Glaucoma: The Silent Thief of Sight
Routine eye exams are the only way to diagnose glaucoma. At Legacy Eye Care, all exams include testing for ocular disease. But we also provide full-service ocular care, including comprehensive treatment plans to keep your eyes healthy and happy.
Types of Glaucoma
There are 4 main types of glaucoma.
Open-angle glaucoma is the most common and accounts for nearly 90% of all cases in Canada. It progresses slowly and doesn’t present any early warning signs. Many don’t notice vision loss until the optic nerve damage is extensive.
Open-angle glaucoma occurs when the fluid inside the eye can’t drain properly despite the drainage system remaining clear. When this fluid has nowhere to go, it increases the eye’s IOP, which causes damage to the optic nerve.
Acute angle-closure glaucoma can lead to irreversible vision loss if not treated immediately.
There are many different tonometers on the market, but at Legacy Eye Care, we use non-contact tonometry and the Tono-Pen®.
Non-contact tonometry, which you may know as “the air puff test,” uses a tiny puff of air to measure your eye’s resistance to pressure.
Visual field testing uses a flashing light to subjectively measure your field of view, including your peripheral vision. This test helps find vision loss patterns that may indicate early vision changes associated with ocular diseases like glaucoma.
When Was Your Last Eye Exam?
It’s never too late to start protecting your ocular health. Even if you’re diagnosed with an eye disease like glaucoma, our experienced team at Legacy Eye Care will provide counsel and support throughout your life-long treatment.
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