Did you know that more than 2.5 million Canadians suffer from cataracts?
There is a popular misconception that losing your visual acuity is an inevitable consequence of aging. In reality, vision loss due to cataracts can be treated with a safe and routine surgical procedure. Vision quality between 20/20 and 20/40 can be safely restored via cataract surgery.
If you’re considering cataract surgery, book to come see us for an eye exam to determine your candidacy. We will perform a routine examination of your eyes as well as assess the status of your cataracts, overall eye health, and assess other variables that influence the outcome of your surgery.
Assuming that you are a candidate, we will then refer you to an Ophthalmologist who will perform the procedure.
Surgery sounds scary. It isn’t – in fact, cataract removal surgery is the most common surgical procedure performed in North America. It is a staple of modern eye care and something that our Optometrists – and associated Ophthalmologists – are well versed in.
The Ophthalmologist will replace your clouded lens with a clear intraocular lens (IOL). The IOL is made of plastic and closely emulates the function of your original lens. The successful result of this procedure is the significant improvement of your vision.
The surgery itself is quite mild, with minor discomfort for a few weeks post-surgery. By the time the season changes your surgery will be long forgotten and your vision will be improved!
By age 60, most Canadians have some level of cataract development in one or both eyes. This is due to the change in the lens of your eye and is unavoidable for most people.
If you have regular eye exams you are likely well-versed on the development of your cataracts. If you are not, you may notice a slow and gradual change to your vision:
The risk factors that impact cataract development are currently definitively unknown, though there are studies that suggest that the items below may influence cataract development:
There are many types of cataracts. The three most common are:
Conjunctivitis can be very contagious. Should you suspect you have it, call our clinic ASAP to book an appointment.
Wait times at our clinic are generally substantially shorter than a walk-in clinic or emergency room. Not only that, but we perform the same medical services and procedures that you would receive in a clinic.
Treatment can begin to alleviate conjunctivitis symptoms quickly after commencement.
Most forms of conjunctivitis respond quickly to treatment. There is no need to suffer through symptoms any longer than you have to. Request an appointment to see us for testing, diagnosis, and treatment.
Conjunctivitis – aka, pink eye or red eye – has a myriad of causes; environmental factors (dust, smoke), allergens (pollen, etc.), chemicals (found in soaps/shampoos, cleaning products, etc.), and pathogens (bacteria/viruses) can all cause conjunctivitis.
Only an Optometrist can properly diagnose certain forms of conjunctivitis, so your safest bet is to come see us.
Symptoms of conjunctivitis include:
Treatment for conjunctivitis is dependent on its cause. Once we have a formalized diagnosis we will be able to treat appropriately.
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Regardless of the cause of your case of conjunctivitis, we can help you manage the symptoms and provide you appropriate next steps.
Treatments include antibiotics (where appropriate), eye drops, and antihistamines (where appropriate).
If you currently suspect you have conjunctivitis:
Glaucoma is often asymptomatic and painless, making it imperative to catch it preemptively.
At this time there is no permanent solution for glaucoma. However, depending on the type of glaucoma you have, there are various management tools and treatments that can slow or halt further progression of the disease.
These include eye drops, oral medication, as well as laser and classical surgical techniques.
Often, glaucoma develops undetected. Most forms of glaucoma are painless and asymptomatic (initially). glaucoma develops over time, slowly worsening your vision. If left undetected long enough you may develop “tunnel vision”, where your ability to see via your peripheral vision becomes greatly reduced.
Certain types of glaucoma – notably, acute angle-closure glaucoma – can present sudden symptoms, including:
Glaucoma comes in two main flavours, each with their own variations. Open-angle glaucoma (OAG) and narrow angle glaucoma.
Variations of OAG include: primary open angle glaucoma (POAG), normal-tension glaucoma (NTG), pigmentary glaucoma, pseudoexfoliation glaucoma, secondary glaucoma and congenital glaucoma.
Variations of narrow angle glaucoma include include acute angle closure glaucoma, chronic angle closure glaucoma, and neovascular glaucoma.
Glaucoma is not categorized by a cause so much as the nature of the damage it does to your optic nerve. This damage is almost always irreversible- it can only be prevented, not repaired.
Testing for glaucoma is part of your eye exam. Using a tonometer, we measure your intraocular pressure (IOP). We also test via optical coherence tomography (OCT) to measure the health of the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) and macula. Visual field testing gives us perspective on your field of vision and as well as whether or not you have or are developing for blind spots.
The most common treatments for glaucoma are medicated eye drops, which work to lower your intraocular pressure (IOP). The eye drops work by reducing the amount of fluid created in the eye, as well as by helping the eye discharge the fluid it does create.
There are also surgical options for glaucoma:
Do not deviate from your treatment. It is easy to downplay the importance of strict adherence to treatment because glaucoma often shows no symptoms. We implore you not to neglect treatment as the cost of doing so can be severe.
Many people that experience significant loss or blindness as a result from glaucoma do so because they fail to adhere to their treatment. It cannot be understated how important it is to stay on top of your medications (whether they are eye drops or oral).
If you find your eye drops uncomfortable, or if you are experiencing negative side effects, do not discontinue use until you have talked to us first.