Glaucoma Management Program
Glaucoma affects more than 400,000 Canadians and 67 million people worldwide. It is the second leading cause of blindness in older North Americans.
Glaucoma is experienced as a slow loss of peripheral vision, which ultimately can lead to blindness. Think of tunnel vision that gets progressively worse. The change is sometimes so slow that patients don’t realize they have lost vision until it is too late — this is why it is called the “silent thief of sight.” Early glaucoma can only be detected by an eye doctor.
What is Glaucoma?
If we think of our eyes as a camera, the “film” or structure that captures light is the retina. All the visual information captured by the retina gets channeled through the optic nerve – the cable that connects the eye to the brain.
Glaucoma is a progressive disease in which increased intraocular pressure damages the optic nerve and supporting structures in one or both eyes. Once vision is lost, no treatment exists to restore it. Prevention of further vision loss is the basis for all treatments available today.
Our approach to Glaucoma care:
Our primary goal is to preserve and maintain your vision in a caring, patient-centered environment.
At Oak Bay Optometry, we have specialized equipment that is capable of detecting changes well before any vision loss is noticed. The disease is detected and monitored primarily by using that specialized equipment to assess:
- Structural changes in the eye
- Central corneal thickness
- Eye pressure
- Visual fields
During your initial glaucoma consultation, we will review your case and determine if you are a good candidate for exclusive care. If your glaucoma is too far advanced and/or surgery may be required, we will refer you to a glaucoma surgeon.
Patient-centered care means that you are always eligible to receive treatment from a surgeon while continuing to see our doctors at Oak Bay Optometry for your regular annual exam. A report will always be sent to your family physician to provide updates on the status of your treatment.