What is Glacuoma?
Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damages the optic nerve. Glaucoma is often associated with abnormally high intraocular pressures, which occurs when either too much fluid is produced in the eye or the drainage or outflow channels (trabecular meshwork) of the eye become blocked. This causes irreversible damage to the optic nerve and may lead to permanent loss of vision.
Glaucoma is a common disease that affects approximately 3 million Americans according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. If you are over the age of 40, have a family history of glaucoma, or are of Asian or African American heritage, you may be more likely to develop this ocular condition. Glaucoma does not typically cause many symptoms in its earliest stages, and many patients wait until they are experiencing significant problems with their vision until they seek help. Unfortunately, there is no cure for glaucoma, but when it is detected in its earliest stages, treatment can be effective in preserving the patient's eyesight for a much longer period of time.
If you are over the age of 40 we recommend that you receive an annual eye exam, and if you have a family history of serious eye disease, it may become beneficial to get one every six months.
Comprehensive Glaucoma Treatment
Effective glaucoma treatment can help to slow the deterioration of your eyesight and extend the amount of time that you enjoy clear vision. Debilitating conditions such as glaucoma are a strong example of the importance of regular eye exams. This disease is often imperceptible to the patient and is detected via a comprehensive eye exam. As we grow older our eyes can begin to deteriorate and serious conditions such as glaucoma can begin to develop.
Early detection, diagnosis, and treatment can lead to effective management of this incurable disease and the team at South Bay Retina are proud to provide a level of service that allows our patients to successfully manage this disease.
Are Certain People More Likely to Get Glaucoma?
Yes, there are certain health conditions and risk factors that make it more likely for some people to develop glaucoma. These include being older than 40, having a genetic predisposition, or being nearsighted or farsighted. Individuals who are of African, Hispanic, or Asian heritage are also more likely to develop glaucoma.