Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management in Maple Ridge

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Eye Disease Can Significantly Affect Your Eye Health & Vision

Your vision is valuable, but many eye diseases can put it at risk. These diseases can permanently affect your vision, but early treatment can help preserve your sight

The earlier we diagnose a condition, the sooner we can treat it and lower the risk of potential complications or loss of vision.

Regular Eye Exams Can Protect Your Eye Health

Many people assume that they have no eye-related problems if they can see normally. However, you may have an underlying issue without knowing it. Several eye diseases can develop with little to no symptoms until your vision is affected.

With the risk eye disease can have on your eye health and vision, it is essential to have regular eye exams. Your optometrist can assess all aspects of your eye health to look for early signs of eye disease. If you have any present problems, we can help you manage these conditions.

Common Eye Diseases

Many eye diseases can develop with time, affecting your eye health and vision. These diseases can develop without visible symptoms, but we can identify these problems during a comprehensive eye exam. Diagnosing these diseases early in their development can help us protect your vision. 

After diagnosing eye disease, we can create a customized treatment plan to address this condition. Your optometrist may recommend several treatment options and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the optic nerve. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to irrecoverable vision loss. Many, but not all, forms of glaucoma increase your intraocular pressure (IOP).

Common forms of glaucoma include:

  • Primary open-angle glaucoma: This condition occurs when inner eye pressure rises due to fluid not draining from the eye properly, placing pressure on the optic nerve
  • Angle-closure glaucoma: This condition occurs when the drainage canals in your eye suddenly close, blocking aqueous fluid & rapidly building up pressure—this form of glaucoma is a medical emergency requiring immediate attention

Normal-tension glaucoma: This condition damages the optic nerve without raising eye pressure—doctors are unsure of the cause of this condition

A cataract is the clouding of your lens, typically caused by age. The clear and flexible lens hardens and becomes cloudy. Cataracts can make it difficult to see, read, drive, or recognize faces as it progresses.

You may not notice cataracts at first, but this condition can make it feel as if you’re looking through a frosted window in later stages. When cataracts affect your vision, you typically require cataract surgery to enjoy clear vision once more.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease that causes the progressive decay of the macula. As the macula thins, your central (straightforward) vision is affected while your peripheral (outer) vision remains unchanged. There are 2 forms of this disease: wet and dry AMD.

Wet AMD: This condition occurs when abnormal blood vessels grow into the macula, eventually leaking blood & fluid—wet AMD has the potential to progress rapidly & requires immediate attention.

Dry AMD: This condition is more common, occurring when the tissue in the macula thins & loses the cells needed for vision.

A Customized Treatment Plan for Your Needs

You can protect your eye health and vision with regular eye exams. We can create a customized treatment plan to meet your unique vision needs. Book an appointment if it is time for an eye exam.

OUR LOCATION

Maple Ridge Eye Care is located on the corner of Dewdney Trunk Road and 230 Street, directly across from the Tim Hortons. Parking is available in the lot directly behind our practice. If you have any questions or are having trouble finding us, please give us a call!

Exterior of Maple Ridge Eye Care located on the corner of Dewdney Trunk Road and 230 Street

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  • 23015 Dewdney Trunk Road
  • Maple Ridge, BC V2X 3K9

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