loss caused by glaucoma is progressive, painless and permanent. Those
are three very scary words when it comes to vision loss. However, if
caught in it's early stages, vision loss can be prevented.
Glaucoma is a disease that slowly damages the optic nerve in the back of the eye which is crucial for sending information about our vision to our brain. The most common reason for this damage is from increased pressure internally within the eyes, but it can even be found in people
with normal eye pressure.
is more common in people over the age of 40, but can even be found in
infancy and early adulthood.
most common misconception about glaucoma is that patients think that
they will actually notice something wrong with their vision early in
the disease. They cannot. When glaucoma starts to cause vision loss,
patients don't notice it. This is because the vision loss starts in
very few exceptions, glaucoma, in its early stages, has no symptoms
at all. There is no redness, pain or any noticeable vision loss early
on. By the time vision loss is noticed by the patient, it is often
best thing you can do for your eyes is to have regular eye examinations.
When we do an eye exam, we will look specifically for certain
glaucoma risk factors such as high pressure within the eyes , optic
nerve deterioration, family history, and others risk factors.
are a few ways we can measure the pressure in
your eyes. One way to measure eye pressure is with that dreaded air
puff test. Although this test is not
liked by many, it is important for assessing your risk for glaucoma.
glaucoma causes progressive, painless and permanent vision loss, if
you have any risk factors for glaucoma, we will very likely have to do additional testing, as well as, check
your eyes on a regular basis to ensure that no damage is occurring.
your risk is above a certain threshold, or if you have any signs that
glaucoma has already begun, appropriate action will be taken.
way that glaucoma is managed is first through prescription eye drops
that lower the pressure in the eyes.
These drops are taken on a daily
basis and this is normally an extremely effective way to prevent
some circumstances, these eye drops are not enough and some surgical
procedures are available that decrease the eye pressure as well.
every case, if glaucoma is caught in it’s early stages, vision loss
can be delayed or prevented all together.
you have any family history of glaucoma or if its time again to have your eye health checked, please contact us at (403) 526-2020.