Living With Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a group of progressive eye conditions that affects your ability to see clearly. It’s one of the leading causes of blindness in adults over the age of 60, but it can occur at any time in your life.
Although vision loss caused by glaucoma can’t be corrected, we can help you manage the symptoms and prevent further vision loss.
The easiest way to recognize early warning signs and symptoms is with your regularly scheduled eye exams. Our optometrists will check your vision as well as your overall eye health. Early diagnosis of eye diseases and conditions like glaucoma will give you a better chance at preserving your vision.
Glaucoma Risks & Symptoms
Some people are at a higher risk of developing glaucoma. Your optometrist will want to go over your family history and risk factors at your comprehensive eye exam.
Often, glaucoma doesn’t present any noticeable symptoms until it is affecting your vision. This is why it is sometimes referred to as the “silent thief of sight.”
An Increased Risk
You may be at a higher risk of glaucoma if you:
- Are an older adult
- Have high pressure in your eyes
- Have a family history of glaucoma
- Are extremely near or farsighted
- Are taking medications known to increase your risk
- Have diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure
- Have experienced an eye injury or undergone eye surgery
Types of Glaucoma
There are several types of glaucoma, each affecting the optic nerve in your eye due to elevated eye pressure. The fluid that normally drains from your eye can build up inside your eye, causing your ocular pressure to increase and damage your optic nerve.
Some of the more common types of glaucoma include open-angle, angle-closure, and normal-tension glaucoma.
The most common form of glaucoma is open-angle glaucoma. This occurs when fluid builds up in your eye and doesn’t pass through the spongy tissue near your cornea, causing pressure to build inside your eye.
Angle-closure glaucoma can happen gradually over time or suddenly, resulting in an eye care emergency. This type of glaucoma is caused by your iris (the colored part of your eye) bulging forward and cutting off drainage for the fluid in your eye.
Symptoms of an eye care emergency may include:
- Severe headaches
- Eye pain
- Nausea & vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Halos around lights
- Eye redness
Please speak to your optometrist right away if you think you are experiencing an eye care emergency or visit your closest emergency clinic if we are unavailable.
The exact cause of normal-tension glaucoma is unknown, but it could be due to a sensitive optic nerve or less blood flowing to the optic nerve. Normal-tension glaucoma can occur when eye pressure is within the normal range.
Managing Your Glaucoma
Our optometry clinic measures your eye pressure using the Goldmann applanation tonometry and the iCare non-contact tonometer.
Although we can’t reverse vision loss due to glaucoma, we can monitor your symptoms at regular checkups and eye exams. We can prescribe eye drops and medications to help lower the pressure in your eyes. In some cases, laser treatments or surgeries may be suitable.
Our treatment and management plans are unique to each individual. If you are interested in learning how we can help manage your glaucoma, or have any questions, please speak with us today.
- 5144 Morse Rd, Suite 300
- Columbus, OH 43230
- Phone: 614-810-2020
- Email: [email protected]
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Wednesday: Closed
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: By Appointment Only
- Sunday: Closed
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