Glaucoma Care from our Belleville, Trenton, and Brighton Optometrists
Glaucoma can end up impairing your vision and leading to permanent vision loss. Diagnosing it early and getting prompt care can help protect your vision. At Dr. Coward and Associates, our experienced optometrists in Belleville, Trenton, and Brighton provide glaucoma testing and treatment.
Causes of Glaucoma
Glaucoma usually occurs when increased eye pressure is elevated and damages your optic nerve. You might have higher eye pressure when you have too much fluid in your eye or when it does not drain properly. As pressure builds up in your eye, the damage to your optic nerve affects your vision. In some cases, optic nerve damage can develop without an increase in eye pressure, but the exact cause of this is not fully understood.
Risk Factors for Glaucoma
If you have certain risk factors for glaucoma, you should be tested for it more often than usual. These factors increase your chance of having glaucoma, especially as you get older. Glaucoma commonly occurs in those who are over 60, although you can have it earlier than this. Other risk factors include having a family history of glaucoma, being nearsighted, having eye trauma, having diabetes or other medical conditions and having a high level of pressure in your eye.
Symptoms of Glaucoma
It can take a while before you begin to notice symptoms of glaucoma. When you have them, they usually start as blind spots in both eyes. These blind spots can affect your central vision, peripheral vision or both. As glaucoma becomes worse, you might develop tunnel vision and eventually have vision loss.
Our eye doctor in Brighton, Belleville and Trenton can measure the pressure in your eyes and perform other tests and exams, such as checking for optic nerve damage, in order to diagnose glaucoma. Depending on how advanced your condition is, our optometrist might recommend prescription eye drops, oral medication or both to reduce eye pressure. For more advanced cases, treatment options might include laser therapy, drainage tubes or other surgical methods. Our eye doctor will also discuss ways to manage glaucoma at home, such as limiting caffeine and watching how much fluid you drink throughout the day.
Contact Our Optometrists in Trenton, Brighton, or Belleville for Glaucoma Testing
If you are at risk of glaucoma, please contact our optometrists to make an appointment. We offer glaucoma testing and treatment for patients in Belleville, Brighton, and Trenton in order to help protect your vision and reduce the risk of vision loss and other complications.
Keep in mind that we also provide other optometry services, including eyeglasses, contact lenses and eye exams.
Contact one of our three convenient Ontario optometry clinic locations:
Belleville (613) 968-6560 Trenton (613) 392-6211 Brighton (613) 475-3900