Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management in Central Alberta

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Regular Eye Exams Prolong Your Vision

Regular eye exams can uncover the first signs of eye disease. Many eye diseases can be controlled or slowed if detected early. Our routine eye exams at the Eye Care Centre include testing for common eye diseases like age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma.

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Common Eye Diseases

At the back of the eye is the retina, a thin membrane of light-sensitive cells. At the centre of the retina is the macula, which helps control central vision. As an individual ages, the macula naturally deteriorates, resulting in age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

AMD is the leading cause of blindness in North America in adults over the age of 55. AMD directly impacts your central vision and can cause central vision loss.

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that progressively damage the optic nerve. It’s generally associated with elevated internal eye pressure (IOP), but not in every case. Additionally, not all cases of high IOP become glaucoma.

Glaucoma develops slowly and with no early symptoms. It can lead to irreversible vision loss and eventual blindness. Routine eye exams check your eyes for signs of glaucoma, making them a useful tool for preserving your eyesight.

Learn more about glaucoma on our glaucoma page.

Cataracts are the clouding of the eye’s lens. They usually occur naturally as part of the aging process and are most often found in adults over 60. Despite being one of the most treatable eye conditions, cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness in Canada.

Learn more about cataracts on our cataracts page.

Conjunctivitis (pink eye) is a general term used to describe inflammation of the conjunctiva, the transparent membrane lining your eyes and inner eyelids.

Conjunctivitis is especially common among children, but people of any age can get it. Although it’s a relatively minor infection, some forms of conjunctivitis can develop into a more serious issue without treatment. Symptoms include:

  • Pink discolouration the whites of the eyes
  • Itching or burning sensation
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Excessive tearing
  • Sticky yellow, watery, or stringy discharge from the eyes

Primary Causes of Conjunctivitis

There are 3 main causes of conjunctivitis:

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Red Deer Eye Care Centre

  • 4402 49th Avenue
  • Red Deer, AB T4N 3W6

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  • 5010 50th Avenue
  • Rimbey, AB T0C 2J0

Rocky Eye Care Centre

  • 5040 B – 50th Street
  • Rocky Mountain House, AB T4T 1A5

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Protect and preserve your vision throughout your life.

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