The Vision Thief: Don’t Let Glaucoma Steal Your Sight
Glaucoma doesn’t care about your plans, the hobbies you’re passionate about, or the places you want see.
Often called the “sneak thief of vision,” Glaucoma symptoms frequently go unnoticed until the later stages. The buildup of pressure in your eyes, damages your optic nerve and causes blindness and pain. Once vision loss occurs, it cannot be corrected.
Glaucoma detection and treatment is one of our specialties. With a simple, routine eye exam, you can prevent glaucoma-related vision loss. If it’s detected, we’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan that returns you to the people, places, and activities that are most important to you.
If you’re over the age of 40, diabetic, have a family history of glaucoma, or take certain medications, you run a higher risk of developing this disease. Don’t let glaucoma steal your precious sight. Call today to Speak to a Specialist about scheduling your Glaucoma screening appointment now.
The eye’s drainage system, called the trabecular meshwork, is a cluster of canals that allow the continuous flow of clear fluid into and out of the eye nourishing nearby tissues. In a healthy eye, this fluid exits and enters the eye where the cornea and iris meet. If the fluid can’t do this for some reason, pressure builds up and the optic nerve can be damaged. This is called glaucoma but there are several types including open angle, angle closure, acute angle, low tension, and congenital, to name just a few. Acute angle closure glaucoma is a condition that produces many symptoms including eye pain, nausea, blurred vision, reddening of the eye and halos around lights.
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Because some types of glaucoma (open angle) have no symptoms or pain, regular comprehensive eye exams when your eyes have been dilated are critical for detection. Untreated, glaucoma will result in vision loss, especially peripheral, or complete blindness. It is also important to have your body’s blood pressure checked regularly and kept under control because high blood pressure in general can damage your optic nerves. Although glaucoma is more common in senior citizens, anyone and everyone is at risk. Approximately 1 in every 10,000 babies in the United States is born with glaucoma
Recommended Fix: Medicine / Laser Surgery
Daily prescription eyedrops can control glaucoma by lowering the intraocular pressure (IOP). Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) is also a surgical procedure I use to lower IOP in patients with open-angle glaucoma. I can treat tiny specific areas of damaged cells within the meshwork with no effect to the surrounding system and the procedure takes only a few minutes. The laser itself looks similar to the microscope I use to look at your eyes during an ordinary office visit. You’ll see a flash of light during each laser application, feel a bit of pressure perhaps but you won’t experience pain. Afterward, your vision might be blurry for a few hours. Following the procedure, most patients continue to take medicine to reduce IOP but need far less to keep that pressure under control.