Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management in Edmonton

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Preventing Damage From Eye Diseases

At Total Focus Optometry, helping our patients maintain strong eye health is what’s most important to us. Many eye diseases can cause partial vision loss or even blindness, so we spend time identifying any issues every time you visit for an eye exam.

Identifying eye diseases on your own can be difficult. As many eye diseases don’t show any early symptoms or warning signs, patients may not know they’ve developed eye diseases until damage has already been caused.Identify eye diseases early with regular eye exams.

Dangers of Eye Diseases

The eye is extremely delicate. Even some of the smallest changes can cause vision loss. Certain conditions, such as diabetes, can increase the chance of these changes occurring in the eye, risking damage. 

Although visiting for regular eye exams is the best way to ensure your eyes are healthy, it’s important to be aware of potential warning signs of eye diseases. Please book an appointment immediately if you’re experiencing the following

  • Change in iris colour
  • Crossed eyes
  • Dark spots in the centre of your vision
  • Double vision 
  • Dry eyes 
  • Cloudy vision 
  • Eye pain 
  • Floaters or flashers 
  • Halos (circle around lights)
  • Loss of vision
  • Light sensitivity

Common Eye Diseases

Even though eye diseases can be hard to identify outside of an eye exam, it’s important to be aware of the common eye diseases and how they can impact your eyes and vision. If you’re at risk of developing any of the following eye diseases, please contact us

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in patients over 60 years of age. Glaucoma is a group of diseases that targets the optic nerve, the part of the eye that’s responsible for transmitting information to the brain.

One of the major concerns of glaucoma is its lack of early symptoms and warning signs. The group of diseases can be difficult for patients to identify on their own. During an eye exam, we’ll always check patients for glaucoma to provide the best defense against the disease.

Cataracts are the clouding of the eye’s natural lens. This clouded lens can make it hard for patients to see objects clearly and colours brightly. Cataracts are a natural part of the eye’s aging process. However, their progression can be sped up by factors such as smoking or diabetes.

Patients can be given a higher prescription to help with clearer vision. To be properly treated, cataracts need to be removed surgically.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in adults over 55 years of age in North America. The macula (the central part of the retina) is responsible for your central vision, allowing you to focus on objects clearly.

AMD often first starts as dry AMD. This disease is caused by drusen deposits in the macula. As these deposits build up, they can create blind spots and eventually cause blindness.

If dry AMD is not managed, it can develop into wet AMD. Wet AMD occurs when blood vessels break under the macula. The liquid from these blood vessels has a higher chance of causing vision loss and blindness.

Identify Eye Diseases Early

To help protect your eyes from potential damage, visit for regular eye exams. If we notice anything during your exam, we’ll work with you to create a management plan.

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  • 3352 Gateway Blvd. NW
  • Edmonton, AB T6J 6V1

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Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:30 AM 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:30 AM 8:30 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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