University Vision Centre: Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management
University Vision Centre is proud to offer our patients the very latest in diagnostic technology and contemporary treatment. Our skilled optometric professionals combine traditional knowledge with advanced theory to properly diagnose and successfully treat a wide range of eye diseases.
Are You At Risk?
Unfortunately, vision loss and blindness due to eye disease are all too common among Americans, particularly seniors. Many eye diseases unexpectedly appear without any initial symptoms or warning signs, robbing individuals of their sight.
This is why it is essential to detect and treat eye diseases as early as possible. The sooner an eye disease is diagnosed, the better the chances of maintaining one’s vision.
University Vision Centre uses our extensive knowledge of eye care to educate our patients on preventing and minimizing vision loss, including risk factors, such as UV exposure and family history.
Common Eye Diseases
Glaucoma is an eye disease which affects the optic nerve. Often caused by abnormally high pressure within the eye, glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in individuals over the age of 60.
Glaucoma impairs your peripheral vision and, if left untreated, frequently leads to blindness. Glaucoma does not display any initial symptoms or warning signs before vision loss begins to occur, and the only way to detect it is with a comprehensive eye examination. Fortunately, once diagnosed, it is treatable.
Age-related macular degeneration, commonly referenced as AMD, is characterized by the deterioration of the macula, the part of the eye responsible for visual acuity and color vision.
This disease is the leading cause of blindness in older people, present in nearly 7% of Americans over the age of 45. It causes impairment of every-day tasks, such as driving, reading, and recognizing faces.
Kertatoconus is a relatively rare disease which results in distortion of the cornea, the front surface of the eye. It is more frequently observed in younger individuals, starting as early as the teenage years. It results in blurry, distorted vision.
Keratoconus may aggressively worsen as the individual matures, with the first 10 to 20 years being of most rapid progression. Individuals suffering from keratoconus require frequent adjustments to their eyewear prescription, and may benefit from specialty contact lenses.
If you are suffering from keratoconus and would like to explore your contact lens options, contact us here.
Conjunctivitis, commonly known as “pink eye,” is the result of inflammation of the conjunctiva, the transparent membrane covering the white of the eye. It may be caused by a range of factors, from allergies to a bacterial infection.
It is important to have the cause of conjunctivitis diagnosed so that it can be treated properly. For example, bacterial conjunctivitis requires antibiotics, whereas viral conjunctivitis does not.
Preventing Eye Disease
The best way to prevent eye disease is to regularly undergo a comprehensive eye exam. Your optometrist will be able to detect changes in your eye health before a disease can progress to vision loss.