January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. A comprehensive annual eye exam will help you learn if you have glaucoma, but this month gives us the opportunity to focus on this group of diseases that affects millions of people in the United States.
Glaucoma develops painlessly and gradually and is often called the “sneak thief of sight.” Glaucoma can result in blindness, and is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States today. When detected early, eye drops, surgery, or other treatments can help to slow or halt vision loss. Your doctor will determine which treatment you need.
There are four types of glaucoma. Chronic 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. 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. Congenital Glaucoma is uncommon, but can be diagnosed early through an eye exam if a child is born with light sensitivity, excessive tearing, or cloudiness in the front of the eye. Secondary Glaucoma may result from an eye injury, stroke, medication reaction or diabetes.
Dr. Lehmann, Dr. Young, Dr. Berg and Dr. Hilton have helped thousands of patients identify and treat glaucoma. Please call Lehmann Eye Center at 936-569-8278 to schedule your comprehensive dilated eye exam to find out if you are at risk for Glaucoma. Let us help you protect your vision because seeing is believing!