Many eye diseases are asymptomatic, meaning they don’t typically present any noticeable symptoms. Conditions like glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration slowly but surely damage your eyes, resulting in cumulative vision loss. By the time patients notice the changes to their vision, the loss is often significant and irreversible.
Through regular eye exams, we can track small changes to your eye health, initiating treatment before significant, permanent vision loss occurs.
Glaucoma is a condition that affects the intraocular pressure or IOP. As the IOP rises, it causes slow and cumulative damage to the optic nerve; the nerve responsible for sending messages from the eye to the brain. In most cases, glaucoma doesn’t present any symptoms until it has already caused irreparable damage and permanent vision loss. Glaucoma typically gets worse over a long period of time.
Every Abbey Eye Care patient receives glaucoma testing as part of their comprehensive eye exam.
Typically, we treat glaucoma through medicated eye drops which reduce IOP. Because patients don’t typically notice any glaucoma symptoms, they commonly forget to take their medication every day as prescribed. It is crucial that you remember to take your medication exactly as directed. Inconsistent use of the medication could allow IOP to rise and cause further damage to the optic nerve.
As you age, the proteins in your eye’s crystalline lens restructure, causing a film to cloud your vision. When the lens becomes cloudy, it is called a cataract. As the cataract continues to develop, patients tend to experience increasingly blurry vision and glare or halos around lights, particularly at night time. Although some factors (such as sun exposure and smoking) increase your risk of cataract development, cataracts occur in almost everyone eventually.
When cataracts are in their early stages, patients can typically maintain their regular lifestyle with the help of a change in eyeglass prescription. Eventually, however, the cataract becomes too opaque for the patients to see properly, and it must be removed through surgery.
Cataract surgery is very effective and relatively simple. In most cases, the patient regains the vision they had before their cataract developed. Abbey Eye Care maintains an excellent network of eye care professionals. We will happily refer you to an ophthalmologist and help coordinate your care.
Age-related macular degeneration (or AMD) occurs when the macula is damaged by deposits called drusen (dry AMD), or scar tissue (wet AMD). The macula is a particularly light-sensitive area of the retina; a system of tissue covering the back interior of your eye. In wet AMD, the blood vessels in the retina can become damaged. Your body attempts to grow replacement blood vessels, however, they are often weak and irregular, resulting in bleeding or scarring of the retina. This obscures the macula and reduces the patient’s central vision.
AMD does not typically present any symptoms aside from gradual vision loss.
There are a variety of treatments available to prevent the progression of AMD, including laser therapy and drug injections. The optometrists at Abbey Eye Care will take you through all of your treatment options and answer any questions you may have at the time of your diagnosis.
Conjunctivitis (sometimes known as red eye or pink eye) is an irritation of the conjunctiva, the mucous membrane covering your eyeball. This condition can be brought on by a number of factors, including allergic reactions, bacterial infections, and viral infections.
Symptoms of conjunctivitis could include:
Each strain of conjunctivitis is treated differently, so it’s very important that you see your optometrist or doctor for an official diagnosis, even if you think you have had this strain before and know how to treat it. While antihistamines may help with allergic conjunctivitis, bacterial conjunctivitis requires antibiotics. Your doctor will also be able to advise you as to whether your case is contagious or not.
Abbey Eye Care looks forward to serving you and your family. Our office is located on the Southeast corner of Dundas and Third Line.
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