What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in Canada. It is something that we monitor for in every full eye health examination, as early detection is key to preventing vision loss. A full eye-health exam will catch signs of the condition, so we can help minimize the loss of vision associated with glaucoma, and provide treatment.

Watch this video from the BC Doctors of Optometry to find out more about Glaucoma, or continue reading below. Of course always feel free to call us with any concerns!

So what is Glaucoma, and how does it impact your vision?

Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease in which increased intraocular pressure damages the optic nerve and supporting structures in one or both eyes. The optic nerve takes all of the information seen by the eye and transmits it to the brain. It 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.

At Oak Bay Optometry we have established protocols for detecting, treating, and monitoring glaucoma. For those patients with glaucoma, we will work to control the severity and progress of the disease. More severe cases will be referred to a specialist, which will provide a treatment plan that may involve our clinic monitoring the condition. Our care provides a personalized plan based on the most up to date research on Glaucoma treatment.

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.