If glaucoma runs in your family, you want to be especially sure that you come in for periodic eye exams to make sure you are not developing this serious eye disease. At Allen Eye Associates, our expert optometrist in Rome NY, Dr. Matthew C. Allen, can provide you with complete diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma.
Glaucoma is an eye disease which shows no obvious symptoms in the early stages. For this reason, people can be walking around with glaucoma without even realizing that they have the disease. The good news is that glaucoma can easily be diagnosed by our optometrist in Rome NY during a comprehensive eye exam. If found in the early stages, glaucoma can usually be easily treated by our optometrist who will write a prescription for medicated eye drops which are self-administered by the patient on a daily basis. These eye drops are usually effective in helping to keep the intraocular pressure low so that the glaucoma will not advance and go on to cause optic nerve damage. Unfortunately, when glaucoma is left untreated, it will cause permanent vision problems. The optic nerve will be damaged and vision loss will become obvious. At this point, the patient will need advanced laser treatment to stop the glaucoma from advancing even further. However, it is currently impossible to reverse the effects of glaucoma. For this reason it is important that you come into our vision practice on a periodic basis to screen for glaucoma and other eye diseases. If the pressure inside your eye rises to severe levels, you can have sudden eye pain, blurred vision, or even see halos around lights. If you experience these symptoms, or any sudden vision loss, redness grand the eyes, unexplained nausea, or narrowed vision, visit our eye care practice immediately.
For an appointment to see our optometrist in Rome NY for a comprehensive eye exam, including glaucoma testing, contact us today.