During a comprehensive eye examination your optometrist can detect various eye conditions and/or signs of which could indicate problems in your general health.
Age Related Macular Degeneration
Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss. The Macula is the area of the eye responsible for turning light into fine colour images in the brain, which allow people to read, drive and perform other daily activities. We can advise on the best way to reduce your risk or how to cope with an existing condition.
A cataract is part of the normal aging process affecting the lens of the eye causing it to become cloudy and scatter the light entering the eye. A cataract is easily diagnosed by your optometrist and they will refer you to a specialist if necessary.
Computer Eye Strain
Many people, who use computers, complain of eye strain. Looking at a monitor for long periods of time can strain your eyes, cause headaches or discomfort. Usually eye strain isn’t serious and will go away after some rest. Here are some simple steps to help reduce visual fatigue and increase efficiency.
Diabetics are entitles to annual eye exams free of charge. This allows your optometrist to detect the early signs of Diabetic Retinopathy which could lead to blindness if left untreated. To help monitor changes in your condition we will take a digital retinal image which will be kept on file.
Dry eye is the name given to a range of conditions where the quality or quantity of tears is poor causing itchy, uncomfortable eyes. Some eyes compensate by producing too much tears and become watery. Your optometrist can diagnose dry eye and advise you how best to manage the condition.
Floaters and Flashes
Floaters look like small dark spots or strands that appear to float in front of your eyes. Floaters are very common and are normally harmless. They are more common if you are short sighted or as you get older. Some people also notice they see flashes of light. These can be due to movement of the gel inside the eye. Very occasionally, flashes or an increase in floaters can be a sign of a retinal detachment, which needs treating as soon as possible. This is more common as you get older or in people who are short sighted or have had eye surgery. Find out more about flashes and floaters
Glaucoma is the name given to a group of conditions where the pressure of the fluid inside the eye is too high causing damage to its light sensitive structures. This causes a gradual loss of vision leading to tunnel vision if left untreated. If there is a family history of glaucoma you are entitled to a free eye exam yearly when you are over 40 years of age.