Treatment of Eye Disease

Our optometrists are experienced in the diagnosis of ocular disease and are qualified to prescribe medications to treat eye disease. We strive to remain up to date with the latest technology to give earlier and more precise diagnosis for earlier treatment and better outcomes. Fortunately, some eye diseases that previously had few treatment options are now readily treatable. When surgery is required, we work with the most highly skilled ophthalmologists in the Edmonton region.

As optometrists, we are able to treat red, pink or sore eyes and can help with urgent eyecare including some eye emergencies. We can also provide management of chronic eye disease, including conditions related to diabetes.

Red, Pink or Sore Eyes

We are ready to look after your eye care needs!  Think of your optometrist first for:

  • sore, red, or itchy eyes
  • treatment of “pink eye” and other bacterial or viral eye infections
  • removal of foreign bodies from the eye (such as wood or metal)
  • treatment of ocular allergies
  • urgent care, for some conditions

This is convenient for your whole family and you can be sure you are receiving the attention of an eye care specialist.  Please call in advance to see how we can best accommodate your needs. 

Remember, most eye health related visits are now covered by Alberta Health Services.

Chronic Eye Disease

chronic eye disease

Chronic eye diseases are eye conditions that are persistent and longlasting in their effects. They can last years and often require ongoing management.

Some eye conditions are related to general diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, and HIV infections. Some are diseases affecting only the eye, such as glaucoma or macular degeneration. Some are related to medications, such as Plaquenil or Cortisone, that are taken for other conditions, but can have side effect to the eyes.

A big part of managing these conditions is regular monitoring with appropriate testing procedures, and timely intervention when required.

Amsler Grid Test for Central Vision


  1. If you wear glasses for reading or other near work, please wear them for this test. Place the grid where you would normally hold a book to read, or where you would hold any object to see it up close.
  2. Test one eye at a time. To test the right eye, cover the left eye and look at the central dot. While looking at the dot, try to see all four corners. Also see if the lines of the grid are wavy or broken. If any part of the grid looks different from the last time you tested this eye, make note of the change. To test the left eye, cover the right eye and repeat the steps above.
  3. Test both eyes weekly, or as directed. If there are any changes to your vision, call your eye doctor immediately.
Amsler Grid Test

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