Frequently Asked Glaucoma Questions at RevolutionEYES
"Glaucoma" is one of those words that strike terror into the hearts of those who care about their eyesight-- even when they're not quite sure what the problem entails, how it affects vision, and what can be done to minimize its damage. But knowledge is power, so here are the answers to some frequently asked glaucoma questions from our eye doctor team at RevolutionEYES in Carmel, Indiana.
• What is the most common cause of glaucoma?
Glaucoma is most commonly associated with high pressure inside the eye due to poor drainage of the fluid the eye constantly produces. The pressure damages the optic nerve fibers, eventually causing vision loss. In some cases, glaucoma occurs for no apparent reason.
• How serious is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness around the world, including some 120,000 U.S. cases. The vision loss caused by glaucoma is irreversible -- but when caught early by your eye doctor at RevolutionEYES, prompt treatment can control it.
• Why do people get glaucoma?
Risk factors for glaucoma include black or Hispanic heritage, age (especially after 60), family history, nearsightedness, and underlying health problems such as hypertension and diabetes.
• What are the main types of glaucoma?
The two main types of glaucoma are open-angle glaucoma and angle-closure glaucoma. In open-angle glaucoma (by far the most common type), the drainage system works, but only sluggishly. In angle-closure glaucoma, fluid drainage comes to a complete stop.
• What are the symptoms and dangers of angle-closure glaucoma?
Angle-closure glaucoma is a medical emergency because it can cause sudden attacks of eye pain, vomiting/nausea, and massive vision loss in a matter of hours. Contact us immediately if you experience such symptoms!
• What are the symptoms and dangers of open-angle glaucoma?
Open-angle glaucoma doesn't usually present any symptoms at all until the problem is well advanced, so you can't necessarily tell whether you have it or not. Advanced glaucoma may cause peripheral vision loss before you begin to lose the rest of your eyesight.
• How can taking advantage of your comprehensive eye exam service help me fight glaucoma?
The comprehensive eye exam is a critical service for catching glaucoma in its earliest forms before it has done significant damage to your vision. We can perform a variety of tests to detect this condition, from peripheral vision testing to measurements of your intraocular pressure. If we see signs of glaucoma, your optometrist can swing into action immediately to provide the appropriate care.
• What are my glaucoma treatment options?
Most glaucoma cases respond well to medications which usually take the form of eye drops, although oral drugs may also be prescribed. (Some glaucoma medications support improved eye drainage, while others inhibit fluid production.) In some cases, we may recommend a visit to a specialist for laser treatments or surgical procedures that alter your eyes' drainage system.
Get More Glaucoma Answers From Your Carmel, Indiana Optometrist
You're right to want to know more about glaucoma care and treatment, and here at RevolutionEYES, we're more than happy to oblige. Either Carmel, Indiana optometrist at our clinic can answer any additional questions you may have about glaucoma while also administering the necessary exams to check for this sight-stealing condition. Don't leave your eyes at risk -- call (317) 844-2020 to schedule an appointment today!