Preventing Vision Loss
Did you know that many eye diseases don’t show any warning signs or symptoms until vision loss has already begun to develop?
Your vision is one of your most important senses, so it’s important to give it the care it deserves. To protect your eyes from the damaging effects of eye diseases, proactive steps are needed. One of the best steps to take is visiting for regular eye exams.
Without regular eye exams, eye diseases could be damaging your eyes without you knowing.
The Risks of Eye Diseases
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Only an eye care professional can detect these eye diseases in their initial stages. Early detection is a crucial factor in protecting your sight. With early diagnosis, many eye diseases can be managed to slow vision loss and other complications.
It’s difficult to identify eye diseases on your own. The following are warning signs that could indicate eye diseases. Please book an appointment immediately if you’re experiencing the following:
- Change in iris colour
- Crossed eyes
- Dark spots in the centre of your vision
- Double vision
- Dry eyes
Common Eye Diseases
Eye diseases can appear in a variety of different ways and can damage different parts of the eye. The following are some of the most common eye diseases. It’s important to be aware of these diseases, especially if you’re at risk of developing them.
Unfortunately, glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in people over 60 years of age. Glaucoma results in damage to the optic nerve. It generally develops as a gradual loss in peripheral vision, and can eventually to blindness if left untreated.
One of the major concerns with glaucoma is its lack of warning signs and symptoms. This means eye exams are the best way to identify the disease early before serious damage has been done.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 60. It occurs when the macula—the part of the eye responsible for central vision—begins to deteriorate.
There is no known cure for AMD, but the leading risk factors are age, smoking, and UV light exposure. As AMD progresses, the sufferer eventually loses central vision, which is used for things like reading, recognizing faces, and driving. That is why regular eye exams are so crucial to protecting yourself from this disease.
Conjunctivitis, also known as “pink eye”, occurs when the conjunctiva (the mucous membrane covering the surface of the eye) becomes inflamed. This can have a variety of causes, such as a virus, bacteria, or allergies.
Even though pink eye could clear up on its own, it’s important to visit an optometrist for proper treatment. Specific cases may require special forms of treatment.
Protect Your Eyes From Disease
Eye exams are one of the best ways to ensure your eyes are receiving the care they need and eye diseases are being identified early before serious damage is done.
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At EyeCare Niagara, we value getting to know our patients so we can better understand the scope of their eye care needs. We leverage our knowledge of optical technology as well as frames, lenses, and other treatments to ensure you’re receiving the best care possible.
- 318 Ontario St.
- St. Catharines, ON L2R 5L8
Hours Of Operation
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed