For diseases which have no cure, early diagnosis and proactive management are critical to retaining a useful amount of vision. Glaucoma quietly steals away your peripheral vision, without any pain, and if left untreated, can cause severe tunnel vision or total blindness.
Despite the lack of a cure, it is possible in many cases to slow progression, minimise associated symptoms and maintain a high standard of independent living.
The silent, hidden nature of glaucoma is why we recommend all patients have an eye exam at least every 24 months (preferably annually). However, if you’ve noticed any problems with your peripheral vision – like vehicles or cyclists suddenly appearing at a junction while driving – then you need to come in for an appointment.
Testing for Glaucoma
At Nicola Eye Care we only use and maintain the most advanced and diagnostically powerful equipment available. During testing your doctor will:
Assess your ocular health, particularly the inner eye
Evaluate your visual field
Confirm the type and severity of glaucoma
One indicator of glaucoma is elevated intraocular (inner eye) pressure (IOP). Tonometry is the process of measuring this pressure – if yours falls outside of normal bounds, it is indicative of a problem. Our state-of-the-art non contact tonometer administers a softer, quieter air puff than older machines, and simultaneously measures, the thickness of your cornea, allowing us to determine the accuracy of our measurements. If needed, we will perform contact tonometry for more precise IOP measurement.
Ocular Coherence Tomography
This imaging technique creates an extremely detailed, 3D picture of the retinal nerve fibre layer (RNFL) as it exits the optic nerve head inside the eye. Glaucoma causes thinning of the RNFL that leads to vision loss. This very sensitive test allows us to measure changes to your ocular health before you have lost any vision, and allows us to monitor very closely for progressive changes over time.
Visual Field Exam
Glaucoma destroys side vision, and this exam tells your doctor exactly how limited your visual field has become. We can detect tiny flaws in the peripheral vision, so even if you are in the earliest stages of glaucoma, diagnosis is possible.
Living With Limited Peripheral Vision
Glaucoma only targets your peripheral, so without any other undesirable conditions your central vision should remain quite clear. Even if this area is very narrow, it will be sufficient for reading and similar tasks, though driving and some types of work could become infeasible.
Whether it’s through attempting treatments, giving advice or helping to identify lifestyle aids which may help you overcome your limited sight, our doctors will be with you every step of the way.
Visit Us Today
You can find us on the corner of St. Paul Street and 3rd Avenue. We are 3 blocks down 3rd Avenue from Royal Inland Hospital, towards downtown. Our office is across the street from the Telus Store and Stuart Wood school yard (where the summer Farmer’s Market is on Saturdays).
“I’m from out of town and I needed to have my frames replaced. Nicky from the lab helped me reach out to my house of vision from my hometown. A replacement pair was sent here from home! I am very pleased with the service and work done. I would choose this place as my go to if I were to ever move to Kamloops!”
“Beautiful, inviting office. Very friendly staff. Efficient appointment. 10/10!”
“Brought in a broken pair of glasses that the frames had been discontinued. Nicky and Tracy went out of their way to find a replacement set of frames, when other shops just told me they couldn’t help. Thank you again”
Something blew under my safety glasses at work today. I was in agony after flushing my eyes several times and called around to local offices to see if I could get in. I’m new in town, and luckily I happened to ask someone who recommended Nicola Eye Care. When they heard what was going on, they told me to come right away. The front desk staff were unforgettably amazing to me and even took me outside afterward to point to the nearest drugstores. Dr. Ann Byard was very sweet and gentle and explained that I had a giant corneal abrasion. I appreciate everything you did for me today. I’d be at home terrified and probably still trying to find the non-existent thing that feels like it’s in my eye right now if I hadn’t gotten into your office so quickly. Many thanks!