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Glaucoma Testing

What Is a Glaucoma Test?

glaucoma treatment Winfield, BCGlaucoma is the generalized name for a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve of the eye, preventing the eye from sending accurate visual information to the brain. Glaucoma tests are designed to test your eyes for one of the key symptoms of the disease—increased eye pressure—however only a comprehensive eye exam at our eye care clinic in can reveal whether or not you have glaucoma. Increased pressure inside the eye is often a key indicator of glaucoma, though not exclusively so. Eye doctors near Kelowa, BC can use a number of tests for eye pressure, but will, by default, check for signs of glaucoma as part of a detailed examination of the retina—the light sensitive area at the back of the eye responsible for processing images.

How Does Glaucoma Testing Work?

A glaucoma test is usually part of a routine eye exam. Both types of glaucoma tests measure internal pressure of the eye.

One glaucoma test involves measuring what happens when a puff of air is blown across the surface of the eye. (A puff test) Another test uses a special device (in conjunction with eye-numbing drops) to “touch” the surface of the eye to measure eye pressure.
While increased eye pressure is a key indicator of the disease, it does not necessarily mean you have a glaucoma diagnosis. In fact, the only way to detect glaucoma is to have a detailed, comprehensive eye exam that often includes dilation of the pupils.
So “true” glaucoma testing actually involves examining the retina and optic nerve at the back of the eye for signs of the disease.

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Glaucoma can cause slight to severe vision loss, and is often discovered only after the disease is present—that’s why glaucoma testing is so important.

Temporarily Closed due to COVID-19

Our office is closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We feel it is our responsibility to help in every possible way to slow the spread of the virus; therefore we are limiting direct contact.
What does this mean for our patients?
• Our physical office will be closed until further notice. All eye exams have been cancelled or rescheduled.
• For ocular emergencies, call 250-808-4698 and leave a message. Dr. Reimer will return your call and arrange care. DO NOT go to a walk-in clinic or the ER at the hospital
• Our phones (250-766-4240) will be answered Tues and Thurs from 9-12, and the answering machine will be available for messages outside of those hours.
• We will be accepting contact lens refill requests by email (reception@lakecountryoptometry.ca) or by message through our website: www.lakecountryoptometry.ca –> Contact Us (on bottom of page) -> Contact Form (below green box) – fill out your message there.
• We will arrange to mail your eyewear and contact lenses on a case by case basis – we will contact you when they are ready. There will be a $20 mailing fee.
Our top priority is your health and well being. Thank you for your support.

Dr. Karla Reimer and the team at Lake Country Optometry

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Our office is closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We feel it is our responsibility to help in every possible way to slow the spread of the virus; therefore we are limiting direct contact.

What does this mean for our patients?

· Our physical office will be closed until further notice. All eye exams have been cancelled or rescheduled.

· For ocular emergencies, call 250-808-4698 and leave a message. Dr. Reimer will return your call and arrange care. DO NOT go to a walk-in clinic or the ER at the hospital

· Our phones (250-766-4240) will be answered Tues and Thurs from 9-12, and the answering machine will be available for messages outside of those hours.

· We will be accepting contact lens refill requests by email (reception@lakecountryoptometry.ca) or by message through our website: www.lakecountryoptometry.ca –> Contact Us (on bottom of page) -> Contact Form (below green box) – fill out your message there.

· We will arrange to mail your eyewear and contact lenses on a case by case basis – we will contact you when they are ready. There will be a $20 mailing fee.

Our top priority is your health and well being. Thank you for your support.

Dr. Karla Reimer and the team at Lake Country Optometry