If you have received a diagnosis of glaucoma, you may be wondering what the future of your eye health looks like. The more you understand glaucoma, the better you can manage your condition. The team of Eye Care Institute encourages patients to speak to our team about this condition and get a proper diagnosis.
What is glaucoma?
There are many eye disorders that can impact a patient’s vision and eye health. Glaucoma is just one of them. This condition can gradually develop with time and causes damage to the optic nerve. The optic nerve is critical for vision as it is the portion of the eye that carries out information from the eye to the brain to process sight. Glaucoma is a condition that causes intraocular pressure that can lead to adult blindness if not diagnosed and treated.
What types of glaucoma can be diagnosed?
There are two types of glaucoma, including primary open angle glaucoma, the most common type, and closed angle glaucoma. Primary open angle glaucoma causes progressive degeneration of the optic nerve that gradually leads to blindness.
How do I know if I have glaucoma?
Because there are different types of glaucoma, and different severities, patients need to understand the symptoms that can arise if they develop this condition. In most cases, vision loss that occurs gradually is often a sign that glaucoma is present. Additionally, patients may experience other symptoms including eye pain, nausea, or peripheral vision loss. Patients who have a family member with glaucoma may also be at a higher risk of developing this condition.
Is laser treatment recommended for patients with glaucoma?
The primary issue that needs to be addressed when glaucoma has developed is lowering the pressure that develops inside of the eye and damages the optic nerve. Pressure may be treated with medication, but if this doesn’t help, laser therapies may be suggested. Using state-of-the-art equipment, the team at Eye Care Institute can slow the progression of glaucoma with laser therapies. This treatment is effective, affordable, and highly recommended in patients with early-stage glaucoma.
Discuss your treatment options for glaucoma
Patients are invited to visit with the team of Eye Care Institute to learn more about glaucoma treatment options available, including laser therapies. We have three conveniently located practices that can be reached via our main line at (707) 546-9800.