Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide. The disease is characterized by high intraocular pressure and damage to the optic nerve.
There are different types of glaucoma but common among them is that vision loss caused by the disease is irreversible. Most types of glaucoma are manageable and early diagnosis and regular monitoring can prevent adverse outcomes such as vision loss.
Glaucoma often progresses slowly and with very few early symptoms, if any at all. The only way to diagnose glaucoma is with a comprehensive eye exam.
People with diabetes are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. Approximately 500,000 Canadians are living with the vision condition.
Complications with diabetes can lead to the blood vessels in the retina bulging and then leaking into the retina. In other cases, new blood vessels can form, interfering with vision.
In the early stages of diabetic retinopathy, you might not notice any symptoms. If you have diabetes, it’s important to get an annual dilated eye exam to check for symptoms of diabetic retinopathy.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
One of the leading causes among vision loss in older adults is age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It impacts the macula, the central area of the eye that is responsible for sharp, central vision.
As you age, the macula can deteriorate, leading to an inability to do tasks that require your central vision like reading, driving, or recognizing faces.
AMD has very few symptoms in its early stages. Vision loss generally occurs in the center of the eye, while the peripheral vision remains clear. If you notice any blurring in the central vision, make an appointment right away.
As you age, the lenses in your eyes can harden and turn cloudy, causing cataracts. The opaque, cloudy areas block light from entering the retina, causing vision problems. Cataracts can also be caused by trauma or other medical conditions like diabetes.
The refractive errors caused by cataracts can be managed by the use of glasses and contact lenses, particularly when cataracts are small.
If your cataracts are becoming a hindrance to your day-to-day activities, surgery is an option. We’ll be an active partner in your surgery and ensure you understand the process.
You might be developing cataracts if you notice a milky, cloudy appearance in your lens or blurry, foggy vision with muted colours and decreased night vision. If you notice any of these symptoms, be sure to make an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam to get your vision checked.
Where to find us
You can easily find us in the Grande Banks on 68th shopping plaza, right next door to Grande Banks IDA Pharmacy. We offer plentiful parking options in front of our practice.
- Phone: 780.533.2020
- Fax: 780.533.5010
- Email: [email protected]
AddressUnit 104, 10302 67 Ave
Grande Prairie, Alberta T8W 0L6
Hours Of Operation
*Open every other Saturday