A component of our comprehensive eye exams, glaucoma screening is vitally important to ensuring the health and functionality of your eyes and vision remain intact. At My Optometrist Calgary, we use a number of different specialized tests and follow-up procedures to detect whether you're suffering from glaucoma or at risk of developing this eye condition. With early detection, glaucoma can be effectively managed and its progression slowed.
There are many different types of glaucoma with differing symptoms, so it is important to have regular eye exams, as most of the time patients are asymptomatic in the early stages.
Glaucoma is known for its ability to sneak up on patients because there is no pain experienced or produced, as well as unnoticed symptoms for most cases. Glaucoma is often detected through damage chronically caused to the optic nerve. Once the disease has progressed, people may begin to notice reduced peripheral vision, which is sometimes referred to as “tunnel vision”.
For some cases of glaucoma, there is pain experienced. For example, acute angle closure glaucoma is characterized by symptoms such as eye pain, dilated pupils, loss in vision, eye redness, headaches, nausea and vomiting. It falls under the category of “narrow angle glaucoma”.
Those who are at risk for glaucoma should have a dilated pupil exam every one to two years. A comprehensive eye exam will be administered to help assist in diagnosing the condition accurately. These tests may include:
Initially, eye drop medication that attempts to lower intraocular pressure is prescribed to attempt to control the condition. For more severe and progressive cases, an effective method of treatment for this disorder is glaucoma surgery, which can be done in a number of ways.
Your eyes are important to your overall health, make it a point to see your eye doctor annually in order to provide yourself with long-term benefits and a reduced risk of developing glaucoma as you age. By maintaining an active lifestyle, avoiding smoking, and maintaining a healthy diet and weight, you are able to reduce your risk for glaucoma.
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