Eye Health Education

LMC clinics are equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic technology that can to help your eye doctor assess and monitor your eye health over time. See below for some of the most common eye diseases and conditions that your optometrist can help detect and treat early.

AMD

AMD (age related macular degeneration) is one of the leading causes of vision loss in people 65 years or older. AMD involves the breakdown of the macula of the eye (which is responsible for the sharpness of your vision). A person with AMD may be able to clearly see a calendar on a wall, but the numbers and letters would appear blurred. That’s why it’s important for those over the age of 60 to have regular, comprehensive eye exams.

BLEPHARITIS

Blepharitis is a common eye condition in which the eyelid becomes inflamed resulting in redness, dryness and a feeling of grit in the eyes. Usually, blepharitis occurs when tiny oil glands located near the base of your eyelashes come into contact with bacteria (such as from contact lenses and makeup) or become clogged or irritated. While the condition is uncomfortable and may be physically unattractive, it usually doesn’t lead to permanent eyesight damage but can, however, be difficult to treat.

CATARACTS

Cataracts are one of the leading causes of vision loss in people over the age of 40 and remain an uncomfortable side effect of growing older. Usually painless, cataracts develop as you age and your eyes’ lenses naturally begin to harden and turn cloudy or white. The cloudy lens in your eye then blocks light from reaching your retina (the part of your eye that transmits visual information to your brain). The result is a reduction in vision—not unlike looking through a dirty car windshield. While cataracts often occur naturally as you age, you’re more likely to develop them if you have diabetes and hypertension, are obese, a regular smoker or have a family history of the condition. Getting cataracts treated early on is essential to maintaining proper vision. Schedule an exam on a regular basis if you notice any symptoms.

COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME

Computer Vision Syndrome is one of the most common health complications in the workplace. It’s caused by staring at a computer screen for extended periods of time. Pixelated images cause your eyes to constantly refocus on different objects resulting in eyestrain, blurred vision, headaches, neck and back pain. Avoiding Computer Vision Syndrome is simple if you follow a few guidelines from your eye doctor. We offer lenses that are specifically designed for computer use. They can help improve your vision and eliminate eyestrain.

DIABETIC RETINOPATHY

If you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you may be at risk of diabetic retinopathy, one of the leading causes of blindness among North American adults. The disease is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina (the part of your eye that transmits visual information to your brain). In some cases, blood vessels may swell and leak fluid. In other cases, abnormal new blood vessels may grow on the surface of your retina.  If you suffer from diabetes, you may have diabetic retinopathy and not even know it. Symptoms often go undetected at first, but they gradually worsen and result in vision loss and even blindness in one or both eyes. There is currently no cure for diabetic retinopathy, but the disease can be treated and its symptoms slowed and managed if caught early. If you have diabetes, you should schedule an eye exam every year.

DRY EYE DISEASE

The tears your eyes normally produce are necessary for overall eye health and clear vision. Dry eye occurs when your eyes do not produce enough tears or produce tears that do not have the proper chemical composition. Dry eye symptoms can result from the normal aging process, hormonal changes, environmental conditions, excessive computer work, medications, and other health conditions such as diabetes
The common symptoms of dry eye include, stinging, gritty, scratchy and uncomfortable eyes, fluctuating vision, burning sensation and excessive tears.

Through additional testing your optometrist can diagnose your dry eye condition and provide treatment options.  While this is usually a chronic condition, your comfort can be improved and eye health maintained; if left untreated, excessive dry eye can damage tissue and impair vision.

FLOATERS & FLASHES

Eye floaters and flashes are small moving spots that may appear in your field of vision and are particularly noticeable when you look at bright lights or single colour objects (such as a piece of white paper or the sky). While eye floaters can be incredibly annoying, they generally don’t interfere with your sight and many people learn to live with them. The condition often improves over time. Eye floaters can, however, be indicative of a more serious condition, particularly if they’re accompanied by sudden flashes of light or a sudden loss of peripheral vision. If you experience these symptoms, or want to learn more about eye floaters and flashers, you should book an eye exam.

GLAUCOMA

Glaucoma is a serious condition that damages your optic nerve. Untreated glaucoma can result in permanent loss of vision. Glaucoma tends to be inherited and may not show up until later in life. It is also often asymptomatic until the late stages of the disease. If you’re over the age of 40 and have health problems such as diabetes or a family history of glaucoma, you should have an eye exam every year.

KERATOCONUS

Keratoconus is a slowly occurring, progressive eye disease in which the normally round cornea (the clear outer part of the eye) thins and begins to bulge into a cone. It then bends the light as it enters the eye and results in blurred vision. While the exact cause of the disease remains unknown, many doctors suspect that it is due to a combination of genetics and environmental conditions. Early detection is key in minimizing the more severe symptoms of the disease.

RETINAL DETACHMENT

Your retina is located at the back of your eye and is responsible for focusing on objects and transmitting visual information to your brain. Retinal detachment is an extremely serious disorder in which your retina actually peels away from the underlying layers of tissue that hold it in place. In most cases, this is caused by other vision problems or a serious injury in or around your eye. Without immediate treatment by an eye care professional, retinal detachment can lead to vision loss and even blindness. If you think you may have a retinal detachment, contact us immediately.

The vitreous is the fluid that makes up the majority of the inside of your eye. As you age, your vitreous may decrease in volume, pulling on your retina at the same time. This is known as vitreous detachment and can result in a possible retinal tear, leading to a loss of vision and even blindness. Have your eyes examined especially if you are over the age of 60.

BOOK A COMPREHENSIVE EYE EXAM

An eye exam performed by an LMC Optometrist looks at the entire eye health and visual system, as well as your prescription. Book by phone: 1-833-562-3937, 9AM – 5PM, Monday to Friday

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