When you’ve got a sore throat, a fever, or a runny nose, you know it might be time to go to the doctor. Usually, your body gives you some sort of indication that it’s sick. But many eye diseases and conditions develop without any noticeable symptoms, making yearly eye exams a crucial part of maintaining your eye health.
Dr. Bishop & Associates have the necessary tools and training to diagnose a wide variety of eye diseases and conditions, as well as providing a customized treatment plan for every unique case.
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Early Diagnosis Through Cutting-Edge Equipment
We work hard to stay at the forefront of eye care technology. As a result, our offices are fully-equipped with some of the world’s most advanced diagnostic tools and instruments. In fact we were the first Optometry Clinic in Canada to have the Zeiss Cirrus 5000 with Angioplex, and now we even have a second OCT-A to ensure optimal care.
Common Eye Diseases & Conditions
Diabetic Eye Disease
Diabetes causes excessively high sugar levels in the blood, which can damage blood vessel walls. These damaged vessels can then become leaky and ineffective in bringing oxygen to parts of the retina, leading to retinal damage, and vision problems.
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Glaucoma is an eye disease that damages peripheral retina and therefore peripheral vision.. This damage usually occurs slowly over a long period, although one type of glaucoma can develop very suddenly. Glaucoma typically does not exhibit any noticeable symptoms, and in most cases, the resulting vision loss is so gradual that the patient doesn’t even notice until they’re lost a significant portion of their sight.
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The macula is a small light-sensitive group of cells in the middle of the retina responsible for fine central vision. When deposits called drusen form underneath the retinal it can disrupt the positioning of the retina, and prevent effective oxygen transmission to the retina. Once oxygen levels drop low enough the body can respond in one of two ways: 1. The retinal tissue dies (dry form) 2. New blood vessels push into the retina (wet form). Both forms cause significant damage to central vision which can affect your ability to read and see peoples faces.
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As you age, the proteins in your eye’s natural lens restructure into a cloudy film called a cataract. In the short term, cataracts can be treated with strong eyeglass prescriptions. Once cataracts become too opaque to see through, the eye’s natural lens can be surgically removed and replaced with an implant to restore clear vision. The surgery typically takes less than 15 minutes per eye, and is one of the most commonly done surgery in modern medicine.
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When abnormal material congregates in the front clear layer of the eye, also known as the cornea, it’s called a corneal dystrophy. Corneal dystrophies are genetic, and in some cases, tend to get progressively worse. Although some patients don’t experience any symptoms due to a corneal dystrophy, others suffer from impaired vision as a result.
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The term retinal dystrophy refers to a variety of conditions which negatively affect the retina; the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. Retinal dystrophies are genetic and usually occur in both eyes. These conditions typically result in deteriorating vision.
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