Routine eye care can help uncover serious eye conditions that can impair your vision. Glaucoma is one of those conditions. These FAQs from Complete Eye Care in Lawton explain more about the causes, symptoms and treatment of glaucoma.
What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a term eye doctors use to describe a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve. This is the part of the eye that sends messages to the brain. Damage to your optic nerve can cause vision loss.
Glaucoma is usually caused by increased eye pressure. However, it can also occur when eye pressure is normal. The two main types of glaucoma are primary open-angle glaucoma (the most common) and acute angle-closure glaucoma.
What are the symptoms of glaucoma?
In the early stages, open-angle glaucoma may have no symptoms. You may not know you have this condition until you experience vision loss. Our eye doctor can diagnose this condition during an eye exam. This enables you to get early treatment to save your sight.
Acute angle-closure glaucoma may occur suddenly, causing symptoms such as blurred vision, severe headaches, and eye pain. If these symptoms occur, contact our ophthalmologist in Lawton immediately for diagnosis and treatment.
Who is most at risk for glaucoma?
Adults over the age of 60, African Americans, diabetics, or families with a history of glaucoma are at greater risk of developing this condition. Primary open-angle glaucoma is hereditary. If any member of your family has (or had) this condition, you’re more likely to suffer from it as well.
Is glaucoma curable?
There is no cure for glaucoma and you cannot regain vision lost to this disease. When caught early, you can manage glaucoma symptoms to prevent further vision loss.
Can glaucoma be prevented?
By taking care of your eye health, overall health, and vision, you can reduce your risk of developing glaucoma. We recommend you eat a healthy diet, cut back on alcohol intake, avoid smoking, keep your weight in check, and see our eye doctor regularly so we can detect early warning signs of this condition. Early detection and treatment can help prevent vision loss.
How is glaucoma treated?
Our ophthalmologist in Lawton will monitor your eye pressure and prescribe glaucoma eye drops or other medications if it’s getting too high. For serious cases, we may recommend glaucoma surgery. After a thorough examination of your condition, we’ll be in a better position to recommend treatment.
See Our Lawton Eye Doctor for Glaucoma Diagnosis and Treatment
To schedule a consultation for diagnosis of glaucoma or any other eye conditions, contact Complete Eye Care in Lawton at 580-355-2020 today. We’re here to meet all your eye care needs.