Glaucoma is a complex eye disease that results in a characteristic change to the structure and function of the optic nerve. Glaucoma is also often – but not always – associated with elevated eye pressure.
In our practice we believe the safest approach is — “everyone has glaucoma until proven otherwise”.
Glaucoma Testing Technology
Retinal Nerve Fibre Layer Assessment + Visual Field + OCT + Pachymetry + Sound Clinical Experience
Used in combination, these tests may detect glaucoma 12 years earlier than standard testing techniques.
Who Should be Tested?
Everyone – but especially anyone with a family history of having glaucoma and anyone with compounding risk factors for glaucoma.
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Detecting, diagnosing and treating glaucoma is a responsibility of every modern optometry clinic. Most people with glaucoma are treated with eye drops to reduce their eye pressure. Our doctors treat glaucoma using the Standards, Limits and Conditions for Treating Glaucoma as defined by the College of Optometrists in BC.
Risk Factors For Glaucoma
- Very nearsighted eyes / some farsighted eyes
- Females of Asian decent
- Family history of glaucoma
- High or changing intra-ocular pressure
- Untreated High Blood pressure
- Advancing Age > 40 years old
- History of migraine headache
- History of eye trauma
- Dark Pigmented Persons
- Persons of African Decent
- Pigmentary Dispersion Syndrome
- Some Types of Advancing Cataracts
- Some Systemic Medications