Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a serious eye condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It occurs when there is damage to the optic nerve, usually due to increased pressure within the eye. This damage can lead to vision loss and eventual blindness if left untreated. At UpTown Eyecare in Orlando, Hunter’s Creek, and Lake Nona, FL, we provide comprehensive eye exams and treatment to preserve your vision. Before visiting us, learn more about glaucoma below:

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Causes and Risk Factors

The exact cause of glaucoma is not always clear, but high intraocular pressure (IOP) is a major risk factor. This pressure can damage the optic nerve over time, leading to vision loss. Other risk factors include age, genetics, smoking, and certain medications. While anyone can develop glaucoma, certain demographic groups, such as individuals over 60, people with a family history of the disease, and those with diabetes, are at higher risk.

Recognizing the Symptoms

In the early stages, glaucoma often has no symptoms, which is why it is often referred to as the "silent thief of sight." As the condition progresses, peripheral vision may become impaired, which can lead to tunnel vision and even blindness without proper treatment. Regular eye exams are essential for diagnosing glaucoma, as they allow our optometrists to measure the intraocular pressure, examine the optic nerve, and assess visual field changes. Early detection through routine eye exams can help prevent irreversible vision loss.

Treatment for Glaucoma

While there is no cure for glaucoma, treatment aims to lower intraocular pressure to prevent further damage to the optic nerve. Medications such as eye drops, oral medications, or laser therapy may be prescribed to reduce pressure within the eye. In cases where medication alone is insufficient, glaucoma surgery may be recommended. Glaucoma surgery can help improve the drainage of fluid from the eye or reduce the production of fluid, lowering intraocular pressure and preserving vision.

Contact Us for an Appointment Today

If you have concerns about glaucoma or would like to schedule an eye exam, contact UpTown Eyecare in Orlando, Hunter’s Creek, and Lake Nona, FL, at (407) 855-6132 today. Our team is dedicated to providing personalized care to help you enjoy clear vision for years to come. When you need an optometrist near me, we look forward to assisting you!

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