Glaucoma

One of those times when 

Bigger does not mean Better

Glaucoma is a condition in the eye where there is progressive optic nerve damage, primarily due to high pressure.  The symptoms of glaucoma are tricky because they are not always obvious to patients until it's too late.   Over time, glaucoma starts to affect peripheral vision and ultimately leads to blindness if not identified and treated early.   

 

To complicate matters, there are different mechanisms that lead to different types of glaucoma.  According to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, 250,000 Canadians have the most common type called, Primary Open Angled Glaucoma.

Although there is no cure for glaucoma, there are many treatments available to slow progression.  With an eye exam from your optometrist, they can evaluate the pressure in your eyes, identify any risk factors, and hopefully get you on the path to healthier eyes.

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