We believe that an educated patient is more likely to make informed decisions, so we try to make helpful information available to allow you to learn more about the many common eye conditions and their treatments. Do you believe you may be suffering from one of the conditions listed on this page? Do you have concerns about your ocular health? Feel free to contact us to schedule a consultation.
What is a Cataract?
A cataract is a cloudy natural lens that blocks the passage of light through the eye. This condition results in decreased foggy vision, halos around light sources, and glare. Cataracts can negatively affect your ability to drive at night, read or perform daily tasks.
Is Cataract surgery right for me?
Cataract surgery is rarely considered an emergency situation. An initial exam with one of our doctors can advise if you are a good candidate for the surgery and notify you of any potential risks.
The Cataract Procedure
The procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes and involves a light sedative and a small incision (1/8 of an inch). No stitches required.
What to Expect Before and After
No liquids or foods can be consumed after midnight on the day of your surgery. You may also need to stop taking certain types of medication prior to going in. The majority of patients do experience clearer vision by the next day.
This condition is a leading cause of blindness in adults as it causes damage to the blood vessels within the retina. If left untreated, blurred vision will persist and may result in the retina detaching from the eye. If you’ve experienced the sensation of a “curtain” being pulled over part of your vision, contact your local Eye Centre right away.
This condition occurs when the retina pulls away from the inside wall of the eye which can lead to permanent vision loss. Light flashes, floaters, dark shadows, blind spots and watery vision are just some of the symptoms associated with a detached retina.
If your eyes are feeling irritated, scratchy, dry or uncomfortable, it may have nothing to do with the amount of sleep you got the night before and more to do with your age and environment. This particular condition affects the production of the preocular tear film which may lead to eye damage and possible infection. Excessively watery eyes can also be a symptom. If you’re experiencing discomfort on a regular basis, contact The Eye Centre for a proper examination.
Dry Eye Treatment
Upon examination, our doctors can recommend a viscoadaptive eye drop to help moisten and lubricate the affected eye tissue.
Floaters and Flashes
Amblyopia or "Lazy Eye"
Lazy Eye occurs when, for any number of reasons, one eye is used more than the other with the weaker eye gradually succumbing to reduced vision. What was once thought to be an incurable condition now has several treatment options. Talk with your optometrist to learn more.
Strabismus is recognizable when your eyes are not properly aligned and point in different directions. Although the cause of strabismus is not fully understood, the condition is treatable with eyeglasses, vision therapy and eye muscle surgery all viable options.
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
This condition occurs when there is an infection of the protective membrane covering the eyeball’s surface. It can be viral, bacterial or allergy based and should be examined by a doctor to determine the best course of treatment. Precautions should be taken to avoid its spread.
This disease affects adults over the age of 55 and includes two specific types of macular degeneration, wet or dry (the more common). Once diagnosed, its progression may be slowed with a proper diet and exercise.
Glaucoma actually consists of several eye diseases that damage the nerve fibers carrying information from the eye to the brain. Although there is no cure for Glaucoma, early detection can help avoid the onset of blindness. Once again, any sudden distortion, blurred vision or nausea should be reported to your Eye Centre doctor.
Allergies affect over 20% of the population and lead to swollen, itchy, red and watery eyes. If your daily routine seems to trigger these attacks, a consultation with an Eye Centre professional may prove beneficial.
Computer Vision Syndrome
CVS affects 3 out of 4 computer users resulting in headaches, neck aches, blurred or double vision and a sensitivity to light following prolonged bouts of computer usage. Visit The Eye Centre to learn if new eyeglasses are required or if anything else can be done to prevent further strain.
Although low vision is not considered blindness, it does mean an individual’s eyesight can no longer be corrected to better than 20/200 with lenses. A consultation with our staff can provide recommendations for living aids and systems that will help in your daily life.
Contact The Eye Centre today to book an appointment for yourself, or any member of your family. We offer all of the following:
Emergency eye care
Ocular health evaluations
Diagnosis and treatment of:
Floaters and flashes
Computer vision syndrome
Age related macular degeneration (ARMD)
If you’re changing your prescription, why not change your eyeglass frames, too. We carry an appealing selection of modern designer frames in a range of prices. Our staff will help you explore your options to make sure you receive the absolute best fit.