The term glaucoma refers to several different eye diseases; it describes disorders that cause damage to the optic nerve and causes vision loss. Some types of glaucoma have pain while other types are completely painless. The disease can occur in people of all ages, however, it occurs more frequently in those over the age of 40.
If you believe you may have glaucoma, getting examined is of the utmost importance. There are several factors that could suggest that you have glaucoma including diet and family history. There are also a variety of different ways to treat the disorder once you are diagnosed. Learn more about the different glaucoma treatment options.
What are the Signs & Symptoms of Glaucoma?
For many, the first sign of glaucoma is pressure behind the eye. Moderate to severe pain may follow this pressure, and you may begin seeing a halo pattern around light sources. By getting your eyes checked every 1-2 years, you are ensuring that you are always certain about your vision’s health.
Other symptoms include:
Nausea and vomiting
Sudden loss of sight
If these symptoms appear together or frequently seek consultation right away.
What are the Treatment Options
Glaucoma has several different treatments. This is good news or patients. A person who is diagnosed with glaucoma may choose to use eye drops, pills, or laser surgery to correct their glaucoma.
Eye drops are prescribed to relieve pressure behind the eye. As with normal forms of administering medication, you should alert your doctor to the other medications you are taking. Eye drops will actually leak into the blood stream, so you should take normal precautions when taking medicine this way. Always take the eye drops on a schedule and in the amount clarified.
Laser eye surgery is another option that may be beneficial. Most procedures involve helping control your intraocular pressure so your pain and vision improve. These quick outpatient treatments can reduce the pressure up to 80 percent, allowing your glaucoma symptoms to improve.
You won’t know whether or not you require laser surgery until after you consult with our surgeon, Dr. Reena Patel. Your glaucoma may not even be severe enough to call for surgery. Dr. Patel may put you on some eye drops, solving your problem for the time being. You won’t know until you come in for a consultation. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.