You may associate visits to the eye doctor with blurred vision and updates on your eyeglasses or contact lens prescriptions. As long as you’re able to see the world without any problems, it may not seem like a big deal to procrastinate about making an appointment to see the optometrist. Regular eye checkups are just as important as any other physical wellness exams. Particularly if you have certain risk factors, glaucoma could be permanently damaging your eyesight without a single symptom, and regular glaucoma testing with a Visionary Eye Centre optometrist may be the only way to prevent blindness.
When body fluids are blocked, pressure builds up and leads to serious health problems. This is true of blood, and it’s true of the fluid in the eyes, too. If there’s a blockage in your eye, it affects the optic nerve, which is the part of the eye that sends information to the brain. As it sustains damage, it can no longer transmit images effectively. Sight loss typically begins with the peripheral vision, but if glaucoma is not treated in the early stages, it often results in total and irreversible blindness.
Although it’s easy to diagnose the condition through glaucoma testing in our Sherwood Park practice, it is not always possible to identify the cause. However, there are many risk factors that we need to know about in order to create an accurate case history and determine how often your eyes should be tested.
If you have had a severe eye injury or infection at any time in your past, if you have a family history of glaucoma or are of African or Asian descent, your doctor will probably recommend annual testing.
Diseases and medications may also be causes, and glaucoma is more common with age, although younger people may develop the condition.
When you schedule an eye appointment, glaucoma testing is included at Visionary Eye Centre. Tonometry tests how well your cornea resists pressure, and ophthalmoscopy allows the doctor to visibly examine the optic nerve and detect any changes. The regular vision test that determines near-sightedness or far-sightedness does not provide any indication of the presence of glaucoma, but there is a visual test our eye doctors may use that does identify any abnormal blind spots.
The pressure in the eye can be lowered through treatments such as prescription eye drops, medication and surgery. Even though any vision loss cannot be restored at that point, additional problems can be avoided. Glaucoma testing is the only way to protect your eyesight from permanent damage.