At Eye Image, we believe in the importance of educating our patients about many common eye conditions and their treatments so that they’re more likely to make informed decisions about their eye care. We treat a variety of eye conditions for patients of all ages in Fort McMurray. We offer complete eye exams, ocular health evaluations, emergency eye care and orthokeratology for members of your entire family. We provide the diagnosis and treatment of any of the following eye conditions and diseases:
Cataracts appear as cloudy natural lenses that block the passage of light through your eyes. Negatively impacting your ability to drive at night, read or perform many essential daily tasks, this condition usually results in foggy vision, halos around light sources and glares. An exam with one of our eye doctors can determine if you have cataracts and whether or not you’d be a good candidate for cataract surgery, which is not usually considered an emergency situation. We’ll also alert you to any potential risks. Cataract surgery usually takes less than 30 minutes and involves a light sedative and a small incision (about 1/8 of an inch). No stitches are usually required. The majority of patients who undergo cataract surgery experience clearer vision within a day or two. No liquids or foods should be consumed after midnight on the day of your surgery, and you may also need to refrain from taking certain types of medicines.
Because it causes extensive damages to the blood vessels found within your retinas, diabetic retinopathy can cause blindness in adults. If left untreated, blurred vision will eventually lead to your retina detaching itself from your eye. Some patients describe this sensation as being like a “curtain” pulled over part of your vision.
When your retina pulls away from the inside wall of your eye, it can result in permanent vision loss. Some of the symptoms associated with a detached retina include light flashes, floaters, dark shadows, blind spots and watery vision.
Known symptoms of dry eyes include experiencing irritation, scratchiness, discomfort and excessively watery eyes. This condition has nothing to do with the amount of sleep you receive. Rather, it has more to do with your age and your environment. If you experience discomfort on a regular basis, it may be time to call Eye Image. Upon an examination, our doctors can recommend viscoadaptive eye drops, which can help to moisten and lubricate the affected eye tissue.
Floaters and Flashes
While people of all ages are susceptible to experiencing the occasional floaters and flashes (those little, flashing lights that blink through our vision from time to time), it becomes a problem if you experience a sudden increase in the number or size of these floaters.
Lazy eye, or amblyopia, occurs when one of your eyes is used more than the other, with the weaker eye gradually succumbing to reduced vision. Although this condition used to be considered untreatable, it now has several treatment options. Talk with your optometrist to learn more.
Strabismus occurs when your eyes aren’t properly aligned and tend to point in different directions. Although the cause for this condition isn’t fully understood yet, it is treatable with eyeglasses, vision therapy and/or eye muscle surgery.
Conjunctivitis, more commonly known as “pink eye,” occurs when you have an infection on the protective membrane covering your eyeball’s surface. This infection can be viral, bacterial or allergy-based and should be examined properly by a doctor to determine the best method of treatment. Certain precautions must be taken to ensure it’s not spread.
Glaucoma is actually the conglomeration of several eye diseases that cause damage to your nerve fibers, which carry information from your eyes to your brain. While there is no known cure for glaucoma, early detection is key to help avoid the onset of blindness. Should you ever experience any sudden distortion, blurred vision or nausea, you’re strongly encouraged to visit your eye doctor.
Resulting in swollen, itchy, red or watery eyes, ocular allergies affect as many as 20% of the population. If your daily routine involves these types of attacks on your eyes, having a consultation with your eye doctor may prove beneficial.
Computer Vision Syndrome
If you’ve ever experienced headaches, neck aches, blurred or double vision or a sensitivity to light after many hours spent in front of a computer, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that computer vision syndrome (CVS) affects three out of four computer users. New eyeglasses may be required to prevent further eye strain.
While low vision isn’t exactly the same thing as blindness, it does indicate that an individual’s eyesight can no longer be corrected to 20/20 vision with lenses. However, a consultation can provide recommendations for living aids and other systems that can help improve your daily life with low vision.
Coming in wet and dry types, age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) usually affects adults over the age of 65. Once diagnosed, its progression can be slowed down with proper diet and exercise.
Suffering from Any of These Eye Conditions?
Do you believe you’re suffering from any of the conditions found on this page? Do you have concerns about your ocular health? Feel free to contact us to schedule a consultation. And if you’re changing your prescription because of any of the aforementioned eye conditions, why not change your eyeglass frames as well? Check out our appealing selection of designer-brand frames available in a range of prices to suit your personality and budget. Our staff would be more than happy to help you explore your many options to ensure you receive the best fit!