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An eye exam could help save your life

An eye exam could help save your life

Dr. Carolina Navarrete 17/05/2016 0
A comprehensive eye exam can do more than test your vision – it could help save your life. Eye exams with a doctor of optometry can help detect eye diseases and serve as early indicators of a number of potentially serious health conditions, including brain tumours.   It’s important to remember that the eyes are connected to many other systems in the human body. That makes routine eye exams an important part of preventative healthcare—regardless of your age or physical health.   Comprehensive eye exams not only test your vision, but also give optometrists a close-up look at the inside of th...
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Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy

Dr. Carolina Navarrete 09/02/2016 0
If you have diabetes, your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high. Over time, this can damage your eyes. The most common problem is diabetic retinopathy. It is a leading cause of blindness in Canadian adults. At Grande Prairie Eye Care we take care to examine your eyes thoroughly. Your retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of your eye. You need a healthy retina to see clearly. Diabetic retinopathy damages the tiny blood vessels inside your retina. You may not notice it at first. Symptoms can include Blurry or double vision Rings, flashing lights, or blank spots ...
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Glaucoma

Glaucoma

Dr. Carolina Navarrete 09/02/2016 0
Glaucoma is a condition that causes damage to your eye's optic nerve and gets worse over time. It's often associated with a buildup of pressure inside the eye. Glaucoma tends to be inherited and may not show up until later in life. The increased pressure, called intraocular pressure, can damage the optic nerve, which transmits images to the brain. If damage to the optic nerve from high eye pressure continues, glaucoma will cause permanent loss of vision. Without treatment, glaucoma can cause total permanent blindness within a few years.     Because most people with glaucoma have no early...
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Eye Emergency

Eye Emergency

Dr. Carolina Navarrete 09/02/2016 0
If you notice sudden reduced vision, flashes or floaters, eye redness, discharge or pain, have your eyes examined immediately by an eye doctor. We will make every accommodation possible to see you as soon as possible on the same day. It's always hard to know whether or not an eye problem is an emergency, but there are a few red flags that people should watch for.   Situation: Critical First and foremost, and not surprisingly: if you suddenly can't see out of one eye, you should go to the Emergency room right away. Sudden blindness may mean you have a blocked artery in the blood vessels that...
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Refractive Eye Surgery

Refractive Eye Surgery

Dr. Carolina Navarrete 09/02/2016 0
It is any eye surgery used to improve the refractive state of the eye and decrease or eliminate dependency on glasses or contact lenses. This can include various methods of surgical remodeling of thecornea or cataract surgery. The most common methods today use excimer lasers to reshape the curvature of the cornea. Successful refractive eye surgery can reduce or cure common vision disorders such as myopia,hyperopia and astigmatism, as well as degenerative disorders like keratoconus. The doctors at Grande Prairie Eye Care Clinic have extensive experience in the pre-operative evaluation and po...
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Cataracts vs Dirty Lenses?

Cataracts vs Dirty Lenses?

Dr. Carolina Navarrete 09/02/2016 0
A cataract is a common eye disease where the lens becomes progressively opaque, resulting in blurred vision. Having a cataract can be compared to a dirty camera lens or a foggy window.     Symptoms The blurring of one’s vision, due to a cataract, can make it difficult to read print or see clearly in the distance. Some types of cataracts create glare, making the vision worse in bright light. Driving at night may also be difficult.   Some patients with a cataract notice a change in the appearance of colours, typically a fading or general yellowing. Occasionally a cataract can cause double...
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