Eye Effects in Calgary & Didsbury

Glaucoma Management in SW Calgary & Didsbury

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What Is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a class of chronic and progressive eye diseases affecting the optic nerve. In most cases, pressure accumulating within the eye damages the optic nerve and impairs its ability to send visual information to the brain. The more severe this damage becomes the more vision loss glaucoma causes.

Glaucoma is one of the most common causes of blindness in Canada and can completely destroy your vision if left unmanaged. What’s more, vision loss caused by glaucoma can never be recovered, making it vital to identify and manage this disease before it has time to develop.

Glaucoma often has no noticeable symptoms before vision loss begins, but eye doctors have the tools and knowledge to screen for this disease effectively. As such, scheduling routine eye exams is the best way to catch glaucoma early and take action to preserve your vision.

What Kinds of Glaucoma Are There?

Glaucoma comes in many forms, but here are a few of the most common varieties:

  • Open-Angle Glaucoma: This is the most common form of the disease. Open-angle glaucoma typically has no symptoms until it causes permanent damage to your peripheral vision. This form of the disease is caused when your trabecular meshwork blocks your eyes drainage system, causing fluid to build up until the resulting pressure damages the optic nerve.
  • Angle-Closure Glaucoma: This form of glaucoma occurs when the iris blocks the drainage angle and causes fluid to build up in your eye, increasing the pressure as a result. Angle-closure glaucoma can be chronic or acute. Acute angle-closure glaucoma is a medical emergency and must be dealt with immediately.
  • Normal-Tension Glaucoma: Damage to the optic nerve from factors unrelated to pressure causes normal-tension glaucoma. This form of glaucoma may result from partially-blocked arteries and may also affect people whose optic nerves are more sensitive than normal.

Although a family history of glaucoma can increase your risk of the disease, it can affect anybody at any age. We screen for glaucoma during every comprehensive eye exam to provide peace of mind for all patients.

The early stages of glaucoma are extremely difficult to recognize without help, so an eye exam is often the only way to know whether or not you have it. Diagnosing glaucoma early can also make it easier for your eye doctor to help you manage it and slow down its effects.

However, some people with glaucoma experience the following symptoms before vision loss begins:

  • Visible halos around light sources
  • Frequent and painful headaches
  • Acute nausea
  • Blurry vision with no obvious cause
  • Inexplicable redness near the eyes

Worried About Glaucoma? Get Answers Today

The symptoms listed above do not always indicate glaucoma, but an eye exam is the only way to know for sure. If you have these symptoms and don’t know why, contact our office and let us screen you for glaucoma as soon as possible.

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Eye Effects

Find us in the Strathcona Square Shopping Centre, just past Sobeys and next to RBC Royal Bank.

Please note Eye Effects is closed on all all Statutory Holidays.

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Our Address

#108-555 Strathcona Boulevard SW
Calgary, AB T3H 2S8

Office Hours

Monday
9 AM5 PM
Tuesday
9 AM8 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM8 PM
Friday
9 AM3 PM
Saturday
9 AM3 PM
Sunday
Closed

Forsight Vision Centre

Find our Didsbury office in Didsbury Plaza behind Red Apple and West Trail Auto Service.

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Our Address

2032 17th Avenue
Didsbury, AB T0M 0W0

Office Hours

Monday
9 AM5 PM
Tuesday
9 AM5 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM3 PM
Friday
9 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Find us in the Strathcona Square Shopping Centre, just past Sobeys and next to RBC Royal Bank.

Please note Eye Effects is closed on all all Statutory Holidays.

Contact Information

Our Address

#108-555 Strathcona Boulevard SW
Calgary, AB T3H 2S8

Office Hours

Monday
9 AM5 PM
Tuesday
9 AM8 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM8 PM
Friday
9 AM3 PM
Saturday
9 AM3 PM
Sunday
Closed

Find our Didsbury office in Didsbury Plaza behind Red Apple and West Trail Auto Service.

Contact Information

Our Address

2032 17th Avenue
Didsbury, AB T0M 0W0

Office Hours

Monday
9 AM5 PM
Tuesday
9 AM5 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM3 PM
Friday
9 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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