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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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