Whitby Family Eye Care, Dr.Leslie Fitzgerald & Associates
25 Thickson Rd Whitby ON L1N 8W8 (905) 728-7017
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Whitby, ON
(905) 728-7017

Eye Issues & Diseases in Whitby

Compassionate Care & Disease Management

Many eye issues and diseases develop without any noticeable symptoms. The technology at Whitby Family Eye Care empowers us to diagnose eye diseases early, possibly preventing long-term damage and vision loss.

Book your next eye exam for a comprehensive ocular disease assessment today.

Common Eye Diseases & Issues


Glaucoma is a disease that damages the optic nerve, resulting in potential vision loss. In most cases, the damage occurs due to a longstanding increase in intraocular pressure. Typically, the vision loss associated with glaucoma is so slow, patients often don’t notice it until they’ve lost a significant portion of their vision.

Learn more about glaucoma.

The macula is the small, sensitive portion of the retina that is responsible for central vision; the area of your eyesight that allows you to read and recognize faces.

Age-related macular degeneration (or AMD) is a disease that damages the macula and can cause permanent loss of central vision. The damage occurs when deposits called drusen develop under and around the macula, or when scar tissue resulting from damaged blood vessels obscures the macula, causing macular cells to die.

Learn more about age-related macular degeneration.

Cataracts are a common eye condition that develop with age. As you grow older, the proteins in your eye’s natural lens start to restructure, moving closer together, creating a progressively opaque haze in your vision. Cataract development usually starts in adults in their 50s. Eventually, when a change in your eyeglass prescription is no longer enough to improve your vision, the natural lens can be surgically removed and replaced with an artificial lens.

Learn more about cataracts.

Conjunctivitis (sometimes called pink eye) is an inflammation of the conjunctiva; the mucous membrane covering the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. This inflammation is often paired with itching, swelling, and discharge.

Conjunctivitis typically develops due to a viral infection, a bacterial infection, or allergies. Treatment for conjunctivitis varies based on the cause, making proper diagnosis crucial. You should always see a doctor when exhibiting symptoms of conjunctivitis.

Learn more about conjunctivitis.

Your eyes need tears for lubrication, protection, and sanitation. When your tear glands don’t produce enough tears or don’t produce tears of sufficient quality, you may develop chronic dry eyes. Dry eyes come with a variety of irritating symptoms, including blurry vision, foreign body sensation, eye fatigue, and even periods of excessive tears. Without proper hydration or lubrication, your eyes can become more vulnerable to injuries and infections.

Learn more about dry eye.

Diabetes affects the blood, which can have a serious impact on the entire body. Consistently high blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels in the retina. When that damage becomes particularly severe, it can cause the blood vessels to leak fluid into the eye and can result in scarring. Patients with diabetic eye disease can suffer from significant vision loss due to scar tissue.

Learn more about diabetic eye disease.

Visit Our Location in Whitby

Whitby Family Eye Care is at the north east corner of Thickson Rd & Hwy 2, in the KFC plaza. Parking is conveniently located right outside the practice.

Our team of optometrists at Whitby Family Eye Care are proud to offer the following eye care services:

  • Eye Exams
  • Eye Issues and Diseases
  • Laser Eye Surgery Consultation
  • Dry Eye Treatment
  • Emergency Eye Care
  • Contact us today by booking an appointment online or giving us a call, and we will be happy to assist you.


    25 Thickson Rd North
    Whitby, ON, L1N 8W8

    Contact Information

    Phone: (905) 728-7017
    Fax: (905) 728-0865


    If you have an emergency, please visit your nearest emergency department or health care physician.

    Monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
    Friday: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
    Saturday: By Appointment Only
    Sunday: Closed
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