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Glaucoma Management in Kamloops

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What Is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma includes multiple progressive and chronic eye diseases that damage the optic nerve. Many forms of glaucoma are caused by pressure build up inside the eye. When this pressure damages the optic nerve, it can no longer send visual information to the brain. Glaucoma can cause permanent, irreversible vision loss and is a leading cause of blindness in Canada.

An eye doctor can detect glaucoma before vision loss begins and help you curb its progress. As such, early detection is critical for protecting your eyesight from this disease.

Keep your eyes safe from glaucoma. Contact our practice and book your next eye exam today.

Types of Glaucoma

Some of the most common types of glaucoma include:
  • Open-Angle Glaucoma: The most common type of glaucoma, which generally shows no symptoms before permanent peripheral vision loss begins. Open-angle glaucoma occurs when the drainage system in your eye is blocked. This blockage causes fluid to accumulate, increasing pressure in your eye and eventually damaging the optic nerve.
  • Angle-Closure Glaucoma: A type of glaucoma that results from the iris blocking the drainage angle, causing fluid to build up in your eye. As a result, pressure increases within the eye and damages the optic nerve. Angle-closure glaucoma can be acute or chronic, but acute angle-closure glaucoma is considered a medical emergency.

If you have a family history of glaucoma,  you’re more likely to develop glaucoma. But, glaucoma can happen to anyone. That’s why our practice screens for glaucoma during every comprehensive eye exam.

Do I Have Glaucoma?

You probably won’t be able to tell whether you have glaucoma if it’s in its early stages without professional medical assistance. Seeing your eye doctor regularly is the best way to detect glaucoma while its effects can still be managed successfully.

In some cases, however, glaucoma can produce the following symptoms before vision loss starts:

  • Seeing halos around lights
  • Severe or recurring headaches
  • Severe nausea
  • Vision that blurs inexplicably
  • Redness in the eyes

Protect Your Eyes from Glaucoma

The above symptoms may indicate glaucoma in some cases, but only an eye exam can give you a definitive answer. Contact our office to make your next appointment, and let us test you for glaucoma as soon as we can.

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How To Find Us

Our vision centre is conveniently located in Northills Shopping Centre. The mall offers spacious parking and accessibility-friendly parking options.

Contact Information


60-700 Tranquille Road
Kamloops, BC V2B 3H9

Hours of Operation

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*Closed 12:00 to 12:30 every day for lunch*

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