Glaucoma is a serious eye condition in which fluid builds up in the eye, applying pressure to the optic nerve. Usually, fluid flows from the eye and pressure remains stable. However, damage to the optic nerve can result if the fluid continues to build up without taking any action. Glaucoma typically doesn’t have any symptoms other than a gradual loss of vision that can creep up on a person. Regular eye exams can help eye doctors to catch the condition before optic nerve damage takes place. In rare cases, an acute attack of glaucoma can result when the pressure within the eye increases dramatically and suddenly. This can result in blurred vision, severe pain in the eyes, a headache, and nausea. If this should happen, you need to seek emergency medical attention immediately. Otherwise, you could lose all vision in the affected eye. Whether you have been the victim of an acute attack, you have noticed slight changes in your vision, or your eye doctor has diagnosed you with glaucoma, it is important that you seek treatment.
Why Consider Glaucoma Treatment?
There is no cure for glaucoma at this point in time. However, there are effective treatment options that can help you to control the level of fluid in your eye. By controlling that fluid level, you bring down the intraocular pressure in your eye. When you reduce the pressure, you can avoid damage to your optic nerves. Seeking treatment as soon as possible and being consistent about following your treatment plan can help you to save your vision.
What are Your Treatment Options for Glaucoma?
You have several options to treat glaucoma. In some cases, you may need to use a combination of alternatives for the best results. You may have eye drops you need to apply to your eyes on a daily basis. Oral medications are another option. Laser surgery may be able to treat your glaucoma effectively. Your eye doctor may recommend that a stent is implanted in your eye to assist in drainage. Your eye doctor will recommend treatment and closely monitor your eyes. If one approach is not working, you will be given another option until your eye doctor finds a treatment that is keeping the pressure from building up inside of your eyes.
Talk to Our Ophthalmologist About Glaucoma Treatment Options Today
If you suspect you have glaucoma or you already have been told that you do, you need to make an appointment with our ophthalmologist to discuss your treatment plan. Dr. Reena Patel may have diagnosed you when you went in to get your new prescription for glasses. When you come in, you will be evaluated. Dr. Patel will review options for treatment and create a plan that is tailored to suit you. Contact us today at the Wichita Vision Institute to schedule your initial consultation.