Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States. It occurs when the pressure inside the eye rises, damaging the optic nerve, and causing vision loss. The condition often develops over many years without causing pain or other noticeable symptoms – so you may not experience vision loss until the disease has progressed.
Sometimes symptoms do occur. They may include:
People at high risk include those who are over the age of 40, diabetic, near-sighted, African-American, or who have a family history of glaucoma. Regular eye exams help to monitor the changes in your eyesight and to determine whether you may develop glaucoma.
To detect glaucoma, your physician will test your visual acuity and visual field as well as the pressure in your eye. At Eye Florida, we have the latest diagnostic testing equipment to diagnose and monitor glaucoma onset and progression including Optovue Optical Coherence Tomography, Zeiss Humphrey Visual Field Analyzer, and Zeiss Fundus Camera.
Once diagnosed, glaucoma can be controlled and further vision loss can be prevented. Treatments to lower pressure in the eye include non-surgical methods such as prescription eye drops and medications, we can also use laser therapy, and surgery to correct the issues.
For more information about Glaucoma Treatment, please contact our St. Cloud or Kissimmee location at 407-891-2010.
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