HOW WE DIAGNOSE EYE DISEASES
For optimal eye health, detecting eye diseases early is critical.
During one of our routine eye exams, we’ll complete a thorough investigation to determine the health of your eye. We’ll check to see if you currently have any eye diseases or if any are developing using the most up-to-date technology.
Advanced Retinal Imaging
During this test, we gather detailed retinal images of the back of your eye to determine any possible risk of eye diseases. The test is done in less than one second and is entirely pain-free.
We gather results to provide an early diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy, hypertension, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and other eye diseases and conditions. By comparing previous images to current ones, we can closely monitor the health of your eye and help prevent the progression of eye disease.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
Instead of being referred to a hospital eye clinic or ophthalmology clinic, we can now complete Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) on-site. This test is the most current advancement in imaging technology and is similar to a CT scan of the eye. We can immediately visualize the back of your eye and use the technology to check for any signs of eye disease.
OCT is non-invasive and painless and is crucial for the early diagnosis of glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinal disease.
Glaucoma results from fluid build-up in the eye that causes pressure and leads to optic nerve damage. Sometimes, this group of eye diseases can cause vision loss. The two main types of glaucoma are open-angle (more common and develops more slowly) and angle-closure (occurs suddenly and is painful).
Many seniors develop cataracts, a painless cloudy lens in the eye that creates blurry sight. Besides aging, cataracts can form due to diabetes, trauma, some medications, and extreme UV light exposure. A routine eye exam typically uncovers cataracts, and various treatment options are available, ranging from correct lenses to surgery.
Macular degeneration is an eye disease that progressively destroys the macula, the middle portion of your retina that helps with focus. There are two types: dry and wet macular degeneration. In dry macular degeneration, central vision slowly diminishes. Wet macular degeneration progresses far more quickly and has more severe effects, such as complete central vision loss. The condition can occur at any age, but commonly after age 60.
People with diabetes are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, a condition that affects the blood vessels on the retina. As the disease progresses, the blood vessels in the retina begin to bleed and result in vision problems. The bleeding can continue, worsen, or create scarring without proper treatment.
TREATING EYE DISEASES AT STONEY CREEK OPTOMETRY
We will give you a thorough assessment during your eye exam to determine if you are a suitable candidate for Lasik surgery.
The eye doctors at our clinic are all trained and certified in ocular therapeutics. Depending on your eye disease, there may be therapeutic agents that we can prescribe to help manage your ocular disease.
Treatment options are constantly expanding, and we remain up-to-date on the most recent advances. Creating an appropriate management plan for you is just the start – we’ll also regularly evaluate its effectiveness and make changes when necessary. If surgery is needed, we’ll promptly refer you to the best professional in the area.
To learn more about treatment options for your eye disease, schedule an appointment with us.
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We proudly serve Stoney Creek and Hamilton East patients with their eye wear needs. Are you looking for a family optometrist? Call us at 905-664-5949 or book an appointment today!