Toronto Centre Optometry
#103, 180 Dundas St W Toronto ON M5G 1Z8 (416) 597-3937
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Toronto, ON / (416) 597-3937

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Glaucoma Testing & Management

We Test For Glaucoma

Glaucoma is disease resulting in damage to the optic nerve. This damage is usually associated with high intraocular pressure or IOP.

The space between the iris and the cornea is filled with a liquid called the aqueous humour. The aqueous humour should always be flowing; filling the space and draining from it at the same time. When the liquid is draining into the eye faster than it is draining out, it causes IOP to rise.

Glaucoma is the Silent Thief of Sight

Glaucoma is usually not painful and does not often cause any symptoms aside from a very slight and gradual loss of vision. By the time the patient notices the vision loss, their eyes have already undergone irreversible damage.

Regular Eye Exams Could Save Your Vision

Because glaucoma does not often present symptoms, the best and only way to detect it before it causes significant vision loss is through regular eye exams.

At Toronto Centre Optometry, we include glaucoma testing in all of our eye exams. We use equipment to measure your IOP without the use of drops or puffs of air. This is just one of the many ways we prioritise your health and comfort.

Request an appointment for an eye exam today.

Types of Glaucoma

The most common type of glaucoma is called open-angle glaucoma. This occurs when the aqueous humour is not draining properly despite the angle between the iris and the cornea being wide enough to facilitate flow. This usually indicates some kind of blockage in the drainage canals which would have built up very gradually over time.

Sometimes, the angle between the cornea and the iris suddenly slams shut, trapping the aqueous humour and causing the IOP to spike. Unlike other types of glaucoma, this one causes severe and violent symptoms including nausea, vomiting, sudden headache, eye pain, blurry vision, intense glare or halos around lights, and excessive tears. A simple laser procedure can be used for preventive purposes if a narrow angle between the cornea and iris is detected.

Acute-angle closure is a medical emergency which requires immediate attention. If you experience these symptoms, seek medical help right away.

In cases of normal tension glaucoma, the angle between the iris and the cornea is wide enough to facilitate flow, and the drainage canals appear to function properly. The aqueous humour is flowing as it should, and the IOP is within the normal range, however, the optic nerve continues to sustain damage. Doctors are still searching for the cause of normal tension glaucoma.

Glaucoma Treatment

There are several methods of treatment available to glaucoma patients. Most doctors will recommend eye drops, oral medications, or a combination of both. If these methods are not effective enough or cause serious side effects, the doctor may refer that patient for a special kind of laser eye surgery to help lower IOP.

Visit Our Downtown Toronto Office

We are located on Dundas Street West, in the Java Joe's Building.

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Address

#103, 180 Dundas St W
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8

Contact Information

Phone +1 (416) 597-3937 (EYES)
Email tcoptometry@gmail.com
Fax +1 (416) 597-3967

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