Learn About Glaucoma With Our Spring Optometrist
At Today's Vision Family Eye Care, our Spring optometrist offers diagnosis, treatment, and management options for any number of eye diseases. One of the most common eye diseases affecting adults of all ages is glaucoma, a serious condition that can lead to permanent vision loss if left untreated. We encourage all patients to be aware of what glaucoma is, how it can affect your eye health, and what steps can be taken to reduce your risk and protect yourself.
Causes and Symptoms of Glaucoma
Begin by understanding what glaucoma is and what causes it. Specifically, this eye condition occurs when pressure builds up inside one or both eyes. This pressure is then exerted on the optical nerve, which is found inside each eye and plays a vital role in your vision. As pressure is exerted on the optic nerve, vision damage and even permanent vision loss can begin to occur.
Glaucoma can occur to anybody and at any time, though there are some risk factors that may put you at greater risk. For starters, people age 40 and older are more likely to develop glaucoma, as are those with a family history of this eye disease.
Symptoms can vary from one patient to the next, and some may not have any noticeable symptoms at all until vision loss becomes severe. In those who do experience symptoms, they usually include:
- sudden changes in vision
- sharp, unexplained pain in the eye or eyes
- blurry or foggy vision
- sensitivity to light
Treatment Options Available From Our Spring TX Eye Doctor
If you experience any symptoms of glaucoma, we encourage you to see our Spring TX eye doctor for an evaluation as soon as possible. Time is of the essence when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of this eye disease. The good news is that diagnosing glaucoma is quick and easy using a special tool known as a tonometer. This tool allows our eye care team to measure the pressure in both eyes painlessly and efficiently. A high reading will indicate glaucoma. This is yet another reason we recommend annual eye exams, as we can check eye pressure as part of your routine exam and detect signs of glaucoma as early as possible—possibly even before it begins to affect your vision.
If you're diagnosed with glaucoma, there are treatment options available. In mild cases, medications and prescription eye drops may be effective in controlling pressure in the eyes and preventing symptoms from worsening. In more severe cases, surgery may be required to alleviate the pressure on one or both eyes.
Schedule an Appointment With Our Optometrist in Spring
If you're interested in finding out more about glaucoma or would like to schedule an eye care service with our optometrist in Spring, contact Today's Vision Family Eye Care today. You can reach us by calling (281) 601-1001 or (281) 719-9926. We look forward to serving you with your eye care needs!