“Glaucoma is a thief of sight. Each day it steals from you precious memories – not of what was, but of what’s to come.” – anonymous
Glaucoma is a disease that affects and puts pressure upon the optic nerve. Optic nerve damage results in loss of vision, and ultimately blindness. The increased pressure, called intraocular pressure, can damage the optic nerve, which transmits images to the brain.
If damage to the optic nerve from high eye pressure continues, glaucoma will cause permanent loss of vision. Without treatment, glaucoma can cause total permanent blindness within a few years.
Most people with glaucoma have no early symptoms or pain from this increased pressure, so it is important to see your eye doctor regularly to be diagnosed and treated before long-term visual loss occurs.
Risk factors for chronic open-angle glaucoma include: Advanced age and a family history of the disease, as well as race and high nearsightedness. The most important element in treating glaucoma is discovering it in its earliest stages before vision loss occurs. The most common form of glaucoma has no symptoms. Our team of eye doctors are trained to evaluate the presence of glaucoma during your comprehensive eye exam.
Testing involves measuring internal eye pressure and a detailed scan of the optic nerve for signs of disease. Testing your eye pressure is an important part of a glaucoma evaluation. A high pressure reading is often the first sign that you have glaucoma. During this test, your eye is numbed with eye drops. Your doctor uses an instrument called a tonometer to measure eye pressure.
There are a wide range of treatments for this eye disease. Treatments include medication, laser surgery, and traditional surgery. Because of this, one of our eye health professionals will talk you through the options, as well as the recovery process so that you and your family understand the decisions to make when it comes to maintaining the best possible health of your eyes.
If you are experiencing blurry vision, it may be an early sign of glaucoma. Our team of doctors are specialized in the the treatment of early stage glaucoma. Click here to schedule a consultation at our offices in Midwest City and Oklahoma City OK.