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Glaucoma Testing & Management in Calgary

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Safeguarding Your Sight Against Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a relatively well-known and common eye disease that has the potential to lead to partial or complete vision loss if not treated early. 

At Vivid Eye Care, we prioritize early detection and effective management of glaucoma to protect your long-term visual health. Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss, often developing gradually without any noticeable symptoms in its early stages.

Because glaucoma can sometimes sneak up on you, regular eye exams are essential for our team to stay up-to-date on your vision.

Contact us to schedule your appointment today and get an early jump on glaucoma.

Understanding Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, the pathway that transmits visual information from your eye to your brain.

Damage from glaucoma can be caused by increased pressure within the eye, but there are also other causes of glaucoma. Due to the nature of this disease, having a comprehensive eye exam completed at least annually during adulthood is the key to detecting and treating the disease early.

Diagnosing & Managing Glaucoma

There is currently no cure for glaucoma. However, if diagnosed early, its symptoms can typically be successfully treated and managed. 

At Vivid Eye Care, our team of vision care professionals has had many experiences and a strong track record of success when it comes to helping our patients deal with glaucoma so they can live an unhindered and fulfilling life.

The most effective way to diagnose glaucoma is by having a comprehensive eye exam at regular intervals. Your comprehensive eye exam performed by our team at Vivid Eye Care always includes standard tests which help detect glaucoma.

Treatment for glaucoma often involves medications meant to be taken regularly, which help normalize intraocular eye pressure and reduce stress on the optic nerve. 

In cases where medications are not suitable, surgery may be an option. Your optometrist will determine and advise you on the right course of action.

Who Is at Risk for Glaucoma?

Certain factors can increase your risk of developing glaucoma, including:

  • A family history of glaucoma
  • High eye pressure
  • Age (over 60)
  • Black or Hispanic descent
  • Certain medical conditions (such as diabetes and high blood pressure)

Types of Glaucoma

There are different types of glaucoma, but some, like primary open-angle glaucoma, are more common than others in Canada. 

If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, our experienced optometrists will work with you to develop a personalized management plan.

Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of glaucoma and is often caused by an increase in intraocular pressure in the eye, which can damage the optic nerve. The early symptoms develop slowly and often go unnoticed until further development of the disease.

Acute angle-closure glaucoma occurs when the drainage system in the eye is blocked, leading to an increase in pressure that can damage the optic nerve. Symptoms of this type of glaucoma can develop very suddenly, and damage can occur very quickly.

Normal-tension glaucoma is a puzzling form of glaucoma where eye pressure falls within the “normal” range, yet the optic nerve shows signs of damage. The exact cause remains unclear, but researchers suspect it might be linked to poor blood flow (vascular perfusion) to the optic nerve.

Regular Eye Exams for Early Glaucoma Detection

Glaucoma often progresses slowly with early symptoms that can only be detected by an eye care professional, highlighting the importance of regular eye exams. Early detection allows for prompt treatment and helps prevent vision loss.

Protect your vision from glaucoma and schedule a comprehensive eye exam at Vivid Eye Care today.

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Cranston Market

Our Cranston Market clinic is part of the Cranston Market Clinic and is just 2 minutes off Deerfoot Trail near Stoney Trail SE. We’re located on Cranston Road SE, located in the same plaza as Sobeys and Scotiabank.

Our Address

  • 356 Cranston Road SE #1020
  • Calgary, AB T3M 0S9

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Meadows Mile

Our Meadows Mile clinic is located on the ground level of the Meadows Miles Professional Building facing Blackfoot Trail. We are just 2 minutes from Deerfoot and Glenmore Trail between Southland and Heritage Drives, up the hill from Ikea near the luxury car dealerships.

Our Address

  • 8500 Blackfoot Trl. SE, Unit 130
  • Calgary, AB T2J 7E1

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