Frequently Asked Questions About Glaucoma with our Spring Optometrist
Glaucoma is a serious eye disease that, when left untreated, can cause permanent loss of vision. While this eye disease is not preventable, receiving treatment for it in the early stages of the disease can help to stave off blindness and help to reduce significant amounts of vision loss.
What Causes Glaucoma?
When the eye's internal fluid pressures get too high, it can cause damage to the optic nerve. The increased pressure usually occurs when the fluid in the eye doesn't drain properly. In most cases, it is not known why this fluid becomes blocked and doesn't drain. There are also instances when the optic nerve get damaged without high amounts of pressure in the eye.
Who Is Typically Affected by Glaucoma?
People of all ages, from newborns to senior citizens, can get glaucoma. While one out of every 10,000 babies in the United States is born with the eye disease, people over the age of 40 are at a higher risk of getting glaucoma.
Some of the other factors that increase the chances of getting glaucoma include:
- A family history of the disease
- Poor vision
- Trauma to the eye
- Taking steroid medications
What Are the Common Symptoms of Glaucoma?
Most of the people who have glaucoma don't have any symptoms of the eye disease. For those who do have symptoms, one of the first signs may be a loss of peripheral vision. This symptom can go unnoticed until the disease has entered its later stages.
Some of the more noticeable symptoms might include:
- Tunnel vision
- Eye pain
- Seeing halos around lights or sensitivity to light
Any changes in vision, such as having a foggy or blurry vision, or the vision suddenly worsens can also be an indication of glaucoma.
How is Glaucoma Diagnosed, Managed and Treated?
Glaucoma gets diagnosed during a routine eye exam when the pupils get dilated. Our optometrist will also look at the optic nerve and conduct a test called tonometry to measure the eye pressure. If a diagnosis of glaucoma has been made, our optometrist will recommend either prescription eye drops or a surgical procedure to help manage and treat the disease.
Contact Us Today
If you have any more questions about glaucoma, or it's time to schedule your routine eye exam, contact Today's Vision Family Eye Care by calling (281) 601-1001 on Rayford Road or (281)719-9926 on Riley Fuzzel Road, both of which are located in Spring, TX.