Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management in the Annapolis Valley

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Helping You Fight the Battle Against Eye Disease

Regular eye exams are the best way to combat eye disease and prevent permanent damage or vision loss. Our risk for developing certain eye conditions and diseases increases exponentially as we age, which is why it is in your best interest to have a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year to detect any early signs of disease.

Most patients with eye conditions and diseases do not show obvious symptoms in the early stages, so regular examinations can help ensure treatment begins at the most optimal stage.

Diseases We Look For

It is important to have an eye care professional examine your eyes regularly to identify any early signs and symptoms of eye disease. If you are over the age of 65 or have diabetes, you may be at a higher risk for eye disease.

Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is a condition that affects the central part of the retina, called the macula. The most obvious symptom of AMD is blurred central vision and unaffected peripheral vision.

AMD is the leading cause of blindness in North American adults over 55. In the earliest stages, AMD is mostly undetectable by anyone other than an eye care professional.

Age-related macular degeneration has 2 forms; wet and dry. Dry AMD is the less severe of the two and most common, where the central retinal tissues degenerate over time, resulting in symptoms that develop gradually.

Wet AMD is much more severe, but far less common. Wet AMD is when the blood vessels under the macula suddenly rupture and leak, causing abrupt vision loss in the way of blind spots.

The lens in your eye becoming cloudy can be a symptom of cataracts. Cataracts can affect small areas of the eye or the entire lens, causing significant vision impairment. Cataracts form on almost all eyes as we age, and individuals over the age of 60 are most likely to develop them.

Cataracts can occur rapidly over a few months, or develop slowly over many years. They are usually painless, and the early stages of cataract development can go unnoticed without the assistance of a trained eye care professional.

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in Canada, often referred to as the “Silent Thief of Sight.” Glaucoma occurs as a result of progressive degeneration of the optic nerve which, in turn, leads to damaged nerve tissue and vision loss.

There are two forms of glaucoma: 

Primary open-angle glaucoma is the more common of the two, occurring when the eye’s drainage system becomes increasingly inefficient. This causes the aqueous fluid in the eye to build up, creating pressure on the optic nerve and eventually leading to damage.

Angle-closure glaucoma is considered an eye emergency as it is severe and often sudden. It occurs when the drainage angle in the eye closes or becomes blocked, creating a fluid buildup and increased intraocular pressure.

Tests for Glaucoma

We use 3 tests to check our patients for glaucoma:

Non-contact tonometry (NCT) measures your eye’s intraocular pressure. The tool blows a small puff of air into the eye and measures your eye’s resistance to the air puff. This tool does not come into contact with your eye, and thus does not require an anesthetic.

Perkins or Goldmann tonometry are both forms of applanation tonometry. We use a small flat-tipped cone that gently touches your cornea and measures the amount of force needed to flatten it. We will give you anesthetic eye drops to numb your eyes before performing this test.

Pachymetry tests measure the thickness of your cornea, giving us a more accurate reading of your intraocular pressure. It is a quick test that is usually painless.

If you have questions about your eye health, please book an appointment at your earliest convenience.

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Servicing the Annapolis Valley For Over 65 Years

You can find us on the corner of Bridge Street and Victoria Drive.

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Address

545 Victoria Drive
Kingston, Nova Scotia B0P 1R0

Contact Information

Phone: 902-765-3420
[email protected]

Hours of Operation

Monday
8:30 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM8 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM5 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM8 PM
Friday
8:30 AM5 PM
Saturday
CLOSED
Sunday
CLOSED

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We are a locally-owned, independent practice that truly cares about finding you a product that helps you see and feel better. We source from an extensive list of suppliers to ensure you have a variety of quality products to choose from.

We offer designer and functional eyewear for every budget, prescription and non-prescription sunglasses, common and specialty contact lenses, dry eye therapy products, and protective safety eyewear. We also have an on-site lab, allowing us to shorten the turnaround time for most eyeglasses.

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