A glaucoma diagnosis can be scary, especially if you aren’t sure of what to expect or what the potential implications for your vision could be. At Allred Family Eye Care, we recognize how important working together to manage and treat your case of glaucoma really is.
Together, we will create a plan that manages and controls the development of glaucoma, minimizing its impact on your eyes and preserving as much visual acuity as possible.
It Starts With an Eye Exam
In order for us to provide you the appropriate advice and treatment path, we need to ensure we have up to date information on your eye health. The first step in any glaucoma management initiative is to undergo an initial comprehensive eye exam– this information is critical in informing our next steps.
In most cases, glaucoma can be effectively managed to minimize vision loss and to prevent further erosion from occurring. In cases of Optometrist-assisted glaucoma, most vision loss occurs when patients are noncompliant with the treatment program.
Treatment for glaucoma begins at managing eye pressure levels. This is generally done via specialized medicated eye drops or oral medications, but can be accomplished with surgical methods as well. Surgical treatments, including procedures performed via laser, are considered when topical or oral medications aren’t doing the job on their own.
We assess your eye health at regular intervals, closely monitoring for changes in both vision quality and overall eye health. The frequency of these exams will be determined by your eyes and how they respond to treatment.
Glaucoma is the term used to describe a grouping of related eye diseases. In most cases, these diseases are associated with a backup of eye fluids that increase eye pressure.
As eye pressure increases, a weakness in the eye’s structure eventually yields to the pressure and ruptures. This point is the on the sclera, where the optic nerve leaves the eye. Damage to the optic nerve disrupts the flow of sensory information from the retina to the brain, impairing or preventing proper eyesight.
In most cases, glaucoma has no symptoms. Like many eye diseases, its progression is generally marked by subtle and (initially) difficult to perceive changes to your vision. By the time most people realize something has changed with their vision, they already have some level of tunnel vision.
The exception to this is angle-closure glaucoma, which is accompanied by periods of eye pain, nausea, and vomiting. If you experience these symptoms, please seek medical help immediately.