Steps To Prevent Vision Loss From Glaucoma
Glaucoma, often referred to as the "silent thief of sight," is a group of eye conditions that gradually damage the optic nerve, leading to irreversible vision loss. While there is no guaranteed way to prevent glaucoma entirely, there are several proactive measures you can take to significantly reduce your risk of developing this sight-threatening condition. The condition occurs due to increased intraocular pressure, which damages the optic nerve over time. Glaucoma often progresses without noticeable symptoms until significant vision loss has occurred, making regular eye exams crucial for early detection and intervention. Below, are various strategies that you can adopt to safeguard your vision and promote eye health.
Regular Eye Exams - The Foundation of PreventionRegular comprehensive eye exams are the cornerstone of glaucoma prevention. During these exams, eye care professionals can measure your intraocular pressure, assess the health of your optic nerve, and evaluate your visual field. Catching glaucoma in its early stages provides the best chance for managing and slowing its progression.
Know Your Risk FactorsUnderstanding your risk factors for glaucoma can empower you to be vigilant about prevention. Factors such as age (over 60), a family history of glaucoma, high intraocular pressure, and certain medical conditions like diabetes can increase your susceptibility.
Maintain Healthy Lifestyle HabitsLifestyle choices play a significant role in preventing glaucoma:
- Engaging in regular physical activity can help regulate intraocular pressure and improve blood flow to the optic nerve.
- Consuming a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins (especially vitamin C and E), and omega-3 fatty acids supports overall eye health.
- Some studies suggest that moderate caffeine consumption may lower the risk of developing open-angle glaucoma.
Protect Your Eyes from UV RadiationExcessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight has been linked to an increased risk of glaucoma. Wearing sunglasses that offer UV protection when outdoors can help shield your eyes from harmful rays.
Manage Medical ConditionsEffectively managing conditions like diabetes (See Diabetic Eye Exams) and hypertension can also contribute to glaucoma prevention. These conditions can impact eye health, so maintaining regular check-ups and following medical recommendations is essential.
Avoid SmokingSmoking has been associated with an increased risk of glaucoma. Quitting smoking not only benefits your overall health but also helps protect your eyes from potential damage.
Manage StressChronic stress may impact eye health by affecting intraocular pressure. Engaging in stress-relief techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, and yoga can contribute to maintaining healthy eye pressure levels.
While glaucoma cannot always be prevented, adopting a proactive approach to eye health can significantly lower your risk of developing this condition. Regular eye exams, understanding your risk factors, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and protecting your eyes from UV radiation are all critical components of glaucoma prevention. By taking these steps, you can safeguard your precious vision and enjoy a lifetime of optimal eye health. Schedule an eye exam with our Edmonton optometrists today!Schedule An Appointment
Adult Eye Exams
Our advanced eye exams consist of 25+ modern tests and digital scans to assess eye health, function, and visual acuity.
Child Eye Exams
Give your child a clear future with an annual eye exam from our experienced Edmonton optometrists.
Senior Eye Exams
Maintain your vision through your golden years with gold standard eye care from the optometrists at our Edmonton eye clinic.
Contact Lens Eye Exams
Our eye exams for contact lens wearers include test and digital scans to assess eye health, function, visual acuity, and lens fit.
Diabetic Eye Exams
Managing diabetes requires regular eye exams to ensure that diabetes is not causing irreversible vision loss.
Dilated Eye Exams
Dilating the eyes enables our Edmonton optometrists to see more of the eye so that you many never see less.
Our Edmonton Eye Exams Are Comprised Of 4 Phases Of Evaluation
1. Eye Exam Pre-Testing
Corneal Thickness | Intraocular Pressures | Visual Field
Pre-testing is a detailed process that gathers all necessary information for the optometrist in advance of the optometrist-administered eye examination. This process involves completing a detailed patient history, as well as a series of standard tests. Pre-testing is an essential part of the comprehensive eye exam process, providing valuable information and visuals for both the optometrist and the patient.More About Pre-Testing »
2. Advanced Diagnostic Testing
Retinal Photography, OCT, Topography
eye-deology Vision Care differentiates itself from other clinics by having the most advanced modern diagnostic specialty testing equipment. Specialty equipment, such as a wide-angle high-resolution retinal imager, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), Humphrey Visual Field Analyzer and corneal topographer, ensures that patients receive the best comprehensive eye care.More About Advanced Testing »
3. Optometrist Examination
Health Assessment & Disease Diagnosis
eye-deology Vision Care Edmonton optometrists perform a multitude of tests and assessments to evaluate ocular health, eye coordination, and visual acuity. In addition, they also evaluate the results of the tests and scans performed during pre-testing. As part of patient education, our optometrists also take the time to show and explain results to patients.More About Doctor Exam »
4. Eye Glass Consult
Prescription | Lens Selection | Digital Fitting
If you require corrective lenses to improve your vision, our licensed opticians will customize their fit to your unique attributes, needs, lifestyle, and budget. Our opticians are happy to provide you with information about the latest eyeglass frame and lens technologies available so you can make informed decisions and begin seeing and looking your best.More About Eyewear Consult »