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Preventative Eye Care Can Protect Your Overall Health

Did you know comprehensive eye exams are used to check more than your current eyeglass prescription? They assess your overall eye health and can even detect health concerns seemingly unrelated to your eyes, like diabetes, high blood pressure, or even lupus. Because your eyes are such fragile organs, some health conditions may affect your eyes before other areas of your body.

During every comprehensive eye exam, we look for signs of various eye diseases. Many eye diseases often progress with no symptoms until they’ve caused damage to your vision. We don’t stop at the diagnosis, however. Our eye care team also offers thorough and personalized treatment plans to guide you through life with eye disease.

You will never be on your own while under our care.

What Is Involved in A Routine Eye Exam?

Every eye exam begins with a conversation about you. We’ll discuss your personal and family histories, including a history of eye disease, current medications and general health, and your lifestyle, including work environment and hobbies. We’ll also ask you to describe any vision problems or concerns you’re currently experiencing.

The rest of the exam will involve a series of tests that determine your overall ocular health and visual acuity, ending with a thorough discussion of any required next steps.

Some tests included in an eye exam are:

We’ll always go over your results for every test and ensure that you understand what they mean.

If you do receive an eye disease diagnosis, know that you’re not alone. We offer full-service disease management and treatments and ensure that you’re well taken care of during the process.

What Is Involved in Treatments for Eye Disease?

Some eye diseases require life-long management, while others may require therapy treatments or even surgery. Whatever your diagnosis, Legacy Eye Care’s team of professionals are trained and experienced in disease management.

Some examples of eye diseases & treatments include:

Glaucoma is a name for a group of eye diseases that cause damage to the optic nerve. It often progresses slowly and quietly, with symptoms generally developing after significant damage has already occurred.

Early treatment for glaucoma is essential, as any vision loss that occurs due to the disease is not recoverable. Treatment may involve eye drops or laser surgery to manage intraocular pressure. The condition will require treatment for the rest of your life.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a severe eye disease that affects the macula, the part of the retina that’s responsible for sharp, central vision. It can lead to blurred central vision while leaving the peripheral vision untouched, so it doesn’t result in complete blindness.

There are two types of AMD: dry and wet.

  • Dry AMD is generally related to the ageing process and results in the thinning and deterioration of the macula. This impacts your ability to see faces, read, write, or perform other detail-oriented tasks. Treatment can involve self-care measures, like taking antioxidant vitamins and mineral supplements, which may slow down vision loss.
  • Wet AMD occurs when abnormal blood vessels grow in the eye and start leaking blood and fluids under the macula. These fluids start to distort central vision. Treatment may involve injections into the eye that slow the growth of new blood vessels. If these injections aren’t sufficient, you may require other therapies, such as photodynamic therapy or photocoagulation. Both are designed to seal abnormal blood vessels and stop them from leaking.

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease that occurs as a complication of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It’s caused by damage to the delicate blood vessels that feed the retina and is related to sugar build-up in the blood. It can lead to unrecoverable vision loss.

Treatments for diabetic retinopathy are usually aimed at slowing or stopping the progression of the disease.

If you have early diabetic retinopathy, you may not need treatment. Instead, your optometrist will closely monitor your ocular health and begin treatment when necessary. At this stage, maintaining control of your diabetes and managing your blood sugar levels is essential to slowing the progression of diabetic retinopathy.

Suppose you have advanced diabetic retinopathy or diabetic macular edema. In that case, you’ll be referred to a retinal specialist and likely require surgery (vitrectomy) and therapies like photocoagulation and anti-VEGF therapy, which are designed to seal leaking abnormal blood vessels.

Protect Your Eye Health & Book an Exam Today!

We are excited to be an essential part of your healthcare team. Please book your appointment today and come give us a visit! We’re happy to answer any questions or concerns you have.

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You can find our beautiful new clinic behind the Best Western, just off 43rd Avenue in Atim Creek Centre.

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