• Duration: Approximately 15 to 20 minutes

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that causes a build-up of intraocular pressure (IOP) within the eye. The increase in pressure can result in damage to the optic nerve that attributes to vision loss associated with glaucoma. Although it cannot be treated, glaucoma can be managed. Early detection can prevent severe vision loss or blindness by alleviating the intraocular pressure (IOP) avoiding further damage to the optic nerve.

Symptoms

Glaucoma can often go unnoticed because patients may not experience any clear symptoms until late in the disease. This makes early detection crucial to identify the underlying signs of glaucoma and begin to manage its negative effects.

Patients over 40 years of age should get an eye exam atleast once every two years. However, it is ideal to book annual eye exams to detect glaucoma and other eye-related diseases at the earliest stage.

The gradual loss of peripheral vision is the primary indicator of glaucoma. If left untreated, vision will continue to decline causing permanent damage to the eye. There are instances where the pressure inside the eye can quickly rise to extreme levels resulting in rapid vision loss.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms seek immediate medical attention.

  • +Seeing halos around lights
  • +Vision loss
  • +Redness in the eye
  • +Eye that looks hazy (particularly in infants)
  • +Nausea or vomiting
  • +Eye pain
  • +Narrowed vision (tunnel vision)

Treatment

There are a variety of options for management and prevention of vision loss caused by glaucoma. The treatment options are dependent on the type and causes of glaucoma.

Our optometrists may prescribe medication or suggest surgery to alleviate and control the intraocular pressure (IOP) in the eye. This can prevent vision loss by decreasing the rate of progression of the disease.

Direct Billing

We have access to most insurance providers for vision care and FSA/HSA. We can save you the time and hassle by direct billing your insurance claim for you.

Contact Us

For more information on glaucoma testing, feel free to reach out to us for questions and/or a consultation.

You can call us at 403-764-6161 or send an email to macleod@soloptixonline.com. You can also visit us in-store at any of our two locations in Calgary, AB.

We strive to be Calgary’s premier optical retailer. Our optometrists and eye care professionals will assist you in providing trusted vision care and quality eyewear.