There are a number of eye diseases and ocular conditions that have no early symptoms, but are far more treatable when found before they become advanced. This is why having routine eye exams is so important. At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we want to give you the best chance at optical health, so we perform a comprehensive eye exam designed to find any ocular conditions that may be present.
Here are a few of the things we watch for during eye exams:
- Macular Degeneration – This is an age-related ocular condition in which there is a physical disturbance in the macula, which is the centre of the retina.
- Cataracts – This is an ocular condition in which the lens of your eye becomes opaque, thereby affecting your vision. While it is most commonly found in the aged, it can also happen in rare cases in infants, young children and young adults.
- Retinitis & Iritis– People with immune disorders sometimes get this serious inflammation of the retina or iris that must be treated quickly to prevent ocular tissue damage. Some immune disorders that can cause this are rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, sjogrens, and ankylosing spondylitis.
- Strabismus – This is the term for crossed eyes, which is an alignment issue that can be caused by a muscular imbalance or high refractive error.
- Floaters – Patients can usually tell when they have this particular ocular condition because they experience small bits of cloudiness, strands or spots in their vision that are not related to something actually being in the eye.
- Glaucoma – This is a serious problem, as it is a build-up of fluid that, over time, will damage the optic nerve (due to the pressure created) and cause tunnel vision.
- Amblyopia – This is a condition commonly known as “lazy eye” in which one eye is not doing the work that it should. This is usually found in children, but if untreated it can carry over into adulthood. If detected early in childhood, this would be prevented.
We strive to treat our Newmarket, ON patients with the best eye exams possible to diagnose and treat ocular conditions at the earliest stage possible. Routine eye exams are the key to doing this, so please call today to make an appointment for everyone in your family.