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Henderson Vision Centre
1439 Henderson Hwy Winnipeg MB R2G 1N3 (204) 582-2308
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Glaucoma Testing & Management

Glaucoma is a Serious Eye Disease That, Left Unchecked, Can Cause Irreparable Damage to Your Vision

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Glaucoma is a frustrating eye disease. On one hand, it can be managed effectively through medication and regular eye exams. On the other, since it tends to develop without any initial symptoms, people often don’t realize something is wrong until vision loss has already occurred.

The worst part about the above scenario is that vision lost to glaucoma cannot be restored. In fact, most vision loss cannot be reversed; when it comes to your eyes, our goal is to preserve as much of your vision as possible.

Regular eye exams (preferably annually) are the best and only way to catch eye diseases like glaucoma before they cause vision loss.

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If it’s been awhile since your last eye exam, we invite you to request an appointment. We will schedule your appointment for a time convenient for you.

More Information About Glaucoma

Glaucoma has been called the “silent thief” because of how it remains hidden until damage is done. Thankfully, in most cases glaucoma can be managed so that further vision loss is prevented.

Glaucoma occurs when the optic nerve inside the eye is damaged. When the optic nerve is damaged, visual sensory information cannot be sent to the brain. The optic nerve can be damaged in a few ways; high eye pressure has been linked to the development of glaucoma.

There are four main types of glaucoma, though many more varieties than that exist. The four most common are:

  • Open-angle glaucoma – Occurs when the drainage angle of the eye is open. This is the most common type of glaucoma.
  • Angle-closure glaucoma – Occurs when the drainage angle of the eye is closed. This type of glaucoma can produce sudden painful symptoms that include eye pain, headaches, vision loss, nausea, and vomiting. It is not very common.
  • Normal-tension glaucoma – This glaucoma occurs despite normal eye pressure (and other key indicators being normal). It is not known how or why it develops.
  • Congenital glaucoma – Present since birth, congenital glaucoma is the result of some type of defect within the eye drainage system.

Glaucoma is diagnosed via a comprehensive eye exam. During the exam several tests will be performed that will help us diagnose glaucoma:

  • Visual acuity test – This test measures your vision quality at a distance.
  • Visual field test – This test measures your peripheral vision. Glaucoma can cause “tunnel vision”, making this test fairly effective in diagnosing it.
  • Tonometry – This test measures eye pressure (high eye pressure has been linked to glaucoma).
  • Optical coherence tomography (OCT imaging) – OCT imaging measures and images the structures inside of the eye, including the optic nerve.

Glaucoma cannot be cured, though in most cases it can be effectively managed. Management of glaucoma is a partnership between us and you: we will prescribe medications and a treatment regimen, regularly following up with exams to ensure that the condition is being managed appropriately.

Do not deviate from the treatment regimen, even if some of the medications cause discomfort. Before discontinuing the use of any medication associated with glaucoma treatment, please come see us for an assessment.

Location & Hours

You can find us in the River East Plaza, between Safeway and Booster Juice, and across from Tim Hortons.
We have plenty of parking available on-site.

Location

Unit 1B - 1439 Henderson Hwy
Winnipeg, MB R2G 1N3
Tel: (204) 582-2308
Fax: (204) 339-1272
E-mail: info@hendersonvision.com

Office Hours

Monday-Wednesday: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 7pm
Friday: 9am - 4:30pm
Saturday: 9am - 3pm (except for long weekends and July/August)
Sunday: Closed

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