Glaucoma Awareness From Brook Run Vision Center in Richmond
Brook Run Vision Center in Richmond wants you to be informed about the dangers of Glaucoma and why it is important to get regular screenings.
What Is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is the deterioration of the optic nerve. This leads to a build-up of high fluid pressure on the front part of your eye. Normally, the fluid will flow out of your eye. When a blockage occurs, the liquid builds up and the pressure can damage the optic nerve. The optic nerve is what transmits images to your brain. Without treatment, this deterioration can cause permanent blindness.
Warning Signs of Glaucoma
Unfortunately, people that have glaucoma do not experience symptoms or pain in its early stages. It can, however, be diagnosed as part of a comprehensive optometry eye examination.
As the disease progresses, you may notice a loss of your peripheral vision. You may also experience eye pain, headaches, blurred vision, tunnel vision, halos around lights, or vision loss. These may be symptoms of glaucoma or cataracts (a clouding of the lens inside your eye). In fact, glaucoma can also contribute to cataracts. Either way, if you experience these symptoms, it is critical that you have an eye exam.
If you have a family history of glaucoma or have health problems like diabetes, your risks are higher, and you should be examined more often. Adults over the age of 60 are more susceptible to glaucoma, although anyone can suffer from glaucoma including infants and children.
If you have myopia (nearsightedness), a previous eye injury, extremely low or high blood pressure, or have used steroids or cortisone regularly over a long period of time, you may also be more at risk.
Who Should Get Checked For Glaucoma?
If you are in one of the at-risk categories, you should get checked annually. If you are experiencing symptoms, you should get checked immediately. For others, the Glaucoma Foundation recommends as follows:
- Under 40: A comprehensive eye exam every 3-4 years
- 40 and Older: A comprehensive eye exam every 1.5-2 years
Treatment for Glaucoma
If caught early, treatment can be as simple as specialized eye drops that reduce the eye pressure. If prescription eye drops alone do not solve the problem, your eye doctor may also prescribe pills. More advanced deterioration may need surgery and laser treatments to improve the eye’s drainage and reduce the pressure. The earlier your condition is diagnosed, the more easily it can be treated.
Glaucoma is a life-long condition and will require regular follow-up with your eye doctor.
Your Optometrist in Richmond
Contact Dr. Gray and the team at Brook Run Vision Center for a glaucoma screening or to book an appointment for all your optometry and eye care needs.
Brook Run Vision Center 5644 Brook Road Richmond, VA 23227 Phone: (804) 257-5022 Make an appointment online: Brook Run Vision Center