Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that cause the buildup of eye pressure in the eye, resulting in damage to the optic nerve. These eye conditions can result in permanent blindness if left untreated. Although there is no cure for glaucoma, our optometrist at Butler Eye Care in Lebanon can create a treatment plan to slow the progression of the disease, helping to preserve your vision. Here are a few common questions patients often have about glaucoma.
What are the different types of glaucoma?
There are two main types of glaucoma. The first type is called open-angle glaucoma. This is the most common type and occurs when the drainage system in the eye drains slowly. As a result, the pressure in the eyes will increase when the fluid cannot properly drain. The second type of glaucoma is called angle-closure glaucoma and occurs when the drainage system in the eye is blocked entirely.
What are the symptoms of glaucoma?
Glaucoma does not show any symptoms in the early stages. However, as the condition progresses, it can result in a loss of side vision. Over time, tunnel vision can occur. Common symptoms of glaucoma include:
- Severe eye pain
- Severe headaches
- Vomiting and nausea
- Blurry vision
- Seeing halos around lights
How can an optometrist diagnose glaucoma?
When you go in for your annual eye exam, our eye doctor will be able to detect glaucoma. Our optometrist will provide a series of tests that assess the health of your optic nerve and the level of pressure in your eyes. These tests will help to diagnose glaucoma early on before symptoms set in. If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, our eye doctor will order a visual field test to check your side vision. Pictures of the optic nerve will also be taken to assess how the disease is progressing.
What is the treatment for glaucoma?
There is no cure for glaucoma. However, there are treatments available to help slow down the progression of glaucoma. Eye drops may be prescribed to keep your eye pressure down. Draining tubes can be inserted to drain the excess fluid, reducing the pressure in your eyes. Additionally, trabeculectomy can be performed to drain the fluid in the eye. If you require surgery for your glaucoma, our team will provide pre- and post-care to ensure optimal results.
Contact Our Optometry Team for Eye Care in Lebanon, MO
Whether you need professional treatment for your eye condition or want to update your prescription, our optometrist is ready to help. Give us a call here at Butler Eye Care to schedule your next eye exam today. We are dedicated to providing patients in and around the Lebanon area quality eye care.