Detecting & Diagnosing Eye Diseases
An eye exam is an important part of preventive healthcare. Not only will your optometrist assess if your eyewear prescription is providing the vision you want, they’ll also check for the development of eye diseases.
Many eye diseases can damage your vision permanently and many progress without any noticeable symptoms, particularly in the beginning. Early identification is crucial to the treatment and management of eye diseases. If your optometrist spots them early enough, they may be able to slow down progression or prevent vision loss.
Your sight is precious. Safeguard it today with a comprehensive eye exam.
Diabetic Eye Diseases
People with diabetes are at an increased risk of eye diseases. Diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema can lead to irreversible vision loss.
Diabetic retinopathy often progresses slowly and, like many eye diseases, may not present visible symptoms until irreversible vision loss occurs. Diabetic macular edema is quite serious and can impact the ability to read, write, drive, and recognize faces.
Both conditions can be identified early with a comprehensive diabetic eye exam. If you have diabetes, book your appointment now.
Pressure builds up inside the eye, damaging the optic nerve and causing irreversible vision loss. Often, the progression of glaucoma is slow and symptom-free, earning the disease the nickname "the silent thief of sight."
There are several types of glaucoma.
Angle-closure glaucoma occurs when the space between the iris and cornea narrows, trapping fluid in the eye. When the pressure rises as a result of this fluid, angle-closure glaucoma occurs.
It can appear suddenly (acute) or progress gradually (chronic). Acute angle-closure glaucoma is a medical emergency. Sudden onset headaches, blurry vision, eye redness, or halos appearing around lights mean you should call your optometrist immediately.
Other Types of Glaucoma
Glaucoma Risk Factors
Glaucoma risk factors may include:
- A family history of glaucoma
- Past eye injury or trauma
- Use of certain medications
- Heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure
- Being over 60 years old
Symptoms of Cataracts
Cataracts generally develop without pain or redness. Some symptoms of cataracts include:
- Foggy or blurry vision
- Difficulty seeing at night
- Seeing halos around lights
- Muted color vision
- Sensitivity to light
Often, obstructions to vision as a result of cataracts can be remedied through corrective lenses. But, cataracts can increase in size and may get to a point where glasses or contact lenses no longer provide the vision you want. In this case, we may recommend surgery.
If you’re having a difficult time driving or performing your job safely, are struggling to watch television or read, or are experiencing challenges with daily activities that are decreasing your quality of life, it might be time to explore surgery.
Cataract surgery is safe and effective. We can help you understand the procedure and your options.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration causes the breakdown of the macula, the area of the eye responsible for central vision. Damage to the macula can lead to central vision loss.
Central vision is responsible for reading, writing, driving, and recognizing faces, so any loss of vision in this area may make day-to-day tasks difficult.
People with AMD may not experience any pain or symptoms as the disease progresses. If straight lines begin to appear wavy or your central vision blurs in a way that cannot be corrected by glasses, it’s time for an eye exam.
There are 2 types of AMD, dry and wet.
We’re on the Lookout for Early Signs of Eye Disease
Regular comprehensive eye exams are the best defense against eye diseases that can cause irreversible vision loss.
Book your appointment today and let us examine your eyes for early signs of eye disease.
Come Visit Us
Our optometry clinic, located in Waterloo, welcomes patients from all surrounding areas, including Kitchener and Cambridge. We’re across Erb Street from the Waterloo Rec Complex and the new Delta Hotel and Barrel Yards under construction.
- 107 Erb Street West
- Waterloo, ON N2L 1T4
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 8:15 AM – 5:15 PM
- Tuesday: 8:15 AM – 5:15 PM
- Wednesday: 8:15 AM – 7:00 PM
- Thursday: 8:15 AM – 7:00 PM
- Friday: 8:15 AM – 5:15 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed