Discovery Vitality

Discovery Vitality members get 2500 Vitality points

when they have a Glaucoma screening done with their eye test.

What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is an eye disease in which the internal pressure of your eye rises to a point that the optic nerve becomes damaged. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness.

Glaucoma most frequently occurs in individuals over the age of 40 and there is a hereditary tendency for the development of the disease in some families. Primary open-angle glaucoma is more common, causing damage at an earlier age and leads to blindness at a much greater rate. There is also a greater tendency for glaucoma to develop in individuals who are shortsighted or who have diabetes.

Regular eye examinations, including testing for glaucoma, are essential for those over the age of 40.

Will I go blind from glaucoma?
If diagnosed at an early stage, glaucoma can be controlled and little or no further vision loss should occur. If left untreated, side awareness (peripheral vision) and central vision will be destroyed and blindness may occur.

How is glaucoma detected? A comprehensive eye examination will include tests for glaucoma. A simple and painless procedure called tonometry measures the internal pressure of your eye. Your eyecare practitioner will also look into the eye to observe the health of the optic nerve and measure your field of vision

How is glaucoma treated? Glaucoma is usually effectively treated with prescription medicines. In some cases, surgery may be required. The goal of the treatment is to prevent loss of vision by lowering the pressure in the eye.

Ask your Dynamic Vision Optometrist about your Glaucoma screening today!