Eye Conditions

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Scratchy and/or Watery eyes

Our optometrists can help in most cases; however, there are many eye conditions that can cause the “scratchy” and “watery” symptoms, such as an eye infection, eye inflammation and dry eyes.  Hence it is important to have an eye examination to find out the cause in order to treat and relieve those symptoms.

 

 

Cataracts

In the eye there is a lens which helps us to focus at various distances. A cataract is the clouding of this lens, and is one of the leading causes of vision impairment in the world.

While cataracts are often a normal age-related change of the eye, they can occasionally develop in younger people as well. Some are even born with a cataract.

In mild cases of cataracts, vision may be improved through the use of new glasses, appropriate lighting or other visual aids.
In more advanced cases, cataract surgery is very successful in restoring vision; one of our optometrists can explain this in detail with you.

 

 

Macula Degeneration

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a degenerative disease of the retina that causes progressive, painless loss of central vision.  This would hence affect the ability to see fine detail, colour vision, drive, read and recognise faces.

 

Like any other eye condition, the earlier macular degeneration is detected, the more vision can be retained.

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Glaucoma

Glaucoma is an eye condition where the optic nerve at the back of the eye is slowly damaged. This is often due to an increased pressure inside the eye - a result of blockage of the circulation or the drainage of the liquid (aqueous) inside the eye.

Glaucoma can affect you at any age, but more common as we age.  Family history is important as there is a genetic link for the occurrence of glaucoma; therefore encourage your family members to have regular eye examinations also.

If detected early, glaucoma can usually be controlled and further loss of sight either prevented or at least slowed down.  Regular eye examinations are important for the diagnosis and more effective management for glaucoma.

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Diabetes affecting vision

Diabetes can occasionally cause vision fluctuation and the inability to focus, especially with unstable blood glucose levels.

 

Changes at the back of the eye, the retina, can also occur.  This is called diabetic retinopathy, which in its advanced stage can cause painless vision loss. 

 

Our optometrists perform the dilated fundus examination at least once a year for diabetic patients, whereby eye drops are instilled in your eyes to dilate your pupils to examine any presence of diabetic retinopathy.  Reports can also be sent to your general practitioner and/or your endocrinologist with your consent.

 

 

Flashes and Floaters

Floaters are a common visual occurrence and rarely cause any vision impairment or blindness. 

However, if floaters are associated with flashes, or if they are of a sudden occurence, or there is an increase in the number of floaters – these may be indications of more serious problems, and you should visit one of our optometrists immediately.

 

 

How does smoking affect my eyes?

Smoking can cause significant damage and accelerate the ageing process of their eyes.  Smokers are likely to develop cataracts – a symptom of ageing – earlier and more severely than non-smokers and may be exposing themselves to eye diseases such as glaucoma and Graves’ disease.

Smoking can double the risk of some forms of age-related macular degeneration, a disease that can destroy your vision.

 

At Cameron Optometry, we encourage patients to give up smoking for the sake of their vision and overall health.

Smoking during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of strabismus in children – inward or outward turning of the eyes.

 

Vision is our most precious sense, so it is important for everyone to understand the immediate and long-term consequences smoking can have on their vision.

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