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Sarnia - Lakeshore / (519) 542-3937
Sarnia - Vidal Street / (519) 336-4113
Grand Bend / (519) 238-6086

Glaucoma Testing & Management

Understanding Glaucoma

More than 400,000 Canadians live with the effects of glaucoma, making it one of the farthest reaching and most serious diseases in the world. In most cases, glaucoma presents no symptoms; working silently behind the scenes to damage your eyes and destroy your vision.

By learning about glaucoma, you’re empowering yourself to take the necessary steps to prevent it and safeguard your eyesight.

Regular Eye Exams are the First Step in Glaucoma Detection

If glaucoma is caught early, it can usually be treated and controlled, preventing significant vision loss. Since glaucoma typically doesn’t show any symptoms, the only way to catch it early is through routine eye exams.

Every In Focus Eyecare exam includes glaucoma screening and testing. We have OCT lasers that can take high resolution pictures to assess and monitor for glaucoma. We’ll carefully look for any signs that might indicate glaucoma, and give you a full explanation of your results. We want you to feel confident in your eye health, so we’ll take the time to answer your questions and put your fears to rest as best we can. Your exam isn’t over until you can walk out feeling like you understand the state of your eye health.

Glaucoma Treatments

There are a number of different treatments available for glaucoma. The most common treatment today is selective laser treatment. Eye drops are still also very common; controlling glaucoma with as little as one drop per day. When lasers and drops don’t work, there are a number of advanced surgical treatments to effectively lower the eye pressure.

Come see us at In Focus Eyecare; we’ll carefully monitor you for glaucoma at your visits. For those that develop it, we will explain all your treatment options to you, and help you decide which treatment or combination of treatments suit you best.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma refers to a collection of diseases that cause damage to the optic nerve. This damage is usually caused by high intraocular eye pressure, or IOP. These diseases are categorized based on what causes the increase in IOP.

The space between your iris and your cornea fills with a liquid called the aqueous humor. This liquid is constantly filling and draining from the space concurrently. When the aqueous humor is prevented from draining properly, it causes the IOP to rise.

With open-angle glaucoma, the angle between the cornea and the iris is wide enough to facilitate proper drainage, but there’s some kind of blockage in the drainage system which builds up over a number of years. This is the most common type of glaucoma.

When the angle between the iris and cornea isn’t wide enough to facilitate proper drainage, it’s called acute angle closure glaucoma. This type of glaucoma happens extremely suddenly and is usually accompanied by extreme symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, intense headache and eye pain, and sudden blurring of the vision.

Acute angle-closure is a medical emergency. If you experience these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.

Sometimes the eye’s drainage system is totally functional and the IOP is within the normal range, but the optic nerve still sustains damage. This is called normal tension glaucoma and requires treatment to prevent optic nerve damage and sight loss.

Come See How We’re Making Eye Care Better

Visit one of our three In Focus Eyecare locations today.

Sarnia - Lakeshore Road

1206 Lakeshore Road
Sarnia, ON N7S 2L2

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Phone: (519) 542-EYES (3937)
Fax: (519) 542-2800

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Sarnia - Vidal Street

120 Vidal St. N
Sarnia, ON N7T 5X5

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Phone: (519) 336-4113
Fax: (519) 336-1639

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Grand Bend

43 Main Street East
Grand Bend, ON N0M 1T0

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Phone: (519) 238-6086
Fax: (519) 238-6068

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