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What Does Your Vision Do For You?

How would your life change if you experienced vision loss?

That thought can be pretty scary, which is why it’s important to take steps to protect your eyes and safeguard your vision.

The best thing you can do to protect your visual health is to go for an annual eye exam.

If you’re scoffing because your eyes “are just fine, thank you” – then you should keep reading.

The Silent Thief of Sight

It’s estimated that over 5 and a half million Canadians have an eye disease that could compromise their vision.

As large as that number is, it’s only an estimate: many patients with eye disease don’t realize something is wrong until their vision begins to deteriorate.

Most eye diseases don’t exhibit noticeable symptoms in their early stages – which is when treatment is most effective.

By the time you realize your vision is compromised, the damage is irreversible.

The further an eye disease progresses, the more it will impact your life.

Leading Causes of Blindness

1. Cataracts

Though technically not an eye disease, cataracts are still one of the most common, and preventable, causes of vision loss.

Most of us will develop cataracts as we age, though certain risk factors such as smoking, diabetes, and excessive UV exposure can increase our chances of developing them earlier in life.

Cataracts can be removed using cataract surgery.

2. Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is a condition that causes the macula to deteriorate over time.

Your macula, which is located on your retina, is responsible for your central vision.

As AMD progresses, your central vision will become blurry and deteriorate, until total vision loss occurs.

Once vision loss begins, you may have trouble recognizing faces, reading, driving, and performing other daily activities.

3. Glaucoma

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in Canada, affecting more than 250,000 Canadians.

Glaucoma occurs when the optic nerve becomes damaged, preventing your eyes from sending visual information to your brain.

Though the most common cause of glaucoma is high intraocular pressure, it can develop even if your eye’s internal pressure is within normal range.

4. Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a disease that occurs when the blood vessels become damaged as a result of high blood sugar levels.

This preventable condition is the leading cause of vision loss among patients with diabetes, and if left untreated, this disease can progress into diabetic macular edema.

Early diagnosis is key to slowing or even preventing vision loss.

Protect Your Peepers

Without proper treatment or management, all of the diseases we’ve discussed can lead to permanent vision loss or even blindness.

Even worse, aside from cataracts, none of these conditions exhibit symptoms in their early stages.

There’s no “check engine” light when it comes to eye disease.

The only tool that can detect and diagnose eye disease is a comprehensive eye exam.

When was the last time you had your eyes examined?

Don’t take the risk.

Book your next appointment today.

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10515 109 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 3B1
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Tuesday
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Wednesday
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Thursday
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Friday
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Sunday
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Come play with us – you know you want to.

Join the fun in Edmonton, just across from MacEwan and directly off of 109th Street.

Contact Information

780.423.3937
[email protected]

Address

10515 109 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 3B1
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10 AM – 5 PM
Wednesday
10 AM – 5 PM
Thursday
10 AM – 5 PM
Friday
10 AM – 5 PM
Saturday
10 AM – 4 PM
Sunday
Closed

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