You might think of glaucoma as an eye disease, but it’s probably best defined as a variety of eye conditions that can eventually cause optic nerve damage. Glaucoma is dangerous, the second leading cause of blindness. It should not be ignored. At Visual Expressions Optometry, we are committed to timely diagnosis and the development of strategic management and treatment options in order to avoid or minimize the worst consequences of glaucoma. But there are no symptoms associated with glaucoma in its early stages. This means that you cannot simply wait until you notice signs and then seek help. By the time that indications are obvious, it may already have resulted in some degree of vision loss or eye damage. But if you get a regular checkup with our eye doctor in Danville, it can be detected before it leads to problems.
What exactly is glaucoma? It occurs when there is an imbalance between the fluid that your eyes create and the fluid that drains from your eyes. Ordinarily, you can count on your eyes to circulate the fluid made, and then drain out. This imbalance causes a buildup that increases your internal eye pressure. There are two types of glaucoma, open-angle, the more common one, and angle-closure, the more rare variety. Regardless of which type you have, diagnostic testing, beginning with tonometry, which measures the level of eye pressure you have, will allow our eye doctor in Danville to determine if you have it. Other tests include gauging your peripheral vision and photos of your optic nerve.
Depending on how far the disease has progressed, treatment choices can range from something as simple as eye drops that are designed to reduce the amount of fluid that your eyes produce all the way to microsurgery that creates a brand new channel to allow more efficient drainage to happen. Laser surgery can also be effective in increasing the ability of your eyes to drain fluid properly. Our eye doctor in Danville will discuss your options with you. Be sure to get an eye exam every year. Call us today and book your appointment.