How do we treat Glaucoma?

Glaucoma occurs when an excessive buildup of pressure is present in the eye.  It is the most frightening of eye diseases because it affects the peripheral vision first, so it can go undetected until it becomes too late to treat.  It is the second most prevalent cause of blindness in this country because it has few or no symptoms.  It is, however, easily detected during our thorough examination.

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What causes glaucoma?

When the eye ceases to maintain the normal balance of fluid going into and out of the eye. Just like a football that needs the correct air pressure to be thrown properly, the eye reacts to lack of fluid pressure. There are several different types of glaucoma.
  • Primary open-angle glaucoma. Most people don’t realize they have it because there are no symptoms until the damage has already occurred.
  • Acute open-angle glaucoma. This type of glaucoma at least has symptoms, though quite suddenly. They can be eye pain, headaches, halos around lights, red eyes, nausea, and vomiting. Each attack of these symptoms may last only a matter of hours but when it ceases it takes with it a portion of your vision.
  • Normal tension glaucoma. Pain is rare with this type of glaucoma and the only symptom that will appear when it’s too late to correct is tunnel vision.
  • Congenital glaucoma. This is hereditary and may begin at birth. If you notice cloudy milky, or protruding eyes on your baby, schedule an appointment with us immediately. Congenital glaucoma is more common in boys than girls.
  • Pigmentary glaucoma. This is quite rare. Over time, the drainage system in the eye becomes damaged. The only possible symptom could be pain and blurry vision after strenuous exercise.
  • Secondary glaucoma. An eye injury could cause this and there are mild symptoms of infection and inflammation.

Treatments for glaucoma

Because there are rarely symptoms, even after we diagnose the disease, patients may be lax about treatment. You must take it seriously.
  • When we prescribe eye drops to lower the pressure in your eye, you must use them religiously! They can prevent permanent damage to the windows to your soul.
  • We may recommend surgery. Either laser or conventional surgical options are available to reduce fluid buildup and increase the drainage of fluid in the eye.

Call Henderson Eye Care NOW!

Give us a call for your free consultation on the way to perfect vision. With our team you can feel completely safe and secure with all your visual needs. We understand there are many places you could choose to buy glasses or contact lenses for yourself and your family but we also know that once you meet our staff, you'll never step foot in another optometrist's office again. Henderson Eye Care wants to be sure the windows to your soul are 20/20.