Glaucoma is the second leading cause of permanent blindness, but how much do you really know about this detrimental disease? Glaucoma is often not accompanied by any symptoms, but understanding your risk, and visiting our optometrist in Oneida regularly at Allen Eye Associates can help protect your eye health. Our optometrist works closely with patients to test for any signs of glaucoma so you can prevent vision loss, and catch the disease in early stages.
Glaucoma is a condition that is the buildup of pressure in the eye over a period of time. Glaucoma typically develops very slowly, and can be difficult to catch without the care of a specialist like our optometrist in Oneida. The build of pressure causes damage to your eye’s optic nerve which gradually worsens. The optic nerve is the part of the eye that transmits images to the brain. Damaging the optic nerve is what causes irreversible blindness. Within just a few years, glaucoma can lead to total blindness.
Glaucoma most often shows up later in life, and tends to be genetically inherited. Some factors make you more likely to develop glaucoma, like a family history of glaucoma, age, and certain lifestyle choices. Glaucoma is especially dangerous because most people don’t feel pain or experience symptoms from the initial buildup of pressure in the eye. If you have a family history of glaucoma, you should schedule regular visits with our optometrist in Oneida. As we age, it is important to commit to regular visits also. If we do detect early signs of glaucoma there are several options for treatment. Catching it early on is your best bet for preserving your vision. Special eye drops, laser surgery, and mirosurgery can all be used to treat early glaucoma. Be aware of your risk, and never take your eyes for granted. Make an appointment with us today!