As we age, our bodies begin to slow down. When it comes to our eyes, this usually means a drop in visual acuity and an increased risk of ocular disease such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or cataracts.
At Nicola Eye Care, we invest in the finest eye examination equipment available to ensure that even the faintest traces of eye disease can be observed and quantified, allowing our doctors to diagnose conditions at their earliest stage.
Eyesight lost to AMD is permanent, so early detection is vital for protecting your long-term vision. Make a booking for a comprehensive eye health exam today if it’s been more than a year since your last appointment.
We use this equipment to build up exceptionally high resolution images of the retina, in 3D. The resolution is so high in fact, we can clearly see cells which are only a few thousandths of a millimetre across, and thus search for any of the outward signs of AMD around the retina.
The benefit of the Optomap technology is that we gain a panoramic view of almost 100% of the retina in a single image, in less than a second. Our Daytona model also has the capability to quickly capture fundus autofluorescent images, that allow us to easily see deep tissue health conditions like retinal edema (swelling), scarring and optic disc drusen. In conjunction with OCT, we can construct an exact picture of your retinal health.
Our exams are not purely about eye health, but also about how well you are seeing. The Amsler Grid is a simple test which test the quality of your central visual field. The grid, in particular, allows us to visualize how AMD is influencing your eyesight.
There is no cure for age-related macular degeneration. However, vision loss also does not usually occur overnight, but rather is most often a gradual process which causes a slow decline in central vision. It does not cause total blindness, but can obscure your central eyesight to the point of low vision.
What we can do is offer referral for specialised treatment (including anti-VEGF therapy in some cases) to slow progression and limit the impact of the disease. Some dietary changes have been shown to significantly slow down macular degeneration. The earlier we diagnose, the quicker we can look at management options for the disease and the longer you will live with quality vision.
Even if your central vision is substantially affected, we can work with you to introduce visual aids and devices to improve your quality of life at home. Day-to-day tasks like reading, watching TV or surfing the net - which may be impossible under normal circumstances - can become part of your life again.
It’s never too late to act on AMD, so make sure you keep attending your annual eye exams, and feel free to contact our practice if you have any questions or would like more information about macular degeneration.
You can find us on the corner of St Paul St and 3rd Ave. We are 3 blocks down 3rd Ave from Royal Inland Hospital, towards downtown. Our office is across the street from the Telus Store and Stuart Wood school yard (where the summer Farmer’s Market is on Saturdays).