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Emergency Eye Exams Saskatoon



Eye Infections are eye ailments caused by bacterial, viral, or fungal agents. There are many different types of eye infections, with different causes and treatments.


People who wear contact lenses are particularly susceptible to eye infections due to the decrease in oxygen reaching their corneas and due to bacterial or fungal buildup caused by failure to properly disinfect their contact lenses.


Eye infections can affect one or both eyes, and can occur in people of all ages. Symptoms can include irritation, redness, discharge, and reduced vision.


Eye infections are usually self-limiting, and most resolve with minimal or no treatment. Occasionally, they don’t resolve quickly, and lead to more severe problems that require some type of medication for treatment. Not all eye infections are dangerous, but some require a doctor’s immediate attention. If you believe you have an eye infection, you should seek the advice of an eye-care professional.


    Near sightedness, or myopia, is the inability to see far away and if significant enough, can be corrected in glasses and/or contact lenses.
    Far sightedness, or hyperopia, is the inability to read up close. If the amount of hyperopia is significant enough, spectacle correction will be required to see far away as well.
    Astigmatism is a common vision condition that causes blurred vision. It is often described as “shadowed” vision that can result in seeing starbursts and halos at night. Most people have some degree of astigmatism and in very small amounts, will not require spectacle or contact lens correction. Astigmatism can be present on its own, or with near sightedness, far sightedness, and/or presbyopia.
    Presbyopia is a natural effect of aging in which the ability to focus on close objects decreases over time. Presbyopia can cause headaches, blurred vision, sore eyes and the need for more light.
    Cataracts cause distorted or cloudy vision and are caused by the lens inside the eye losing its transparency and elasticity over time. Cataracts can require changes to your glasses and/or surgical removal.
    Diabetic retinopathy is a weakening, swelling or developmental of tiny blood vessels in the retina or front of your eye. If left untreated, blindness can result. This is why SK health care covers one visit a year for people diagnosed with diabetes.
    Macular degeneration is a disease that results in degenerative changes to your central vision, and is a leading cause of vision loss among adults. It is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss for people aged over 60.
    Glaucoma is referred to as the “silent thief” and often has no symptoms until significant damage has occurred to your peripheral vision. Glaucoma can be caused by elevated pressure within the eye, and can lead to serious vision loss if not detected and treated at an early stage. This is why the dreaded “puff of air” test is so important – to make sure your eye pressure is not elevated!
    Dry Eye Syndrome can be caused by several things including not producing enough tears or not producing enough oil in your tears. Burning, itching, redness, and blurry vision can result.
    Blepharitis is an inflammatory problem that can cause red, irritated, itchy or burning eyes. It can also cause oily discharge or scaly skin around the eyes and can compound issues with dry eyes.
    Keratoconus is an eye disease that causes thinning of the cornea and can eventually lead to blindness. Early detection is key as there are some surgical interventions that can be performed for prevention.
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