Protect Your Eyes From Disease
With over half of Canadians experiencing symptoms from a potential eye disease, proper diagnosis and management are crucial.
As many of these diseases put you at risk of potential vision loss, we want to identify them early.
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The Risk of Eye Disease
In Canada, it’s estimated that 5.59 million people have an eye disease that could cause vision loss. Many eye conditions are unique as symptoms and warning signs don’t appear when the disease first develops. In some cases, an individual may not become aware of the disease until much of the permanent damage has already occurred. Unfortunately, many people don’t visit their Optometrist for regular eye exams, so proper preventive measures can’t be taken.
Regular eye exams are will help us identify potential health issues early. Early identification and treatment of conditions or diseases is key to protecting your sight. It’s also important to know if you are at greater risk of certain eye diseases.
Regular eye exams can also help with a diagnosis of other health related issues in the body. Some examples include brain tumors, aneurysms, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Common Eye Diseases
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that cause optic nerve damage. This damage is caused by abnormally high pressure in your eye. If the optic nerve is damaged, patients could experience severe vision loss or blindness.
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness for people over 60. However, vision loss can be slowed or even prevented if diagnosed early. Since glaucoma rarely shows symptoms before damage is done, regular eye exams are the best way to identify it. Once identified, patients will likely require treatment for the rest of their lives.
Common symptoms of glaucoma include:
- Patchy blind spots
- Tunnel vision
- Severe headache
- Eye pain
- Halos around lights
- Eye redness
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss for older adults. This disease causes blurriness in a patient’s central vision. AMD typically occurs because of age-related damage to the macula, which is part of the retina and controls the sharpness of images.
Before AMD starts to damage your eyes, having routine eye exams is your best defence against this condition. To prevent AMD, maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise can be effective. If the disease worsens, treatment methods are available.
While AMD doesn’t present symptoms early on, symptoms of AMD at later stages include:
- Blurred vision
- Trouble seeing in low light
- Colours start to look dull
- Trouble seeing straight
- Seeing blank spots
Commonly known as pink eye, conjunctivitis is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva (the membrane between your eyelid and eyeball). You may already know that conjunctivitis makes the eye appear red or pink.
As conjunctivitis is contagious, an early diagnosis and treatment can help limit the spread. This disease is rarely damaging to your vision—it only creates irritation.
- Gritty feelings
- Discharge or crust
Cataracts cloud the area of your normally clear lens. The lens focuses light that enters your eye onto your retina, allowing you to see a clear image. However, once clouded, it can be difficult for patients to see without eyewear or strong lighting.
These clouded lenses often develop from ageing or a serious injury. Notably, patients with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing cataracts.
- Clouded, blurred, or dim vision
- Difficulty with vision at night
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Trouble reading
- Seeing halos around lights
- Frequent changes in prescription
- Fading or yellowing of colours
- Double vision in a single eye
Book Your Next Appointment
The diseases above can have a serious impact on your vision and your general health. With symptoms often not appearing until damage has already been done, regular eye exams are the best way to diagnose eye diseases early.
2 Locations in Winnipeg
Find us on the corner of St. Mary Avenue and Vaughan Street in downtown Winnipeg. There’s ample parking available in 3 nearby parking lots.
- 235-444 St. Mary Ave
- Winnipeg, MB R3C 3T1
- Monday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
Find us in the strip mall on the corner of Scurfield Boulevard and Kenaston Boulevard, behind Lowe’s Home Improvement.
- 143 Scurfield Blvd
- Winnipeg, MB R3Y 1L6
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Thursday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed