You might think of glaucoma as an eye disease, but it’s more accurately described as a variety of eye conditions, all of which can lead to optic nerve damage if not addressed in a timely manner. One thing is certain: glaucoma is a danger to your eyes and to your vision. It’s the second leading cause of blindness. At Suburban Eye Associates, we make it our goal to promptly diagnose Jenkintown glaucoma and to develop sound strategies to minimize its effects upon you. Our ophthalmologist can help you to avoid the worst consequences of glaucoma. As part of a wise plan to do so, it’s essential to get an eye exam yearly. Symptoms are not typical during the early stages of the disease. By the time you become aware of signs, it is usually a sign that it has progressed to a more advanced stage.
Internal eye pressure, the primary mark of glaucoma, is the result of an imbalance between the amount of fluid your eyes create and the amount they drain. Under normal circumstances, eye fluid circulates to clean your eyes, and then drains. When that process is not operating properly, eye pressure increases. The tests used to diagnose Jenkintown glaucoma included tonometry, which measures the level of your internal eye pressure, testing your peripheral (side-to-side) eyesight, and other tests as determined necessary by our eye doctor to make a firm determination.
The way that Jenkintown glaucoma is treated will depend on various factors. Among these are the point to which the disease has progressed, if any vision loss has occurred, and if any damage to your optic nerve is present. In mild to moderate cases, special eye drops might be sufficiently reduce the amount of fluid that your eyes create, thereby correcting the imbalance and reducing your eye pressure to an acceptable level. For moderate to severe glaucoma, you may benefit from either laser surgery, which can increase your eyes’ efficiency to drain fluid, or microsurgery to create an entirely new channel from which your eye fluid can drain more effectively. It’s important to know that you have choices when it comes to glaucoma. It doesn’t have to be a scary proposition, because we can help.