Glaucoma Testing

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases which results in damage to the optic nerve and is the second-leading cause of vision loss in Canada.

At Sunridge Eye Clinic, our accredited optometrists are highly skilled in the diagnosis and management of Glaucoma. We use the most technologically advanced methods to preserve your vision and your quality of life.


While the precise cause of Glaucoma is still unknown, it is generally associated with a buildup of fluid pressure in the eye, damaging the optic nerve. There are 4 types of glaucoma:

  • Open-angle glaucoma
  • Angle-closure glaucoma
  • Normal-tension glaucoma
  • Pigmentary glaucoma

Risk Factors of Glaucoma

Because glaucoma can cause significant vision loss without displaying any early signs or symptoms, it is crucial to be aware of the risk factors. These include:

  • Age (>60 years)
  • High intraocular pressure
  • Family History of glaucoma
  • Having certain medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and sickle cell anemia.
  • Eye Trauma
  • Smoking
  • Untreated High Blood Pressure
  • Corticosteroid Use

The Importance of Eye Exams

If left untreated, Glaucoma will result in total blindness. Early detection is key to preserving your sight.

Because the early stages of glaucoma don’t present any symptoms, only a comprehensive eye exam can reveal whether or not you have glaucoma.

During such an exam, we will check:

  • Internal eye pressure
  • The drainage angle of your eye
  • Optic nerve health
  • Corneal thickness
  • Peripheral vision

We encourage all of our patients to schedule regular eye check up appointments so that we can screen for glaucoma and prevent any damage or vision loss.

Management of Glaucoma

While glaucoma cannot be treated, it can be very successfully managed. The goal of glaucoma management is to lower the internal pressure of your eye. Depending on the type of glaucoma and your specific situation, treatment solutions include:

  • Prescription eye drops
  • Oral medications
  • Laser surgery
  • Drainage tubes
  • Filler surgery
  • A combination of these methods

Protecting your vision is our number one priority. Through the use of cutting-edge techniques, our optometrists can develop a personalized treatment plan for you to successfully manage the progression of this eye disease. For a Glaucoma Screening, book your appointment today or contact us at 403.280.7518

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