As eye care professionals, few diseases are as frustrating as glaucoma. It checks all the boxes that make it a real problem to consider: it’s painless, silent, and slow to develop. It eats away at your peripheral vision, often for months or even years before you notice. By the time you do, you’re well on your way to tunnel vision.
With early diagnosis and medical management, glaucoma can be effectively managed. The fact that glaucoma does not have to be devastating with early detection is almost more frustrating than the medical implications.
Vision lost to glaucoma is lost permanently.
Early diagnosis and treatment is key, and regular eye exams are the tool. Using sophisticated imaging and diagnostic equipment, we can detect glaucoma when it is in its very infancy.
With locations in High River, Nanton, Okotoks, and Vulcan, there’s an Eyes 360 nearby! All our offices are equipped with state of the art equipment and staffed with experienced optometrists and eye care professionals.
Causes – The main cause of glaucoma is a buildup of intraocular pressure (IOP). As IOP builds, pressure is placed on the optic nerve, eventually damaging it. The optic nerve is the nerve that sends sensory information from the eye to the brain. If it is damaged, sight is impacted as a result.
Symptoms – In the overwhelming majority of cases, glaucoma develops with no pain, no illness, and no obvious sign something is wrong. Its “symptoms” centre around peripheral vision loss.
The exception is acute angle-closure glaucoma. This version of the disease is marked by impaired vision (blurred), severe head and/or neck pain, nausea/vomiting (in conjunction with eye pain), and a sudden loss of sight. If you experience these symptoms seek medical attention immediately- your vision may be at risk!
Treatment for glaucoma centres around reducing and regulating intraocular pressure. This can be done through medicated or surgical means. It is critical that you adhere to your management program and do not discontinue treatment at any time (if treatment is causing discomfort, please come see us before discontinuing its use).
This alarming statistic speaks to the true danger that glaucomas represents. Unlike an illness (such as the flu), glaucoma affords no symptoms to act as an early warning. There’s no pain (in 98%+ of cases) and no warning.