Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management in Strathroy

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Keeping a Close Eye on Your Health

Your optometrist will check your eyes for any signs of eye disease at your comprehensive eye exam, which is a key reason why it’s important to have your eyes checked regularly.

The sooner your optometrist can diagnose eye disease, the better chance we will have at managing the symptoms and preventing long-term vision issues.

Common Eye Diseases & Conditions

Some eye diseases are more common than others, and you may be at a higher risk for eye disease depending on existing medical conditions, family history, and age.

Our optometrists will perform OCT and visual field testing to help diagnose eye diseases as early as possible. The sooner we are able to diagnose an eye disease, the more likely we will be able to prevent further damage.

Our OCT takes photos of your retina and scans the layers of your retina. It provides information that can’t otherwise be seen, and is used to diagnose and monitor conditions like glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Our automated visual field analyzer is used to diagnose and monitor glaucoma, neurological disorders, provide driving assessments, and more.

These tests provide objective results to compare to information gathered at a regular eye exam.

Diabetic Retinopathy

The blood vessels in your eye could be affected by diabetic retinopathy if you have diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy can cause these blood vessels to swell, leak, or close off due to prolonged high blood sugar levels. Eventually, diabetic retinopathy may lead to macular edema, and cause eye damage and permanent vision loss.

People who have diabetes are at a higher risk for cataracts and glaucoma. Learn more about how we care for our patients with diabetes.

Cataracts typically develop later in life as a result of aging, but they can happen for other reasons, including eye injuries, glaucoma, and diabetes.

The crystalline lens in your eye is normally clear, but developing cataracts will start to make it cloudy. Your optometrist will be able to help you compensate for the initial vision changes with prescription glasses or contact lenses, but eventually, you will likely require cataract surgery—which will often fully restore your vision.

Symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Blurry or foggy vision
  • Decreased night vision
  • Halos around lights
  • Dull or muted colour vision
  • Feeling like there’s a film covering your eyes
  • Light sensitivity

Glaucoma is often referred to as the “silent thief of sight” because most people don’t notice the initial symptoms.

As glaucoma progresses, it typically begins in the peripheral vision and works its way inward. Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that deteriorate the optic nerve, which is responsible for sending the image you see to your brain. If glaucoma is diagnosed early enough your optometrist may be able to prevent further vision loss.

Your macula is responsible for clear straight-ahead vision. Macular degeneration—also called age-related macular degeneration (AMD or ARMD)—affects the centre of your sight and comes in two forms: dry and wet.

Dry macular degeneration is the most common form of AMD. It occurs slowly, deteriorating your vision over time, and can often be managed with healthy lifestyle changes. Wet macular degeneration is more severe, affecting your sight quickly. Vision loss from macular degeneration is permanent.

Symptoms of macular degeneration include:

  • Blurred centre vision
  • Difficulty reading or recognizing faces
  • Straight lines appearing wavy or distorted
  • Dark spots blanking out part of the middle of your vision

Conjunctivitis is a viral or bacterial inflammation in one or both eyes that affects the whites (sclera) of the eye and the eyelids.

Some forms of conjunctivitis are contagious, so it is important to practice increased hygiene and handwashing and to avoid sharing cosmetics or other products that are applied close to or on your eyes.

Symptoms of conjunctivitis can include:

  • Red or itchy eyes
  • A gritty sensation in one or both eyes
  • Yellow or dark mucus and discharge
  • Crusty eyes when waking up
  • Excessively watery or tearing eyes

Your optometrist will prescribe a treatment that may include:

  • A cool compress to help alleviate discomfort
  • Medications or antihistamines to reduce inflammation
  • Steroidal prescription eye drops and/or ointments

Protect Your Vision

There are ways to protect your vision throughout life. One of the easiest prevention steps is to protect your eyes from UV rays by wearing sunglasses when you’re outdoors.

Regular eye exams will help detect early warning signs of many eye diseases. The sooner an eye health problem is identified, the sooner your optometrist can begin treating it and preventing irreparable vision loss.

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Find us in the red brick building on the corner of Frank St. and Albert St. Parking is available just outside our door.

Our Address

  • 22 Frank St
  • Strathroy, ON N7G 3X3

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Contact Lens Exams, Fittings, & Brands

Contact Lens Exams, Fittings & Brands

We offer contact lens-specific eye exams for those curious about wearing contact lenses. Find the right pair of contact lenses for your eyes here.

Frames & Lenses

Frames & Lenses

Our staff is committed to helping you look and see your best. Browse our frames and lens brands and start picturing your new look.

Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management

Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management

Eye diseases often develop without noticeable symptoms. Early diagnosis through an eye exam allows us to begin treatment as early as possible.

Children’s Eye Exams

Children’s Eye Exams

It’s important for children to get regularly scheduled eye exams to support their healthy development both in and out of the classroom. 

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