Canadian Ophthalmological Society Highlights Glaucoma Awareness Month with Photographic Works by Toronto Photographer

TORONTO, January 11, 2022 /CNW/Known as the “silent thief of sight,” glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness among seniors in North America, and more than 400,000 Canadians live with glaucoma today. Yet, according to a survey by the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, nearly half of Canadians (49%) are unaware of this eye disease. As January marks Glaucoma Awareness Month, the Canadian Ophthalmological Society is helping to raise awareness by highlighting the work of Torontofashion photographer and model, Jordan Naomi Tiddwhich captures the unique perspective of the world through someone living with this eye condition.

“As a photographer, there are challenges living with this eye condition, but I quickly learned to notice the beauty in my photographs and the way I see the world,” says Tidd. “During the editing process, I am not always able to find all the required fixes, so I have to ask others for help. However, I have turned this challenge into an opportunity to raise awareness about glaucoma .Through my lens, I want to educate others about what this eye disease is and how it can affect your eyesight.”

Although glaucoma is more common in older people, young people are also at risk. Aged 17, Tidd was diagnosed with glaucoma after noticing a subtle grainy film in her eyesight during one of her regular eye exams, where she was later referred to an eye doctor for further treatment. . Since then, Tidd has made it her mission to raise awareness of this eye disease through her art by capturing moments through her lens of her international travels and life in nature.

“Because glaucoma has no noticeable symptoms, most people affected by this eye disease don’t even know they have it,” says Dr. Colin MannPresident of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society. “This may be especially true for young people who think they are not at risk but, although there is currently no cure, the good news is that it can be controlled with good management, and the Vision loss can be prevented with early diagnosis during comprehensive eye exams.”

Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve, which transmits the images you see from the eye to the brain and is made up of many nerve fibers. These nerve fibers are damaged by pressure that builds up inside the eye, known as intraocular pressure (IOP), which can cause blind spots and loss of vision.

Since glaucoma has no noticeable symptoms, ongoing monitoring is needed to detect any changes. During an evaluation for glaucoma, you may have the following tests performed by your eye care team:

  • Tonometry to test eye pressure
  • Gonioscopy to determine eye drainage angles
  • Ophthalmoscopy to assess the appearance of the optic nerve
  • Visual field test to assess peripheral vision
  • Optical coherence tomography to assess retinal and optic nerve thickness

“My advice is to take nothing for granted and make sure you keep up with your eye exams no matter what age you are,” adds Tidd. “If I hadn’t gone for my regular checkup, the optometrist wouldn’t have sent me to the eye doctor, where I was diagnosed and treated quickly. If you’ve been diagnosed with glaucoma recently, it’s natural to be a little scared, but the first thing to remember is that it can be managed with the support and guidance of your eye care team, so you can still live a great life.”

To learn more about glaucoma and your risk of developing this eye disease, visit seethepossibilities.ca to do a quick test. To look at Jordan Tidd work and donate to the Glaucoma Research Society of Canadavisit eyesopenexhibition.com.

About the Canadian Ophthalmological Society
The Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) is the recognized national authority on eye and vision care in Canada. As eye physicians and surgeons, we are committed to ensuring the provision of optimal medical and surgical eye care for all Canadians by promoting excellence in ophthalmology and providing services to support our members in practice. . Our members include over 900 ophthalmologists and 200 ophthalmology residents. We work collaboratively with government, other national and international specialty societies, our academic communities (ACUPO), provincial partners and affiliates, and other eye care professionals and patient groups to advocate for health policy in Canada in the field of eye and visual health. COS is an accredited and award-winning provider of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and is affiliated with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). For more information, visit cos-sco.ca.

SOURCE Canadian Ophthalmological Society

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