Glaucoma is the name for a set of conditions that can harm the optic nerve. The optic nerve is in charge of transmitting visual information to the brain. If left untreated, glaucoma can cause blind spots and/or complete blindness. This disease almost always occurs because of increased fluid buildup within the eye, which places pressure on the optic nerve. Initially, glaucoma doesn't cause any noticeable symptoms. Because of this, glaucoma is known as the "silent thief" of vision. Though glaucoma does not have a cure, patients can manage it with early detection and customized therapies.
Glaucoma is one reason why scheduling comprehensive eye exams at least every other year is imperative to your overall ocular health. At Palm Beach Eye Center, we have cutting-edge diagnostic technologies, and our Lake Worth, FL eye doctors have expertise in the most advanced management techniques. If you are older than 40 years old, please call our Lake Worth, FL practice to schedule your eye exam and manage your ocular health.
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What to expect with glaucoma
At first, open-angle glaucoma and narrow- or closed-angle glaucoma often do not have symptoms until irreversible damage has happened. You may have an increased risk for the disease if you use corticosteroid eye drops, have abnormally thin corneal tissue, genetics, or certain health conditions, like diabetes mellitus.
Typically, the first signs of glaucoma include blind spots in peripheral vision, hazy eyesight, migraines, and eye redness. For more advanced cases, patients begin to notice a pronounced glare, decreased peripheral vision, nausea, and eye discomfort. To reduce long-term damage and catch this disease in the early phases, patients should undergo routine eye exams. If we do notice signs of glaucoma, we provide a variety of diagnostic test that includes dilating the eyes so we can:
- Review your eye pressure
- Assess your corneal thickness
- Determine the width and space between your cornea and iris
- Look for any blind spots
Diagnostic testing will help us treat the condition and figure out what stage your glaucoma is in. Glaucoma treatments depend on your condition's severity and may include using special eye drops, reducing intraocular pressure, performing treatments, like minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS), laser surgeries, or trabeculectomies. No matter the procedure, all patients receive a personalized plan to prevent the condition from becoming worse.
Take Control of Glaucoma
At Palm Beach Eye Center, we frequently work with people who experience glaucoma to support and help manage the disease. It’s comforting to know that early detection and intervention can help keep your condition under control. Without proper treatment, you run the risk of advanced stages of glaucoma or end-stage glaucoma, which greatly impacts your ability to see or could cause total blindness. Our South Florida eye doctors urge anyone who has glaucoma symptoms to schedule an appointment at our eye clinic near Delray Beach, FL and Lake Worth, FL.