There are a series of eye conditions that affect us as we get older, and glaucoma is among the most common. Although it can occur at any age, it is one of the leading causes of blindness among people 60 years of age and older. And the most common type of glaucoma often occurs slowly and without any other symptoms.
That’s why it is crucial to maintain regular examinations with the doctors of optometry at the offices of Omni Eye & Vision (Squamish). Our primary care specialists perform comprehensive testing and evaluation for diseases including glaucoma. We are dedicated to helping patients of any age preserve their vision well into the future.
Glaucoma is the name given to a number of conditions affecting the optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain, usually including abnormally high pressure on the eye. Warning signals for the most common type, known as open-angle glaucoma, include blind spots in the patient’s side or central vision, with advanced stages of the disease producing tunnel vision. A less common form of the disease, angle-closure glaucoma, can produce headaches, eye pain, blurred vision, redness and even nausea. Treatment to decrease the pressure on the eye include medications or surgery, making early detection extremely important.
Forms of the disease disproportionately affect people of African American, Native Alaskan, and Asian descent. A family history of glaucoma also puts one at greater risk. Glaucoma also can develop as a result of an eye injury or medications the patient has been taking, and there are some indications that people suffering from diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure may be at higher risk, as well.
Taking immediate action to recognize and treat glaucoma and other eye diseases can have a major impact on your vision for years to come. Don’t hesitate to contact the optometrists at the offices of Omni Eye & Vision (Squamish) for an appointment.