Glaucoma and ocular disease screening

Glaucoma and other ocular diseases become more common as we grow older. These diseases can be developed without any changes to the sight in the early stage and may lead to some irreversible damage to our eyes. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment can help to prevent or slow down the progression. An annual eye check is vital as we grow older and for those with high myopia as this can increase the risk of certain eye diseases.

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At Eyesight.sg, we use advanced diagnostic equipment to rule out or monitor eye diseases such as Glaucoma, Retinal Detachment, Diabetic Retinopathy and Cataract.

Glaucoma

Sometimes called the ‘silent thief of sight’, glaucoma is an insidious condition that causes gradual loss of your peripheral vision initially, then later central sight as the disease advances. Glaucoma is caused by the damaged of optic nerves. Because it is almost impossible to detect peripheral vision loss, glaucoma can develop without you realising. Visiting Eyesight.sg for regular consultations can diagnose glaucoma before it does any damage.

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The view of someone with glaucoma.

Diabetic Retinopathy

It is more likely to develop this eye complication due to poor control of blood sugar level and the diabetic period. These can cause the swelling in the retina and changes to the blood vessels in the eye, resulting in bleeding, swelling and scarring of the retina over time. 70% of diabetics will have eye changes within 15 years of their diagnosis.At first, diabetic retinopathy may cause no symptoms or only mild vision problems. Eventually, it can cause blindness.

It is important to have your retina and vision check by our optometrist when you are a diabetic at least every 2 years.

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Cataract

As we grow older and long exposure to sunlight, the crystalline lens will start to degenerate and become denser in the nucleus. The vision will only be affected in the later stage of cataract and surgery may need to implemented. The rate of cataract formation is quickened with exposure to UV rays. A pair of sunglass, cap or umbrella can help to slow down this process.

Retinal detachment

Retinal detachment can cause permanent loss of vision. This tissue needs to be urgently repaired back in place with surgery to avoid loss of vision.The chances of getting this condition will be much higher in a high myopic patients (more than -6.00D). Someone with retinal detachment may experience seeing a lot of floaters, flashes or loss of peripheral vision.

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