Protect Your Eyes From Harmful Conditions
Your eyes allow you to take in the world. Keep them as safe as possible with regular eye exams. Our doctors can take a look into your eye and keep watch for eye diseases. Catching many diseases early makes management much easier, allowing us to preserve your vision as long as possible. Visit today to stay on top of your health.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration involves damage to the macula, the central part of the retina, as you age. Since the macula is crucial for detailed central vision, symptoms may include blurry or distorted lines and blurred central vision. The early stages of this disease are usually symptom-free.
Age-related macular degeneration has no cure, but it can be managed and monitored more easily when caught early. Preventative tips include UV protection and a healthy lifestyle.
Cataracts occur when the lens inside the eye becomes clouded. Most people get cataracts as they age, and they most often occur in people over 60. Symptoms include blurred or foggy vision, halos around lights, dull or muted colour vision, and the feeling of having a film over your eyes that doesn’t go away.
Cataracts may be slowed by eating antioxidant-rich foods and protecting your eyes from UV rays. Treatment for cataracts can include updating your prescription, but the most common treatment is surgery.
Cataract surgery is generally considered to be very safe. It involves removing the old clouded lens and inserting a clear artificial one. We recommend treating dry eye for patients with mature cataracts to help improve surgery outcomes.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases with the main hallmark of damage to the optic nerve. Generally, this damage is caused by high intraocular pressure from fluid buildup in the eye (though sometimes there is no pressure buildup). Glaucoma is sometimes called ‘the silent thief of sight’ since it usually has no symptoms and is the leading cause of blindness in Canada.
The most common form of the disease is open-angle glaucoma. It involves fluid buildup in the eye that slowly raises intraocular pressure.
Angle-closure glaucoma happens fast when the eye’s drainage angle narrows suddenly or becomes blocked. The acute version of this type is a medical emergency and is often very painful. It can cause vision loss quickly.
Secondary glaucoma is when injury or trauma to the eye causes intraocular pressure to rise. If the optic nerve becomes damaged without increased pressure, it’s called normal-tension glaucoma.
An eye exam can detect signs of glaucoma early. It can be treated with medications or surgery.
While it’s not an eye disease, a concussion can have a major impact on your vision. Concussions happen when the brain is jostled around in the skull, often by trauma like a fall, blow, or sports injury. Visual symptoms can include double vision, eye strain, trouble focusing, and poor depth perception.
Once you’ve seen your doctor, visit us at Trinity Hills Eyecare for primary care concussion solutions to get your vision on track.
Stay On Top of Your Sight
Don’t wait until your symptoms are severe—with many eye diseases, early detection is critical for maintaining your vision. Eye care is a necessary part of overall wellness, so remember to book regular eye doctor visits at Trinity Hills Eyecare.