Glaucoma describes a type of ocular disease that causes damage to your optic nerve and destroys your quality of vision.
With no early symptoms, glaucoma can only be detected by a complete eye examination. When left untreated, glaucoma can result in detrimental vision loss. When treated early by one of our professional, knowledgeable eye doctors, we can help preserve your healthy eyesight.
What is glaucoma?
The characteristic sign of glaucoma is increased pressure in your inner eye, and this is what tonometry measures. In order to maintain the spherical form of your eyeball and its ability to provide sight, the proper amount of internal fluid must be present.
The longer you have untreated glaucoma, the higher the risk of damage to your optic nerve. An injured optic nerve cannot convey accurate visual images to the brain.
Who is at a greater risk for glaucoma?
- The following risk factors increase your chances of developing glaucoma:
- Above 60 years of age
- Diabetes of any type – particularly when uncontrolled
- Family history of glaucoma
- A member of the Mexican American population
A variety of glaucoma treatments are available, depending upon your particular case. Therapies aim to lower eye pressure and stabilize it at a healthy level that will not lead to any damage of the optic nerve.