Glaucoma is an eye disease in which your eye suffers excess internal pressure, which may lead to your optic nerve becoming damaged, vision loss, or even blindness. Here at Quality Eye Care, we want you to know that with early detection, this is a highly treatable condition. It’s a big reason why you should come in once per year for a complete eye exam.
What causes glaucoma? It’s when the amount of fluid that your eyes create exceeds the amount that they are able to drain effectively. This is what causes the increase in pressure. There are clear symptoms that indicate the presence of Jacksonville glaucoma, but the problem is that by the time you notice them, it is because the disease has progressed to a more advanced stage. In fact, obvious signs could indicate that you have already suffered eye damage or vision loss, either of which might not be reversible. By coming in for a yearly eye exam, you put the odds very much in your favor that it will be detected before that can occur. The symptoms to watch out for include any loss of vision to any degree, eye redness, pain in your eyes, halos that surround light within your field of vision, tunnel vision, and nausea and vomiting, especially with one or more other symptoms. Diagnostic testing includes tonometry as a baseline. It measures your internal eye pressure. Treatment options will vary, depending on how far the disease has progressed and if any nerve damage has developed. Early stage Jacksonville glaucoma may be remedied with special eye drops that reduce the amount of fluid your eyes produce. Laser treatments can improve drainage efficiency. And a new channel for drainage can be made using microsurgery.
Schedule an examination with our office right now. Don’t let Jacksonville glaucoma catch you off guard.