Complete Glaucoma Evaluation
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States, but eye doctors can prevent the total loss of sight if it’s diagnosed and treated early.
Glaucoma damages the optic nerve (the part of your eye connected to your brain) and it’s caused by extra fluid and pressure in the eye. This fluid builds up in the eye when it cannot flow through an area called the “drainage angle.” The experienced ophthalmologists and optometrists at Vision Eye Group can evaluate your eyes to catch glaucoma early.
During your glaucoma evaluation, our doctors will:
- Examine and measure your optic nerve
- Inspect your eye’s drainage angle
- Measure eye pressure
- Measure your cornea
- Test peripheral vision
Vision Eye Group – The Glaucoma Experts
At Vision Eye Group, our ophthalmologists and optometrists are experienced evaluating and treating glaucoma in all stages. Dr. David Boone is our in-house, fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist. Dr. Boone’s glaucoma expertise greatly benefits our patients, as he’s on the front lines of cutting-edge surgical techniques to better treat the disease and prevent vision loss.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Glaucoma
What are the symptoms of glaucoma?
Glaucoma can be difficult to spot in its early stages, as the symptoms aren’t noticeable until the optic nerve has been permanently damaged and causes significant blind spots. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, half of people with glaucoma don’t even know they have it. It’s important to have regular screenings by our eye doctors to catch glaucoma early and prevent vision loss.
What are the risk factors for glaucoma?
Some people are at an elevated risk of getting glaucoma, including people who:
- Are over 40 years old
- Have a family history of glaucoma
- Are of African or Hispanic descent
- Have suffered eye injuries
- Have diabetes, migraines, or poor circulation
It’s important to speak with the eye care providers at Vision Eye Group about your risk factors and receive regular examinations.
What are the different types of glaucoma?
There are two major types of glaucoma. The first and most common form is called “primary open-angle glaucoma.” This type of glaucoma happens gradually and is painless, causing no vision symptoms at first. Eventually, pressure builds and begins to significantly damage the optic nerve.
The second type is called “closed-angle glaucoma.” This happens when the iris blocks the drainage angle of your eye, causing eye pressure to rise quickly. This is called an acute attack. Some signs of acute attacks include:
- Blurry vision
- Severe eye pain
- Seeing halos around lights
If you are experiencing an acute attack, call Vision Eye Group immediately. If not treated fast, it can cause blindness.