Glaucoma Treatment at Ardmore Premier Eyecare
Glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness, both in the U.S. and around the world. One of the reasons for that sobering state of affairs is the fact that many people who have glaucoma don’t realize it until their eyesight has already betrayed them. Glaucoma can be controlled if the condition is diagnosed and treated early enough. that’s why it’s so important to get your eyes checked for glaucoma and to receive any necessary treatment recommendations from our team at Ardmore Premier Eyecare.
Glaucoma: The “Sneak Thief of Sight”
Glaucoma is usually associated with high pressures inside the eye. Your eyes produce a steady stream of fluid called the aqueous humor, and the excess fluid must be drained off through a drainage angle at the front of the eyes. If this fails to happen for whatever reason, the internal pressure rises. This elevated pressure can permanently damage the optic nerves. As more and more damage takes place, the eyes gradually lose their ability to transmit visual data to the brain.
In most cases of glaucoma, the eye’s drainage system is impaired but still functional, creating the gradual pressure buildup. In this condition, known as open-angle glaucoma, you may sustain progressive optic nerve damage for years before you start to notice symptoms; that’s why glaucoma is sometimes called the “sneak thief of sight.” But in some individuals, the drainage angle suddenly closes off completely. This condition, angle-closure glaucoma, can cause sudden and catastrophic vision loss without immediate care.
Early Detection and Effective Treatment at our Optometry Center
Glaucoma risk can vary according to ethnic origin, family history, and health factors such as hypertension or diabetes. In general, your risk for the disease starts to rise as you age — but it’s important to note that even children can develop glaucoma. The safest strategy for protecting yourself and your loved ones is to schedule regular comprehensive eye exams at our optometry center. We use a number of techniques to check for glaucoma, including tonometry (to check eye pressure), pachymetry (to check cornea thickness, another potential risk factor), and gonioscopy (to measure the drainage system’s efficiency).
If you do have glaucoma, rest assured that our optometry team can help. We can prescribe special eye drops or oral drugs to help regulate fluid pressure, preventing further damage from occurring. We can even refer you for outpatient surgical care to control more severe glaucoma.
Protect Your Eyes Against Glaucoma — Call Our Ardmore Clinic Today
Don’t let glaucoma sneak up on you and steal your sight. Call our Ardmore clinic at (580) 223-8585 to schedule an eye exam and protect your eyes!