Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management

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Helping You Be Your Healthiest Self

Completing a comprehensive eye exam is the best way to monitor your vision and get an accurate diagnosis for possible eye diseases. Eye exams are much more than just determining an eye prescription. Perhaps even more important is evaluating the health of your entire ocular system.

Diagnosing and managing eye disease is not only a requirement for sustainable vision, but also a routine for holistic health. Most eye diseases go unnoticed in their earliest stages without the expertise of an optometrist. No matter your age or current physical state, regular eye exams at Simcoe Optometric can help keep you healthier.

Taking the Signs Seriously

The harsh reality is that many eye diseases show no symptoms at all. You may only become aware of a disease when you’ve already permanently lost some vision. While expert analysis from our eye doctors is the best way to curb the onset of eye disease, being aware of symptoms also helps.

If you experience any of these symptoms regularly, it’s best to contact us immediately.

Random or sudden flashes of light should not occur regularly. These could be symptoms of posterior vitreous detachment, a condition associated with the retina. They may be accompanied by floaters.

You may have an eye issue if you notice thin black strands “wandering” across your field of vision. Independently, floaters are not automatically dangerous. But a sudden eruption of floaters means a potential eye emergency.

An inability to produce natural tears or keep your eyes lubricated may indicate more serious eye conditions. Dry eye syndrome may not seem threatening, but it could lead to injuries and dangerous infections.

Beyond dry eye, this painful sensation can indicate conjunctivitis (pink eye) or other bacterial or viral infections. Allergies may also cause irritated eyes. Come see one of our optometrists and inquire about prescription antibiotics.

Understanding Glaucoma

The term glaucoma describes a group of eye diseases that progressively damage the optic nerve. Eventually, this can lead to blindness if left unattended. This disease is often a result of high eye pressure that puts unnatural forces on the optic nerve.

Simcoe Optometric performs tonometry exams on all patients who exhibit risks of glaucoma. A soft probe is gently placed against the front of the lens, calculating eye pressure. Our eye doctor can then determine whether the reading is within a healthy range.

Who’s at Risk for Glaucoma?

  • Generally people over 60
  • Patients with a family history of glaucoma
  • People with diabetes or high blood pressure
  • Those with a physical injury to the eye

How We Treat Glaucoma

  • Medicated eye drops that lower pressure in the eye
  • Surgery referral to lower eye pressure with laser surgery
  • Treatments must be continued a patient’s entire life

Understanding AMD

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a condition that stems from deterioration of the macula – the innermost part of the retina responsible for central vision. AMD has a much higher rate in people over the age of 55. Exposure to UV rays is another factor that contributes to AMD. Slightly blurred vision and central black spots are common symptoms of AMD. The earliest stages of this disorder are very difficult to notice without a trained eye care professional. If left untreated, this disease can go from Dry AMD to the much more serious Wet AMD, resulting in rapid vision loss. Wearing sunglasses and visiting our practice regularly are the best steps for prevention.

Our Location

You can find our practice in the Malo Professional Building on Colborne Street North. We offer plenty of parking behind our building with accessibility-friendly options available.

Our Address

100 Colborne Street North
Simcoe, ON N3Y 3V1

Contact Information

Hours of Operation

Hours of Operation

Monday
7:45 AM5 PM
Tuesday
7:45 AM5 PM
Wednesday
7:45 AM5 PM
Thursday
7:45 AM – 5:00 PM (Closed 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM)
Friday
7:45 AM5 PM
Saturday
7:45 AM – 12:00 PM (September – May)
Sunday
Closed

NOTE: October 1st and October 8th we will be closing at 3pm

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