Regular eye examinations are essential to detect the potential for future eye disorders. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye problems can often prevent vision loss. Many eye problems have no obvious early symptoms, leaving people unaware they have a problem.
Common Eye problems we can detect at your eye examination include:
Cataract occurs when the lens in the eye becomes cloudy. This causes vision to look foggy, hazy and not bright enough. Cataract can also cause difficulties with night driving by increasing glare from lights of oncoming cars. Cataracts can occur at all ages but the most common type is linked to UV exposure and natural ageing. Smoking, diabetes and the use of steroids are all risk factors for cataract formation.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases which slowly damage the optic nerve of the eye. The damage is often (but not always) due to a rise in eye pressure. Glaucoma can be treated with eye drops, laser and surgery, but previous vision loss cannot be reversed. There are no early warning signs so regular yearly eye exams are the best plan for early detection. Our Glaucoma Package includes a comprehensive eye exam, a dilated pupil test, visual field test and an OCT scan of your macula and optic nerves. This enables earlier detection of glaucoma and preservation of vision.
Floaters are shadowy shapes which drift across the vision. They are located inside the eye, floating in the central vitreous jelly. The sudden appearance of new floaters, especially combined with occasional flicking lights needs immediate investigation. Although rare, this can indicate a Retinal Detachment and need urgent treatment. Call Eyedeal Optometrist on 3399 4848 and book an appointment for the same day if this occurs.
Macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease which may affect the central vision of people over 50 years of age. It is the leading cause of visual impairment in Australia. Early detection can help slow vision loss. Regular eye exams, quitting smoking and having good diet and nutrition all help. Our Macular Degeneration Package includes all the tests recommended for early detection and monitoring of Macular Degeneration: a dilated pupil test, visual field test and an OCT scan of your macula. Our optometrists also provide advice on diet, nutrition and supplements and useful tools for home assessment and monitoring for macular degeneration.
If your eyes burn, sting or water excessively then you may suffer from Dry Eye. The moist tear film layer is designed to keep the eye lubricated and comfortable. When the tear layer is deficient the eyes will feel irritated. Dry eye often feels worst in air-conditioning and wind, and while staring at a computer screen. Talk to us about methods to treat dry eye and keep you comfortable.
Diabetes can affect the small blood vessels at the back of the eye. Everyone with diabetes should have a yearly eye test, which includes: a dilated pupil test, visual field testing and an OCT scan. Our Diabetes Package includes all the tests recommended for someone with diabetes.
Eye Allergies usually cause itchy, red and watery eyes. Common allergens include dust, mould, pets and pollen. The management depends on the severity of the allergy. Our Optometrist will recommend the products which best suit your allergies.
Our Optometrist will inspect your eyes for UV damage during your eye exam. UV damage from the sun contributes to the development of cataract and macular degeneration. Sun damage can also cause cancerous growths on the eye and eyelids, especially living in Queensland. A regular eye exam can detect early sun damage for treatment. Everyone should protect their eyes by wearing sunglasses when outdoors.
Blephartis is a chronic inflammation of the area around the eyelid, including the eyelashes, the conjunctiva (whites of the eye) and the small oil glands (meibomian glands) near the base of the eyelashes. Common Symptoms include sore, itchy eyes and flaky debris at the base of the eyelash. Talk to us for advice on what methods of treatment will work best of you.