Eye Effects in Calgary & Didsbury

Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management in Calgary & Didsbury

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Effective Risk Management Starts With an Early Diagnosis

Over 5.59 million Canadians are at risk of vision loss caused by eye disease. Vision loss often can’t be reversed, but it can usually be prevented if the problem is caught soon enough.

Routine eye exams help your optometrist detect many eye diseases while there’s still time to take action. With help from our team at Eye Effects, you can stop these diseases from taking away your sight and preserve your vision for as long as possible.

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Common Eye Conditions & Diseases

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness in the world. This disease occurs when the optic nerve becomes damaged (usually due to elevated intraocular pressure) and can no longer send visual information to the brain.

Those with glaucoma gradually lose their peripheral vision and can eventually go blind if they don’t receive medical care. Since vision loss is typically the first noticeable glaucoma symptom, early diagnosis is key to managing this disease. Our optometrists conduct glaucoma tests during all of our comprehensive eye exams.

Age-related macular degeneration usually develops in people over 50 and occurs when the macula deteriorates. The macula controls your central vision, so AMD can make it hard to perform common tasks like driving, reading, and recognizing faces. AMD can also cause total blindness if left unmanaged.

Smoking and exposure to UV light can drive up your risk for AMD, which usually causes permanent vision loss before any other symptoms appear. However, routine eye exams can catch AMD early and allow your optometrist to slow it down.

Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the normally-transparent membranes that cover the whites of your eyes, turning them pink or red. Conjunctivitis comes in numerous forms, generally depending on the factors that cause it.

  • Viral conjunctivitis results from viral infections and spreads easily via coughing, sneezing, or hand-to-eye contact. This form of conjunctivitis can make you extra-sensitive to light, and may produce yellow or white mucus in your eyes.
  • Allergic conjunctivitis results from allergic reactions to pollen, mold spores, and other substances. This condition typically comes with runny noses, sneezing, and other cold-like symptoms. This type of conjunctivitis can also make your eyes water, burn, or itch.
  • Bacterial conjunctivitis results from bacterial infections. It often makes the eyes produce yellow or green discharge and is extremely contagious. Discharge from bacterial conjunctivitis can solidify as you sleep and make your eyelids stick together in the morning.
  • Chemical conjunctivitis isn’t contagious, but it can be a type of eye emergency. This kind of conjunctivitis occurs when fumes, smoke, toxins, or other chemicals make contact with your eye. If your eyes have been exposed to chemicals, contact your optometrist as soon as possible.

Different kinds of conjunctivitis require different treatments, so it’s always important to get a diagnosis before taking action yourself. If you’re concerned that you might have conjunctivitis, contact us and make an appointment so that we can determine your options.

Cataracts affect your eyes’ lenses by turning them milky or cloudy, progressively obscuring your vision over time. People often develop cataracts as they grow older, but many other factors can also contribute to their development.

Your ophthalmologist may be able to perform surgery that removes your cataracts and restores your vision. If notice a change in your vision, reach out to us and let us find the best way to care for your eyes.

Where to find us

Eye Effects

Find us in the Strathcona Square Shopping Centre, just past Sobeys and next to RBC Royal Bank.

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Our Address

#108-555 Strathcona Boulevard SW
Calgary, AB T3H 2S8

Office Hours

Monday
9 AM4 PM
Tuesday
9 AM7 PM
Wednesday
9 AM4 PM
Thursday
9 AM7 PM
Friday
9 AM3 PM
Saturday
9 AM3 PM
Sunday
Closed

Forsight Vision Centre

Find our Didsbury office in Didsbury Plaza, behind Home Hardware and Dick’s Auto Service.

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Our Address

2032 17th Avenue
Didsbury, AB T0M 0W0

Office Hours

Monday
9 AM5 PM
Tuesday
9 AM5 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM3 PM
Friday
9 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Find us in the Strathcona Square Shopping Centre, just past Sobeys and next to RBC Royal Bank.

Contact Information

Our Address

#108-555 Strathcona Boulevard SW
Calgary, AB T3H 2S8

Office Hours

Monday
9 AM4 PM
Tuesday
9 AM7 PM
Wednesday
9 AM4 PM
Thursday
9 AM7 PM
Friday
9 AM3 PM
Saturday
9 AM3 PM
Sunday
Closed

Find our Didsbury office in Didsbury Plaza, behind Home Hardware and Dick’s Auto Service.

Contact Information

Our Address

2032 17th Avenue
Didsbury, AB T0M 0W0

Office Hours

Monday
9 AM5 PM
Tuesday
9 AM5 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM3 PM
Friday
9 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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