Glaucoma Screening

SE Calgary glaucoma screening

By using vision field testing, our SE Calgary optometry clinic can provide comprehensive glaucoma screening to help identify this eye condition early so vision-saving measures can commence. As there is presently no cure for glaucoma, effectively managing this eye condition that leads to vision loss is crucially important for those who suffer from it so they may retain their independence and maintain a high quality of life.

If you feel as though your vision has suddenly changed or are experiencing any other unexplainable eye symptoms, please get in touch with us today so we may conduct an in-depth eye exam which includes glaucoma screening and vision field testing.

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What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an all-encompassing term which covers numerous eye conditions that cause damage to the optic nerve. Most of the time this damage to the optic nerve is due to abnormally high amounts of pressure within the eye. 

This eye condition can afflict people at any stage of life, but glaucoma is much more prevalent in those adults who are older and it is one of the main causes of vision loss for people above the age of 60. Due to the fact that glaucoma generally presents with little to no symptoms at first, this eye condition can steadily progress to an advanced stage before any changes to vision are noted. This makes glaucoma especially insidious when compared to other eye conditions that lead to vision loss. 

Because the vision loss caused by glaucoma cannot be rectified or improved, screening for this disease on a regular basis is critically important. If our SE Calgary optometrists are able to detect your glaucoma early enough, vision loss may be mitigated or prevented.

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What are the causes of glaucoma?

Glaucoma happens when your optic nerve has sustained damage. After this damage occurs, those afflicted with glaucoma often begin to experience blind spots within their field of vision. As of now, the exact reason for this damage has proved elusive to researchers. That being said, it is generally thought to be related to increased pressure within the eye.

This increased pressure within the eye occurs when the fluid that would normally drain through the tissue in your eye is not able to drain as it normally should or is being overproduced. If either of these two scenarios happen, the fluid is unable to flow out of your eye as it normally would, leading to an increase in eye pressure.

Research has unveiled a hereditary aspect to glaucoma. Studies have resulted in scientists discovering genes within certain people which are linked to optic nerve damage and abnormally high eye pressure. 

What are the main risk factors for glaucoma?

There are numerous risk factors linked to glaucoma. The main ones include: 

  • Being over the age of 60
  • A family history of glaucoma
  • Significant nearsightedness or farsightedness
  • Certain medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease
  • Suffering an eye injury or having had certain eye surgeries 
  • Prolonged use of steroid eye drops

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Frequently Asked Questions

Retinal photos are digital images that display the back of your eye. These images give your SE Calgary optometrist a clear view of your overall eye health by showing them your retina, optic disk, and blood vessels. At Specs in the City Optometry we highly recommend that any patients who have macular degeneration, diabetes, glaucoma, or retinal toxicity take this test.

Our convenient SE Calgary optometry clinic is located right off Blackfoot Trail in the Meadows Mile Professional Building.

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