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Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management in Ottawa

Protecting Your Sight

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Although some eye diseases and conditions are considered common, and many develop without noticeable symptoms, their progression can often be prevented or slowed.

The key to minimizing the impacts of sight-threatening eye diseases is to identify them early. Your regularly scheduled eye exam can do just that.

Diagnosing the Issue

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eyeDOCS uses many different diagnostic tools to assess the overall health of your eyes. We use innovative technologies during a routine eye exam and at specialty exams to identify eye conditions and diseases early and find quick and appropriate treatments.

Some of these tests may include:

  • Corneal topography provides a 3D image of your cornea. The optometrist assesses the image for any changes or irregularities.
  • Optical coherence tomography (OCT) takes a look at the health of your retina, providing a clear image of the health in the back of your eye to your optometrist.
  • Fundus photography takes pictures of the inside of your eye through your pupil, and is used to detect several eye diseases and conditions.
  • Contact & non-contact tonometry measures the pressure inside your eye, which can indicate several eye health and overall health conditions as well.

Common Eye Conditions & Diseases

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Some eye diseases and conditions are more common than others, and many can develop without signs or symptoms. Without an eye exam, you may not notice any issues until vision loss has already occurred.

Some factors can increase your risk of developing an eye disease, like:

  • Aging
  • Family history
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • Existing or underlying medical issues
  • Certain medications
  • Poor dietary habits
  • Smoking

Cataracts

When the crystalline lens of the eye becomes cloudy, this is a cataract. Cataracts form as a result of proteins in the lens breaking down and clumping together, creating a hazy white lens that can be difficult to see through. At first, your optometrist may adjust your prescription to help you see better, but eventually, you might need cataract surgery to replace the cloudy lens.

There are a few types of glaucoma that have different root causes. But most are caused by increased pressure inside the eye and develop slowly, affecting the ocular nerve (the part of the eye that transmits the image you see to your brain). Glaucoma begins affecting your outermost (peripheral) vision first, and works its way in. It is sometimes called the “sneak thief” of sight because it often begins without noticeable symptoms.

Glaucoma that occurs suddenly is considered an eye care emergency, and should be treated quickly to help preserve vision.

Age-related macular degeneration occurs when the part of your retina responsible for clear central vision—the macula—begins to break down. There are 2 types of macular degeneration: dry, which occurs slowly, and wet, which is considered more severe, and affects vision more quickly.

As a result of high blood sugar levels caused by diabetes, or high blood pressure caused by hypertension, retinopathy occurs when the tiny blood vessels in the back of the eye swell, bulge, or leak fluid. Diabetic and hypertension retinopathy can be prevented if the underlying condition is well managed.

Maintain Healthy Vision

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The best way to maintain your healthy vision and protect your sight into the future is to attend your routine eye exams. Eye exam schedules for children, adults, and seniors differ to help monitor eye health and vision changes throughout life’s many stages.

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Find A Location In Ottawa

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eyeDOCS Barrhaven

Just off the Fallowfield Road exit of Highway 416, we provide eye care for all patients in this area. Services are available in English and French.

  • 4100 Strandherd Dr
  • Ottawa, ON K2J 0V2

Saturdays are open on alternate weeks. Please call or check Google Business profile to verify.

eyeDOCS Kanata

Find us across from the Kanata Research Park and down the street from the Richcraft Recreation Centre. Services are available in English and Spanish.

  • 700 March Rd
  • Ottawa, ON K2K 2V9

Saturdays are open on alternate weeks. Please call or check Google Business profile to verify.

eyeDOCS Riverside South

In the heart of Riverside South conveniently serving: Manotick, Greely, and Barrhaven. We are happy to treat the surrounding communities for all their optical needs in English or French.

  • 4452 Limebank Rd
  • Ottawa, ON K1V 2N8

eyeDOCS Ottawa

Our flagship office is located in Alta Vista near Billings Bridge Shopping Centre. Services are available in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

  • 1285 Kilborn Ave
  • Ottawa, ON K1H 6K9

eyeDOCS Westboro

Find us in the heart of the Westboro Village on Richmond Road near the corner of Eden Avenue. We provide services in English, French, Cantonese, and Spanish.

  • 298 Richmond Road
  • Ottawa, ON K1Z 6X5
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