Eye Issues & Diseases in Alberta

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Many eye diseases can lead to vision impairment, vision loss, or blindness. Even if you have 20/20 vision and no obvious symptoms, you may have a severe eye condition that requires treatment.

Research has shown that nearly 15% of Canadians will develop at least 1 of the 4 most common eye diseases that lead to vision loss and blindness in their lifetime. 75% of this vision loss is preventable with early diagnosis and treatment.

At Lakeland Family Eyecare, we provide thorough eye disease testing with advanced diagnostics and tried-and-true techniques for patients of all ages. We aim to provide accurate diagnoses and treatments for various vision-threatening diseases.

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Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of chronic eye diseases that cause progressive damage to the optic nerve.

Although the exact cause of glaucoma is unknown, glaucoma is generally associated with increased internal eye pressure.

There are many types of glaucoma, but the main 3 are:

  • Open-Angle: This is the most common form of glaucoma, accounting for almost 90% of cases. Open-angle glaucoma occurs when the eyes’ drainage canals gradually become inefficient over time, resulting in increased intraocular eye pressure.
  • Angle-Closure: Also referred to as closed-angle or narrow-angle glaucoma, angle-closure glaucoma is considered a medical emergency. It is characterized by a sudden rise in intraocular eye pressure due to the angle between the iris and cornea closing.
  • Normal-Tension (NTG): With this type of glaucoma, the optic nerve becomes damaged even though internal eye pressure remains in the normal range.

We use several advanced technologies to test for glaucoma, including digital retinal photography and the Topcon Maestro OCT. These technologies, which enable us to detect the earliest signs of glaucoma, are included in our comprehensive eye exam.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the progressive deterioration of the macula, the part of the retina responsible for detailed central vision. As the name indicates, AMD is related to the aging process and is the leading cause of blindness in North Americans over 55.

Patients can have one or both of the following types of AMD:

  • Dry Macular Degeneration (non-neovascular): Dry AMD is identified by yellow deposits known as drusen that form on the macula. These drusen deposits grow in mass and quantity over time, dimming and distorting the patient’s vision.
  • Wet Macular Degeneration (neovascular): Wet AMD is the more advanced type of AMD and presents in the later stages of the disease. Wet AMD is caused by the formation of abnormal blood vessels beneath the retina. These are weak and end up leaking blood and other fluids into the eye, distorting and blurring central vision.

Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Light rays that travel into the eye are focused through the lens onto the retina. As the lens clouds, light is diffused and cannot properly focus on the retina, impacting vision and eyesight.

According to the CNIB, over 3.5 million Canadians have cataracts. Cataracts are common in Canadians over 60, and they’re easily treated. There is no need to suffer from vision loss due to cataracts. Cataract treatments are well studied and proven to be highly successful.

Flashes & Floaters

Have you ever noticed dark specks shaped like dots, squiggles, or cobwebs that seem to move away when you try to look at them? These are known as floaters. They are most visible when you look at bright backgrounds, such as a clear blue sky or snow on a sunny day.

Spots of light in your field of vision are known as flashes. They’re not caused by anything outside the body, but by physical pressure placed on the retina, the light-sensitive tissue on the back of the eye.

Many people will experience flashes or floaters sporadically throughout their lives. For the most part, these instances are nothing to worry about and are a natural part of aging.

However, they may indicate an issue if they’ve increased in frequency and quantity. They may indicate a serious eye condition that needs immediate attention.

Sudden onset of eye flashes or floaters may indicate:

An optometrist should always investigate any abnormal change to your eyesight.

Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis may be highly contagious. Most patients are not aware of the type of pink eye they have and risk infecting others. There are 3 primary types of conjunctivitis, all of which we are equipped to treat onsite.

You may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Thick, yellow discharge that crusts over the eyelashes (particularly after a night’s sleep)
  • Burning sensation
  • Itchy eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Redness of the white of the eye and inner eyelid

Find Us In Bonnyville & St. Paul

St. Paul

You can find us on 51st Avenue, next to the Fire Hall and the Sunglass Cove.

Address

4916 51 Avenue
St. Paul, AB T0A 3A0

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Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM8 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM2 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
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Bonnyville

Find us on the corner of Main & 52nd Street, across from Westline Autowash.

Address

5201 50 Avenue
Bonnyville, AB T9N 2G6

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Office Hours

Monday
8 AM8 PM
Tuesday
8 AM8 PM
Wednesday
8 AM8 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM2 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

You can find us on 51st Avenue, next to the Fire Hall and the Sunglass Cove.

Contact Information

Address

4916 51 Avenue
St. Paul, AB T0A 3A0

Office Hours

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM8 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM2 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Find us on the corner of Main & 52nd Street, across from Westline Autowash.

Contact Information

Address

5201 50 Avenue
Bonnyville, AB T9N 2G6

Office Hours

Monday
8 AM8 PM
Tuesday
8 AM8 PM
Wednesday
8 AM8 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM2 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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