Glaucoma Management in Stoney Creek

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What Is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of chronic and progressive eye diseases characterized by damage to the optic nerve. This damage often results from abnormal pressure building up within the eye, which prevents the optic nerve from sending visual information to the brain, causing vision loss. Glaucoma can result in complete blindness when left untreated and is one of the leading causes of blindness in Canada.

Glaucoma may not present any visible symptoms before vision loss occurs. But because vision lost to glaucoma can’t be recovered, identifying the disease as soon as possible is vital for preserving healthy eyesight. Routine eye exams are the best way to identify glaucoma early and slow its progress by managing it effectively.

What Are the Different Kinds of Glaucoma?

The 3 most common types of glaucoma are as follows:

  • Open-Angle Glaucoma: This type of glaucoma doesn’t usually show symptoms until peripheral vision loss occurs. Open-angle glaucoma occurs when the trabecular meshwork puts pressure on the eye and damages the optic nerve, but the drainage angle and iris stay open. This form of glaucoma is more common than other types of the disease.
  • Angle-Closure Glaucoma: This type of glaucoma can be acute or chronic. Acute angle-closure glaucoma occurs rapidly and is considered a medical emergency. Angle-closure glaucoma is caused by the iris obstructing the drainage angle, which prevents fluid from circulating properly and increases pressure within the eye.
  • Normal-Tension Glaucoma: This form of glaucoma is caused by non-pressure-related damage to the optic nerve. It sometimes occurs due to partially-blocked arteries and may also affect people who have hypersensitive optic nerves.

Glaucoma can be hereditary and may appear more frequently in families with a history of the disease in previous generations. However, glaucoma can appear in anybody, so our eye doctors screen for it during every comprehensive eye exam.

Symptoms & Diagnosis

The sooner your optometrist diagnoses you with glaucoma, the more we can do to help prevent it from progressing. Since the pressure that causes most glaucoma is painless, an eye exam is the easiest way to detect this disease.

However, glaucoma may also produce the following symptoms before peripheral vision loss begins:

  • Seeing halos around lights
  • Strong headaches at frequent intervals
  • Sudden onset of nausea
  • Blurry vision when not crying
  • Redness around the eyes

If you are experiencing any of these signs and cannot explain them, contact your optometrist to set up glaucoma testing.

Prevent Glaucoma with Comprehensive Eye Exams

Regular eye exams with a qualified optometrist are the most effective way to catch glaucoma early. Contact Perception Eyecare to schedule your next exam.

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Our Location in Stoney Creek

Where to Find Us?

You can find Perception Eyecare in the Southmount Health Care Centre in the Fortinos Plaza.

Where To Park?

We’re located in a standalone health centre with ample free parking on 3 sides of the building.

Our Address

35 Upper Centennial Parkway,
Unit 1B

Stoney Creek, ON L8J 3W2

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Monday
9 AM5 PM
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10 AM7 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
10 AM7 PM
Friday
9 AM5 PM
Saturday
9 AM2 PM
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