You don’t have to endure long wait times to receive your regular retinal screening, since screening can be performed at local sites without the need for dilation. These screenings also create a permanent record of your eye health for future comparison, so any changes in your eye can be detected early enough to protect your vision.
Vision & Aging
As we get older, it is very important to make regular eye exam part of Thompson Optics Edmonton for maintaining good eye care. Here is a short list of the most common conditions:
This is very common over the age of 40. It is the loss of ability to change focus from far to near. It is often the first indication that our eyes are not what they use to be. The most common signs include the tendency to hold reading material further away, blurred vision while doing near tasks and eye fatigue when attempting to do close work.
This can result when excessive fluid pressure within the eye damages the optic nerve. Glaucoma often has no pain or visual symptoms in the early stages of the disease. However, it can slowly cause a permanent loss in your peripheral vision. Glaucoma can be effectively treated with prescription eye drops. In some cases, surgery may be required. Early detection is the key to success.
We found another common condition during eye exam in Edmonton. Cataracts occur as the crystalline lens within the eye becomes cloudy, resulting in blurred vision. Cataracts are most often in persons over the age of 55.This condition may cause prescription changes in your Eye Glasses and eventually surgery. Cataract surgery is simple quick and painless.
Age-related Macular Degeneration ARMD
This is one of the most common conditions of the eye to effect seniors. It is also the leading cause of blindness in adults over the age of 55 in North America. Macular degeneration is a disease that blurs/distorts your central vision causing increased difficulties with reading, watching TV and driving. There are two types of macular degeneration.
The most common type is
1. Dry Macular Degeneration
There may be a family history of this condition. Treatment consists of a specific multivitamin which has been shown to slow the process of the disease.
2. Wet Macular Degeneration
is much rarer. It causes sudden vision loss in the effected eye and requires a referral to a retinal specialist. The specialist will often treat this condition with injections and occasionally with laser treatments.
Several common health conditions, such as arthritis, high blood pressure and diabetes may affect your eyes and vision. In their early stages, these conditions may not cause symptoms or create problems, and therefore go undetected.
Regular eye check ups are vital to catching problems early and maintaining healthy eyes.