Glaucoma can cause vision loss and blindness by damaging the optic nerve. This eye disease does not always have any noticeable symptoms at first, which means that many people are unaware they have it. Regularly visiting our optometrists for glaucoma testing is the best way to prevent and manage this disease. At Uptown Eyecare in Orlando, FL, we offer glaucoma testing and glaucoma treatment to slow down progression.
Causes of Glaucoma
Scientists are still unsure about the root cause of most types of glaucoma, although most people with the disease have elevated eye pressure. Treatments that lower eye pressure can ultimately help prevent the disease from worsening.
Your risk of glaucoma depends on factors such as your age and family history. As you get older, your vision becomes less sharp and while normal changes to your eyes are expected over time, glaucoma is a serious disease that requires prompt medical attention to help preserve your vision.
Symptoms of Glaucoma
Glaucoma often doesn't show any symptoms until it has progressed. You may not notice any changes in your vision in the early stages. As the disease progresses, you will likely develop gradual vision loss, which starts with your peripheral vision or the region of vision that is closest to your nose. Blurred vision, seeing halos or rainbow-colored rings around lights, severe eye pain, and nausea or vomiting are common symptoms of the disease.
Glaucoma Treatment Options
While glaucoma cannot be cured, it is manageable. Our optometrists can work with you to slow the progression of the disease and preserve your vision. Treatment for glaucoma typically involves medication, laser therapy, or surgery. Your treatment options will depend on your overall eye health and the condition of the disease.
An effective way to manage glaucoma is through surgery. The procedure can lower your eye pressure, which prevents further damage to your vision and optic nerve. While this won't be the first treatment our optometrists recommend, it can slow down the progression of the disease by draining fluid from your eye.
Contact us for Glaucoma Treatment Today
Regular glaucoma testing helps us detect glaucoma early and provide you with treatment. At Uptown Eyecare, we serve the community of Orlando, FL, and want to help you treat and manage the disease. To learn more about our services and to schedule a consultation, call us at (407) 855-6132 today. We are dedicated to helping you improve your eye health!