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Keeping a Vigilant Eye Out for Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of progressive eye diseases that damage the optic nerve. They can lead to vision loss and blindness with no symptoms. Although a common sign of glaucoma is elevated internal eye pressure (IOP), some types of glaucoma progress while IOP remains within the normal range.

Nearly 400,000 Canadians have glaucoma, making it one of the leading causes of blindness.

A comprehensive eye exam goes a long way in detecting and intervening against this often asymptomatic and creeping eye disease. Our comprehensive eye exams tailor to children, seniors, and those with diabetes, to protect against eye diseases. Unfortunately, glaucoma can affect several types of patients.

Different Types of Glaucoma

Open-Angle Glaucoma

Open-angle glaucoma is the most common type of glaucoma, accounting for 90% of all cases.

The aqueous humour supports the structure of the eye between the cornea, iris, and lens and supplies nutrients to the areas of the eye that lack blood supply. The aqueous replenishes and drains through the eyes’ drainage system.

If the drainage angle remains open, but the trabecular meshwork becomes blocked, fluid transfer slows, and pressure inside the eyes build up. This pressure causes damage to your optic nerve. It’s barely noticeable, but when you do, it might be too late to save your vision.

The drainage canals between your iris and cornea provide the most pressure relief, as long as the angle in the canals’ openings remains clear. But if this angle closes, fluid from the aqueous chamber can’t drain, leading to high-pressure levels that require immediate intervention.

Angle-closure glaucoma is an eye emergency. Please contact us immediately if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Severe headache
  • Eye pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Halos around lights
  • Eye redness

Normal-tension glaucoma is relatively uncommon. Patients with normal-tension glaucoma experience optic nerve damage, but without increased intraocular pressure.

Diagnosing Glaucoma

The best defense against glaucoma is early diagnosis and intervention. We use advanced diagnostics to detect even the earliest signs of glaucoma so we can begin treatment or refer you to a specialist before the damage leads to vision loss.

We look out for our patients of all ages. A patient with diabetes needs extra care since diabetes increases the chances of developing glaucoma. If you are a patient with diabetes, or you have other risk factors, please schedule and reschedule appointments according to your needs.

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Centre Wellington, Ontario

We’re eager to see all of our patients, but please confirm an appointment before visiting. Booking ahead is the safest measure for ensuring a qualified staff member is available to help you from start to finish.

You can find us on Beatty Line in beautiful historic Fergus, Ontario.

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6420 Beatty Line North Suite 102
Fergus, ON N1M 2W3

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