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Eye Disease Detection

Your eyes are also windows to your overall health, and an eye exam can also uncover underlying—and life-threatening—health issues,
Along with eye-related concerns, our eye doctors are able to detect other health issues during a comprehensive eye exam. An eye exam can be as effective as a physical in determining one's health. Too often Canadians put off going to the eye doctor if they feel like their vision has not changed.
Eye doctors emphasize that regular exams are important. One's eyesight may change very gradually over time, and you may not even know that you need a stronger prescription. At The Spectrum our eye doctors perform many tests during the eye examination that will rule out eye disorders such as retinal , glaucoma or cataract conditions.

We know
eyes are also windows to your overall health, and an eye exam can also uncover underlying—and life-threatening—health issues,
Eye Disease Detection & Management

The latest sight-saving tools for early disease diagnosis and management are available at The Spectrum Eye Centre in Regina.

We utilize advanced eye diagnostic tools to help us detect eye disease at its earliest and most treatable stages.

Some of our complex computer instruments include
Heidelberg Blue Peak OCT (optical coherence tomography) , ultra HD digital retinal photography, ultrasound corneal pachymetry, computerized corneal topography, cataract detection using Pentacam HR and threshold visual field testing.

If you are diagnosed with an eye disorder, in many cases the specialized testing you will need is conveniently available at our practice so you can avoid traveling to an unfamiliar location for your disease management.

Should you require an advanced eye disease specialist or surgeon, we will coordinate your care and refer you to a physician we have carefully selected and identified as "one of the best."

Please click on the links below for more information about eye conditions commonly managed or co-managed with a disease specialist through our offices.
7 Health Problems Eye Exams Can Detect

Hypertension— Blood vessels in the eye may exhibit bends, kinks or tears, and this may be an indication of high blood pressure.

Autoimmune disorders— If the eye is inflamed, this may be a sign of Lupus or another autoimmune disorder.

Thyroid disease— One of the telltale signs of thyroid disease are bulging eyes or protruding eyeballs. This condition is also known as Graves Disease.

Cancer— If your eye doctor notices that the structure of your eye is unusual, you may be referred to a specialist. Ocular melanoma can develop in the cells that make pigmentation in the eye. Your eye exam can also help detect skin cancer. Basal cell carcinomas can appear on the eyelid and could even spread to the brain through the eye.

Diabetes— Diabetes affects the small capillaries in the retina of the eyes. These blood vessels may leak blood or a yellowish fluid, and this may be discovered in an eye exam. If your eye doctor notices this condition, you may have a condition called diabetic retinopathy.

Tumors— Droopy eyelid or irregularly shaped pupils could possibly indicate a neck tumour or an aneurism.

High cholesterol— The cornea may have a yellowish appearance or a yellow ring around it which can be a sign of high cholesterol. There also may be plaques in the blood vessels of the retina which could indicate elevated cholesterol.

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