Glaucoma is one of the most common causes of vision loss. In glaucoma, there is damage over time to the optic nerve in the back of the eye. Each part of the optic nerve is responsible for a piece of your vision (visual field). If left untreated, it can cause a person to first lose their peripheral vision and then can eventually lead to a person going blind. At Wilkinson Eye Center is Clarkston and Pontiac, MI we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma.
What are the symptoms of glaucoma?
Unfortunately, there are no symptoms until a person begins to lose vision. At that point, people may notice that their peripheral vision is bad, or just that their vision in general, is not as sharp and clear as it once was.
Is vision loss from glaucoma reversible?
Unfortunately no. Once part of your vision is lost to glaucoma it can’t be recovered. That is why we, at Wilkinson Eye Center in Pontiac and Clarkston, MI try our best to detect it before you notice any loss of vision.
Does glaucoma cause pain?
Usually not. It can in certain forms, but the most common forms of glaucoma tend to not cause any pain.
How do I know if I have glaucoma?
If you feel you may be at risk or that you are developing glaucoma, a full exam by an ophthalmologist to look at your optic nerve and examine your intraocular pressure (IOP) is the first step. Further tests such as a visual field test or optic nerve analyzer may be done if necessary. The ophthalmologist at Wilkinson Eye Center have the knowledge and expertise to effectively detect, diagnosis and treat glaucoma.
What causes glaucoma?
In most cases, we really don’t know. It does tend in some cases to run in families but not always. Certain forms are caused by injuries, after other eye surgeries or with certain medications.
Why does my doctor need to do a visual field test?
The visual field test helps your doctor determine if there are any changes in your peripheral vision that would make them believe that you have glaucoma, or that your glaucoma is getting worse.
How is glaucoma treated?
Usually, it is treated by lowering your intraocular pressure (IOP). In many cases this can be done with eye drops. At times it may require laser surgery in the office or even surgery in the operating room.
How much does glaucoma treatment cost?
We will work with you to obtain the most cost-effective eye drops we can and we will bill your medical insurance for all of your exams and testing as well as any surgery you may need.