Eye Doctor/Optometrist in Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON
Glaucoma is an umbrella term that covers a group of various eye disorders, all of which cause damage to the optic nerve. The optic nerve is attached to the retina along the back of your eye, acting as a carrier for information to travel from the retina to the brain, which uses this information to create the comprehensive images of what you are seeing. Damage to this nerve is irreversible, and can cause peripheral-vision loss and significantly reduced quality of vision as the disease progresses.
Glaucoma testing is utilized to detect the presence of any of these disorders, with early detection allowing for treatment options that significantly slow progression of the disorder and its accompanying symptoms.
A variety of factors can heighten the risk of developing glaucoma; including a family history of glaucoma, injury to the eye, diabetes, hypertension, continued use of corticosteroid medications. The most common form of glaucoma typically does not present with noticeable symptoms until the disease reaches a more advanced state; amplifying the importance for at-risk populations to complete regular glaucoma testing.