Glaucoma Treatment from our Optometrist in Fremont
A leading cause of blindness in the United States, glaucoma is an incurable eye disease that is the result of increased intraocular pressure (IOP) in the fluid chamber in the eye. In the normal eye, this vital fluid passes through drainage channels; when those channels are blocked, glaucoma develops. As a result, pressure builds in the eye permanently damaging the optic nerve. Vision loss from glaucoma is irreversible. Early detection is crucial and regular eye exams with our Fremont optometrist can help save your vision.
Signs and Symptoms of Glaucoma
Unfortunately, open-angle glaucoma, the most common type, produces no noticeable symptoms until the permanent damage is already done. Frequently the patient reports to their optometrist with complaints of loss of side, or peripheral vision in the later stages. Angle-closure Glaucoma, a less common type can occur suddenly and produces acute eye pain and/or a headache.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, contact your eye doctor immediately:
- Blurred vision
- Vision loss
- Eye pain
- Narrowed vision (tunnel vision)
- Seeing a halo around lights
- Hazy eye
- Eye redness
Who Is At Risk Of Developing Glaucoma?
While most people affected are over 40, if you are over 60 you are at increased risk for the disease. Others at risk of glaucoma include:
- People with a family history of Glaucoma
- A personal history of eye trauma
- If you or family members have Diabetes
- If you take prednisone or other steroids
- People of African-American, Scandinavian or Japanese descent
- A personal history of other eye problems or disease
How is Glaucoma Diagnosed and Treated?
The good news is, your optometrists in Fremont will detect the presence of Glaucoma during a comprehensive eye examination. This exam always includes collecting a thorough family and personal history of injuries, symptoms, diseases or vision problems that place you at greater risk of the disease. Based on the info you provide, and your eye examination, your optometrist will determine which additional tests are required.
It is essential to detect Glaucoma in its earliest stages when treatment options may be more plentiful and successful.
Glaucoma treatment options include:
- Medication (eye drops, beta blockers, prostaglandin analogs)
- Laser trabeculoplasty
Schedule an Exam for Glaucoma Screening with our Fremont Optometrist
Regularly scheduled comprehensive eye exams are vital to the protection of your precious eyesight. Here at Warm Springs Optometric Group in Fremont, your vision is our only concern. Our knowledgeable, friendly staff is here to serve you and your family. We offer you exemplary care, convenient hours and location and the peace of mind of knowing your eyesight is in expert hands. Call us at 510-255-4605 to schedule an appointment with our experienced Fremont optometrist.