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Early Detection of Glaucoma is Critical in Effective Management of the Disease

While any Canadian can develop glaucoma, there are certain factors that will increase your risk. They include:

  • Diabetes
  • Low blood pressure
  • Family history
  • Age – Increase in risk after 40 years old
  • Certain ethnicities are more prone to developing glaucoma than others
  • Myopia and Hyperopia

Glaucoma is often referred to as the silent thief of vision. This is for good reason. Early stages of glaucoma typical progress silently until damage has already occured to your vision.

The best way to prevent vision loss from glaucoma, or other eye conditions, is with regular comprehensive eye exams. Advanced technology has provided our Optometrist the opportunity to monitor your eye health closely and in immense detail.

The initial step to treating glaucoma is an eye exam with our Optometrist. Once we have an understanding of how far your case of glaucoma has progressed, we will be able to provide the appropriate treatment and management options.
Possible treatment options may include:

  • Oral medications
  • Medicated eye drops
  • Lifestyle changes to reduce risk of progressing the disease
  • Increase in frequency of eye exams to monitor the progression of your glaucoma
  • For advanced cases, microsurgery and/or laser surgery may be recommended

Important Information About Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a progressive, complicated disease that can result from a myriad of different causes.

Glaucoma is the result of intraocular pressure being too high for prolonged periods of time. This increase in pressure eventually causes damage to the optic nerve, preventing information being delivered from the eye to the brain.

Glaucoma has the potential to cause complete, irreversible vision loss. The only way to prevent total blindness from glaucoma is to catch it in the early stages, and to maintain treatment in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle.

Pediatric glaucoma is a rare condition that occurs in infants. It is the result of their tear drainage canals developing improperly. You may notice your child has a sensitivity to light, abnormal amount of tearing, cloudy eyes, or their eyes may be enlarged.

If you notice these signs in your child, we recommend having a children’s eye exam performed.

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