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Glaucoma is the Silent Thief of Vision

About Glaucoma

Vision loss from glaucoma usually begins in the peripheral vision and happens slowly and almost imperceptibly

Most glaucoma is painless, tends to develop slowly over time, and often has no symptoms whatsoever until the disease is very advanced

Elevated eye pressure is a significant risk factor for glaucoma but this does not produce any feeling of pressure. If you feel a sensation of pressure in your eyes it most likely from something else such as dry eye or swelling and not actual pressure.

Recognizing Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a very complex condition that is difficult to diagnose early and requires a series of tests and procedures over a period of time. Once enough evidence has been gathered and it is clear that glaucoma is present or the risk of damage is high enough treatment will be initiated. Untreated glaucoma will not produce symptoms until extremely advanced and will lead to blindness.
If you are noticing symptoms of glaucoma, it may be too late. Thus, regular eye exams are crucial to detect this disease early on.

Types of Glaucoma

There are approximately 60 types of glaucoma that are known. This is a complicated condition that can result from a large number of different causes.

Glaucoma is a progressive disease that results when the pressure inside the eyeball is too high for a prolonged period of time causing damage to the delicate nerve tissue that carries information from the eye to the brain.

Important Information About Glaucoma:

Seek treatment right away

If left untreated, your glaucoma could eventually lead to the narrowing of your central vision, a condition commonly referred to as “tunnel vision.” Is some cases, it can even lead to blindness.

How to know if you're at risk

Certain factors can indicate a predisposition to developing glaucoma. These include:

  • Chronic conditions such as myopia or diabetes
  • Frequent elevated pressure in your eyes
  • Your age, ethnicity, or a family history of the disease
  • Certain medications
  • Gender
  • Injuries
  • Vascular conditions
  • Inflammatory conditions

Next Steps

Early Detection is Crucial

You could be in the early stages of glaucoma and not even realize it. As early detection is one of the keys to successfully managing this condition, it’s imperative that you work closely with our staff here at Rocky Ridge Eye Centre to stay on top of your glaucoma testing.