If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with glaucoma, you probably have a lot of questions. While this diagnosis can sound scary, the earlier glaucoma is detected, the easier it is to slow the progression of symptoms and preserve vision. At Holicki Eye Centers and Optical, our eye doctors are experienced in diagnosing and treating glaucoma.
What Is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is not just one condition it's the name for a group of conditions that cause the optic nerve to deteriorate. The optic nerve is an important part of the eye, and its health is necessary for good vision. Usually, this deterioration is caused by an unhealthy increase in pressure within the eye.
Signs of Glaucoma
There are a number of different signs and symptoms of glaucoma. Some people show many symptoms, while others only show a few or even none. It's important to see an eye doctor for a proper glaucoma diagnosis, as many of these symptoms can be tied to other health conditions, such as chronic migraine.
Symptoms of glaucoma may include:
- - Eye pain and redness
- - The appearance of halos around lights
- - Headache, nausea, and vomiting
- - Blind spots or tunnel vision
Certain factors leave people more susceptible to glaucoma. You're more likely to develop the disease if you're over 60 years of age, if you are Hispanic, Asian, or Black, if you naturally have high internal eye pressure, if you are diabetic, or if you have a family history of glaucoma.
If you are experiencing signs of glaucoma, it's important to make an appointment with an optometry professional right away. If have severe symptoms, don't hesitate to seek emergency eye care at your local emergency room.
While there is no cure for glaucoma, there are treatments available to slow the progression of the disease. If glaucoma is not treated, it will eventually lead to blindness. Treatment for glaucoma typically starts with prescription eye drops to help lessen the pressure within the eye, slowing the deterioration of the optic nerve. Oral medications are an option if eye drops do not prove to be effective. If a combination of eye drops and oral medication does not work, surgical treatment is the next step. We'll work with you to determine the best choice of treatment for your eyes.
Call Our Coldwater/ Sturgis/ Angola Eye Centers
If you're dealing with glaucoma, or you think a loved one is showing symptoms of glaucoma, call Holicki Eye Centers and Optical, at (517) 279-7927 (Coldwater), (269) 659-4545 (Sturgis), or (260) 665-5015 (Angola). We look forward to helping you with your eye care needs.