Glaucoma Management & Screening

Glaucoma is a commonly-used medical term that refers to a group of eye diseases that affect the optic nerve. The optic nerve is responsible for the transmission of light impulses from the retina to the brain, a process that allows you to see. Damage of the optic nerve may lead to vision loss.

Regular comprehensive eye exams are crucial for early detection and management of glaucoma. If you’re at high risk for glaucoma, for instance, if have diabetes or high blood pressure or a family history of glaucoma, you must take your glaucoma screening appointments seriously.

Iconic Eye Care offers glaucoma screening and management to the community of Edmonton, AB, and beyond. Give us a call right away if you’d like the assurance that your eyes are in good health, or if you’re struggling with your vision and want some answers.

Symptoms of Glaucoma

Many forms of glaucoma are asymptomatic. That is, you might be suffering from glaucoma without being aware of it. Vision loss as a result of glaucoma isn’t reversible, a fact that makes glaucoma screening even more crucial.

Book an appointment with our optometrist in Edmonton, AB, if you notice any of the following signs:

  • Blind spots in your central or peripheral vision
  • Tunnel vision
  • Blurred vision, accompanied by headache, nausea, and eye pain
  • Eye redness

Getting screened for glaucoma regularly allows you to take steps to prevent accelerated deterioration of your eyesight.

Diagnosis and Management of Glaucoma

Our optometrist in Edmonton, AB, may perform several tests during glaucoma screening, which may include:

  • Tonometry to measure your intraocular pressure, or pressure inside your eye
  • Ophthalmoscopy, which checks the color and shape of your optic nerve
  • Optical Coherence Tomography, a scan of the retina to monitor the health of theoptic nerve and retinal nerve fibres
  • Visual field test to measure your visual acuity
  • Gonioscopy, a test which measures the drainage angle
  • Pachymetry, a measure of corneal thickness

If the eye doctor determines that there’s sufficient evidence of glaucoma, you’ll start on an appropriate path of treatment where the objective is to reduce your intraocular pressure.

Eye drops are a common first course of glaucoma treatment. If your condition is more complex or unresponsive to topical therapies, a referral to co-manage the condition with an ophthalmologist may be required.

If you have a family history of glaucoma, suspect that you have glaucoma, or have noticed a steady decline in your vision, give us a call today. Vision loss as a result of glaucoma is irreversible, and the best thing you can do for yourself is to get a proper diagnosis and treatment to prevent total vision loss.

Alberta Health Care covers the cost of comprehensive eye exams for seniors over the age of 65, who are especially at high risk of developing glaucoma. Additional medically necessary eye evaluations and testing for conditions such as glaucoma are covered by Alberta Health Care for Albertans of all ages.

Don’t wait until it’s too late—if you live in Edmonton, AB, call Iconic Eye Care today for your comprehensive eye examination.

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