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Glaucoma encompasses a group of eye conditions leading to optic nerve damage, primarily due to increased intraocular pressure (IOP). Recognized as a major cause of vision loss and blindness, early detection through regular eye exams is vital for controlling the disease and preventing significant vision impairment. Health Today, adhering to guidelines from the Canadian Association of Optometrists, emphasizes the importance of early intervention. Although vision loss from glaucoma is irreversible, with timely treatment, including medication or surgery, the progression of glaucoma can be slowed or halted, safeguarding patients' sight.

Understanding and Managing Risk

Glaucoma's silent progression, often without early symptoms, makes understanding risk factors crucial for prevention and early detection. High-risk groups include individuals over 60, those of Hispanic, Asian, or African American descent, people with a family history of glaucoma, diabetics, and those with severe myopia. Additionally, certain medications, significant eye injuries, and systemic diseases like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis elevate the risk. Health Today's comprehensive screening approach aims to identify glaucoma in its nascent stages, especially among these high-risk groups, to initiate prompt and effective management.

Early Detection and Diagnosis

Early Detection and Diagnosis

Given glaucoma's nickname, “the silent thief of sight,” recognizing its types and potential symptoms is essential for early intervention. The common types include: 

  • Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma (POAG), exhibiting gradual vision loss without pain
  • Angle-Closure Glaucoma, requiring immediate medical attention due to sudden symptoms like eye pain and blurred vision
  • Normal-Tension Glaucoma, where optic nerve damage occurs despite normal IOP levels. 

Health Today employs advanced diagnostic tools, including tonometry for IOP measurement, visual field tests, and optic nerve imaging, to accurately diagnose and classify glaucoma, facilitating targeted treatment plans.

Did You Know Alberta Health Care Covers Eye Exams?

Ages 0-18: AHS covers one annual eye exam for all children. Additional coverage for medical needs is possible; speak with your optometrist for more.
Ages 19-64: Eye exams are not covered, but check with your insurance or our visit us at Health Today for possible billing options.
Ages 65+: AHS covers one annual eye exam, with potential additional coverage for specific medical conditions; speak with your optometrist for more.
Note: Urgent eye care and infections are covered*; no referral is needed. 
*Confirm any additional costs with our Optometrist before the appointment.

Tailored Treatment Strategies

Treatment options at Health Today are personalized, ranging from medicated eye drops and oral medications to lower IOP, to laser therapy and surgical interventions aimed at enhancing fluid drainage or reducing fluid production within the eye. Health Today's focus is on preventing further vision loss by managing IOP effectively. For acute cases, such as Angle-Closure Glaucoma, immediate intervention is provided to relieve pressure rapidly and prevent permanent damage. Health Today is dedicated to educating patients on medication adherence, lifestyle adjustments, and the importance of regular follow-up exams to monitor the disease's progression and adjust treatment as necessary.

Preventative Measures and Regular Screening

Preventative Measures and Regular Screening

The foundation of glaucoma management is early detection through regular, comprehensive eye exams, particularly for those in high-risk categories. Health Today advocates for increased awareness and proactive eye health practices, including understanding personal risk factors and adhering to recommended screening schedules. By fostering a partnership between patients and eye care professionals, we aim to preserve vision and improve the quality of life for individuals affected by glaucoma.



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