Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management in Millwoods

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At Infinite Eyecare, it’s important to us that all eyes remain happy and healthy. That’s why our comprehensive eye exams involve the most thorough testing and modern diagnostic techniques available.

A 2018 study from the Canadian Association of Optometrists found that the future of eye health and vision care in Canada is concerning: The prevalence of vision loss in Canada is expected to increase by nearly 30% in the next decade and that over 75% of vision loss is preventable or treatable.

Don’t wait, book an appointment with us today and give your eyes a clean bill of health.

Common Eye Diseases

Many eye diseases are asymptomatic, meaning they come on silently and will often not display symptoms until vision has already been affected. That’s why it’s vital to have your eyes checked regularly.

But what are we checking for? In addition to visual acuity and eye movement, we test eye health for signs of the following conditions:

AMD is a condition that damages the macula (the central portion of the retina).

The disease progresses slowly, often with no pain or warning symptoms, causing the central vision to deteriorate. Without treatment, central vision can be completely lost. Related to ageing eyes.

Dry AMD

The most common type of AMD, dry macular degeneration occurs when drusen (small lipid deposits) accumulate, damaging the light-sensitive cells in the retina.

Wet AMD

Wet macular degeneration is less common but can progress very rapidly. It occurs when abnormal blood vessels behind the retina start to grow under the macula. These new blood vessels tend to be very fragile and often leak blood and fluid, damaging the light-sensitive retinal cells.

Cataracts are a natural part of the eye’s ageing process and typically form around the age of 60. At this time, the eye lens becomes thicker, less flexible, and less transparent. Eventually, the tissues in the lens start to break down and clump together, creating cloudy areas and opaque spots. Luckily, cataracts can be removed with a simple surgery.

More commonly known as pink eye, conjunctivitis occurs when the conjunctiva (the thin, transparent membrane that covers the white of your eye) becomes irritated and inflamed, causing the blood vessels in the eye to dilate. The three most common types are:

Bacterial

Caused by a bacterial infection, bacterial conjunctivitis is highly contagious and must be treated with antibiotics.

Viral

Usually caused by a flu virus, this type of conjunctivitis has no treatment and must be allowed to run its course. Highly contagious, patients with viral conjunctivitis should avoid public areas until it’s cleared up.

Allergenic

Conjunctivitis caused by allergies is not contagious, and usually can be treated with antihistamines.

Glaucoma is categorized as damage to the optic nerve, the part of the visual system that carries information from the eyes to the brain. Considered a very serious eye disease, it doesn’t often present vision loss or other symptoms until it’s later stages

Glaucoma is caused when an excess of fluid in the front area of the eye builds and can’t properly drain, due to high intraocular pressure (OCT). However, it can occur without OCT, a condition called normal-tension glaucoma. Whatever the cause, we use Goldmann applanation tonometry, which is considered to be the gold standard IOP test to detect this serious eye disease as soon as it forms.

Although having diabetes can increase your chances of developing many serious eye diseases and conditions, diabetic macular edema and diabetic retinopathy are two eye serious eye diseases directly linked to the disease. To help safeguard their vision, patients with diabetes should undergo annual eye exams.

Eye floaters are tiny pieces of protein that float in the vitreous fluid of our eye. As we age, this fluid becomes more viscous, allowing the floaters to flow more readily, making them more noticeable. While not generally something to worry about, if floaters are accompanied by flashes of light, it may be a sign that your retina has become detached or torn. Retinal tears are incredibly serious and can lead to vision loss if they aren’t treated quickly.

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Our office is conveniently located on the corner of 23rd Avenue Northwest and Mill Woods Road East, next to Supreme Pizza. We are open 7 days per week for your convenience and are available for emergency appointments.

Our Address

4269-23 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T6L-5Z8

Contact Information

Phone: (780) 425-0003
[email protected]

Hours Of Operation

Monday
10 AM7 PM
Tuesday
10 AM7 PM
Wednesday
10 AM7 PM
Thursday
10 AM7 PM
Friday
10 AM7 PM
Saturday
10 AM6 PM
Sunday
10 AM6 PM

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