Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management in Medicine Hat, AB

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Protect Your Eyes

Regular eye exams are important not just for determining your prescription, but also for catching eye diseases before they become serious. In many cases, early detection can mean saving your eyesight and preventing further complications.

Eye disease diagnosis is a normal part of our regular eye exam process. If we detect any signs of eye disease, we may ask you to undergo further testing. After these tests, we will provide you with a thorough treatment plan and recommended schedule for additional exams. Eye diseases can be scary, but we are here for you every step of the way.

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Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the deterioration of the macula, the part of the retina responsible for central vision, that occurs naturally as part of the aging process. AMD causes your central vision to appear blurry while your peripheral vision remains largely unchanged.

AMD is the leading cause of blindness in adults over 55 in North America. Those who smoke, have high blood pressure, UV damage, or a family history of AMD are at a higher risk of developing AMD.

There are two types of AMD:

  1. Dry AMD is the most common form of AMD and is caused by the gradual thinning of the macula that slowly leads to impaired vision. Dry AMD can develop into wet AMD over time
  2. Wet AMD is the sudden leaking or bleeding of weak blood vessels below the macula into the retina. Wet AMD accounts for about 10% of AMD cases and develops rapidly

Protecting your eyes from UV radiation and living a healthy lifestyle is important when it comes to prevention of AMD. Additionally, regular eye exams can detect early signs of AMD even before symptoms develop. Call us to schedule a comprehensive eye exam and reduce your chances of developing AMD.

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Cataracts

Your lens works with the cornea to refract light through the pupil to the retina. As we age, we can develop cataracts, which is when the lens starts to cloud over, causing hazy, blurry, or dim vision.

Cataracts progress slowly, and mild symptoms can be controlled with eyeglasses. As the disease progresses and starts to impact your daily life, cataract surgery can give you your eyesight back. Cataract surgery involves replacing your clouded, natural lenses with clear, intraocular implants. This is a safe and effective surgery that we’re happy to discuss with you at any time.

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Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease that can develop as a complication of type 1 or type 2 diabetes, damaging the blood vessels of the retina and can eventually lead to blindness.

Early diabetic retinopathy may not produce symptoms. As the disease progresses, you may experience symptoms like dark spots in your eyes, empty areas in your vision, blurred or fluctuating vision, or impaired colour vision.

The best way to protect your eyes from diabetic retinopathy is to carefully manage your diabetes. Regular eye exams are also an important step when closely monitoring your eye health, especially if you have diabetes.

We offer diabetic eye exams that are specially designed to look for vision complications associated with diabetes. We use advanced techniques for detection like Optos retinal imaging, fundus autofluorescence, optical coherence tomography, and dilated fundus exams. These tools give us the ability to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.

Your health is important to us. Book an appointment with us today for more information about eye disease diagnosis and management.

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Where to Find Us

We are easy to locate and have ample parking. You can find us on Dunmore Road, between TD Wealth and Moxie’s.

Our Address

3094 Dunmore Rd. SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1B 2X2

Our Phone Number

Phone: 403-526-4849

Our Hours

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
7 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
7 AM7:30 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
8 AM1 PM
Sunday
Closed

Our Eye Care Services

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