Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management in Sydney

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Keeping Your Eyes Healthy

Regular eye examinations by your optometrist ensure any early signs of eye disease are detected so you can get the treatment you need. Most vision-stealing eye diseases don’t have easily detectable symptoms in the early stages, so attending a thorough eye exam can prevent permanent damage.

Eye diseases are the leading causes of blindness in Canada, so taking proper care of your eyes is imperative to staying healthy. At Island Eyecare, maintaining your ocular health and vision is important to us. Each eye exam involves state-of-the-art technology to ensure we provide fast and accurate diagnoses for you and the whole family.

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Common Eye Diseases

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive eye disease that causes the central-most part of the retina, called the macula, to deteriorate over time. The macula is responsible for our central vision, allowing us to see colour and subtle details. When it becomes damaged, our vision is hindered.

AMD is often related to the natural ageing process, but it has also been linked to obesity, high blood pressure, smoking, and family history.

There are 2 types of AMD:

Although cataracts are easy to treat, they are the leading cause of blindness in Canada. Cataracts cause the natural lens in the eye to become opaque, impacting vision.

In the early stages, cataracts are easily managed with eyeglasses or contact lenses. As the condition progresses, you may find that corrective eyewear no longer gives you clear vision. At this point, you may need cataract surgery.

Cataract surgery involves removing the opaque natural lens in your eye and replacing it with a clear, artificial lens.

During your eye exam, we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding cataracts or the surgery.

Conjunctivitis, or “pink eye,” is a condition that occurs when the whites of the eyes become irritated and inflamed, appearing pink or red. Some types of conjunctivitis are incredibly contagious, so it’s important to visit your optometrist if you experience any symptoms.

There are 4 types of conjunctivitis:

  • Bacterial conjunctivitis is contracted by direct contact with infectious bacteria. Bacterial conjunctivitis is extremely contagious and is often resolved with antibiotics.
  • Viral conjunctivitis is caused by a viral infection often related to the common cold. It is incredibly contagious and can be contracted through an upper respiratory infection.
  • Allergic conjunctivitis is caused by an allergic reaction to irritants such as dust, pollen, or animal dander. This type of conjunctivitis isn’t contagious, is usually seasonal, and can be controlled with antihistamines.
  • Chemical conjunctivitis is caused by exposure to a harmful chemical or pollutant, like chlorine in a pool. Chemical conjunctivitis is not contagious.

If your eyes are swollen, itchy, sore, or have excess amounts of discharge, please visit your optometrist as soon as possible.

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Find us at 117 Welton Street in Sydney, Nova Scotia, on the corner of Welton Street and Spruce Street. Our office is just down from the Sydney Memorial Chapel and next to Air Liquide Canada Store. There is ample free parking in our parking lot next to the building.

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