Your Eye Health Matters to Us
We believe in the profound connection between eye health and overall well-being. Our dedicated and experienced team is here to guide you on your journey towards better eye health. Discover how we can help diagnose and manage eye diseases—because your vision matters.Book Appointment
Experience Meets Modern Optometry
Glaucoma: The Silent Thief of Sight
Glaucoma is a sight threatening condition that causes thinning of the optic nerve, that may be accompanied by increased Intra Ocular Pressure. Vision symptoms may include blurry vision and light sensitivity. Often the earliest changes do not cause noticeable changes. It is only at the later stages of the disease that symptoms may be present. By this time irreversible damage has occurred, so regular checkups are important to catch this disease in its early stages. We can help identify and manage your glaucoma and prescribe targeted medications.
Open-angle glaucoma is the most common type of glaucoma, accounting for approximately 90% of all cases. It develops slowly, often without noticeable symptoms until vision loss occurs. Stress on the optic nerve from increased pressure in the eye may result in vision loss. Comprehensive eye exams are vital for early detection and treatment.
Angle-closure glaucoma is a less common but more urgent form of glaucoma. It results from a sudden blockage of the eye’s drainage system, causing a rapid increase in eye pressure. Symptoms can include severe eye pain, blurred vision, and nausea. Immediate medical attention is essential.
Other Types of Glaucoma
While there are many other types of glaucoma, open-angle and angle-closure are the primary ones to be aware of. Regular comprehensive eye exams play a key role in early diagnosis and management of all forms of this common disease, and are encouraged for all our patients here at Conroy Optometric Centre.
Diagnosing & Managing Eye Conditions
We excel at diagnosing, managing, and treating a wide range of eye conditions, from common infections to complex diseases. Our focus isn’t just on your eyes; it’s on your overall health too. Conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and autoimmune disorders can affect your eyesight, and we’re here to help.
Explore how our comprehensive eye exams can benefit you for many different conditions.
Cataracts involve the clouding of the eye’s natural lens, leading to blurry vision. Symptoms may include faded colours and increased glare which you may start to notice and detect in the early stages. Initial treatment may include updated prescriptions for your glasses and contacts. Surgery is often the recommended treatment as each unique case progresses.
Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that affects the blood vessels in the retina and is a complication of diabetes. Symptoms may include vision fluctuations and it may lead to blindness. Early detection and management of blood sugar levels are essential for prevention. Treatment can include injections to help deter the growth of abnormal blood vessel growth on the retina.
Dry Eye Disease
Dry eye can result from inadequate tear production or poor tear quality, causing discomfort, redness, and sensitivity to light. Treatment options can include artificial tears, prescription medications, gels, ointments, and lifestyle adjustments. For example, limiting the amount of digital screen time can be an effective measure that you can adopt immediately.
Age-related macular degeneration affects the central part of the retina, and it can lead to vision loss. It may manifest as blurred or distorted central vision. While there’s no identified cure, early interventions like lifestyle changes (lowering your blood pressure and eating a diet rich in antioxidants) can help slow its progression and provide effective long-term management.
Modern Technology for Eye Health
We understand the pivotal role modern technology can have in establishing a baseline and closely tracking changes in eye health and vision.
While OHIP covers some routine exams, it’s important to note that newer diagnostic tests, which aid in early disease detection, are often not OHIP-insured.
Retinal nerve fibre layer (RNFL) optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a powerful tool for detecting glaucoma and other optic nerve disorders. It captures high-resolution images of the retinal nerve fibre layer by measuring its thickness through a noninvasive procedure. This can help aid in early diagnosis and is an essential process for evaluating glaucoma objectively.
The Optos optomap provides ultra-widefield retinal imaging, facilitating and assisting with the detection of diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. It offers a comprehensive view of the retina in a single image, with 120-degree coverage. It takes less than 1 second for the image to be captured.
Corneal pachymetry measures corneal thickness, which is vital for diagnosing and managing glaucoma. Corneal thickness can be a risk factor for Glaucoma and helps aid in detecting it in it’s earliest stage, after laser eye surgery, along with more detailed corneal topography readings. It can also be used for screening for keratoconus and is also commonly used prior to undergoing laser eye surgery.
Humphrey Visual Field Test
The Humphrey visual field test assesses your peripheral vision and can detect conditions like glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration, all of which may show early signs through changes in your side vision. Regular testing is used at our clinic and deemed essential for effective disease management and safeguarding your eyesight.
Testing Eye Pressure with Tonometry
Tonometry measures intraocular pressure, a key factor in diagnosing glaucoma and other eye conditions. Consistently monitoring eye pressure is essential for early detection and effective management, helping your eyes remain healthy and your vision clear. The types of tonometry we offer include:
- Non-Contact Tonometry (NCT): Measures eye pressure with a puff of air, no eye contact.
- Goldmann Applanation
- Tonometer: Flattens part of the cornea for accurate pressure measurement, used with a biomicroscope.
- iCare: Measures eye pressure with gentle corneal touch.
- Perkins Tonometer: Portable, handheld version of the Goldmann applanation tonometer.
Take Control of Your Eye Health
We work hard to create better vision and optimized eye health for our patients. When you’re ready to experience the benefits of technology in eye care, don’t wait—schedule your appointment with us today.Book Appointment
We’re south of Walkley Rd in the Ottawa Business, Park Building 300. Free parking is available, or you can access us via OC Transpo route 40.
- Phone: 613-247-2020
- Fax: 613-247-2025
- #311 – 2310 St. Laurent Blvd
- Ottawa, ON ON K1G 5H9
- Monday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed