Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness.
Glaucoma is a complicated disease that affect vision by damaging or destroying the optic nerve.
There are two main types of glaucoma. Open Angle Glaucoma occurs when the fluid moves too slowly through the anterior chamber of the eye causing increased pressure and leading to optic nerve damage. Controlling the pressure inside the eye is important for patients with this type. Angle Closure Glaucoma occurs when fluid cannot drain through the angle and builds up in the eye. The fluid build-up can cause a sudden spike in pressure. It can also cause pain and nausea. A person with these symptoms should see an eye doctor immediately.
Glaucoma develops painlessly and gradually. Vision loss from glaucoma starts with peripheral vision, so many people do not notice the loss until it is too late.
Only a comprehensive dilated eye exam by an eye care professional can determine if you have glaucoma. Dilating the eye allows the doctor to see inside to detect changes to the optic nerve.
Do you have a family history that includes glaucoma? Nearly 4 million people in the United States over the age of 40 have glaucoma. Half of those people are not aware they have the disease.
Treatment may include eye drops, surgery, or other means to slow or halt vision loss. Your doctor will determine which treatment you need.
Dr. Lehmann, Dr. Young, and Dr. Hilton have helped thousands of patients identify and treat glaucoma. Call Lehmann Eye Center at 936-569-8278 to schedule a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Let us help you protect your vision, because seeing is believing.