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Eye Condition Diagnostics and Screenings

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness

Here at Oxford Optometry in Woodstock, Ontario, we strive to provide the best vision care to patients of all ages. This includes treatment for age-related vision disorders, such as macular degeneration. Age-related macular degeneration is the primary cause of vision loss for senior citizens, yet it is a silent threat to one’s vision. Find out what you need to know to protect your eyes from AMD.

Eye Condition Diagnostics and Screenings

What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

AMD is an old age eye disease that has few symptoms and takes many years to progress to the late stage. With this eye disease, the macula of the retina becomes permanently destroyed. The macula is the part of the eye that enables you to see clearly and in focus. When you lose the macula functionality, you can no longer see things sharply. This can reduce your ability to handle daily tasks, such as reading, cooking, or driving.

What Are the Symptoms of Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

If you have age-related macular degeneration, you most likely do not realize it. This eye disease starts out in the dry stage, in which small yellowish materials start showing up on the retina. This can cause you to have blurry vision. Once AMD progresses it develops into wet macular degeneration. This is characterized by leaking blood vessels beneath the retina, which lead to permanent vision loss.

How Does My Eye Doctor in Woodstock Help With AMD?

Here at Oxford Optometry, Dr. Sarah Andreasen starts by diagnosing the condition at its current phase. If you are in the early stage of AMD, we can offer a special type of vitamins called AREDS to help improve your eye health. For intermediate AMD, we may recommend lifestyle changes, such as improving your diet or quitting smoking, to slow the progression of the disease. For late-stage AMD, we may be able to recommend an eye surgeon who can correct your leaking blood vessels.

Contact Our Optometrist for an Eye Exam

The best course of treatment for age-related macular degeneration is to visit our optometrist for an annual eye exam. Through early detection, we can catch AMD before it progresses and begins providing effective treatments. Contact our optometrist in Woodstock, Ontario 519-421-3303 to schedule an appointment.

Cataract Awareness From Our Optometrist

Cataract Awareness

Cataract refers to the clouding of the lens of the eye which is usually clear. The lens is usually behind both the pupil and iris. Cataracts are known to be the top cause of blindness among people who are over 40. People who have cataracts see things like they are looking through a frosty window making it difficult to read or drive a car, especially in the night. Consider going for an eye exam as part of your eye care from Oxford Optometry in Woodstock.

Cataract Awareness

Reducing Your Risk of Cataracts

One of the easiest things you can do is protect your eyes from UV light exposure. UV-blocking sunglasses are offered with or without prescriptions at our optometry office and a clear UV-blocking coating can be ordered when you get regular eyeglasses as well.

Risk Factors

The biggest risk factor that can't be controlled is genetics. If cataracts run in your family, reduce your risk by focusing on the controllable elements.

Age is another risk factor and the incidence of cataracts increases as you advance in years. Paying attention to controllable risk factors can do a lot to reduce the incidence of age-related problems, and it's never too late to improve your health profile.

Tips to Keep Your Eyes Healthy?

The eyes are a vital part of the body because it is through them that we can see the world around us. It is important to keep them healthy by following the tips below;

  • Eat well – good vision starts with what you eat. Eat more of nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, vitamin C, and E.
  • Stop smoking – because it makes it more likely to get cataracts or even damage the optic nerve.
  • Sunglasses – If might seem obvious but when you are going out on a sunny day, ensure you wear sunglasses to block out UV rays. Even for fireworks safety issues.

For Eye Care Contact Oxford Optometry

Take advantage of cataract awareness and have an eye check-up at Oxford Optometry. A professional will answer all the questions you might have regarding cataracts.

Treatment for Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic Eye Disease

Treatment for Diabetic Eye Disease

Eye care can be difficult if you have an underlying condition like diabetes. Diabetes has the ability to create a host of eye diseases that can negatively affect your eyes. With the right care and a great ophthalmologist in Woodstock like Oxford Optometry, you can manage your diabetic eye diseases.

What is Diabetic Eye Disease?

There are a range of diabetes-related eye diseases that you may have to deal with if you suffer from diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy is the most common eye disease associated with diabetes and it is the gradual deterioration of the eye that leads to eventual blindness. There are four stages of this disease, mild, moderate, severe, and proliferative. This is a disease that takes place gradually and if it is caught early, it can be treated.

Treatment for Diabetic Eye Disease

There are a range of treatment options that your eye doctor can offer to help you deal with diabetic eye disease. The first step is, of course, to make sure that your diabetes is under control. Well managed diabetes is going to be far less damaging to the eyes and to vision than diabetes that remains unmanaged. There are laser treatments that can be used to help stall the progression of diabetic eye disease. The laser treatment works to help reopen blood vessels to make sure that the eye is getting proper blood flow and that the damage is not going to continue.

Another aspect of care for diabetic eye disease is to make sure that the disease is monitored as well to make sure that the disease is not going to get worse and that the patient is not going to eventually go blind.

Contact us Today!

At Oxford Optometry we can help you manage and even treat your diabetic eye disease so that you can live your life to the fullest with minimal pain and discomfort. You can contact us to see what services we offer and to set up an appointment for a consultation.

7 Signs You Might Have Eye Cataracts

7 Signs You Might Have Eye Cataracts

7 Signs You Might Have Eye Cataracts

Cataracts are a very common condition of the eye. Cataracts occur when the natural lens of your eye becomes cloudy. According to the National Eye Institute, your risk of developing cataracts increases by the age of 40. By the time you reach the age of 75, you have a 50 percent chance of getting cataracts. Every year after that, your chances increase. This condition can be easily diagnosed during your annual eye care exam with Oxford Optometry in Woodstock.

Who Is At Risk For Cataracts?

While age is the leading risk factor of cataracts, other factors can increase your chances of developing this condition. These factors include:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Excessive drinking
  • Frequent exposure to sunlight
  • Eye injury, eye surgery, or eye inflammation
  • Prolonged use of corticosteroids

What Are the Symptoms Of Cataracts?

In the early stages, cataracts often show no symptoms. Over time, you will start experiencing symptoms that will become worse. These seven symptoms include:

  • Cloudy vision that feels like you are looking out a dirty window
  • Sensitivity to light and glare, and seeing halos around lights
  • Colors appear less bright or yellow
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Needing bright lights for closeup activities such as reading
  • Needing to change your eyeglass or contact lens prescription frequently
  • Double vision in the affected eye

How Are Cataracts Diagnosed?

An annual eye care exam is used to diagnose cataracts. An optometrist can use a visual acuity test combined with a dilated exam to determine if you have cataracts.

How Are Cataracts Treated?

In the early stages of cataracts, your eye doctor may suggest increasing your prescription. If your condition begins to interfere with your daily life, your eye doctor will recommend cataract surgery.

During the surgery, your natural lens would be removed, and replaced with an artificial lens, also known as an intraocular lens. The operation is an outpatient procedure, and you would remain awake during the surgery.

Worried About Cataracts?

Regular eye care is essential to your vision and the health of your eyes. If you are experiencing the symptoms of cataracts, then call today to schedule an appointment with Oxford Optometry. We provide optometry services to the Woodstock area and we would be happy to check your eyes for cataracts or any other eye issues.