Glaucoma affects millions of North Americans. Left undiagnosed it causes irreversible vision loss & damage. It is important to have routine eye exams to screen for glaucoma.
Glaucoma is an eye disease characterized by an increase in the pressure within the eye. Over time this increase in ocular pressure causes changes in the retina and damage to the optic nerve. Left untreated, damage to the optic nerve causes blind spots in the patient’s peripheral field. Over time, this damage can progress centrally to total vision loss. It is important that when having eye exams Calgary patients are screened for Glaucoma.
Glaucoma is a silent disease, much like high blood pressure. Glaucoma, sometimes is referred to as high pressure but has no definite relationship and should not be mistaken for high blood pressure. In most cases, the patient has no symptoms until sufficient damage has taken place. When performing eye exams Calgary optometrists at the Glenmore Landing Vision Center routinely screen patients for glaucoma.
It is crucial that people, particularly over the age of forty, have regular eye health assessments. Their assessment should include glaucoma screening tests, since most types of this disease have no detectable symptoms. Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss in people. As a result, testing is particularly important. Especially in high-risk groups, which include people with a family history of this disease and patients that have undergone long term steroid treatments.
Worldwide, about 60 million people have glaucoma. Approximately four and a half million people in North America are affected. It is estimated that as many as half of these have not yet been diagnosed. One hundred thousand North Americans are blind from the disease, making it the leading cause of preventable blindness in North America. By having regular eye exams Calgary patients can be screened for this symptomless disease. And with early detection, optometrists can provide care to help slow the progression of the disease and preserve both eye health and vision.