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Glaucoma Testing & Management

Diagnosing and Treating Glaucoma, the Silent Thief of Vision

Who Is At Risk for Glaucoma?

Anyone can develop glaucoma, though there are certain factors that can increase a person’s risk. They include:

  • Age – Risk increases after the age of 40
  • Family history
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Certain ethnicities
  • Myopia
Glaucoma Management and Treatment Options

The goal of glaucoma treatment is to prevent the advancement of damage to your vision. Treatments vary depending on the severity of the disease and may include:

  • Glaucoma therapy – Medicated eye drops
  • Eye surgery
  • Lifestyle changes
Detecting Glaucoma Through Advanced Testing

We utilize a number of advanced technologies to test for glaucoma, including digital retinal photography and the Topcon Maestro OCT. These technologies, which enable us to detect the earliest signs of glaucoma are included in our comprehensive eye wellness exam.

Important Information About Glaucoma

What Causes Glaucoma?

Extensive studies have been unable to determine the definitive cause of glaucoma, though researchers have been able to determine what factors can increase a person’s risk.[LINK: About your eye glaucoma]

The Types of Glaucoma

There are three main types of glaucoma:

  • Open-Angle – This is the most common form of glaucoma, accounting for almost 90% of cases. Open angle glaucoma occurs when the drainage canals of the eye are gradually clogged, resulting in a buildup of intraocular eye pressure.
  • Angle-Closure – Also referred to as acute or narrow angle glaucoma, this is a less common form. It is characterized by a sudden rise in intraocular eye pressure due to the angle between the iris and cornea closing.
  • Normal-Tension (NTG) – Often referred to as low-tension or normal-pressure glaucoma. The optic nerve is damaged even though your eye pressure isn’t very high. Researchers still do not know why this occurs in the absence of increased eye pressure.

Next Steps

Early Detection is Paramount to Preventing Vision Loss from Glaucoma

Many people may be in the early stages of glaucoma and have no symptoms to demonstrate as such. If glaucoma is left to its own devices, complete vision loss is likely and is typically irreversible.

The key to successful management is directly linked to early detection. We can’t stress enough the importance of catching glaucoma (and other eye conditions) early on to prevent vision loss.

We are here to work closely with you to provide the care needed for optimal vision health.