Glaucoma is a disease that causes damage to the optic nerve and affects your peripheral vision. There are treatment options that can slow down the disease and prevent your glaucoma from causing further damage. Dr. Jackson at Eye Care Specialists of Oklahoma in Edmond and Midwest City has provided a few answers to some of the frequently asked questions we have run into regarding glaucoma.
What is Glaucoma?
It is an eye disease that causes damage to the optic nerve. Usually, this occurs due to a fluid buildup in the front part of your eye. If the fluid is not naturally drained away, then the pressure will increase and cause damage to your optic nerve. The optic nerve carries all visual information to your brain. Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in adults over the age of 60.
What Are Symptoms Associated With Glaucoma?
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please contact our eye doctor:
- Severe headaches
- Eye pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Halos around lights
- Eye redness
Annual eye exams are the best tool we have to detect this condition. There are two common glaucoma tests: non-contact tonometry and applanation tonometry. Non-contact tonometry uses a piece of equipment that emits a quick puff of air onto the surface of your eye. The Applanation tonometry test measures the pressure with a small sensor that lightly touches the surface of your eye.
How Is Glaucoma Treated?
There is no cure for glaucoma, but there are several treatment options to slow the progression of the disease. Eye drops are usually the first option used to treat glaucoma. They are prescribed to reduce the pressure on the optic nerve. Another option is laser surgery to stop the fluid blockage around the eyes. A trabeculectomy is another option to treat glaucoma. It is a form of microsurgery that drains the fluid around your eye which reduces the pressure as well.
Get Quality Eye Care at Eye Care Specialists of Oklahoma
Glaucoma is a very serious eye disease that can lead to permanent vision loss. If you are experiencing issues with your vision, contact our team at Eye Care Specialists of Oklahoma. Annual eye exams are essential for detecting and treating this condition. If it has been a while since your last eye exam, call us today at (405) 771-0880 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jackson.