So what is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a complex eye disease that's usually caused by a build-up of pressure in your eyes. It occurs when the fluid pressure in the eyes gets too high and the pressure within the eyes damages the optic nerve which then causes potential blindness. People of all ages are at risk for glaucoma.
Some individuals with normal pressure levels can still develop glaucoma. These people are typically symptom free with mild-to-moderately elevated pressure. However they could be losing their vision and have no idea it's happening, making it difficult to take notice of this condition. Symptoms like: Low blood pressure, severe migraine headaches, sleep apnea, Raynaud's disease and angina are conditions that increase the risk of developing glaucoma, Especially normal pressure glaucoma.
Changes in your vision that you may notice suddenly or over time raises concern about the possible causes of it. Even though some changes are normal as you age, since your eyes alter throughout the aging process, it can also be a sign of underlying conditions.
Increased eye pressure does provide the first concern for the risk, but it’s not the only factor that contributes to the development of glaucoma. Here at Crystal Vision Optometry, Dr. Truong can examine for the multiple factors that can increase the risk of developing the eye condition, which include:
Treatments for glaucoma
Diagnosing and treating glaucoma as early on in the process as possible maximizes your chance to maintain great vision and by having annual comprehensive eye exams increasing the probability of an early diagnosis. If one is considered a glaucoma suspect, there’s a series of diagnostic tests that are done to determine if one has the disease or is at risk for progression. Once a diagnosis is made, ongoing treatment (typically eye drops) and testing further minimizes the risk to your vision. Unfortunately glaucoma tends to be a diagnosis that needs to be treated for the rest of one’s life.If treatment is necessary, Dr. Truong will discuss all medical and surgical options. Treating any eye condition requires appropriate steps and tools. When glaucoma threatens your vision and quality of life, it is important to entrust the care of someone who is qualified and caring like Dr. Truong. Call us today to set up an appointment, to learn more about your specific condition, or any concerning symptoms. Remember, the first step to healthy eyes to getting an annual eye exam, call us today!