Glaucoma is characterized by damage to your optic nerve which can cause blindness if not treated in time. We believe that if you know the facts, you can take action! Allow us to explain several facts about glaucoma you may not know:
Glaucoma can destroy vision by damaging the optic nerve.
The optic nerve plays a vital role to ensure healthy vision. This nerve is located in the back of the eye and is connected to your brain’s visual department. Via electrical impulses, it sends visual information to your brain; thus, allowing your eyes to form images! When glaucoma is present, your eye has an unhealthy amount of pressure building up inside, and it can cause irreversible damage to the optic nerve.
Glaucoma may be present even without symptoms.
Glaucoma is infamously known as the silent thief of sight because it can cause damage to the optic nerve without presenting symptoms! The main and most detrimental symptom is loss of sight. If you notice blind spots forming, contact your Vision Eye Group doctor immediately so he or she can slow or stop the progression of glaucoma. It’s important to know that lost eyesight cannot be restored, but we can help optimize your remaining vision.
Comprehensive eye exams can detect glaucoma before symptoms arise.
During a comprehensive eye exam, your Vision Eye Group doctor will dilate your eyes by placing special drops in them. These drops will prompt your pupil to widen, allowing your doctor to see into the back of your eye. He or she will be able to assess your optic nerve for damage. Damage may be present even if you are not noticing any symptoms! Early detection is vital to protect your vision.
Glaucoma surgery can protect your vision and optic nerve.
Eye pressure is often linked to blocked drainage paths, forcing the fluid to build-up in your eye and negatively affect your optic nerve. At Vision Eye Group, our doctors can skillfully remove the damaged tissue and unblock those natural drainage paths. This will relieve pressure and prevent more damage from occurring.