Annual Eye Exams Help to Prevent Vision Loss from Glaucoma
Early detection and treatment is the best way to prevent vision loss. Annual eye exams by our doctors can provide early detection and treatment for glaucoma. At your exam, the doctor will check for elevated eye pressure and examine the optic nerve.
Don’t miss your eye exam just because you don’t need a new pair of glasses.
Glaucoma can be easily controlled. It’s important to be diagnosed early, visit your doctor regularly, and follow your prescribed treatment. You can live a normal active life with glaucoma, as long as you maintain your treatment plan.
If you are a member of any of these groups, you are at a higher risk for the disease:
- Everyone over age 60 (increased risk for people of Mexican descent)
- African Americans over age 40
- People with a family history of glaucoma
You can be in the early stages of glaucoma and not notice any symptoms. Glaucoma is referred to as “The Silent Thief of Sight” because you can begin to suffer vision loss without any warning signs.
Treatment for glaucoma can be as easy as using prescription eye drops daily. Visiting our office for routine checks on eye pressure is also an important part of keeping your condition under control. If eye drops alone aren’t sufficient, your doctor may recommend a laser treatment or a surgical procedure to help reduce your eye pressure.
Along with regular pressure checks to monitor your glaucoma, our doctors will visually assess the optic nerve using a lighted magnifying device. With this tool, the doctor can examine your dilated eye to see any irregularities in your optic nerve.
Visual field testing may also be performed on a regular basis. A visual field test records your peripheral vision. During this test, you look into a machine and focus straight ahead. Small lights will flash at intervals around you. You press a button each time you see a light in your field of vision.
We may also examine your optic nerve more closely with an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). With this test, we take a scan of your optic nerve to detect any irregularities or changes.
Why Vision Loss Occurs:
Increased pressure in the eye causes damage to the optic nerve. The optic nerve carries images received to the brain. Damage to the optic nerve is irreparable and can lead to permanent vision loss and blindness.
Talk to Dr. Teller & Dr. Lobaugh if you have concerns about eye health for yourself or your family. Although we try to answer your questions in our blog posts, there is no substitution for a complete eye exam by a trained eye doctor.
Read more about glaucoma care and treatment on our website www.eyerx.com/glaucoma.