The 411 on Glaucoma

Glaucoma is an eye condition that causes damage to your optic nerve and gradually worsens throughout the years. Patients with glaucoma typically lose their peripheral vision and then the disease gradually gets worse over time. If you are concerned that you either have glaucoma or that you might develop it, read on to learn more.

Will I get glaucoma?
It’s hard to say whether or not you will get glaucoma but if you fit into any of the categories below then you might be more at risk of developing glaucoma:

• Over the age of 40
• Have diabetes
• Have a family history of glaucoma
• Have poor vision
• Are African-American or Caucasian

What are glaucoma symptoms?
GlaucomaBy getting your eyes tested on a regular basis, you can help to keep better track of your eyesight and get tested for glaucoma. However, in between your visit with your ophthalmologist, watch out for the following warning signs of glaucoma:

• Halos
• Tunnel Vision
• Vision Loss
• Eye Pain
If you are suffering from any of the above listed symptoms, schedule an appointment with your doctor right away.

What is treatment like for glaucoma?
Although there is no one-size fits all cure for glaucoma there are three different common treatment options which include eye drops, laser surgery, and microsurgery.

  • Eye Drops: This treatment option is usually used with the onset of glaucoma. By administering prescription strength eye drops to your eyes a few times a day, you can help reduce the formation of fluid around the eyes.
  • Laser Surgery: During this type of surgery, a laser will be used to relieve pressure on the eyes and help stop the formation of fluid.
  • Microsurgery: As the most invasive type of treatment, microsurgery is typically used on patients whose glaucoma is at a more advanced stage. During this surgery, a new channel is created to the eyes in order to reduce pressure and create a new drainage field for fluid.

If you have a family history of glaucoma or are simply worried that you might develop this disease later on in life, schedule an appointment with our eye clinic. Our experts will give you an eye exam and help to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.

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