Glaucoma is a treatable disease, but it's important that it is diagnosed and treated early. This can be tricky, though, because as is the case with most eye diseases, there are no warning signs or symptoms to alert you to see our 19134 glaucoma doctor until the disease has progressed to a more advanced stage. When not handled in a timely manner, there are severe potential consequences associated with glaucoma. That's why we at IC Laser Eye Care recommend a yearly eye exam for all of our valued patients. This will allow our ophthalmologist to detect any indications of glaucoma, using various tests.
What is glaucoma exactly? It's caused when an imbalance between the amount of fluid your eyes produce and the amount it drains leads to an increase in your internal eye pressure. Under normal circumstances, your eyes make fluid, circulate it, and then the fluid drains out. When that process becomes hindered, that's where problems begin to surface. Although glaucoma can also be brought on from an eye injury, either by force or by contamination, or from a severe eye infection or inflammation, it most typically builds silently over time. It generally affects both eyes at once, though one eye may have it more severely than the other. If you do notice symptoms, such as any degree of vision loss, tunnel vision, painful or red eyes, halos appearing around light, and either nausea or vomiting when combined with one or more other signs, you should call us and schedule an exam with our 19134 glaucoma doctor. This eye disease can even affect children and infants. If you notice eye haziness in your infant, don't ignore it.
Depending on the severity of your glaucoma, there are three basic ways to treat it. In mild to moderate cases, special eye drops might be sufficient. They work to decrease the production of eye fluid and thereby fix the imbalance. Laser surgery is very helpful in increasing your ability to drain eye fluid effectively. And microsurgery creates a new channel for drainage. Our 19134 glaucoma doctor will go over your options with you. But if not treated promptly, the excessive buildup of pressure can cause serious or even irreversible damage to your optic nerves, or even blindness in the most extreme circumstances.
By IC Laser Eye Care
December 15, 2015