The Importance of Early Glaucoma Detection

We humans are hard-wired to protect our eyes. Without thought, we blink, squint, tear, and shield our eyes from harm, but some threats to our vision don’t alert us until irreversible damage has been done. Preventative vision care is needed to protect your eyes against vision loss from health threats like Glaucoma.

Understanding Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions which damage the optic nerve. The optic nerve is the pathway from the eye to the brain, so protecting it is vital to good vision. Glaucoma progresses slowly, often without noticeable symptoms, and that can allow significant damage to occur before you are even aware there is a problem.

Glaucoma can occur at any age, but it is most prevalent in older adults and is a leading cause of blindness in people over 60.  Early detection is crucial.

Detecting Glaucoma involves screening, which occurs during an Optometrist’s complete eye examination. IRIS professionals and their extensive knowledge of eye health are provided with tools to facilitate early glaucoma detection through advanced imaging and analysis techniques. This allows for identifying subtle changes in the optic nerve and retinal structures, enabling timely intervention and significantly improving the chances of preserving vision.

Optometrists provide efficient, non-invasive screening for Glaucoma and other eye health diseases during an eye exam. Early detection increases the effectiveness of available treatment options, curbing the disease from progressing to advanced stages. At IRIS, we actively encourage individuals to prioritize regular eye check-ups, promoting proactive care and preserving vision.

The Future of Glaucoma Detection

To safeguard our vision, IRIS is continually exploring innovative tools. As technology evolves, IRIS is starting to incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) as a valuable tool in glaucoma detection. While maintaining its commitment to high-quality vision care, IRIS embraces the potential of AI to enhance early diagnosis, signalling a promising future for integrating technology into routine eye examinations. The combination of professional know-how and technological advancements underscores IRIS’s dedication to providing comprehensive and advanced solutions for eye health.

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Did you know CARP members receive exclusive offers at IRIS?

  • $150 IRIS Certificate: Redeemable towards the purchase of eyeglasses or sunglasses including a frame (such as custom tailored Topology frames) and a pair of fully coated prescription lenses (lens value minimum value of $250)
  • $50 IRIS CertificateRedeemable towards the purchase of a pair of fully coated progressive lenses for your current frames (minimum value of $250)
  • $25 IRIS Certificate: Redeemable towards the purchase of a pair of fully coated single vision lenses for your current frames (minimum value of $250)
  • $50 IRIS Certificate: Redeemable towards the purchase of non-prescription sunglasses valued at $100 or more.
  • $50 IRIS Certificate: Redeemable towards the purchase of annual supply of contact lenses.
  • $250 IRIS Certificate: Redeemable for laser eye surgery both eyes or $250 per eye for specific intraocular lens replacement. (Available at our Ophthalmology Clinic in Laval, Quebec only)

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