Glaucoma

August 18, 2015

 

Glaucoma is the second largest cause of blindness in the United States.

It causes increased pressure in the eye which damages the optic nerve. Generally an age-related condition, glaucoma can be detected at your regular eye exams.

Symptoms of open-angle glaucoma include a gradual loss of peripheral vision or tunnel vision. Symptoms of closed-angle glaucoma may include severe eye pain, blurred vision, halos around lights, a reddened the eye, and a sudden onset of visual disturbances.

If you are experiencing symptoms of closed-angle glaucoma, please contact our office immediately.

 

Glaucoma is age-related and may be unavoidable.

There are risk factors including certain medical conditions, ethnic background, family history, and other eye diseases and disorders that may make you more susceptible to this disease. Prevention may not be possible.  Weight and blood pressure control combined with frequent visits to our office can limit the effects of glaucoma.

 

Glaucoma is detected through eye pressure tests administered during your regular office visits.

These visits should occur every other year between the ages of 40 and 60, and yearly after that. Early detection allows Dr. Skelsey to effectively treat this common disorder.

 

Glaucoma is treatable, but cannot be cured.

To treat glaucoma, Dr. Skelsey will relieve the pressure in your eye. Depending on your needs, he will use medications, surgical instruments, or new laser therapies. During your glaucoma evaluation, he will find the best method for you.

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