathy is an ocular complication of diabetes that affects the retina, the part of the eye responsible for processing light and firing messages to the brain through the optic nerve, creating your concept of vision.
Diabetes can cause elevated glucose levels in the blood, damaging organs throughout the body, including in the eye. Diabetic retinopathy can develop as a result of this damage, causing the blood vessels in the eyes to swell and leak into the retina. If left undetected or untreated, it can cause visual impairment or sight loss.
If necessary, we can begin treatment even before you notice symptoms. During your eye exam, we can take detailed diagnostic images of your retinas to monitor and accurately diagnose any changes.
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
You may know conjunctivitis by its common name, pink eye. This ocular condition can be viral, bacterial, caused by allergies, or exposure to chemicals.
Conjunctivitis symptoms can appear in 1 or both eyes and include redness, itchiness, irritation, and difficulty opening your eyes due to crust buildup from overnight mucus discharge.
Get in touch with us right away if you think you have conjunctivitis, and we can help you return to better eye health.
Retinal detachment is a serious eye emergency in which the retina departs from its normal position in the visual system.
The detachment itself may not cause pain, but stay alert for these warning signs and seek immediate attention if you experience any of them:
- Sudden appearance of floaters and flashes
- Blurred vision
- Reduced peripheral vision
- A dark shadow over your visual field
Stay Focused on Optimal Vision
Your eyes are the only 2 you’ve got, so make sure you’re taking care of them. Watch for warning signs and symptoms, schedule regular eye exam appointments, and always feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your eye health.
Our office can be found off of Major MacKenzie Drive West in the same lot as the Medical Centre and Tim Hortons. The location of our office is 965 Major Mackenzie Dr. West, Units 3 & 4.
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Friday: Closed
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed
*Please note: we are closed on Saturdays of long weekends and holidays.