Glaucoma Screening

Glaucoma affects 2% of the population over 40

Glaucoma is a common eye disease, affecting about 2% of the population over 40 years of age. It becomes more common in older people. It can happen in younger patient, even children, though this is rare.

Glaucoma is a disease that affects your optic nerve, which connects your eye to your brain and allows you to see. In glaucoma, the optic nerve becomes damaged and in its early to moderate stages has no symptoms that you would notice.

Eventually, it eats away at your side vision. You can lose a lot of your side vision before you notice, mostly because you have 2 eyes and the side vision of both eyes overlaps a lot.

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Symptoms of glaucoma may include:

  • Feeling that your side vision is not as good as it should be
  • Often bumping into things
  • Having trouble judging distances in your car
  • If you experience any of these symptoms, come and see us at Fresh Vision for a comprehensive eye exam.

In glaucoma patients, the pressure inside the eye has caused damage to the optic nerve. For a lot of people, there pressure has to be “high” before there is damage. However, for a significant number of people, they develop glaucoma with normal, or even low eye pressure.

Glaucoma Comprehensive Check

A comprehensive check for glaucoma involves looking at your optic nerve, both clinically and perhaps with a scan of your optic nerve with an OCT (if indicated), as well a check of your eye pressure. A side vision test or visual field test (automated perimetry) may also be recommended.

Every person over 40 should be screened for glaucoma every 2 years. If you have been advised that you have a higher risk or have a family member with glaucoma you should be screen more regularly as advised by your optometrist.

If you have any concerns about your vision

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