Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually cause vision loss. It is typically, but not always, associated with an increased pressure in the eye (intraocular pressure).
Vision loss with Glaucoma is caused by damage to the optic nerve. This nerve is responsible for carrying images from the eye to the brain.
Damage first appears as blind spots in the peripheral vision. This can be detected with a Visual Field Test. Advanced, untreated Glaucoma can affect the central vision as well.
As of yet, there is no cure for Glaucoma. However, medication or surgery can slow and help to prevent further vision loss. (Once lost, the vision can never be recovered.) In the early stages of the disease, there may be no symptoms. An estimated 50% of people affected by Glaucoma may not know they have it.
Early detection is vital to stopping the progress of the disease. Routine eye examinations are critical, especially when there is any family history of Glaucoma. If you are due for your routine eye exam, please call to make an appointment today and we will be happy to accommodate you.