True or false? Glaucoma damages your optic nerve. If left untreated, it will progressively get worse.That’s true, unfortunately. That’s why it’s extremely important to see your Optometrist regularly. They won’t just test your visual acuity – they’ll measure your eye pressure and are trained to spot early markers of glaucoma.
True or false? Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in Canada.True. The most common type of glaucoma is primary open angle glaucoma, caused by elevated pressure and a backup of fluid in the eye. However, the exact cause of glaucoma is unknown and it’s still possible to have glaucoma with normal eye pressure.
True or false? You’re at higher risk of developing glaucoma if you’re over 60.Yep, true. The risk factor increases slightly every year.
True or false? Up to 50% of people don’t know they have glaucoma, because early warning signs are rare.That’s the truth. That’s why it’s so important to see your optometrist on a regular basis – yearly, once you pass age 60. If you have any concerns about your vision or your eye health or are experiencing any pain, don’t wait until your next scheduled appointment. You can come in to any Beyond Vision office with an emergency during business hours and we will work to have you seen right away.
True or false? There’s a treatment for glaucoma.True! The earlier we catch glaucoma, the better the outcome. It can be treated through medication to relieve pressure, surgery to lower pressure, laser trabeculoplasty to drain fluid from the eye, or even drainage implants. Unfortunately, once vision is lost to glaucoma, it cannot be restored, but these treatments can slow or stop the progression of the disease.
Regular eye examinations with your Beyond Vision optometrist are highly recommended to screen for and prevent glaucoma.