If you are at risk for glaucoma, regular eye exams are important to maintain your best vision.
Having a yearly eye exam is even more important if you are in one of these high-risk groups for developing this disease.
- African-Americans over age 40.
- Everyone over age 60, especially those of Hispanic descent.
- People with a family history of glaucoma.
“The Silent Thief of Sight”
Glaucoma can steal away your vision without any warning signs, which is why it is referred to as “The Silent Thief of Sight.” Increased eye pressure from glaucoma causes damage to the optic nerve, which carries images to the brain. If left untreated, glaucoma will lead to blindness. Although there is no cure, medications and surgery can help slow the disease’s progression.
Don’t wait for a change in vision to schedule an eye exam!
Because there are no noticeable symptoms, many people who are in the early stages of glaucoma are unaware of their condition. When vision loss occurs, the disease has progressed and may have caused irreversible damage.
The Care and Treatment of Glaucoma
Daily prescription eye drops may be all that is needed to control your glaucoma. At Eye Rx, we provide expert care with routine checks of your eye pressure as well as the health of the optic nerve. We also perform visual field testing as a means of monitoring changes in peripheral vision, which may be an indicator that additional treatment is required.
We care about our patients and strive to give you the information you need to preserve your vision and keep your eyes healthy. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate! Contact our office for a complete eye exam.
For more information about Glaucoma, check out the Glaucoma Research Foundation GRF.