What Is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma can cause progressive eye blindness. The side vision is affected first. This means that patients may not be aware of any vision loss until the disease has progressed to a central vision. Glaucoma is managed using testing and ocular drops. Surgery or laser therapy are options available for more advanced cases.
The best way to protect your eyes from glaucoma is to visit your optometrist. With special testing, glaucoma can be detected in the early stages to prevent permanent vision loss.
At Bellemore Optometry, we are equipped to provide comprehensive testing services, which include:
How does diabetes affect the eyes?
Diabetes affects the blood vessels in the body. In the eye, this results in leaking of fluid or blood, which leads to blurred vision, distortion, or loss of vision. A yearly dilated eye exam is recommended to monitor for any changes related to diabetes. Diabetes is best managed through control of blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol.
At Bellemore Optometry, we offer the latest retinal imaging with our Maestro OCT and digital retinal photo to detect very early vision-threatening changes to your eyes.
What is macular degeneration?
Macular degeneration is a condition that affects central vision, typically causing noticeable distortion when reading. Early macular degeneration is managed with diet and nutrition supplements designed to supply the eye with specific vitamins. Patients are monitored one to two times per year, as well as with home self-monitoring. Injections or laser therapy are options available for more advanced cases. Smoking significantly increases your risk of blindness from macular degeneration.
Testing for macular degeneration - our clinics in Windsor provide the latest testing equipment to help detect and manage macular degeneration.
What are cataracts?
Cataracts affect the lens in the eye. Over time, UV light can cause the lens to become cloudy and vision to be blurred. Cataracts will occur to everyone as we age, and certain medical conditions can cause cataracts to appear sooner. The first treatment for cataracts is an adjustment in glasses prescription. Over time, glasses will not fully correct vision. At this time, cataract surgery would be recommended. Cataract surgery is an out-patient surgery with in-office follow up. Your eye care provider will discuss and make surgery recommendations on a case-by-case basis.
Sunglasses can help slow the progression of cataracts.
A healthy diet rich in antioxidants can slow the progression of cataracts.
Ready to discuss your options? Trust the professionals at Bellemore Optometry for expert advice.