Early Detection Key to Optimal Treatment Results
Each year, millions of people are silently affected by glaucoma, a condition of the eye in which pressure builds up and damages the optic nerve. This condition, of which there are several types, is quite serious due to the fact that it causes no symptoms of pain, and may cause little to no real issues with vision until the nerve has become irreparably damaged.
Glaucoma usually has no symptoms, and may result in permanent loss of vision. We recommend having your eyes checked at least once every year, to include assessment of intraocular pressure (pressure that forms inside the eye). People with diabetes or a family history of glaucoma will need to schedule visits more frequently. Through early detection, treatment may begin in order to preserve vision. If, between visits, symptoms such as the following occur, contact us for evaluation.
- Vision loss, especially peripheral vision (tunnel vision)
- Haziness of the eyeball itself
- Persistent redness of the eye
- Pain in or behind the eye
- The appearance of halos around sources of light
Do You Know?
- Glaucoma is one of the most common major eye disorders in people over age 60.
- It is responsible for 15 percent of blindness in adults in the United States.
- Chronic glaucoma often causes no symptoms until late in the disease when it has already caused severe and irreversible damage to vision.
- It is usually detected only by regular, routine eye examinations.
- Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent visual impairment caused by glaucoma.
- That some asthma inhalers and cortisone-containing medications can dangerously increase eye pressures.
How We Treat Glaucoma?
To check for glaucoma, our doctors will prescribe and perform tests and may take specialized pictures of the optic nerve, if necessary, while the patient’s eyes are dilated. Drops to numb the eyes are also administered when necessary in order to facilitate a comfortable process for the patient. Using special tools, eye pressure is measured and recorded. Using the findings of tests performed, the doctor can determine if glaucoma is present, and can then discuss the most suitable form of treatment.
We treat the following types of Glaucoma
- Primary open angle glaucoma
- Angle closure glaucoma
- Low tension glaucoma
- Congenital glaucoma
- Secondary glaucoma
- Pigmentation glaucoma
- Pseudoexfoliation glaucoma
Fortunately, we have excellent treatment options available to treat this condition. Our glaucoma treatment is determined based on the patient’s particular situation and the severity of the disease. In mild cases, eye drops may be prescribed to minimize pressure in the eyes. In some cases of glaucoma, laser surgery may be needed to reduce pressure and preserve vision.
To avoid complications from glaucoma, be sure to visit your eye specialist for regular evaluation. To schedule your personalized eye examination, contact us today.