Staying up-to-date on your ocular health can make a significant difference in preserving your vision. Regular, comprehensive eye exams help identify the early signs of eye disease where patients are mainly asymptomatic. Early detection of common eye conditions can make a significant difference in preventing permanent damage.
AMD is a condition that causes central vision loss due to the degeneration of the macula, or the central part of the retina. Typically, AMD is a natural result of ageing. There are 2 forms of AMD, dry and wet.
Dry AMD is the most common form of AMD, occurring due to a gradual deterioration of the central retinal tissues. With dry AMD, clumps of a protein called drusen begin to form, which can block vision.
Wet AMD happens when the blood vessels beneath the macula begin to swell and rupture. The leakage causes blood to leak into the gel-like substance that makes up the innermost part of the eye, called the vitreous, creating dark spots in your vision.
Genetic Testing for AMD
At Eyes on Sheppard, we perform genetic testing for AMD to identify factors that may indicate a higher risk of developing AMD. With better knowledge of what may predispose you to certain conditions, we can create treatment plans for you that can help you preserve your health and vision longer.
Macula Risk® genetic testing helps doctors identify those at high risk for AMD progression. These patients require increased surveillance and early referral to a specialist to preserve their sight.
Vita Risk® genetic testing identifies patients who have an increased risk of progression to wet AMD after chronic exposure to zinc, allowing patients to avoid supplements that increase their risk of vision loss.
Glaucoma is often referred to as the “silent thief of sight” due to the early stages of the condition being generally asymptomatic. Glaucoma frequently progresses to a stage where there is already significant and irreversible vision loss, making it one of the leading causes of blindness in Canada.
Glaucoma is technically an umbrella term for a group of eye diseases that cause damage to the eye’s optic nerve. 4 types of glaucoma exist:
Primary open-angle glaucoma
Typically, if glaucoma is detected at an early stage, treatment can be implemented to control it and prevent further vision loss.
We perform various forms of testing to thoroughly examine the eye for signs of eye disease. Tonometry is a test used to measure the eye’s intraocular pressure, a common symptom of glaucoma.
Non-contact tonometry uses a small puff of air to measure the eye’s pressure. This type of tonometry is often referred to as “puff tonometry.”
The air puff is used to measure the force required to flatten a portion of the cornea, detecting the eye’s overall pressure. This type of tonometry is noninvasive.
You can find our beautiful new office at 90 Sheppard Avenue East in North York. Access the building’s parking lot just off of Sheppard Ave East onto the Parkway, around the back of the building. You can also access the Parkway by Doris Avenue, just past the Toronto Catholic School Board.