What Is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma refers to a condition that develops when too much pressure builds up in the eye. If left untreated, this intraocular pressure can cause damage to the optic nerve often times resulting in permanent blindness. Glaucoma most commonly appears in individuals 40 years and older. Aside from age, particular risk factors include a family history for glaucoma, diabetes, and individuals of African American, Hispanic, Russian, Irish or Scandinavian descent.
Because early warning signs for glaucoma are difficult to detect, you can ensure your ocular health by receiving annual comprehensive eye exams. If your Optometrist identifies any elevated intraocular pressure within your eye, you have a couple glaucoma treatment options available to you depending on the type and severity of the disease. With topical eyedrops, they can attempt to either decrease the eye’s fluid production or increase the eye’s ability to draw fluid out. If medication proves unsuccessful, there are a number of both laser and traditional surgical options to alleviate pressure.
If you are suffering from Glaucoma, the Doctors of Nationwide Optometry can help you obtain the best vision possible with our glaucoma treatment options. Getting annual eye exams could lead to the detection of vision problems such as glaucoma before it causes vision problems. Establishing a relationship with your Optometrist prior to being diagnosed can make determining which glaucoma treatment is suitable for your unique situation. Make An Appointment